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Arkansas looks to complete perfect SEC slate vs. LSU

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:11 AM No. 9 LSU (9-2) at No. 5 Arkansas (10-1), 2:30 pm EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) - Arkansas already has clinched a berth in the Southeastern Conference title game. In order to play for a more important championship game, the Razorbacks must win Friday.

The fifth-ranked Razorbacks look to go 8-0 in SEC play for the first time when they host No. 9 Louisiana State.

Arkansas (10-1, 7-0 SEC West) opened its season with a 50-14 home setback to Southern California but has not lost since. Last Saturday, the Razorbacks claimed the SEC West title with a 28-14 triumph at Mississippi State.

Casey Dick overcame a pair of interceptions with two touchdown passes and Darren McFadden scored on a 92-yard kickoff return for Arkansas, which will play Florida in the SEC title game on December 2.

"It is a great feeling to win a championship on the western side and to win 10 games it is great," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "I just love it for our seniors. To see their faces and that happy, celebrating locker room, there is nothing like that.

LSU (9-2, 5-2 West) has won five straight games since a 23-10 loss at Florida on October 7. But the Tigers needed overtime to defeat visiting Mississippi last weekend, 23-20.

LSU rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game with 14 seconds left on a five-yard TD pass from JaMarcus Russell to Dwayne Bowe, but Colt David's go-ahead extra-point attempt was blocked.

But on the Rebels' opening drive of the extra session, defensive back Daniel Francis sacked quarterback Brent Schaeffer, and defensive end Tyson Jackson pounced on the loose ball. Jacob Hester carried seven times to get the Tigers to the 9, setting up David's 26-yard field goal to seal the come-from-behind win.

LSU has won four of the last five meetings in the battle for "The Golden Boot," a 175-pound trophy that is shaped like the two states combined.

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