Arkansas suf­fers sec­ond straight up­set with loss to North Texas

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Kurt Voigt

FAYETTVILLE, Ark.—Ma­son Fine threw for 281 yards and threw for a touch­down to lead North Texas to its first win over a South­east­ern Con­fer­ence op­po­nent in more than 40 years with a 44-17 vic­tory over Arkansas on Satur­day.

Fine com­pleted 24 of 45 passes and also rushed for a score for the Mean Green, which won for the first time in 10 games against the Ra­zor­backs and is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1989.

North Texas im­proved to 5-37 in its his­tory against the SEC with the win, with two of those vic­to­ries com­ing via for­feits af­ter losses to Mis­sis­sippi State in 1976 and 1977. The Mean Green's last on-the-field win

over an SEC team was a 21-14 vic­tory at Ten­nessee in 1975.

The de­feat is Arkansas’ sec­ond straight against a non-Power 5 con­fer­ence team, fol­low­ing last week’s de­feat at Colorado State.

Cole Kelley started at quar­ter­back for the Ra­zor­backs (1-2) but was re­placed by fresh­man Con­nor Noland in the third quar­ter af­ter throw­ing his fourth in­ter­cep­tion of the game. Kelley fin­ished 16-of-35 pass­ing for 185 yards, and he, Noland and fresh­man John Stephen Jones com­bined to throw six in­ter­cep­tions in the loss.

North Texas en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing 457.5 yards pass­ing per game, tops in the coun­try. The Con­fer­ence-USA mem­ber Mean Green didn’t reach its av­er­age through the air on Satur­day, but it out­gained Arkansas 376-336 in to­tal yardage.

As­so­ci­ated Press

■ NORTH TEXAS 44, ARKANSAS 17. Arkansas tight end Jeremy Pat­ton is tack­led by North Texas de­fender Khairi Muham­mad on Satur­day in the first half in Fayet­teville, Ark.

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