The No. 7 LSU used a monster effort from freshman linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. to survive Saturday afternoon’s game against Arkansas, going 13-10. Perkins took over the game with a program-record four sacks in one game, added a batting pass, and forced Arkansas quarterback Cade Fortin to fumble to clinch the game in the fourth quarter. did.
Perkins’ effort was part of a standout defensive effort from LSU that held Arkansas to under 250 total yards and 3 yards per carry. Razorbacks starting quarterback KJ Jefferson missed the game with an injury, and backup Malik his Hornsby was eventually benched after a bad outing in his place. Third-string signal caller Fortin led off his drive with Arkansas’ only touchdown, but it wasn’t enough for LSU’s close victory.
Arkansas also had a strong day defensively, holding LSU QB Jaden Daniels to just 86 yards on 8 of 15 passes. Hoggs sacked Daniels his seventh, forcing both a fumble and an interception in the first quarter. However, LSU controversially made his conversion down third on a pass play.
Fortin tied the game on the final drive, throwing two nice passes to start the drive. However, Perkins stepped up again and knocked the ball out of his hands as Fortin pulled it back. Loose his ball was recovered by his LSU defense and the Tigers were able to run out the clock for his four straight wins.
With this win, LSU (8-2, 6-1 SEC) kept control of SEC West while preventing Alabama from entering the game through the back door. The Tigers officially qualify for his game in the SEC Championship if No. 9 Bama beats his No. 11 Ole error on Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, LSU needs a win over struggling Texas A&M in the final week.
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