Finley, blocked field goal, fuel LSU past Arkansas

Freshman TJ Finley threw two touchdown passes as visiting LSU recorded a 27-24 win over Arkansas on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference game in Fayetteville.Finley completed 27 of 42 for 271 yards for LSU (3-3, 3-3), including a 13-yard go-ahead touchdown to Jaray Jenkins with 3:59 remaining.The Razorbacks (3-5, 3-5) drove into scoring range, but Jay Ward deflected A.J. Reed’s 44-yard field-goal attempt with 1:24 left.Feleipe Franks completed 17 of 26 for 339 yards for Arkansas, which possessed the ball for just 18 minutes and 17 seconds.Arkansas coach Sam Pittman was back on the sideline after a one-week absence because of a COVID-19 issue. The Razorbacks, however, played without several players — including six contributors on the defensive line — because of COVID-19 issues.LSU’s 20-14 halftime lead held up for most of the third quarter, but Franks and Mike Woods connected on completions of 30 and 50 yards. That set up Trelon Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run that gave Arkansas a 21-20 lead at the end of the third quarter.Reed kicked a 22-yard field goal to extend the lead to 24-20 early in the fourth quarter before Finley brought the Tigers back.LSU scored first when Cade York kicked a 49-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.Arkansas had just one first down on its first three possessions, then drove 92 yards as Franks threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Treylon Burks. That gave the Razorbacks a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.