Couch, Kentucky Fall To Arkansas

David Barrett turned Tim Couch's first mistake of the night into a 62-yard interception return and Clint Stoerner threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as No. 22 Arkansas rallied to beat Kentucky 27-20 Saturday night.


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  • (3-2, 0-2 SEC) led 20-7 early in the third quarter, but Couch telegraphed a pass that Barrett intercepted. His return set up Stoerner's 13-yard pass to Anthony Lucas that tied it at 20 in the opening minute of the final period.

    Couch, who broke his own SEC records with 47 completions and 66 attempts, threw behind his receiver on third down on the next drive and Arkansas (4-0, 2-0) moved 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

    On third down from the 10, Stoerner rolled left and threw back to the right to a wide-open Hubert Loudermilk in the end zone. Stoerner finished 13-of-27 for 199 yards.

    Couch mounted one last rally, driving the Wildcats down to the Arkansas 13 on a 21-yard pass to Gary Davis with 12 seconds to play. Ontraia Moss broke up his first-down pass in the end zone and his second-down pass was high off the hands of Kevin Coleman on the final play of the game.

    Through the first 35 minutes, Couch completed 24 of 35 for 282 yards and three touchdowns. His TD passes ended drives that covered 85, 80 and 67 yards. He finished with a personal high 499 yards, but did not produce a point in the final 241/2 minutes.

    Arkansas had first downs at the Kentucky 9, 5 and 12 and settled for field goal attempts -- one was blocked and two were good -- before Stoerner's pass to Lucas slanting from the left side. Safety David Johnson hit Lucas at the 5, but he bounced off and fought his way into the end zone.

    Kentucky led 14-7 at the half and widened the margin on its first possession of the third quarter. On third down at the Arkansas 40, thRazorbacks showed blitz and Couch completed a 25-yard pass to Quentin McCord.

    A pass to James Whalen, plus a personal foul and a pass interference moved the ball to the 2. On second down, a defender got caught inside and Lance Mickelsen was wide open for the touchdown.

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