LSU's defense steps up at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- There was a time, not long ago, when LSU relied on its defense to bail out a struggling offense.

Those days were back Friday -- sort of.

LSU's defense was hardly dominant in its 20-13 victory against Arkansas that allowed the seventh-ranked Tigers to finish the regular season with their third consecutive 10-win season (10-2) and a shot at a BCS bowl appearance, depending on what happens in Saturday's games.

Arkansas gained 462 yards, a yard short of the most LSU has allowed all season, which came last week against Ole Miss.

But where LSU's offense had to score late to produce the game-winner in a 41-35 shootout against the Rebels, it was the defense on the field at the end that held off a last-ditch Razorbacks drive. That drive ended at the Tigers 18-yard line when Tyler Wilson's pass into the end zone floated over the head of Arkansas receiver Mekale McKay.

"A win is a win no matter how you write it up," LSU safety Eric Reid said.

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