</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;"> 1 2 3 4 F
- - - - --
#3 Tennessee 3 14 7 0 24
Arkansas 7 7 7 7 28 </pre><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">ARK - Barrett 43 interception return (Dodson kick), UA 7-0
TEN - FG A Walls 43, UA 7-3
TEN - Lewis 1 run (A Walls kick), TEN 10-7
ARK - J Davenport 6 pass from Stoerner (Dodson kick), ARK 14-10
TEN - T Martin 19 run (A Walls kick), UT 17-14
TEN - Henry 28 run (A Walls kick), UT 24-14
ARK - Boo Williams 53 pass from Stoerner (Dodson kick), UT 24-21
ARK - Lucas 23 pass from Stoerner (Dodson kick), UA 28-24
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;"> Tennessee Arkansas
First downs 29 18
Rushed-yards 39-169 30-144
Passing yards 311 228
Sacked-yards lost 1-0 0-0
Return yards 23 39
Passes 22-44-1 18-28-1
Punts 5-37.0 5-40.8
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 10-74 7-59
Time of possession 34:21 25:39 </pre><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Tennessee-Henry 12-79, Lewis 19-47, T Martin 7-43,
Bartholomew 1-0. Arkansas-Cobbs 15-107, Chukwuma 10-36, Jenkins
1-9, Stoerner 1-0, Team 3-minus 8.
PASSING: Tennessee-T Martin 22-44-1-311. Arkansas-Stoerner
RECEIVING: Tennessee-D Stallworth 7-78, Wilson 5-93, Parker
4-57, Lewis 3-57, Graham 3-26. Arkansas-Lucas 6-96, Boo
Williams 4-82, E Smith 3-24, J Davenport 2-8, Cobbs 1-14, M
Williams 1-3, Chukwuma 1-1.
This time, Clint Stoerner
cradled the ball with two hands and got his revenge against
Stoerner connected with Anthony Lucas on a 23-yard touchdown
with 3:44 left in the fourth quarter to lift Arkansas to a 28-24
upset of Tennessee in a Southeastern Conference battle and
virtually ended the national championship hopes of the
Volunteers (7-2, 4-2 SEC East)
The win was especially sweet for Stoerner, who failed to protect
the ball and inexplicably fumbled with 1:43 remaining in last
year's game at Tennessee when it appeared Arkansas had the win
Given a second life, Tennessee took advantage of Stoerner's
turnover and marched for the winning touchdown in a 28-24
victory. Both teams entered the game with 8-0 records and the
Volunteers went on to win the national championship. After the
heartbreaking loss, Arkansas lost two of its next three games.
The play lives in Tennessee lore and Arkansas infamy, but
Stoerner showed his mental toughness today with a brilliant
performance, passing for 228 yards and three touchdowns and
rallying the Razorbacks from a 24-14 deficit. Ironically, this
year's revenge game for Arkansas finished with the identical
score as last year's heartbreaking loss in Knoxville.
"It's tough to describe. I know I hold a lot of stuff in,"
Stoerner said. "Everybody talks about how well I handled myself
with the media after the game last year. I feel we really
deserved this. What happened to us last year just wasn't right.
This is icing on the cake. I didn't care how we won the game,
just as long as we came out on top."
Stoerner hit Boo Williams with a 53-yard bomb with 6:02 left in
the third quarter to pull Arkansas (6-3, 3-3 SEC West) within
On the winning touchdown, Stoerner pump faked before he rifled a
pass over the middle to Lucas, who raced down the left sideline,
cut inside past cornerback Dwayne Goodrich and made a leaping
catch in the end zone.
"This is one of the best endings I could have imagined,
especially for the seniors," said Lucas, who finished with six
catches for 96 yards. "Coach (Houston) Nutt told us all to play
hard and told the younger guys to send the seniors out right.
On the last drive, Coach just said whoever gets the call has to
step up and make the play."
Tennessee drove 51 yards to the Arkansas 17-yard line, but Tee
Martin threw an incompletion in the end zone on a 4th-and-6 with
1:23 left. Cedrick Wilson attempted to make a diving catch, but
could not shake free from Arkansas cornerback David Barrett, who
had blanket coverage on the play.
With the crowd of 52,815 in a state of delirium, Stoerner
clutched the football with both hands and took a knee on three
plays as time expired.
After he downed the ball on the first play, Tennessee called a
timeout with 1:18 remaining. On the next play, Tennessee was
called for unsportsmanlike conduct for making contact with
Stoerner before the snap. After the teams briefly scuffled on
the field, Stoerner successfully downed the ball on the next two
plays as time expired.
"Clint Stoerner came back," said Arkansas coach Houston Nutt.
"He's lived with last year's game for a year, even though it
wasn't his fault. He is a man. He never backed down from
accepting blame. This victory has to be very sweet to him."
Tennessee, the defending national champion, had risen to No. 2
in the Bowl Championship Series poll after last week's win over
Notre Dame. But today's loss likely ends their chance to
"You have to give Arkansas credit, they played their hearts
out," said Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer. "We were outcoached
and outplayed today. You have to give credit to their coaches,
players and fans."
Tennessee had won six straight since a 23-21 loss at Florida on
September 18. The Volunteers had also won nine of the 10
previous meetings from Arkansas.
Today's loss was just the second in 22 career starts for Martin,
who was 22-of-44 for 311 yards with an interception.
"We knew it would be a good challenge after last year," Martin
said. "It always hurts to lose. I've had a great career and I
look forward to finishing it out strong."
Freshman Cedric Cobbs rushed for 107 yards on just 15 carries
On Tennessee's second play from scrimmage, Barrett picked off a
pass by Martin which was deflected twice and returned it 43
yards for a touchdown two minutes into the game.
"Right off the bat, Tee threw the ball to me and they got an
interception for a touchdown," said tailback Jamal Lewis. "It is
difficult right now. No one can believe we lost this game."
"On the interception, I just came out to play and it kind of
happened," Barrett said. "The ball was tipped and it just came
right to me."
Tennessee responded with a 12-play, 54-yard drive which resulted
in a 43-yard field goal by Alex Walls with 7:17 left in the
A turnover set up Tennessee's first touchdown after Constantin
Ritzmann recovered a fumbled punt return by Rossi Morreale at
the Arkansas 30. Seven plays later, Lewis scored on a one-yard
run 49 seconds into the second quarter.
Arkansas came back with a seven-play, 72-yard drive which
resulted in a six-yard TD pass from Stoerner to tight end J.D.
Davenport with 10:46 left in the second quarter. Cobbs rushed
for 33 yards on five carries and Stoerner hit Lucas with a
33-yard pass during the drive.
Tennessee followed with a seven-play, 80-yard TD drive. Martin
connected with Wilson on a 44-yard play and scored on a 19-yard
run with 8:05 left in the half.
A 28-yard touchdown run by Travis Henry with 8:46 left in the
third quarter increased Tennessee's lead to 24-14.