Arkansas opened the game with a solid drive that was capped by a 5 yard TD run by RB Rakeem Boyd. Vanderbilt responded with a drive of their own and a 63 yard TD by RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Vandy scored early in the second quarter on a Kyle Shurmur 1 yard TD pass to Jared Pinkney. The Hogs answered a couple of possessions later with Chase Hayden running 38 yards for the endzone.
Vandy came right back with the Shurmur to Pinkney connection 3 plays later. Pinkney made a great bobbling catch and stepped out of a couple of tackles to make it a 40 yard score.
Arkansas ended the half with kicker Connor Limpert attempting a 60 yard field goal that came up a few yards short and Vandy returning it out to the 30 yard line.
In the 3rd quarter, Limpert did make a 55 yard field goal to make the game 21-17. Vandy and Arkansas traded touchdowns to make it 31-24. Vandy then added another touchdown by Ke’Shawn Vaughn to make it 38-24. 2 plays later, QB Ty Storey threw and interception setting Vanderbilt up on the Hog’s 29 yard line. 2:34 later, RB Khari Blasingame scored from a few yards out to push the score to 45-24. Arkansas did finish with a late touchdown pass to TE Cheyenne O’Grady to make the final score 45-31.
Arkansas dropped to 2-7 (0-5 SEC) while Vanderbilt earned their first conference win and improved to 4-5 (1-4 SEC). The Hogs go into a bye week and will host LSU on Nov 10th with the game time to be announced.