Vanderbilt 28, Arkansas 24
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)—Jay Cutler threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marlon White with 26 seconds remaining to give Vanderbilt its second straight come-from-behind win, 28-24 over Arkansas on Saturday night.
The Razorbacks led 24-21 after Bryant Hahnfeldt missed a 43-yard field goal with 2:46 remaining, but Vanderbilt regained possession on a punt after only 24 seconds. The Commodores then drove 76 yards for the winning score.
Cutler completed a 19-yard pass to Erik Davis on fourth-and-10 from Vanderbilt’s 34, and a pass interference call on Randy Kelly later in the drive gave the Commodores the ball on the Arkansas 6.
Cutler found White cutting across the end zone on the next play.
Vanderbilt (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two straight road wins for the first time since beating Mississippi and Duke in 1999. The Commodores had lost every SEC opener since 1993, when Alabama beat them 17-6 but forfeited the game. Vanderbilt’s last win on the field in an SEC opener was in 1990 over LSU.
The Commodores were coming off their first season-opening win since 1997. They beat Wake Forest 24-20 when Jeff Jennings scored with 1:48 remaining.
De’Arrius Howard rushed for a career-high 139 yards for Arkansas, which led 24-13 after three quarters. Robert Johnson threw two touchdown passes for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (1-1, 0-1) outgained Vanderbilt 200-10 in the first quarter. Howard’s 39-yard run opened the scoring.
But Vanderbilt stopped running back Peyton Hillis four straight times on Arkansas’ next possession after the Razorbacks (1-1, 0-1) had first-and-goal from the 3.
Chris Balseiro’s 37-yard field goal made it 10-0, but Cutler scored on a 1-yard run and Hahnfeldt’s 23-yard kick made it 10-10 at halftime.
Hahnfeldt added a 28-yard field goal early in the third quarter before Johnson found Marcus Monk on a 7-yard pass to put Arkansas back ahead. Johnson connected with Hillis on a 16-yard scoring pass later in the period.
Cutler lofted a 20-yard touchdown to White, then found White for a 2-point conversion to make it 24-21 with 12:44 to play. The senior quarterback finished 23-of-45 for 278 yards with an interception, and his two touchdowns gave him 41 for his career, tying the school mark held by Greg Zolman and Whit Taylor.
Vanderbilt and Arkansas met for only the sixth time, the first since 1995. Vanderbilt’s only previous win in the series was in 1950.
The Commodores had never played at Fayetteville—their previous three games at Arkansas were at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium.
Arkansas plays at No. 1 Southern California next weekend. Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi.