2010 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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2010 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas-Razorback-Logo-2001.png
Sugar Bowl vs. Ohio State, L 26–31
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #12
2010 record 10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Bobby Petrino
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee
Offensive scheme Power Spread
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)

War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 53,955)
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#22 South Carolina x   5 3         9 5  
Florida   4 4         8 5  
Georgia   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   3 5         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         6 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Auburn x   8 0         14 0  
#12 Arkansas   6 2         10 3  
#8 LSU   6 2         11 2  
#10 Alabama   5 3         10 3  
#15 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Ole Miss   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the 2010 football season. The team played five home games at Razorback Stadium and two home games at War Memorial Stadium. Coach Bobby Petrino was in his third year with the Razorbacks. They were members of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks finished the season 10–2, 6–2 in SEC play and earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl, their first major bowl appearance in two decades, where they were defeated by Ohio State 26–31. However, Ohio State later vacated all of their 2010 season victories due to an NCAA violation involving improper benefits to some of their players.

Before the season

Players

Quarterback Ryan Mallett had successful offseason surgery on a broken left foot.1 The injury occurred during a conditioning drill, and will keep the Texarkana native out of spring drills.2 Sophomore defensive backs David Gordon and Hunter Miller were arrested on April 26 for possession of drugs.3 Offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was named to the Outland Trophy watchlist, and Ryan Mallett was named the frontronner for the Davey O'Brien Award by The Sporting News.45 Mallett and tight end D. J. Williams also have been named to numerous preseason All-American teams.6 Earning All-SEC honors include Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Wade Grayson, DeMarcus Love, Jerry Franklin, Jake Bequette, DeQuinta Jones, and Jerico Nelson.6 Coach Bobby Petrino, Mallett, Williams, and back-up quarterback Tyler Wilson all appeared on ESPN's College Football Live.78910 Wide receiver Carlton Salters left the football team on July 12 in order to pursue his professional baseball career.11

Recruits

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 6:00 PM Tennessee Tech* #17 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR PPV W 44–3   69,59612
September 11 6:00 PM Louisiana–Monroe* #14 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR SECRN W 31–7   55,70513
September 18 11:00 AM at Georgia #12 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA ESPN W 31–24   92,74614
September 25 2:30 PM #1 Alabama #10 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR CBS L 20–24   76,80815
October 9 2:30 PM vs. Texas A&M* #11 Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX (Southwest Classic) ABC W 24–17   65,62216
October 16 2:30 PM at #7 Auburn #12 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL CBS L 43–65   87,45117
October 23 11:21 AM Ole Miss #21 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) SECN W 38–24   73,61918
October 30 7:00 PM Vanderbiltdagger #19 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR SECRN W 49–14   70,43019
November 6 6:00 PM at #18 South Carolina #17 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN W 41–20   75,13620
November 13 6:00 PM UTEP* #14 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPNU W 58–21   67,33021
November 20 6:00 PM at #22 Mississippi State #13 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN W 38–31 2OT  56,40622
November 27 2:30 PM #6 LSU #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS W 31–23   55,80823
January 4 8:00 PM vs. #6 Ohio State* #8 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ESPN L 26–31   73,87924
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

NOTE: Ohio State's Sugar Bowl win was vacated after Ohio State's 2010 season was vacated. Arkansas' loss in the Sugar Bowl remains a loss in the records.

Personnel

Coaching staff

2010 Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Garrick McGee
  • Running Backs – Chris Milam
  • Tight Ends – Chip Long
  • Wide Receivers – Kris Cinkovich
  • Offensive Line – Chris Klenakis
  • Graduate Assistant – Chip Long

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Secondary – Willy Robinson
  • Inside Linebackers – Reggie Johnson
  • Defensive Tackles – Bobby Allen
  • Defensive Ends – Steve Caldwell
  • Graduate Assistant – Marty Biagi
 

Special Teams

  • Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers – John L. Smith

Administrative Staff

  • Athletic Director (AD) – Jeff Long
  • Director of High School Relations – Dean Campbell
  • Director of On-Campus Recruiting/Eligibility Coordinator – Dann Kabala
  • Director of Football Operations – Mark Robinson
  • Strength and Conditioning – Jason Veltkamp
  • Recruiting Coordinator – Tim Horton

Roster

2010 Arkansas Razorbacks roster
2010 Roster from the University of Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics

Quarterbacks

  • 8 Tyler WilsonRedshirt Sophomore
  • 9 Jacoby Walker – Freshman
  • 15 Ryan MallettRedshirt Junior
  • 17 Brandon Mitchell – Sophomore

Tailbacks

  • 7 Knile DavisSophomore
  • 10 Braylon Mitchell – Freshman
  • 20 Ronnie Wingo, Jr. – Sophomore
  • 29 Broderick Green – Junior
  • 33 Dennis Johnson – Junior
  • -- Ronald Watkins – Redshirt Sophomore

Fullbacks

  • 44 Van Stumon – Redshirt Senior
  • -- Brandon Pyle – Sophomore

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Marquel Wade – Freshman
  • 2 Julian Horton – Freshman
  • 3 Joe AdamsJunior
  • 4 Jarius WrightJunior
  • 11 Cobi HamiltonSophomore
  • 19 Javontee Herndon – Freshman
  • 23 De'Anthony Curtis – Junior
  • 83 Lance Ray – Redshirt Freshman
  • 84 Price Holmes – Sophomore
  • 85 Greg ChildsJunior
  • 89 Austin Tucker – Redshirt Junior
  • -- Alvin Chambers – Sophomore
  • -- Ryan Farr – Sophomore
  • -- Telvin Griffin – Sophomore
  • -- Alex Nerney – Junior
  • -- William Seranno – Sophomore
  • -- Justin Wortman – Sophomore
 

Tight Ends

  • 45 D.J. Williams – Senior
  • 48 Brad Hefley – Freshman
  • 80 Chris Gragg – Sophomore
  • 86 Ben Cleveland – Redshirt Senior
  • 87 Austin Tate – Freshman
  • 88 Garrett Uekman – Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 63 Colby Berna – Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 Denton Simek – Freshman
  • 67 Alvin BaileyRedshirt Freshman
  • -- Blake Gunderson – Sophomore

Offensive Tackles

  • 65 DeMarcus Love – Redshirt Senior
  • 73 Ray Dominguez – Redshirt Senior
  • 75 Luke Charpentier – Freshman
  • 76 Tyler Deacon – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 78 Anthony Oden – Sophomore
  • 79 Grant Freeman – Redshirt Junior

Offensive Guards

  • 70 Zhamal Thomas – Senior
  • 71 Wade Grayson – Senior
  • 72 Grant Cook – Redshirt Junior
  • 74 Cam Feldt – Freshman

Centers

  • 60 Seth Oxner – Redshirt Junior
  • 64 Travis SwansonRedshirt Freshman
  • 68 Clay Bemberg – Redshirt Senior

Defensive Ends

  • 83 Darrick Sullivan – Freshman
  • 43 Tenarius Wright – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 58 Damario Ambrose – Senior
  • 90 Colton Miles-Nash – Sophomore
  • 91 Jake Bequette – Redshirt Junior
  • 97 Ryan Calendar – Redshirt Freshman
  • 98 Caleb Evans – Senior
  • -- Will Coleman – Sophomore
  • -- Brooks Reimer – Freshman
 

Defensive Tackles

  • 51 Alfred Davis – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 54 Byran Jones – Freshman
  • 61 Zach Stadther – Junior
  • 92 DeQuinta Jones – Sophomore
  • 95 Patrick Jones – Senior
  • 96 Jeremiah Jackson – Freshman
  • -- Jared Green – Junior

Linebackers

  • 1 Anthony Leon – Senior
  • 31 Jerico Nelson – Sophomore
  • 25 Chris Milam
Sophomore
  • 32 Bret Harris – Redshirt Junior
  • 34 Jerry FranklinRedshirt Junior
  • 41 Ryan Powers – Redshirt Senior
  • 46 Freddy Burton – Senior
  • 50 Stephen Barnett – Junior
  • 53 Jermaine Love – Senior
  • 55 Austin Moss – Sophomore

Cornerbacks

  • 4 Rudell Crim – Senior
  • 6 Isaac Madison – Junior
  • 13 Seth Armbrust – Redshirt Senior
  • 21 Darius Winston – Sophomore
  • 26 Ramon Broadway – Redshirt Senior
  • 28 Greg Gatson – Sophomore
  • 36 Andru Stewart – Junior

Safeties

  • 5 Tramain Thomas – Junior
  • 9 Elton Ford – Junior
  • 24 Daunte Carr – Freshman
  • 35 Ross Rasner – Freshman
  • 38 Jerry Mitchell – Redshirt Freshman
  • -- Dustin Cain – Senior
 

Athletes

  • 14 Eric Bennett – Freshman
  • 22 Darrell Smith – Freshman
  • 27 Alan Turner – Freshman
  • 39 Jarrett Lake – Freshman
  • 49 Jatashun Beachum – Freshman

Punters/Kickers

  • 2 Alex Tejada – Senior
  • 14 Dylan Breeding – Sophomore
  • 18 Zach Hocker – Freshman
  • 40 Eduardo Camara – Freshman
  • -- Cameron Bryan – Redshirt Sophomore

Long Snappers

  • 59 Rhett Richardson – Redshirt Junior
  • 62 Nick Brewer – Junior
  • -- Robby Cox – Redshirt Sophomore
  • -- Derrell Hartwick – Redshirt Junior

Terms:

  • Freshman – A player in his first year.
  • Sophomore – A player in his second year.
  • Junior – A player in his third year.
  • Senior – A player in his fourth year.
  • Redshirt Redshirt – A player who sat out a
    previous season.

Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 474 304
  Points per Game 36.5 23.4
First Downs 291 236
  Rushing 105 118
  Passing 173 102
  Penalty 13 16
Total Offense 6273 4523
  Avg per Play 7.1 5.2
  Avg per Game 482.5 347.9
Fumbles-Lost 23–9 27–14
Penalties-Yards 108–831 92–678
  Avg per Game 63.9 52.2
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 54-2255 72-3034
  Avg per Punt 41.8 42.1
Time of Possession/Game 30:22 29:38
3rd Down Conversions 68/165 62/185
4th Down Conversions 9/19 14/21
Touchdowns Scored 60 37
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 16–19 15–19
PAT-Attempts 56–58 37–37
Attendance 413591 311739
  Games/Avg per Game 6/68932 4/77935
  Neutral Games/Avg per Game 3/65069

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Opponents 87 75 39 103 0 304
Razorbacks 121 145 103 98 7 474

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Knile Davis 13–8 204 1362 40 1322 6.5 13 71 101.7
Broderick Green 13–2 104 389 24 365 3.5 3 23 28.1
Ronnie Wingo Jr. 13–5 41 260 7 253 6.2 1 32 19.5
Dennis Johnson 2–0 9 85 2 83 9.2 1 49 41.5
Joe Adams 12–4 6 32 0 32 5.3 0 12 2.7
Jarius Wright 13–13 1 9 0 9 9.0 0 9 0.7
Ronald Watkins 2–0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0 5 2.5
Brandon Mitchell 4–0 2 5 6 −1 −0.5 0 5 −0.2
Austin Tucker 13–0 1 0 6 −6 −6.0 0 0 −0.5
Dylan Breeding 13–0 1 5 12 −7 −7.0 0 0 −0.5
TEAM 8–0 3 0 22 −22 −7.3 0 0 −2.8
Tyler Wilson 6–0 4 0 24 −24 −6.0 0 0 −4.0
Ryan Mallett 13–13 44 59 133 −74 −1.7 4 14 −5.7
Total 13 421 2211 276 1935 4.6 22 71 148.8
Opponents 13 522 2528 414 2114 4.0 21 54 162.6

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Total

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

See also

Game notes

Tennessee Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 3 0 0 0 3
#17 Razorbacks 0 23 21 0 44

Arkansas met Tennessee Tech for the first time on the gridiron to open the 2010 season of lofty expectations. The Hogs started slowly, with TTU taking a 3–0 lead into the second quarter, but Arkansas was driving to close the first quarter, and running back Dennis Johnson scored from seven yards out for the Hogs' first touchdown of the season. The Arkansas defense recorded a safety on the ensuing TTU possession. Arkansas running back Broderick Green leaped in for another Razorbacks score, making the lead 16–3 for Arkansas. The Razorbacks would also add an 85-yard scoring pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett to Joe Adams before halftime.25 The Hogs came out strong in the second half, with Ronnie Wingo scoring another Razorbacks touchdown on the ground. Mallett began to click with his receivers at this point, finding Cobi Hamilton and Joe Adams for passing touchdowns. Arkansas did not punt in the contest, and won easily 44–3. This was the first time under Bobby Petrino that the Hogs kept an opponent without a touchdown.26

Louisiana–Monroe

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Razorbacks 7 0 7 17 31
Warhawks 0 0 0 7 7

Ryan Mallett threw for four hundred yards for the third time in his career, and Greg Childs had twelve catches as Arkansas' offense rallied in the second half to finish the Warhawks.27 The Razorbacks offense looked lethargic in the first half, but the Arkansas defense was stout. The first score of the game came in the first quarter, Greg Childs hauling in a 19 yard touchdown pass From Ryan Mallett. Neither team would dent the scoreboard again until the third quarter, when Mallett took a quarterback sneak one yard to paydirt. Rudell Crim of Arkansas intercepted a pass, and the Hogs would drive for five minutes resulting Zach Hocker's first career field goal as a Razorback.28 Childs would again catch a Mallett touchdown pass, diving into the end zone to make the score 24–0. At this point, Louisiana-Monroe would string a drive together and connect on a Luther Ambrose 25 yard TD reception from Kolton Browning. Razorback sophomore Ronnie Wingo would score on a screen pass to stretch the final margin to 31–7.29 Arkansas' offense had three turnovers in the contest, but the defense played well; limiting ULM to under 200 yards of total offense.27

Georgia

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Razorbacks 7 10 7 7 31
Bulldogs 7 0 3 14 24

The Razorbacks began the SEC season by meeting Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The Hogs looked to answer critics that believe the Razorbacks cannot win an SEC game on the road. Georgia was victorious in Razorback Stadium in 2009 shootout.30 The Hogs had to play without the services of top running back Dennis Johnson, who suffered a season-ending injury the week previous. The Bulldogs were playing without impact receiver A. J. Green, who was suspended for selling his jersey to an agent.

The Hogs scored first only minutes into the game on a Mallett pass to Chris Gragg for a 57-yard score. Georgia freshman QB Aaron Murray scored on the ground to even the score. The Hogs responded with a Knile Davis rushing score, and a Zach Hocker field goal to take a 17–7 lead into half. After the break, Georgia kicker Blair Walsh recorded a field goal, but Mallett found Ronnie Wingo to reply. Behind by fourteen points, Georgia stormed back with Tavarres King and Washaun Ealey both scoring touchdowns to knot the game in the fourth quarter. Georgia had a chance to win the game, but a sack by Jake Bequette that tore Murry's helmet off ended the drive and forced UGA to punt.31 Given a chance to win the game, Mallett completed two passes to D. J. Williams to move the Hogs to the UGA 40. Childs caught a perfect pass from Mallett along the left side, and after breaking a tackle, dashed 40 yards for the game-winning score with fifteen seconds remaining.32 Mallett was 3 of 3 for 73 yards on the final game-winning drive, confirming his status as a Heisman Trophy contender.33

Alabama

Mallett takes a snap in the shotgun in the third quarter.
1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Crimson Tide 7 0 7 10 24
#10 Razorbacks 10 7 3 0 20


Texas A&M, Southwest Classic

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Razorbacks 14 7 3 0 24
Aggies 7 7 3 0 17

The Arkansas offense exploded in the first half by racking up 317 yards in the second annual Southwest Classic. The Hogs were hurt on the scoreboard by penalites and missed kicks, however. Arkansas marched the ball down the field on the opening possession, running well and capping the drive with a Joe Adams touchdown reception. The Hogs defense forced a punt on the following Aggie drive, but Ryan Mallett threw a long interception on the Razorbacks' first play. Texas A&M returned the interception to the two yardline, but couldn't score until fourth down. The ensuing Razorbacks possession ended when Mallett threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton, following a very successful play action fake. Arkansas had the potential for six more points, but a Zach Hocker miss and a botched fake attempts cost the Razorbacks more points. Mallett led a 63 second drive before halftime which ended in a Ben Cleveland touchdown reception, but Texas A&M responded with a quick score to make it a 21–14 lead for the Hogs at half.

The game became a defensive affair in the second half. Arkansas sealed the game in the fourth quarter with two run-heavy possessions that ate the clock. Texas A&M had a chance to tie the game with little time left, but failed and instead turned the ball over for the fourth time. The win gave the Hogs a 2–0 edge in Southwest Classic games.

Auburn

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Razorbacks 7 14 14 8 43
#7 Tigers 7 20 10 28 65

Arkansas traveled to Auburn, Alabama for an SEC shootout between Ryan Mallett and Auburn's Cameron Newton. Entering the game, Arkansas and Auburn were the SEC's top two offenses, respectively, with the Razorbacks also ranking third nationally in passing offense.34 The game would provide plenty of points as promised, but changed complexion dramatically when Mallett left the game with a concussion in the second quarter. Razorbacks junior Tyler Wilson would come in and throw for over 300 yards and 4 TD, but also throw two costly interceptions late.

The game was also marred by many questionable calls by officials that hindered Arkansas. The primary calls were Mario Fannin's fumble prior crossing the goal line and a fumble by Broderick Green despite being down. A statement by Arkansas' athletic director Jeff Long indicates that the University has "registered our concerns regarding several officiating calls and review decisions made by replay officials".35

Arkansas began the scoring on a Mallett pass to Van Stumon, who caught just his second career pass for a seven yard score. After Auburn responded, Arkansas engineered a twelve play drive that ended with a Broderick Green TD run. On the ensuing Auburn possession, Mario Fannin fumbled the football prior to crossing the plane of the goal line. The call was reviewed but upheld as a touchdown. This was the first of many questionable calls to hurt Arkansas.35 This call was later explained by the SEC offices that an on-field official had signaled touchdown, despite indisputable video evidence that no official ever indicated touchdown.36 Auburn would also block a punt. Tyler Wilson would relieve an injured Mallett in the second quarter, throwing a touchdown pass to Greg Childs on his second drive. This made the score 21–27 in favor of Auburn at the half.

Wilson would hit Childs for another TD in the second half, but Auburn would return the subsequent kickoff 99 yards to negate the score. Wilson replied with by completing a long flea flicker pass to Childs, followed by two passes to Joe Adams to hit paydirt. Wilson and the Razorbacks would drive again, scoring on another Childs TD reception and two-point conversion reception. This scoring frenzy gave Arkansas a 43–37 lead. Auburn would respond with a passing TD, and controversy would ensue on Arkansas' next possession. Running back Broderick Green fumbled the football after being tackled. After a long review period, the play was not overturned and Auburn took possession. This call was heavily questioned by Bobby Petrino and the Razorback coaching staff. Auburn would continue to a 65–43 victory.

A positive for the Razorbacks was receiver Greg Childs, who caught nine passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Ole Miss

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 0 3 7 14 24
#21 Razorbacks 14 7 3 14 38


Vanderbilt

Knile Davis scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the score 42–14 in favor of Arkansas.
1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 14 0 0 0 14
#19 Razorbacks 6 26 3 14 49


South Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Razorbacks 7 17 10 7 41
#18 Gamecocks 7 3 0 10 20


UTEP

Ronnie Wingo (20) stands behind Mallett in the pistol formation against the Miners.
1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 14 0 0 7 21
#14 Razorbacks 21 14 14 9 58


Mississippi State

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
#13 Razorbacks 14 3 7 7 0 7 38
#22 Bulldogs 7 14 0 10 0 0 31


LSU, Battle for the Golden Boot

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Tigers 0 14 6 3 23
#12 Razorbacks 7 14 0 10 31
Mallett kneels down on the one-yard line to finish the game. The win is the Hogs' third in four years against their rivals.

Arkansas met LSU in Little Rock, and the Hogs earned a season-defining 31–23 victory.37 Arkansas' second-ranked offense met the Tigers' top-ranked defense, but the Hogs recorded 464 yards of total offense against the Tigers.38 Arkansas’s sophomore running back Knile Davis rushed for 152 yards, including nine straight rushes on the final Arkansas drive, and Ryan Mallett broke the school record with 60 touchdown passes in the contest.39 Cobi Hamilton of Arkansas had three catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns of 80+ yards, including a long score with six seconds remaining before halftime. Stevan Ridley had two rushing scores for LSU, and Jordan Jefferson completed 16 of 27 passes for 184 yards. Arkansas and LSU both closed the regular season at 10–2, with Arkansas finishing second in the SEC West behind Auburn.

On December 5, the Razorbacks were invited to the 2011 Sugar Bowl. This is Arkansas' first ever BCS berth, as well as the Razorbacks' first major bowl appearance since the 1990 Cotton Bowl.

2011 Sugar Bowl – Ohio State

#6 Ohio State at #8 Arkansas
1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Ohio State 14 14 3 0 31
#8 Arkansas 7 3 11 5 26

The Ohio State Buckeyes headed to the Superdome to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Buckeyes came into the game 0–9 against the SEC in bowl games. The Buckeyes struck first, with Dane Sanzenbacher recovering a fumble in the end zone after Terrelle Pryor fumbled on the 3 yard line. Arkansas struck back with Ryan Mallett connecting with Joe Adams on a 17 yard pass. Dan Herron added a 9 yard run, and Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey caught touchdown passes of 15 and 43 yards respectively to give the Buckeyes a big lead. Zach Hocker hit a 20 yard field goal as time expired and the Razorbacks were down 28–10 at the half.

In the third quarter, the momentum shifted Arkansas' direction. Hocker and Devin Barclay traded field goals, then Mallett connected with Jarius Wright for a touchdown, then made the two-point conversion on a pass to D. J. Williams to pull within ten. The Razorbacks closed the gap further in the fourth, on a safety by Jake Bequette and another field goal by Hocker. With just over a minute left, Arkansas blocked Ohio State's punt and recovered on the 18 yard line. However, Mallett's second pass attempt was intercepted and the Buckeyes ran out the clock and won, 31–26. Initially Ohio State's first bowl win over an SEC opponent, Ohio State's win was subsequently vacated when Ohio State later vacated their entire 2010 football season because of NCAA violations involving improper benefits to some of their players.

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