BYU surges in second half to dispatch Arkansas

On Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kedon Slovis led BYU to a 38-31 victory over Arkansas by completing 13 of 25 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

After falling down 31-21 midway through the third quarter, BYU scored 17 straight points to go in front 38-31.

BYU surges in second half to dispatch Arkansas
BYU surges in second half to dispatch Arkansas

With 4:43 remaining in the third, Will Ferrin made a field goal of 43 yards. With 1:52 left in the third quarter, Slovis connected with Parker Kingston for a 20-yard touchdown before finding Chase Roberts for a 7-yard score with 8:00 left to play to give the Cougars (3-0) the win.

Less than four minutes remained when BYU took over at the Arkansas 38-yard line following a sack and fumble recovery.

With 1:55 remaining, the Razorbacks (2-1) took over at their own 32-yard line after Ferrin missed a 50-yard field goal later in the drive.

With 12 seconds left, Arkansas drove down to the BYU 16 but was unable to advance the ball any farther before the clock ran out.

A 7-yard touchdown run by AJ Green gave Arkansas a 31-21 lead with 11:41 remaining in the third quarter after they had led 24-21 at the half.

With 11:29 left in the first, Isaiah Sategna returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown for the Razorbacks, putting them up 14-0. Sategna fielded the ball close to the sideline, ran through the middle of the field, and outran a BYU defender to the other sideline.

A 37-yard touchdown pass from Kingston to Deion Smith with 8:28 left in the first quarter trimmed the Arkansas advantage to 14-7 before BYU calmed down and rallied with 21 consecutive points.

BYU surges in second half to dispatch Arkansas

When LJ Martin ran for a 45-yard touchdown with 2:24 left in the first, the Cougars immediately tied the score at 14-14.

With 12:54 left in the second quarter, Martin scored once more, this time from one yard out, to give BYU a 21-14 lead. KJ Jefferson and Luke Hasz’s touchdown pass of 19 yards tied the score at 21.

24 of Jefferson’s 35 throws were completed for a total of 247 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

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