Arkansas Snaps 5-Game Skid Against Missouri with 34-17 Win

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Arkansas ended Missouri’s five-game winning streak in the Battle Line rivalry as quarterback KJ Jefferson threw for 262 yards in a 34-17 victory at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville Friday night in the regular-season finale.

The Razorbacks (8-4, 4-4 SEC) won three rivalry trophies in one season for the first time in program history as they previously beat two other border schools, Texas A&M and LSU, for the Southwest Classic trophy and LSU for the Boot trophy.

Jefferson hit wide receiver Treylon Burks on a 52-yard touchdown pass for a 24-6 lead with 9:48 to go in the third quarter to put the game away. Arkansas led the Tigers (6-6, 3-5 SEC) at the half. Jefferson completed 15 of 19 passes with a touchdown and rushed six times for 58 yards. Burks caught seven passes for 129 yards.

Under second-year coach Sam Pittman, Arkansas completed a turnaround from 3-7 last year and won eight games in a regular season for the first time since going 10-2 under in 2011. The Hogs also won their most SEC games in a season since a 5-3 mark in 2015.

After Cam Little’s second field goal, Arkansas took a 34-9 lead with 9:52 to go on a 7-yard touchdown run by Raheim Sanders, whose 1-yard touchdown put the Hogs up 10-0 in the second quarter.

Missouri tailback Tyler Badie gained 219 yards on 41 carries and broke the record for most rushing yards in a season with 1,666, passing Devin West’s 1,578 in 1998 in the fourth quarter.

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Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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