The Arkansas Razorbacks (2-10, 0-8) faced off against the Missouri Tigers (6-6, 3-5) in the Battle Line Rivalry game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Friday. Missouri defeated Arkansas, 24-14.
The game brought in the smallest crowd at an Arkansas football game in War Memorial Stadium in 23 years. The game only had 33,961 fans in attendance.
Up to 15 Arkansas players and coaches were reported to have missed the game from a mumps outbreak, John R. Nabors of ESPN Arkansas said in a tweet before the game.
Junior quarterback Jack Lindsey became the school-record fifth starting quarterback for Arkansas this season. Lindsey, who played at Fayetteville High School, squared off against another Fayetteville native, Missouri’s sophomore quarterback Taylor Powell.
Lindsey finished 10 for 26 passing with 75 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 50 yards on four carries.
Senior running back Rakeem Boyd had a good day carrying the football. He totaled 95 yards on 21 attempts.
Missouri’s starting quarterback, senior Clemson-transfer Kelly Bryant, missed the game for reported knee and hamstring injuries. Freshman quarterback Connor Bazelak got the start for Missouri instead.
Bazelak was knocked out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, and Powell replaced him.
The game went back and forth throughout, as neither team was able to build on a lead during the first half.
Arkansas scored first after forcing Missouri to turn the ball over on downs at the 38-yard line on its first possession. Lindsey capped the short drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Trey Knox.
Missouri answered immediately. The next drive ended in a five-yard touchdown run by junior running back Larry Rountree III.
On the drive, Arkansas had them stopped at a 3rd and 14, but Mizzou was able to draw the Hogs offside for a five-yard penalty and then complete a 10-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Barrett Banister.
Sandwiched between two three-and-outs by Arkansas, Missouri’s next drive ended after Bazelak was tackled on a seven-yard scramble and injured his knee early in the second quarter. Powell started the next drive at quarterback. Bazelak ended his day seven-of-nine passing for 80 yards.
Powell was able to complete a 30-yard pass to the Arkansas 11-yard line on his first drive of the game. The Razorbacks were able to keep the Tigers out of the endzone and limited them to a field goal. Missouri went up 10-7.
Arkansas, on the next drive, got the ball to the Missouri 29-yard line on a 4th and short. Instead of attempting to tie the game on a long field goal, the Hogs ran it with Boyd and came up short of the first down. Missouri took the 10-7 lead into the half.
On the first play of the second half, freshman cornerback Greg Brooks Jr. intercepted the ball at the 26-yard line. Arkansas cashed the pick in for a touchdown three plays later when Lindsey found junior tight end Grayson Gunter wide open in the end zone to put the Hogs up 14-10.
Each team traded three-and-outs before sophomore running back Tyler Badie broke a 31-yard rush to start the Tigers’ new drive and an 18-yard rush a few plays later. That drive ended with a Badie three-yard touchdown run, putting Mizzou up 17-14.
Badie rushed for 59 yards on 12 attempts and a touchdown for the game. Rountree ended with 88 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
Early in the fourth quarter, Hogs senior kicker Connor Limpert missed a 54-yard field goal attempt to tie the game.
Missouri was able to take control of the ball at the 36. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-10, the Tigers completed a pass that went for 37 yards.
Former Razorback and senior wide receiver Jonathan Nance finished off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown reception to increase the Missouri lead to 24-14.
Powell ended the game 8-14 for 105 yards and a touchdown.
A personal foul on a 4th-and-7 play helped the Missouri Tigers run an extra three minutes off the clock and ice the win, 24-14.
Senior quarterback Ben Hicks entered the game for Arkansas’ last drive and completed one of five passes for two yards and had an eight-yard rush.
The Hogs finished their season 2-10 and 0-8 in conference play, an identical record to last season.