LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Three weeks later, Louisiana State was on the wrong end of a miracle finish.
Matt Jones threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Decori Birmingham with nine seconds remaining as Arkansas stunned 17th-ranked LSU, 21-20, to earn a date in the Southeastern Conference title game.
The victory moved Arkansas (9-3, 5-3) into a three-way tie with LSU and Auburn in the SEC West, but the Razorbacks won the tiebreaker and will face Georgia for the conference title on December 7 in Atlanta.
LSU (8-4, 5-3), the defending conference champion, contained Jones for most of the game and seemed to be on the way to victory after John Corbello kicked a 29-yard field goal with 40 seconds left to take a 20-14 lead.
The Razorbacks had trouble passing all day, but found their touch when it mattered most. Jones lofted a 50-yard pass to a wide open Ahmad Carroll before finding Birmingham in the back of the end zone two play later.
"We told our kids never to give up as long as there are seconds on the clock," Houston coach Houston Nutt said. "There was so much emotion. I love our players and they never gave up. You can never count Matt Jones out. He's definitely a winner."
Arkansas, however, was penalized for excessive celebration and David Carlton needed to kick a 35-yard extra point for the game winner.
Jones completed just 6-of-14 passes for 127 yards.
The Tigers had remained in contention for the SEC West title with the help of a 33-30 win over Kentucky two weeks ago in which Marcus Randall threw a 75-yard tipped touchdown pass to Devery Henderson as time expired.
That play has been called the "Bluegrass Miracle," but Razorback fans will probably put their own moniker on Friday's events that put their team in the conference title game for the first time since 1995.
Fred Talley carried 15 times for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Razorbacks, who improved to 14-0 at War Memorial Stadium under Nutt. Talley has 1,035 rushing yards this season.
The loss spoiled a big game for Randall, who threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Green in the first quarter and scored on a five-yard run in the third quarter. Randall completed 14-of-25 passes for 203 yards and was not intercepted.
The Tigers broke in front early when Randall hooked up with Green with 6:44 left in the first quarter.
Corbello made it a 10-0 game when he kicked a 49-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Randall put the Tigers in scoring position by completing passes of 17 yards to Reggie Robinson and 16 yards to Green.
The Razorbacks cut the lead to 10-7 early in the third quarter when Jones completed a 35-yard pass to George Wilson and Mark Pierce later went into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal.
LSU answered immediately as Michael Clayton leaped high for a 48-yard pass from Randall that gave the Tigers a first down at the 12. Three plays later, Randall scrambled around right end for a touchdown run and a 17-7 lead.
Clayton caught seven passes for 89 yards. LaBrandon Toefield, playing for just the second time since breaking his arm in September, was held to 28 yards on 14 carries.
The Razorbacks cut the lead to 17-14 on a 56-yard touchdown run by Talley midway through the fourth quarter.
Arkansas had a 17-play drive in the second quarter that took eight minutes off the clock before Corey Webster intercepted Jones in the end zone.
The teams met for "The Boot," a trophy in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana.