The first half of No. 23 Arkansas’ season-opener with No. 22 Cincinnati was a hard-hitting affair.
After multiple injuries and helmets lost, the Razorbacks rise from the dust with a 14-0 lead. K.J. Jefferson put the Hogs on the board in the 1st quarter with a 15-yard touchdown rush with 6:18 remaining. The touchdown was set up by an interception by LSU transfer Dwight McGlothern that ended an 11-play drive by Cincinnati on their first possession.
The Razorbacks and Bearcats each swapped a few possessions before Arkansas would strike again. In the latter stages of the 2nd quarter, Jefferson again would get to see the endzone. This time, it came on a “Tim Tebow-style” jump pass to tight end Trey Knox. The five-yard pass extended Arkansas’ lead to 14-0 with 0:17 remaining in the half.
Jefferson completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards in the first half while rushing for 54 yards on seven carries. Raheim Sanders led in rushing with 82 yards on 10 carries, while Matt Landers has caught two passes for 37 yards.
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