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Ground game lifts No. 8 Arkansas past LSU late

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Arkansas running back Knile Davis (7) runs for a touchdown as he is pursued by LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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Arkansas running back Knile Davis (7) runs for a touchdown as he is pursued by LSU defensive end Barkevious …

Arkansas followed coach Bobby Petrino's script to perfection over the weekend.

Since his first days on the job with the No. 8 Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) nearly three years ago, Petrino has stressed the importance of using the passing game to build leads and the run to close games out.

That's exactly what Arkansas did against LSU on Saturday to secure a 31-23 win over the No. 11 Tigers (10-2, 6-2). Late in the game and ahead 28-20, the Razorbacks went on a 13-play, 88-yard drive that featured nine running plays and ended with Zach Hocker's field goal.

The win has the Razorbacks on track for their first BCS bowl game, likely against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, if Auburn defeats South Carolina for the SEC championship.

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