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Arkansas rallies, avoids upset against Rice with 38-17 win

Rice's Wiley Green was 12-for-25 passing for 152 yards with a touchdown and the three picks.
Credit: AP
Rice running back Jordan Myers (7) breaks through the Arkansas defense to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — Trelon Smith’s 2-yard touchdown run with 12:44 left in the fourth quarter was the game-winner, and Arkansas rallied to beat Rice 38-17 in both teams’ season opener.

Smith finished with 102 yards on 22 carries with the score.

The Razorbacks opened the scoring on a 34-yard touchdown run by first-year starter KJ Jefferson, but gave up the next three scores and trailed 17-7 midway through the third.

Jefferson scored again on the ground, from 5 yards, and Cam Little’s 34-yard field goal tied the game at the end of the quarter.

Rice's Wiley Green was 12-for-25 passing for 152 yards with a touchdown and the three picks.