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Red River - LSU Rolls, Arkansas Surprises OU

    

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Red River - LSU Rolls, Arkansas Surprises OU

Goalkicker and scrumhalf Alex Rees keeps the scoreboard ticking over for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas gave Oklahoma a bit of a shock with a 37-31 defeat this past weekend in Red River DIA action.

Going into the game, Arkansas was 1-3 in conference play, including a 48-25 decision to OU in November. But things were different this time around as the Razorbacks got a couple of key players back on the field. With Corey Jones at outside center and Jack Casey at flyhalf, Arkansas was improved enough to turn the tables on the Sooners. Flanker Coby Graves scored the opening try, and Alex Rees added a penalty for an early 8-0 lead. 

It stayed that way until 24 minutes in when Oklahoma's superb scrumhalf, Manny Soto, scampered over and flanker Vincent Fairbarin kicked the conversion. Rees replied with a try of his own, and then lock Brady McQueeny powered over and the Razorbacks led 18-7 at the break.

They extended that lead right after the restart, with Casey - who had missed last week's game because he was too late in re-upping his CIPP registration after a semester overseas - scoring a try and Rees converting. Casey scored again four minutes later and the Razorbacks controlled things at 30-7.

But the Sooners clawed their way back, with two tries from No. 8 Luis Nunez, with Fairbarin converting one. Arkansas replied with Casey's third try of the half, and Rees converted to make it 37-19. Still Oklahoma came back, and sub forwards Baldwin Smith and Austin Weber scored late. But they needed one more try, and couldn't quite get it.

The loss isn't a tragedy for Oklahoma, as they got two bonus points for their efforts and still lead their half of the conference with their closest rivals, Baylor, their next opponent. In the Red River South, Arkansas now has hopes of moving up, but sit at 2-3. LSU leads, and they beat Texas 64-12 this weekend to move to 5-0.

John Crilly, Todd Dupre, Cameron Troxler, Brennan Falcon, Charles Mitchell, Michael Owens, and Robin Ryan all scored tries. Falcon actually scored three, and Troxler two. Hooker Hunter Breit converted six.

LSU has dominated the field in conference play, but their March meeting with Arkansas could be another surprise.