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 Arkansas vs. Mississippi
Jermaine Petty keeps Thomas Gee out of the end zone and the Razorbacks win in the seventh OT.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Instant Classic: Arkansas wins in record 7 OTs


What began as an old-fashioned SEC battle turned into something else entirely on Saturday night in Oxford, Miss. Tied at 17 at the end of regulation, Arkansas and Ole Miss combined to score 80 overtime points. Seven overtimes later, the Razorbacks claimed a 58-56 win when Jermaine Petty stopped Mississippi's Doug Ziegler two yards short of the end zone on a two-point conversion try. ESPN Classic will present the Hogs' thrilling win -- the longest game in major college football history -- on Friday at 9 p.m. ET

Matt Jones and Cedric Cobbs
Arkansas QB Matt Jones (l) and tailback Cedric Cobbs celebrate Arkansas' 58-56 victory over Mississippi in seven overtimes.
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Arkansas 58, Ole Miss. 56 (7 OT)
Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10 at midnight ET

In addition to breaking the record for number of overtimes and points scored in overtime, Arkansas and Ole Miss combined for 198 total plays, breaking the previous Division I record of 196 set in 1971.

Mark Pierce scored his third touchdown in the seventh OT from two yards out and QB Matt Jones hit Decori Birmingham on a two-point conversion pass to give Arkansas a 58-50 lead.

Eli Manning then got his team to within two with a 3-yard TD pass to Jason Armstead before the failed conversion try ended it.

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  • Manning broke his father Archie's record with his ninth consecutive game with a touchdown pass. Manning (27-for-42) threw six TD passes in all for 312 yards.

    Fred Talley (113), Jones (110) and Cedric Cobbs (100) all had 100-or-better rushing games for the Razorbacks, who won for the first time in five tries at Oxford.





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