10 Things To Know: Hogs vs. Rebels
OXFORD, Miss. — Arkansas will play Ole Miss for the 64th time in school history when it travels to Oxford on Saturday to take on the Rebels in Vaught–Hemingway Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Dawn Davenport (reporter) on the call.
1. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 35-27-1 and have won each of the last three meetings (2014-16). Arkansas holds a 15-10 edge since it joined the SEC in 1992. Ole Miss owns a 7-5 mark in games played in Oxford.
2. The last two meetings between the Hogs and the Rebels have been decided by a combined five points. Wide receiver Jared Cornelius lifted the Razorbacks to a 34-30 victory over No. 12 Ole Miss last season with a 6-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter. Facing 4th-and-25 and a 52-45 deficit in the fourth quarter of the 2015 meeting in Oxford, Arkansas pulled off an improbable 53-52 win in overtime.
3. The longest punt return (Joe Adams – 97 yards in 2010), kickoff return (Felix Jones – 100 yards in 2006) and interception return (Rohan Gaines – 100 yards in 2014) for touchdowns in Arkansas history have all come against Ole Miss.
4. Freshman De’Vion Warren’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against No. 21 Auburn last Saturday equaled the longest TD scored in Arkansas history. It marked the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an Arkansas player since 2014, while the 100-yard score is the longest by a FBS freshman this season.
5. Cole Kelley, filling in for injured starting quarterback Austin Allen, has started each of the last two games for the Razorbacks. Kelley, the 6-7 freshman, has completed 38 of 68 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown against one interception in those two games against No. 1 Alabama and No. 21 Auburn. For the season, he’s 49-of-86 passing for 549 yards and four touchdowns to two interceptions.
5. Junior wide receiver Jonathan Nance is in the top 10 in the SEC in catches (27), receiving yards (402) and 25-yard receptions (6) while sitting tied for third with a team-best five TDs through the air. Nance’s five scores contribute to 16 out of Arkansas’ 26 TDs this season that have been scored by players in their first year as a Razorback. Nance has caught a touchdown pass in four of seven games this season. Four of his five touchdowns have been over 30 yards (49, 44, 34 and 31 yards). He is also one of three players in the SEC to record 100+ yards receiving in two SEC games.
6. Sophomore linebacker De’Jon Harris has registered double-digit tackles in four of the last five games, including all four SEC games this season. Harris leads the SEC with 39 solo stops while his 66 total tackles and 9.43 tackles per game are second in the conference.
7. Highlighted by a game and career-high 17 total tackles against No. 23 TCU, 14 against Texas A&M and a game-high 13 against No. 21 Auburn, junior linebacker Dre Greenlaw has 194 career tackles over 27 games played and needs six to hit the 200 mark and become just the seventh Razorback in the last 10 seasons to accomplish that feat. He’s led or tied for the team lead in tackles 10 times since his freshman campaign in 2015.
8. David Williams leads the Razorbacks and ranks tied for sixth in the SEC in touchdowns with six (5 rushing, 1 receiving) highlighted by two multi-TD games, including a three-touchdown effort against Texas A&M on Sept. 23.
9. An Arkansas freshman has thrown, rushed, caught and returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season.
10. A product of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Curl stepped into the starting role at cornerback when junior Ryan Pulley went down with an injury in the season opener. After seven games, including six starts, Curl is fourth on the team in tackles (30), second in the SEC in tackles per game (4.30) among freshmen, and tied with senior cornerback Henre’ Toliver for the team lead in pass breakups (5). His five pass breakups are the most by an Arkansas freshman since Jerry Franklin finished the 2008 season with five.