LSU Defeats Arkansas In A Difficult Battle

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Jayden Daniels completed passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns, and Damian Ramos nailed a 20-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining in order to lead No. 12 LSU to a 34-31 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.

Daniels found Malik Nabers for touchdowns of 8 and 20 yards and twice struck Brian Thomas for scores of 49 yards each.

Daniels’ 36-yard pass to Nabers started the pivotal drive. After losing to No. 4 Florida State, running back Logan Diggs helped LSU (3-1, 2-0 SEC) win its third straight game with a 21-yard run up the middle.

Thomas had five receptions for 133 yards in total. Diggs, a former Notre Dame player for Kelly who transferred this year, rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries in addition to Nabers’ eight receptions for 130 yards.

For Arkansas (2-2, 0-1), KJ Jefferson completed passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, regularly vexing pass rushers with his ability to escape the pocket on two drives that resulted in matching touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Before rolling to the right and finding Luke Hasz open for a 59-yard scoring play, Jefferson avoided two close calls. Following that, Jefferson connected with Hasz once more for the 2-point conversion, tying the score at 24 after a false start had moved Arkansas back to the 8-yard line.

With 5:06 remaining, Hasz scored an 11-yard touchdown to knot the score at 31 after receiving Jefferson’s short touch throw in the face of two charging defenders.

Hasz had six catches for 116 yards in total. Rashod Dubinion gained 78 yards on 15 carries while filling in for star Arkansas running back Raheim Sanders, who missed his third straight game due to a knee ailment.

Jefferson gained 48 yards on the ground in total. He was intercepted twice, the second on a last-ditch attempt deep downfield with seconds left. That resulted in Arkansas losing for the second time in a row after losing to BYU a week earlier.