STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Pierre Brown returned a blocked field goal 76 yards for a touchdown and Arkansas kept alive its bowl hopes with a 24-21 victory over Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference matchup.
Arkansas (5-5, 3-4 SEC West) held a slim 17-14 lead when Elliott Harris blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt by Keith Andrews in the third quarter. Brown scooped up the loose ball and raced for what proved to be the game-winning score.
Mississippi State (3-7, 2-5 West) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead behind a hot start by Omarr Conner, who completed his first eight passes and directing a pair of scoring drives. Jerious Norwood opened the scoring with a four-yard TD run just over three minutes into the game and Conner hit Tee Milons with a 26-yard scoring strike with 5:14 to play in the quarter.
Matt Jones, who completed 18-of-27 passes for 215 yards, gave Arkansas the lead, 17-14, with a one-yard TD run with two minutes left in the first half.
Conner, who completed 20-of-27 passes for 214 yards, pulled the Bulldogs within 24-21 with a two-yard TD pass to Eric Butler with 10:44 remaining in the game.
Arkansas needs a victory in Little Rock over Louisiana State on Friday to become bowl eligible. It is the first game the Razorbacks will be playing in the state capital this season and could not come at a more opportune time. Arkansas is 17-0 in games played in Little Rock since Houston Nutt became coach in 1998.