Arkansas 52, La. Monroe 6 -- Final
Friday, October 6th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
La. Monroe (1-5) at Arkansas (4-1)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Robby Hampton threw four touchdown passes and linebacker J.J. Jones returned his first career interception for a TD as Arkansas beat Louisiana-Monroe 52-6 on Saturday night.
Hampton, the first Arkansas quarterback to throw four touchdown passes since 1983, was 12-of-20 for 168 yards in the first half.
He threw his third touchdown pass barely a minute deep in the second half. His on-the-move throw to Richard Smith for 29 yards made it 38-6 late in the third quarter and tied the school record held by three players. Hampton finished 15-of-26 for 212 yards.
Jones' 14-yard interception Arkansas (4-1) a 24-0 halftime lead. Down to third-team quarterback Andre Vige before halftime, Louisiana-Monroe (1-5) did not make a first down in the second quarter.
Andy Chance, who had started 16 straight games, suffered a concussion last week and the same thing happened to Ryan Corcoran in the second quarter against the Razorbacks.
Mark Henderson, who played at Arkansas in 1997, never got the handoff on the Indians' second play and Quinton Caver recovered the fumble at the ULM 44. On first down, Hampton found Michael Snowden crossing from the right side behind the secondary. Snowden caught the pass in stride and beat the last defender to the pylon in the left corner.
Hampton completed two third-down passes during an 80-yard drive that ended with his 7-yard pass to Boo Williams. On third-and-10 from the Arkansas 35, Williams shook cornerback Henry Whithead with a move to the outside and turned Hampton's pass into a 35-yard gain. Marcellus Poydras made a leaping catch for 9 yards on the next third down. From the 7, Williams drove hard toward the goal line, and Whithead was still giving ground when Williams stopped a yard inside the end zone for Hampton's pass.
A couple of penalties and a snap that Vige fell on for a 14-yard loss left the Indians with third-and-32 from their 3 and the Razorbacks eventually took over at the Indians' 39. Arkansas had a first down at the 3, but the Indians held and Brennan O'Donohoe kicked his first college field goal from 22 yards.
In a hole after the kickoff, ULM tried to set up a screen pass. Corey Harris deflected Vige's pass and Jones scored easily with the interception.
Harris' juggling interception and 20-yard return to the ULM 6 set up Hampton's 6-yard TD pass to Desmond Garcia that made it 31-0.
The Indians' best chance while it mattered came in the first quarter after they recovered an Alvin Ray fumble at the Arkansas 45. Faced with fourth and a foot inside the Razorbacks' 15, ULM tried to get wide with an awkward pitch and Caver clobbered Henderson for a 4-yard loss. Brandon Holmes, who replaced Ray, immediately fumbled back to the Indians. Corcoran's third-down completion was 5 yards shy of a first down and Justin Mink missed a 29-yard field goal.
|Quarter ||1st||2nd ||3rd||4th||Final|
|Team||Score Time||Summary||Running Score|
|Arkansas||12:15 1stQ||Michael Snowden 44 yd rec from Robby Hampton(kick good)||Arkansas 7-0|
|Arkansas||11:42 2ndQ||Boo Williams 7 yd rec from Hampton(kick good)||Arkansas 14-0|
|Arkansas||4:37 2ndQ||Brendan Odonohoe 22 yd FG||Arkansas 17-0|
|Arkansas||4:09 2ndQ||JJ Jones 14 yd int ret(kick good)||Arkansas 24-0|
|Arkansas||13:39 3rdQ||Desmond Garcia 6 yd rec from Hampton(kick good)||Arkansas 31-0|
|La Monroe||12:00 3rdQ||Bryant Jacobs 11 yd run(conversion failed)||Arkansas 31-6|
|Arkansas||3:41 3rdQ||Richard Smith 28 yd rec from Hampton(kick good)||Arkansas 38-6|
|Arkansas||1:43 3rdQ||Brandon Holmes 39 yd run(kick good)||Arkansas 45-6|
|Arkansas||:16 3rdQ||Holmes 19 yd run(kick good)||Arkansas 52-6|
RUSHING_Louisiana-Monroe, Jacobs 6-40, Henderson 9-26, Thomas 4-22, Corcoran 3-20, Lyons 2-5, Vige 8-(minus 28). Arkansas, Holmes 5-63, Pearson 15-50, Ray 15-32, Hampton 2-16, Garcia 1-3, Stinson 2-2.
PASSING_Louisiana-Monroe, Vige 8-23-2-78, Corcoran 5-7-0-31. Arkansas, Hampton 15-26-0-212, McBride 2-7-0-25.
RECEIVING_Louisiana-Monroe 3-58, Stevenson 2-14, Carter 2-14, Vincent 2-12, Zimmerman 1-5, Jacobs 1-3, Brown 1-2, Henderson 1-1. Arkansas, Snowden 3-64, Williams 3-48, Garcia 3-30, Smith 2-43, Stinson 2-11, Hamilton 1-13, Breeden 1-10, Poydras 1-9, Howard 1-9.