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LSU escapes Arkansas with 13-10 victory, secures SEC West title with Alabama win

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It wasn’t pretty, but No. 7 LSU found a way to get out of Arkansas with a win.

Following Alabama’s monstrous overtime last week, LSU’s offense was sluggish on a cold day in Fayetteville. On the other hand, the LSU defense was ready to feast on the Arkansas offense, playing without their starting quarterback, especially Harold Perkins.

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The five-star rookie linebacker inflicted serious damage on the Tigers, playing a huge role in LSU’s 13–10 win. Perkins ended the day with eight tackles, four tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles, making big game after big game in decisive moments.

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This bundle included a game-sealing streak package with just 1:19 left when Arkansas had a chance to tie or even take the lead. Perkins was the best player on the field, and LSU needed every one of those clutch games as the Tigers were another inch closer to the SEC West title.

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And no matter how good LSU’s defense was, the Arkansas defense also did its job. LSU either flipped the ball or shot on their first four possessions and the Razorbacks quickly took a 3-0 lead.

But with KJ Jefferson on the sidelines, Arkansas simply couldn’t build that lead. Thanks to a fumble on Arkansas territory by Jefferson’s understudy Malik Hornsby, LSU equalized from the field, taking advantage of a favorable outfield position.

Before halftime, LSU added another field goal to take a 6-3 lead at halftime.

And after a poor fourth-down game in Arkansas close to midfield, LSU took the lead thanks to a Josh Williams touchdown that made it 13–3 with 5:25 to play in the third quarter. At this point, Arkansas switched quarterback to Cade Fortin.

At the beginning of the fourth, Fortin scored. He led a 10-play 94-yard drive that culminated in a 40-yard touchdown pass to Matt Landers, who cut LSU’s lead to 13–10 with 13:17 left in the game.

Suddenly there was a feeling that the shattered hopes of Arkansas had been revived. But the defense of the LSU did not allow this to happen. Arkansas’ last three drives ended in just 29 yards, with Perkins’ striptease finishing the game.

With Alabama’s win and victory over Ole Miss later that day, the Tigers clinched the SEC West and a place in the conference title game.

Arkansas wide receiver Jadon Hazelwood (9) attempts to shake LSU safety Greg Brooks Jr. (3) during a game on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas wide receiver Jadon Hazelwood (9) attempts to shake LSU safety Greg Brooks Jr. (3) during a game on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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