KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Last year, Arkansas' "Wild Hog" formation pounded the Tennessee defense into submission, moving the line of scrimmage at will against the hapless Vols.
Not this time.
Tennessee (7-3, 4-2 SEC) held Arkansas' powerful rushing game largely at bay, controlling the clock and the line of scrimmage in a 34-13 victory Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
While the 'Hogs Darren McFadden ran for 117 yards on 22 carries, he did not reach the end zone and his longest carry only went for 20 yards -- a far cry from his 321-yard performance last week against South Carolina.
Meanwhile, Arian Foster rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and his 59-yard run in the third quarter put the Vols in command, 27-3. A strong rushing effort allowed Tennessee to have the football for more than 33 minutes, fulfilling a pregame goal by keeping the ball out of McFadden's dangerous hands.
Arkansas (6-4, 2-4) tried to mount a comeback, posting a fourth-quarter touchdown to make the score 27-13, but Jerod Mayo intercepted backup quarterback Nathan Emert's pass and returned it 34 yards for the final score of the game.
The Razorbacks killed offensive drives and fueled Tennessee possessions with untimely penalties -- 12 in all -- five of which led to Volunteer first downs.
Erik Ainge had far from a career day, completing 12-of-25 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns on a day when the rushing attack ruled.
The Vols (7-3, 4-2 SEC) host Vanderbilt Saturday, needing to beat both the Commodores and Kentucky Wildcats to reach the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
A game summary follows.
Arian Foster took an Erik Ainge handoff 59 yards to paydirt to give Tennessee a 27-3 lead early in the third quarter.
Arkansas responded with a field goal to make the score 27-6.
The 22nd-ranked Tennessee Volunteers lead Arkansas 20-3 at the half.
The Vols completely dominated the time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for nearly 21 minutes and keeping the high-powered running attack of the Razorbacks sidelined.
Darren McFadden, the nation's fourth leading rusher entering the game, has just 25 yards on 6 carries in the first half.
Tennessee got on the board first. Erik Ainge hit Austin Rogers on the Vols' first drive of the game, to give the Vols a 7-0 lead.
On the Hogs' first possession, they would get a field goal to make it 7-3. A Daniel Lincoln field goal stretched the Vols lead to 10-3, and then another Lincoln field put the score at 13-3. Just before the half, Ainge hit Josh Brisco for Tennessee's second TD of the game to account for the final scoring of the half.
Be sure to tune into Volunteer TV News at 7 for your I'm All Vol Postgame report, and keep it right here at volunteertv.com for further updates.
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