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Arkansas beats Kansas State 29-16 in Cotton Bowl

Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks celebrates

Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks celebrates a touchdown pass reception. (Jan. 6, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

ARLINGTON, Texas — Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season and No. 7 Arkansas matched a school record with its 11th victory, beating No. 11 Kansas State 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes, including a 9-yarder to Kobi Hamilton with 4 minutes left in the third quarter after Kansas State (10-3) scored 16 consecutive points.

Adams' 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave the Razorbacks (11-2) a 10-0 lead before they even gained a first down. It was the first punt return for a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl in 51 years.

Arkansas' only losses were to No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, the SEC West rivals who will play in the BCS national championship game.


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