In the first half, Arkansas was struggling and Tennessee was in pretty good shape. The Vols held a 13-0 advantage over Arkansas at halftime, but Razorbacks exploded in the second half 24-0 to win against a struggling Tennessee team.
Tennessee opened the scoring with a 50-yard Brett Cimaglia goal after a 12-minute 42-yard drive to kick off the game. The Vols extended their advantage with a 1-yard strike from Eric Gray to get past the 16, 81 yard round at the start of the second half. The Gray Lobster took the lead 100 yards, and Tennessee took advantage of a stingy defense and a foul chance in the first half. The Vols once again benefited from a huge kick from Cimaglia as he linked the 48-yard goal 1:57 in the first half to make it 13-0.
But in the second half, Arkansas overturned the script, allowing Tennessee to have virtually no attack movement. Feleipe Franks launched a trio of touch passes in the third quarter to turn the game around. His first, for Mike Woods from 1 yard out, limited to a single 17, 75 yard play to initiate the second half. After being hit by the Vols three and over, Franks threw a 56-yard bomb at Woods before reaching the end area with a 6-yard shot for Blake Kern. The game that added Arkansas points in the lead it never gave up.
Franks was a masterpiece, passing 215 yards to 18 out of 24 passes and was generally on good terms throughout the game. His third score came with UT three and out, with the Vols starting to shuffle QB. Arkansas followed the Tennessee shot with a 22-yard run and then a 59-yard pass from Franks-to-Treylon Burks, extending the lead to Razorback to 21-13.
Since then, the two defenders have basically traded with each other. Tennessee not only played Jarrett ensureano (5 to 8 for 42 yards), but also backed Brian Maurer (0 for 4) and Harrison Bailey (6 gave 9 to 65 yards but 2 blocked) without any improvement about the ability to attack. Razorbacks added another goal 48 yards from AJ Reed in the final seconds of the third inning. Reed previously missed a 21-yard kick just before halftime.
Arkansas continued its familiar formula, playing physical defense, giving UT a total of 292 yards while avoiding significant attacking mistakes. UT’s two interceptions were the only goal of the match.
The win improves Arkansas to 3-3 ahead of the trip to Florida next week. The Gators can also be overconfident in defeating Georgia. Meanwhile, Tennessee is down to 2-4, and will host Texas A&M next week in a match that looks like a significant challenge for Vols, who are almost certainly facing a losing season. the.