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The final win for the Razorbacks was during Houston Nutt's last game as head coach of the Hogs in 2007. It was an afternoon game on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 23 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Arkansas came into the game fresh off of a win over Mississippi State, unranked in the Top 20, and posting a record of 7-4 to go up against the Les Miles coached #1 LSU Tigers at their place. Before a raucous crowd of nearly 93 thousand fans, the Hogs would go all of the way to three overtimes until finally outlasting the Tigers and breaking the nation's longest home winning streak of 19 games.
LSU would strike first with two Colt David, 32 yard and 49 yard, field goals in the first quarter giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead. LSU was on the way but, this was only the first quarter. The battle had now begun.
The second quarter would see the Hogs take the lead off of a 16 yard Darren McFadden run from the direct snap of the "Wild Hog" formation. This would be the first of three touchdowns that he would make throughout the game, all from this same formation. Kicker Alex Tejada would add the point after giving the Hogs the lead at 7-6. Halftime would see this as the score with it remaining in Arkansas' favor.
"Neither team would bow to the other"
With the fourth quarter two thirds over, after a play action fake, McFadden would launch a 24 yard pass over the middle to Hillis for the Hogs' last score during regulation. Tejada added the PAT making the Hogs 28 and LSU 21. On LSU's last possession, Byrd would receive another Flynn pass for two yards with only 57 seconds left. David's PAT tied the game at 28 all as the clock ran out. OVERTIME would be destined for these teams. Neither team would bow to the other.
LSU would strike first off of a 12 yard run by Flynn. PAT added by David. LSU 35, Arkansas 28. It was now the Hogs' turn as Arkansas would move the 25 yards in seven plays ending with a pass from quarterback Casey Dick to Hillis for the final ten yards. Tejada good. Arkansas 35, LSU 35.
Two plays later, McFadden would score his third TD on a nine yard run out of the "Wild Hog". Tejada added the extra point. Arkansas 42, LSU 35. The Tigers would answer and tie the game by moving the 25 yards in five plays culminating with a two yard run by Hester. David added the PAT sending the game to a third overtime.
Arkansas got the ball first on the 25. Following this, the next six plays would end when Hillis ran the ball in for the final three yards. This was followed by a Felix Jones two point conversion. Arkansas 50, LSU 42. Three play later, Brandon Lafell would score from a Flynn nine yard pass. On the two point conversion. Matterral Richardson intercepted the attempt finally ending the game. Arkansas 50, LSU 48. As the LSU fans quietly filed out of the stadium, the Hog bench emptied onto the field. The "Golden Boot" was now in Razorback possession after taking it away from LSU.
The Razorbacks piled up a cool 513 total yards to 413 by LSU. Of these, 385 were from rushing. McFadden led all runners with 206 yards on 32 carries. He was followed by Hillis with 89 yards and Jones with 85. McFadden would end the game with three rushing touchdowns, and one passing TD. Hillis would end with four touchdowns, two running, and two through the air. He would also lead all Hog receivers with five receptions for 62 yards. The "Golden Boot" would now belong to the Hogs for the next twelve months and they had won it by defeating the #1 team in the nation on their own home field. SWEET!
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