7 LSU used a monster effort from new quarterback Harold Perkins Jr. to survive and lead 13-10 on the road against Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. Perkins took control of the match with a record four sacks in a single game, adding a knockout pass and forcing Kid Fortin to slack in the match in the fourth quarter.
The Perkins effort was part of an outstanding defensive effort from LSU, which carried Arkansas to just under 250 total yards and 3 yards per carry. Razorbacks starting quarterback KJ Jefferson missed the game with an injury, and Hornsby’s reserve owner was eventually off the bench after a poor outing in place. Fortin, connected to the third-series signal, drove the only landing drive in Arkansas, but it wasn’t enough in a close victory for LSU.
Arkansas also had a strong day defensively, carrying LSU QB Jayden Daniels to just 86 yards on 8 of 15 passes. Pigs sacked Daniels seven times and forced a stumble and interception in the first quarter. However, LSU managed to make a controversial turn-down with a passing game—which looked identical to its two-point game-winning turn against Alabama—to lose most of the time in the fourth quarter.
Fortin had one last drive to try and hook the game, and he threw in a couple of great passes to start the drive. However, Perkins steps up again and takes the ball out of Fortin’s hand as he pulls it back. The loose ball was retrieved by the LSU defense, allowing the Tigers to finish off the clock for a fourth straight win.
With the win, LSU (8-2, 6-1 SEC) retained control of SEC West while eliminating Alabama from entering the game. The Tigers could snatch an official spot in the SEC Championship if the No. 9 Bama beat the No. 11 Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, LSU just needs to beat a struggling Texas A&M last week.
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