LSU vs. Arkansas Score, Takeaway: No. 7 Tigers avoid Hogs in Harold Perkins Jr. defensive battle

LSU vs. Arkansas Score, Takeaway: No. 7 Tigers avoid Hogs in Harold Perkins Jr. defensive battle

No. 7 LSU used a monster effort from freshman linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. to survive and advance 13-10 on the road against Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. Perkins capped the game with a program record four sacks in a single game, added a batted pass and forced Arkansas quarterback Cade Fortin to win the game in the fourth quarter.

Perkins’ effort was part of an outstanding defensive effort from LSU, which held Arkansas to 250 total yards and 3 yards per carry. Razorbacks starting quarterback KJ Jefferson missed the game with an injury, and backup Malik Hornsby was ultimately benched in his place after a poor outing. Fortin, the third-string signal caller, led Arkansas’ only touchdown drive, but it wasn’t enough for LSU in a close win.

Arkansas also had a strong day defensively, holding LSU QB Jayden Daniels to just 86 yards on 8 of 15 passing. The Hogs sacked Daniels seven times and forced both a fumble and an interception in the first quarter. However, LSU was able to pull off a controversial third-down conversion with a passing play — which looked identical to its game-winning 2-point conversion against Alabama — to run down most of the fourth quarter clock.

Fortin had one last drive to tie the game, throwing a pair of nice passes to start the drive. However, Perkins stepped up again and knocked the ball out of Fortin’s hands as he returned it. The loose ball was recovered by the LSU defense, allowing the Tigers to run out the clock for their fourth straight win.

With the win, LSU (8-2, 6-1 SEC) maintains control of the SEC West and backdoors Alabama on its way into the game. The Tigers can officially clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game if No. 9 Bama defeats No. 11 Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, LSU will have to pick up a win against struggling Texas A&M last week.

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