2006 Razorback Football Results (part 2)

Uploaded by on Oct 21, 2006

Highlights of Arkansas’ victory over Auburn. Darren McFadden runs over #2 Auburn.

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This is the second of a two part series on the 2006 Arkansas Razorback football season.

Mississippi State

  1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Arkansas 14 7 7 0 28
Mississippi State 7 7 0 0 14

The 6th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks visited the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Scott Field in Starkville, MS. In the first quarter, Mississippi State was threatening to score when Arkansas CB Chris Houston intercepted a pass and returned it 87 yards for a TD. Miss. St. countered with a 65 yard TD run from Anthony Dixon. This made the score 7-7. On the ensuing kickoff, Darren McFadden returned it 92 yards for a TD making the score 14-7. In the second quarter the Bulldogs fought back with a 22 yard TD strike from Michael Henig to Tony Burks. With :41 left in the half, Casey Dick threw a 29 yard TD pass to Damian Williams. The score at the half was 21-14. In the third quarter, Casey Dick threw another TD pass for 35 yards to Marcus Monk. With a scoreless fourth quarter, the final score was 28-14. With this win, Arkansas clinched the SEC Western Division Title.

LSU

  1 2 3 4 Total
#8 LSU 7 7 3 14 31
#5 Arkansas 6 6 0 14 26

The 9th ranked LSU Tigers came to Little Rock to visit the 5th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium. Arkansas scored quickly when Darren McFadden ran in a 1 yard TD run, but Jeremy Davis missed the extra point. LSU stormed back to score on a 29 TD run by Keiland Williams to make the score 7-6. In the second quarter, JaMarcus Russell threw a 47 yard TD pass to Craig Davis. Arkansas came back with a 21 yard TD pass from Casey Dick to Marcus Monk, but failed to score on the two point conversion making the score 14-12 at the half. In the third quarter, Colt David hit a field goal for LSU to make it 17-12. In the fourth, JaMarcus Russell threw a 7 yard TD pass to Early Doucet. On the next Arkansas play, Darren McFadden ran 80 yards for a TD to make the score 24-19. On the ensuing kickoff, Trindon Holliday returned it 92 yards for a TD. With 4:53 left, Felix Jones ran in for a 5 yard TD. LSU held on to win 31-26.

SEC Championship Game – Florida

  1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Arkansas 0 7 14 7 28
#4 Florida 3 14 7 14 38

The two divisional champions; the East’s Florida Gators, and the West’s Arkansas Razorbacks, faced off in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Florida scored first with a 33 yard field goal from Chris Hetland. In the second quarter Florida’s QB Chris Leak ran 9 yards for a TD to make it 10-0. Chris Leak then threw a 37 yard TD pass to Percy Harvin. Arkansas fought back with a 48 yard TD pass from Casey Dick to Marcus Monk to make the score 17-7 at the half. In the third quarter Arkansas’Darren McFadden threw a 2 yard TD pass to Felix Jones. With 8:33 left in the third, Arkansas’ Antwain Robinson intercepted a pitch from Florida’s Chris Leak and returned it for a TD to make the score 21-17. With 3:47 remaining in the third, Arkansas PR Reggie Fish muffed a punt and the fumble was recovered by Florida’s Wondy Pierre-Louis for a TD making it 24-21. In the fourth, Percy Harvin ran 67 yards for a TD to make the score 31-21. Arkansas came back with a 29 yard TD pass from Cedric Washington to Felix Jones to make the score 31-28. On the next possession, Florida’s Andre Caldwell threw a 5 yard TD pass to Tate Casey. Florida held Arkansas and won the SEC, 38-28.

Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin

  1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Arkansas 7 0 0 7 14
#5 Wisconsin 10 7 0 0 17

The 15th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks went to Orlando, Florida to the Capital One Bowl to face the 7th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin struck first by scoring a 52 yard field goal from Taylor Mehlhaff. Arkansas came back and scored on a 76 yard TD run by Felix Jones to make the score 7-3. Wisconsin answered with a 22 yard TD pass from John Stocco to Paul Hubbard. In the second quarter, Wisconsin scored on a 13 yard TD pass from John Stocco to Travis Beckum to make it 17-7 at the half. In the fourth quarter, Felix Jones ran for a 12 yard TD. Wisconsin held on to win the Capital One Bowl 17-14.

Postseason

Though Arkansas had a strong year, turmoil developed on the team. The largest conflict occurred between head coach Houston Nutt and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn over the direction of the offense. Malzahn came to Arkansas in 2006 from Springdale High School with some of his players who had committed to Arkansas, including QB Mitch Mustain and WR Damian Williams. These players felt that Malzahn would be able to implement his spread, no-huddle offense at Arkansas. Over the course of the season, speculation arose that this offense was not being implemented and that Malzahn had less control over the offense than he was promised, claims that Malzahn has not verified publicly.[1] Some of the parents of these players met with Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles in December to question the role of their sons on the team. After the season, Williams and Mustain transferred to Southern California. Malzahn left to be the offensive coordinator at Tulsa and wide receiver Andrew Norman transferred to Tulsa as well.[2]

In the offseason, fans raised questions about Houston Nutt’s handling of recruits, management of the offense, and off-the-field relationships. Certain fans filed Freedom of Information requests for Nutt’s phone records.[3][4] However, a number of fans remained strongly supportive of Nutt. The rift that formed in the fanbase over these issues ultimately contributed to Nutt’s departure after the 2007 regular season, just after the Razorbacks upset the number one team in the nation, [[2007 LSU Tigers football team Tigers |LSU]].

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