Arkansas football: 3 takeaways from first win against LSU in half-decade

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It took every bit of 45 minutes and then some for the Arkansas football team to get their hands on that 175 lb Golden Boot trophy.

A low-scoring, grind-it-out game led to very few big plays given up by either team and forced the game into overtime.

No one on the Arkansas offense could get anything going, not even KJ Jefferson. The fiery LSU defense pressured Jefferson all game long QB was subdued all game, finishing 18 for 25 passing on 142 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 15 carries for 41 yards.

This was the first time Arkansas beat LSU since Nov. 14, 2015. Here are three takeaways from a hard-fought 16-13 win in overtime at LSU.

No 1. Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman showed his brilliance

Pittman made all the necessary adjustments to put the Razorbacks in a position to claw their way back into the game.

LSU controlled the game for the majority of the first half. The Hogs nailed a quick filed goal to go up 3-0 with 11:59 left in the first quarter.

After that, it was all LSU. The Tigers went on a 10-0 scoring run to give them a seven point lead at half.

Coach Pittman must have given a heck of a speech in the locker room, because the Hogs came out of the gate looking like a different team. They looked energized and wen’t on their own 10-0 run in the third quarter.

A turning point in the game was a play call made by Pittman and his coordinators to fake a field goal near the end of the third quarter. Holder Reid Bauer successfully carried the ball 23 yards to pick up a huge first down that set up the go-ahead field goal.