Instant analysis: Arkansas, LSU both sluggish after a half

Neither Arkansas or LSU brought much offense to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the first half-hour on Saturday.

No. 7 LSU took a 6-3 lead into halftime, but had just 145 yards of total offense. The Razorbacks were on pace for their worst offensive output in the last decade-plus before the final drive of the half helped with 23 yards. Arkansas still had just 91 yards of total offense at the break.

Arkansas had entered the game with the No. 13 offense in FBS, averaging 485 yards a game. But that was with KJ Jefferson more often than not.

The Razorbacks announced their starting quarterback would not play against the Tigers as he continued to nurse a shoulder injury. Jefferson was on the field for warm-ups, but barely participated.

That put it on Malik Hornsby’s arm and legs. He went 2 for 6 passing for 15 yards and ran 13 times for 40 yards. Rocket Sanders, who led the SEC in yards rushing entering the game, had just 24 yards on seven carries.

Both teams lost a fumble and LSU one-upped Arkansas having thrown an interception, too.

Arkansas’ best chance for a touchdown came late in the first quarter when the Hogs spent all four plays inside the LSU 10. Coach Sam Pittman chose to go for it on fourth down and the drive ended with Hornsby stumbling well short of the end zone.

Cam Little’s 28-yard field goal in the first quarter gave Arkansas an initial lead before Damian Ramos booted two through in the second.

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Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire