ARK-LSU FB 11/13/21

Junior defensive back Greg Brooks Jr. prepares to tackle LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers during Saturday's game. The Razorbacks beat the Tigers 16-13 to claim the Golden Boot for the first time since 2015.

Razorback players sprinted across the field Saturday night to hoist the Golden Boot after Arkansas freshman kicker Cameron Little nailed a 37-yard field goal and gave the Hogs a 16-13 overtime victory over the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Arkansas redshirt senior Montaric Brown intercepted a Garrett Nussmeier pass in the end zone to give the Razorbacks possession of the ball just moments before the game-winning field goal.

“Well, it was such a hard fought game,” Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said following the game. “It was ugly and beautiful all in one game. It wasn’t pretty, but when that ball went through the uprights it was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen.”

The Razorbacks struggled offensively in the early stages, racking up more penalty yards than total yards in the first quarter. After 15 minutes, Arkansas and LSU were tied at three.

The Tigers scored just eight seconds into the second quarter, when Nussmeier hit LSU wideout Jack Bech in the back of the end zone with a 29-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers up 10-3.

The teams’ defenses battled it out the rest of the quarter, and as the clock hit triple zeros, LSU took a 10-3 lead going into halftime.

The Razorbacks were able to build momentum in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson broke away from a host of LSU defenders to find sophomore running back Dominique Johnson wide open for a 43-yard touchdown strike. The score tied the game at 10 with just over six minutes to play in the quarter.

“I knew they were bringing pressure, so I knew I had to make one miss,” Jefferson said following the game. “The only thing on my mind was making a play, and when I saw (Johnson) downfield wide open, I just tried to give him a good ball and he did the rest.”

The Hogs held onto that momentum and just six seconds later, sophomore defensive back Myles Slusher picked off a Nussmeier pass over the middle.

After a successful fake field goal gave the Hogs a first down at the LSU 13-yard line, they were unable to capitalize. They settled for a field goal from freshman Cam Little, which gave the Razorbacks a 13-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

LSU then tied the score with 10:53 left in the game with a 45-yard field goal from Cade York.

The Razorbacks and Tigers fought it out for the rest of the quarter, but neither could add points to the scoreboard. As time expired, the score was tied 13-13, and the teams needed overtime to decide the winner of the Golden Boot.

Facing second-and-7 on the Arkansas 8-yard line, Brown intercepted Nussmeier’s pass and the Hogs snatched possession, needing only a field goal to win.

“Having that mindset that the ball is coming my way all the time, and trusting my technique,” Brown said of his overtime interception. “That’s what I do in practice, and I just try to take it to the game.”

After three quarterback runs got the Hogs to the LSU 19-yard line, Little hit a 37-yard field goal to give the Razorbacks the victory and the Golden Boot for the first time since 2015.

The Razorbacks will hit the road again next week when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to take on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on CBS.

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