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September 1, 2007

McFadden does it all as No. 21 Arkansas rolls

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Darren McFadden started his Heisman Trophy campaign in style, running for 151 yards and a touchdown and also throwing for a score in No. 21 Arkansas' 46-26 victory over Troy on Saturday night.

McFadden, last year's Heisman runner-up, helped the Razorbacks pull away in the third quarter. Arkansas led only 23-17 at halftime, but Felix Jones scored on a 44-yard run and McFadden tossed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Crosby Tuck to make it 37-17.

Freshman Alex Tejada added four field goals for Arkansas, the most by a Razorback since 2003. He did miss an extra point after Michael Smith's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Arkansas went 10-4 last season, but the Razorbacks had a tumultuous offseason that included the departures of offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and quarterback Mitch Mustain. Casey Dick struggled at times against Troy, going 11-of-20 for 108 yards.

The Razorbacks didn't complete a pass to a wide receiver until Reggie Fish caught one midway through the third quarter. Marcus Monk, Arkansas' career leader in touchdown catches, is out with a knee injury.

McFadden, though, had no trouble finding an open receiver. Like last year, he took several snaps at quarterback out of the shotgun.

On his touchdown pass, he faked a run toward the right side, then threw deep to Tuck behind the defense. McFadden, an occasional quarterback in high school, has four touchdown passes as a Razorback - this was the junior's longest completion.

Jones, the second of Arkansas' two 1,000-yard rushers last season, ran for 129 Saturday night. Most of that was on two plays, his touchdown and a 40-yard end-around on the game's first play from scrimmage.

Jones also scored on a 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.

Omar Haugabook went 15-of-43 for 204 yards and a touchdown with an interception for Troy before walking off slowly with an apparent injury in the fourth quarter. The Trojans' running game also struggled - Kenny Cattouse was held to 44 yards on 15 carries.

For more coverage of the Arkansas Razorbacks, check out HawgSports.com.

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