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Milestones piling up for Burks

by Bob Holt | November 27, 2021 at 2:54 a.m.
Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks outruns a Missouri defender to score a touchdown during the third quarter of the Razorbacks’ victory over the Tigers in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Treylon Burks hit some big receiving numbers for the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday.

The junior from Warren became the first University of Arkansas player to have six games in a season with 100 or more receiving yards 1,000 yards and the fourth with 1,000 or more yards in a season to help the Razorbacks beat Missouri 34-17.

Burks had 7 catches for 129 yards and 1 touchdown, giving him career totals of 146 for 2,399 and 18.

Burks passed the 1,000-yard milestone with a 43-yard gain on a pass from KJ Jefferson in the second quarter. The play to the Missouri 7 set up Raheim Sanders 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Razorbacks a 10-3 lead.

For the season he has 1,104 receiving yards to rank third behind only Cobi Hamilton (1,335 in 2012) and Jarius Wright (1,117 in 2011).

Anthony Lucas is the other Razorback with more than 1,000 yards in season. He had 1,004 in 1998.

"I really don't think about it that much," Burks said of adding to his totals. "I just want to go out there for my team and get a good win at the bowl."

Burks ranks sixth on the career receiving yards list behind Wright (2,934 from 2008-11), Anthony Lucas (2,879 from 1995-99), Hamilton (2,854 from 2009-12), Anthony Eubanks (2,440 1994-97) and Joe Adams (2,410 from 2008-11).

Happy birthday

Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom celebrated his 45th birthday with a victory over his alma mater and former employer.

Odom was a linebacker at Missouri from 1996-99 and held a variety of jobs on Gary Pinkel's staff, including defensive coordinator from 2012-14 before replacing Pinkel as the Tigers' head coach in 2015.

Odom was fired after the 2019 season after leading Missouri to a 25-25 record, including 4-0 against Arkansas.

"I want to say I'm very happy for Coach Odom," Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman said. "I don't really want to talk about the situation [his firing at Missouri], but I am very, very happy for him and our football team."

Pittman said he gave a game ball to linebacker Grant Morgan and safety Joe Foucha and asked them to present it to Odom, which they did.

"They stood up and talked about what Coach Odom means to them, and certainly we did give him the game ball," Pittman said. "He deserved it."

Friday's victory had to be especially satisfying for Odom after Missouri beat Arkansas 50-48 last season on a field goal on the game's final play.

"I'm very happy for Coach Odom," senior linebacker Hayden Henry said. "I said in [interviews] this week that's he's a stone-cold killer and he's the spear of our team -- the tip of the spear.

"The guy is just a legend and he brings it every day. I couldn't be happier for him. I mean, it's his birthday today and we went out and beat his -- you know the history there -- went out and beat Missouri.

"We got that win for him. I was happy that he got the game ball. I was happy to see him excited about that."

Pair win again

Arkansas ended its losing streak to Missouri at five games with the help of two former Tigers.

Defensive linemen Markell Utsey and Tre Williams, who came to Arkansas as graduate transfers this season from Missouri, finished their careers undefeated in the series at 11-0.

Utsey, a sixth-year senior from Little Rock Parkview, is 6-0 in the series, including 5-0 with Missouri and 1-0 with Arkansas.

Williams, who is from Columbia, Mo., is 5-0, including 4-0 with his hometown Tigers and 1-0 with the Razorbacks.

Utsey and Williams each had two tackles on Friday.

Another INT

Montaric Brown, Arkansas' senior cornerback from Ashdown, got his fifth interception of the season when he picked off Connor Bazelak in the third quarter.

Brown also had interceptions against Rice, Texas A&M, Auburn and LSU. His interception at LSU in overtime set up the Razorbacks' game-winning field goal.

Brown has seven career interceptions.

Badie sets record

Missouri Senior running back Tyler Badie rushed a career-high 41 ties for 219 yards against the Razorbacks and in the process set the Tigers' single-season record with 1,604 yards. He broke the previous mark of 1,578 rushing yards by Devin West in 1998.

"He's a great competitor," Missouri Coach Eli Drinkwitz said of Badie. "He gives us everything he's got and for him to get that record, that's a special thing.

"I know he'll be disappointed in the result today, but I know he gave us everything he had."

Badie is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation's top running back.

Warren's big game

Arkansas senior receiver De'Vion Warren saved his best SEC performance for the last game of the regular season.

Warren had two catches for 63 yards and also had a 32-yard run. He had season-highs of 7 catches for 67 yards against Georgia Southern and 3 for 51 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but prior to Friday his best game against an SEC opponent had been 1 for 12 at Ole Miss.

"I was really happy for him, especially because he came back as a super senior," Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman said. "To end that way out there with a win and have a good game, he looked really good today."

Face mask, Badie

Normally when a player is called for grabbing an opponent's facemask, it's the defense making a tackle on a ball carrier.

But the opposite occurred when Missouri running back Tyler Badie drew a flag for grabbing the face mask of Arkansas safety Myles Slusher with 4:04 left in the second quarter.

Slusher forced Badie out of bounds, and Badie grabbed his face mask and slung him to the ground for a 15-yard penalty

Fayetteville Tigers

Missouri had two seniors -- receiver Barrett Banister and defensive lineman Akial Byers -- who starred at Fayetteville High School.

Bannister had one catch for 13 yards and Byers made one tackle.

For starters

Arkansas cornerback Hudson Clark was back in the starting lineup after missing last week's game at Alabama because of a concussion he sustained in the Razorbacks' 16-13 overtime victory at LSU two weeks ago.

Senior salute

During a pregame ceremony, Arkansas' seniors and their families stretched from one end of the field to the other.

The Razorbacks honored 29 seniors, some of whom -- including linebacker Bumper Pool and cornerback Montaric Brown -- have the option to return next season because of the extra year that was granted all players in 2020 by the NCAA because of the coronavirus pandemic.

One Arkansas senior, starting offensive tackle Dalton Wagner, didn't go through the ceremony because he has told Coach Sam Pittman he'll return to play again next season.

Jones honored

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was honored on the field during a timeout in the first half for his induction earlier this fall into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

Jones was a senior offensive lineman on Arkansas' 1964 team that capped an 11-0 season by beating Nebraska 10-7 in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1965, and won a share of the national championship.

Jones also built AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which now is home to the Cotton Bowl as well as his Cowboys.

East vs. West

SEC West teams finished 10-4 against the East this season thanks to the Razorbacks' victory over Missouri.

Arkansas went 1-1 against the East, including a 37-0 loss at No. 1 Georgia.

Missouri was 0-2 against the West with a 35-14 loss at home to Texas A&M.

Sankey sighting

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey attended the Arkansas-Missouri game as part of his tour around the conference during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Sankey was in Starkville, Miss., on Thursday night for the Egg Bowl when Ole Miss beat Mississippi State 31-21. He'll be in Auburn, Ala., for today's Iron Bowl when Auburn plays Alabama.

Give me Liberty

Representatives of the Liberty Bowl attended the game. They attended Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman's postgame news conference and talked briefly with him.

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