LSU-Arkansas: Recap, score, analysis for Week 11 game (November 11, 2017)

Saturday’s LSU-Arkansas game was an opportunity for the Tigers to rebound after their loss at Alabama in Week 10, and they took full advantage with a 33-10 win.

The Tigers (7-3, 4-2 SEC) got back on the winning track against an inconsistent Arkansas team and retained the coveted Golden Boot trophy against the Razorbacks (4-6, 1-5).

Derrius Guice rushed for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns for LSU, and DJ Chark made four receptions for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tigers quarterback Danny Etling threw for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11-of-16 passing.

LSU racked up 425 yards of total offense, while Arkansas compiled 318 offensive yards.

SEC Country reporters Alex Hickey, Sam Spiegelman and Nick Suss were on the scene at Tiger Stadium. Review their in-game updates and analysis below:

LSU-Arkansas recap

FOURTH QUARTER

LSU 33, Arkansas 10: Derrius Guice rumbles for a 1-yard touchdown, and the Tigers put this one in the fridge with 3:46 left.

LSU 26, Arkansas 10: Arkansas went for it on 4th-and-1 from its own 22, and 6-foot-7, 268-pound quarterback Cole Kelley got stuffed. LSU takes over on downs midway through the fourth quarter.

LSU 26, Arkansas 10: DJ Chark catches his second touchdown of the game — and the season — on a 68-yard pass from Danny Etling. Even better, new kicker Jack Gonsoulin drilled the extra point, bringing a raucous cheer from the home crowd.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: LSU 19, Arkansas 10

LSU won the third quarter, but not by enough to give itself a feeling of comfort heading into the fourth. The one thing we can say for sure: Derrius Guice loves playing the Razorbacks. He already has 119 yards on 15 carries.

THIRD QUARTER

LSU 19, Arkansas 10: Guice was great on this drive, following a 19-yard run with a 33-yard touchdown. Connor Culp was not, missing his second straight extra point.

LSU 13, Arkansas 10: The Hogs aren’t going anywhere. Donnie Alexander made a nice third-down stop to limit Arkansas to a field goal attempt, but Connor Limpert was true from 38 yards out. The Hogs are having a lot of success moving the ball on screen passes, as Ed Orgeron feared would be the case all week.

LSU 13, Arkansas 7: The Tigers asserted themselves with an 8-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half punctuated on a 6-yard Guice touchdown run. Guice either bulldozed or dragged multiple tacklers for the final 3 yards of the run. But Connor Culp shanked the PAT, his second miss of the day on a short kick.

HALFTIME: LSU 7, Arkansas 7

Despite thoroughly outplaying Arkansas for most of the first half, LSU goes into the locker room tied with the Razorbacks. Arkansas picked up 86 of its 132 total yards — and a head full of steam — on the final drive of the half.

A missed field goal and a Derrick Dillon drop of a would-be 38-yard touchdown pass from Danny Etling are looming large right now. Arkansas is a really bad football team, but not bad enough to get away with leaving this many points on the field.

SECOND QUARTER

LSU 7, Arkansas 7: The Tigers have failed to deliver a knockout blow, and the Hogs took advantage with a wonderfully executed 10-play, 86-yard drive to tie the game with 16 seconds left in the first half.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: LSU 7, Arkansas 0

The Razorbacks have to be counting their lucky stars that this game is still close, because they simply aren’t a good football team in any measurable metric.

Arkansas has minus-1 rushing yard while LSU already has 119 total yards. This thing is trending towards a blowout, and the only thing currently keeping it within the Hogs reach is sloppy red zone execution and a missed field goal by LSU.

FIRST QUARTER

LSU 7, Arkansas 0: The play the Tigers were so desperately hoping to connect on last week at Alabama comes through against Arkansas. Danny Etling hit a wide-open DJ Chark for a 45-yard touchdown to finally break the ice almost 14 minutes into the first quarter.

The Tigers squandered a couple scoring chances earlier in the quarter, but those probably won’t be remembered if they hit on a couple more explosive plays.


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Pregame score predictions

LSU 38, Arkansas 10

Despite a 24-10 loss at Alabama last Saturday, the LSU football team has maintained high spirits. LSU is a 17-point home favorite and rightfully so. The Tigers are healthier than they’ve been in weeks, particularly at running back and on defense, where Arden Key and the entire front seven looked their best last weekend. Expect that resurgent pass rush to be the difference against an inconsistent Arkansas offense. While the Razorbacks have won their last two games, both were too close for comfort. Bret Bielema’s squad has struggled against good competition with double-digit losses to TCU, South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn. Expect a healthy LSU team to continue to march toward the 10-win plateau with an easy win. — Sam Spiegelman
LSU 31, Arkansas 7

Don’t worry too much about the Alabama hangover. LSU’s strengths line up perfectly with Arkansas’ weaknesses. No SEC team allows more sacks than Arkansas, which is perfect for Arden Key & Co., and Arkansas’ 98th-ranked run defense is a favorable matchup for Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. — Nick Suss

LSU 34, Arkansas 24

I think back to LSU’s loss to Troy. The Tigers came out motivated the next week and beat Florida on the road. I expect a similar effort out of the Hogs. They’ll just have the misfortune of running into a much better opponent than Florida. — Alex Hickey

LSU 41, Arkansas 17

Arkansas is playing terrible and was crushed by LSU last season. But the Razorbacks have traditionally played some of their best ball under Bret Bielema against the Tigers. Expect a motivated group of Razorbacks that features 13 players from Louisiana. With that said, there no reason LSU should struggle against a bad team. — Carter Bryant 

Looking ahead to Week 12: The Tigers play at Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 18. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. ET (6 CT), and the game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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