LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Coach Bobby Petrino saved his toughest call for Arkansas’ biggest game of the season.
Petrino went for it on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter and Ryan Mallett made the move pay off with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams. That paved the way for the No. 12 Razorbacks’ 31-23 win over No. 6 LSU, and it kept alive Arkansas’ chances for the school’s first BCS bowl bid.
“We didn’t come to paint,” Petrino said. “We came to win the game.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas ended its season with a flourish on the field, but the Razorbacks must now play the waiting game to find out when and where they’ll play next.
Led by Ryan Mallett’s 320 yards passing and three touchdowns, No. 8 Arkansas never trailed in a 31-23 defeat of No. 11 LSU on Saturday. The win was the sixth straight for the Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC) and secured second place in the SEC West, its best finish since 2006.
The win might have also secured a spot for Arkansas in its first BCS bowl game.
WALNUT RIDGE —The Southside Southerners defeated the Maynard Tigers 49-29 in the first round of the Williams Baptist College Tournament here Saturday.
Kevin Jackson led a trio of Southerners with double-digit scoring totals. He scored 17 while Tyler Goad and Logan Brown threw in 12 and 10, respectively.
Maynard was led by Jeff Skudlark’s 14.
The 4-1 Southerners advance to face Riverside on Thursday. Tipoff for that contest is set for 5:50 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU is moving to the Big East Conference.
A person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press this morning that TCU is moving from the Mountain West Conference to the Big East after the 2011-12 academic year. The person would not comment publicly because the decision had not been announced.
TCU scheduled an afternoon news conference for “a major announcement involving the TCU athletics program.” Athletic Director Chris De Conte didn’t immediately return messages left on his cell phone.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Lyon’s womens basketball team collected a pair of wins here over the weekend in the Holy Names Thanksgiving Classic.
On Friday, the Scots defeated the host 63-60. That was followed by a 67-43 decision Saturday over Cal State-Maritime.
Lyon led 21-20 at halftime after trailing by as many as five in Saturday’s game. The Scots hit only 28 percent of their first half shots. Fortunately for Lyon, CSM wasn’t any better, netting just 25 percent of its field goals.
PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey high school suspended several members of its football team after they posted a video online that denigrated a rival team.
The punishment means the Paulsboro team will be short-handed when they play West Deptford on Friday night.
More than 10 players who had some type of involvement with the video posted earlier this week were suspended on Wednesday. School officials say the video — which has been removed from the site — showed students cursing and doing “totally inappropriate” things.
The Pioneers can’t wait.
That’s not a measure of anticipation for the Class 5A State Playoffs semifinal high school football game with the Greenwood Bulldogs tonight in Pioneer Stadium.
It is one of the things the Pioneers need to do to give themselves a good chance to win, Batesville Coach Dave King said.
“We need to come out and get off the mark earlier,” he said, referring to the Pioneers’ slow starts during victories over Vilonia and Monticello in their first two playoff games. “We’ve looked good offensively, but we’ve gotten off to slow starts.”
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home took two from Batesville in nonconference high school basketball action here Tuesday.
In the varsity opener, the Lady Bombers downed the Lady Pioneers 56-41 as sophomore Katie Kapler controlled the area around the baskets. The 6-foot-1 center scored 26 points.
Kapler is far from Mountain Home’s only weapon, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.
“Mountain Home has an excellent ball team — so many offensive weapons,” she said. “They will be really hard to stop. They will be up among the top teams in Class 6A.”
SPRINGDALE — Lyon split with Ecclesia in nonconference basketball games here Friday night.
Lyon’s women won 64-41 while Ecclesia avenged a 79-70 loss two weeks ago with a 104-65 rout.
“For 10 days off, I was very pleased,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said of the Lyon women’s win. “That’s a long stretch after you get your season started. I think we used the time wisely. I was proud of the intensity after the 10-day layoff and the 4-hour bus ride. We took care of business.”
Lauren Ramsey led Lyon with 16 points while K.K. Hodges poured in 13.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge got off to a good start in 2A-2 District play here Tuesday by sweeping the high school basketball teams from Salem.
The Timberwolves won 64-43 as Clayton Butler scored 21 points, Luke Henderson added 17 and Jordan Steele chipped in 14. The T-wolves are 3-1 overall.
The Lady T-wolves won, but a score was not available. Tasha Lovell scored 16 for the winners. Laken McCoy added 11 for 2-2 Cedar Ridge.
The Junior T-wolves improved to 6-0 with a 54-24 decision. Spencer Reaves rang up 13 points, Cole Crabtree and Brett Bell added 11 and 10, respectively.
After an unsettling four weeks, the Greenwood Bulldogs got back to their winning ways.
Now, eight weeks and eight straight wins later, the Bulldogs are eyeing the Batesville Pioneers and another trip to Little Rock for an Arkansas high school football state championship game. The winners of Friday night’s Class 5A State Playoffs semifinals in Pioneer Stadium and in Watson Chapel, where the Wildcats will take on the Camden Fairview Cardinals, are scheduled to play at noon, Dec. 4 in War Memorial Stadium.