The Bayou Owns The Boot

LSU Defeats Arkansas for The 5th Straight Year

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas Razorbacks

Donovan Lee, Assistant Sports Editor

This year’s Battle of the Boot appeared to be more evenly matched than in years’ past. The defending national champion LSU Tigers (3-3) and the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-5), like the rest of college football, have experienced a different type of season than they were used to.

 

Fortunately, the Hogs would have head coach Sam Pittman leading them into battle. The last time LSU head coach Ed Orgeron saw Pittman, the head Hog was a part of the Georgia coaching staff.

 

The Battle took place on The Hill in Fayetteville. Although the Hogs had home field advantage, the intensity of this rivalry has a history of raising the level of competition among the two teams.

 

An LSU field goal midway through the first quarter would kick things off. A Treylon Burks and Feleipe Franks connection would put the Hogs on the board with a 7-3 lead heading into the second quarter.

 

LSU quarterback TJ Finley (27-42, 271 yds, 2 TD) began his work in the second quarter, passing for his first of two touchdowns for the game. The Hogs answered with a Feleipe Franks (17-26, 339 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT ) rushing touchdown to accompany his passing attack.

 

A 30-yard strike to Racey McMath, in addition to another Cade York field goal and a Tyrion Davis-Price scoring run, LSU headed into the break up 20-14.

 

Coming out of the intermission, Arkansas worked to shrink the Tigers’ lead, beginning with a Trelon Smith touchdown from a yard out. With little action in the second half, the Hogs were efficient in outscoring LSU in the second half and led 21-20 heading into the final quarter of play.

 

After another low-scoring fifteen minutes, an unsuccessful Arkansas field goal attempt in the final two minutes was enough for the Tigers to secure the win, 27-24, and The Boot for the fifth consecutive year.

 

The Hogs were scheduled to play Mizzou for a Thanksgiving weekend outing, but the game has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The Hogs are sixth in the SEC West ahead of Mississippi State.

 

Their next scheduled game will be Dec. 5 in Fayetteville against the No. 1 ranked Alabama (7-0). Florida leads the SEC East after defeating division rival Georgia on Nov 7 to claim the division’s top spot.