Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Arkansas Jolts 'Bama 17-16 with Late Td

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Arkansas Jolts 'Bama 17-16 with Late Td

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Clint Stoerner hit a wide-open Anthony Eubanks for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute 45 seconds remaining in the game, leading Arkansas to a surprising 17-16 win over No. 11 Alabama.

It was the second successive upset the Razorbacks (2-1, 1-0 So utheastern Conference) have pulled over Alabama (2-1, 1-1) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and it came in similar fashion.

Trailing by six with 3:34 left Saturday, Stoerner led Arkansas on a 58-yard scoring drive, a yard more than the fourth-quarter drive the Razo rbacks used to pull out a stunning 20-19 win in 1995. Arkansas stopped Alabama on four plays on the next drive, then ran the clock down to six seconds before turning the ball over on downs deep in Alabama's territory. Freddie Kitchens' desperation pass fell incomplete and, as was the case when Barry Lunney hit J.J. Meadors for the winner in 1995, the Crimson Tide crowd filed to the exit in shock. The Razorbacks carried coach Danny Ford - an Alabama alumnus - off the field, then held their helmets high in the north end zone and chanted "Back to back in Tuscaloosa" and "This is our field." The loss kept Mike DuBose from becoming only the third coach to begin his career with the Crimson Tide 3-0 since the 1930s. For the second straight week, the Crimson Tide looked lost and confused on offense, failing to gain 250 yards. No Alabama running back rushed for more than 50 yards. Kitchens finished with just 84 yards passing. Backup quarterback Lance Tucker appeared to have bailed out Alabama's offense when he capped a 49-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Jackson, giving Alabama a 16-10 lead with 9:25 left. Alabama wanted to go for a 2-point conversion, but a delay-of-game penalty set the ball back to the 8 and forced the Tide to kick for one point. On the winning TD, Stoerner spotted Eubanks streaking uncovered into the left corner of the end zone for his easiest completion of the day. "It was a play we had run a hundred times in practice but never before in a game," Stoerner said. Todd Latourette's kick gave the Razorbacks the winning margin. *Florida St. 35, Clemson 28: Peter Warrick scored three long touchdowns, including a 90-yard punt return, as fifth-ranked Florida State squeezed past No. …

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