Rough First Half Has Bears Behind at No. 15 Arkansas



Sept. 3, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 2011 season opener for the Missouri State Bears is off to a rocky start as MSU trails No. 15 Arkansas, 30-0, at the half. 

The Bears have been outgained 265-18, while the Razorbacks have used a deliberate offensive attack to grind out three touchdowns and a field goal.  UofA also tacked on a 61-yard punt return midway through the opening quarter.

Arkansas covered 80 yards on 10 plays on the game's opening drive before Tyler Wilson found Jarius Wright from 33 yards out for the first score.  Joe Adams' punt return and a missed extra point followed two-and-a-half minutes later to make it 13-0.  Bobby Petrino's squad then capped a 70-yard drive before the end of the first quarter as Kody Walker punched it into the end zone from one yard out on the 12th play of the series.

The Razorbacks scored twice more in the second quarter as Brandon Mitchell connected on a three-yard pass to Chris Gragg at the 5:01 mark before a 32-yard field goal by Zach Hocker with 25 ticks left in the second.

Missouri State's first half was highlighted by a 72-yard punt by Jordan Chiles, the seventh-longest in school history, which also matched a personal career high for the senior.  Chris Douglas carried 5 times for 23 yards, and freshman quarterback Kierra Harris was 3-for-5 through the air for 3 yards.  Chiles closed out the first half with 5 punts and a 46.6 average.



On the defensive side, redshirt freshman Mike Crutcher has 8 total tackles, including 5 solos, while Sybhrian Berry has 7 stops, and Ryan Callendar has 6. Each team has two sacks.

Wilson finished the first half 13-for-19 for 191 yards for the Razorbacks, while Gragg has a game-high 4 catches for 18 yards.


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