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The play call
Arkansas faced a fourth-and-25 from the Ole Miss 40, needing to convert to stay in the game. The Rebels had already scored a touchdown on their first drive of overtime, so the Razorbacks had to match. It was do or die.
Henry caught the ball at the 26-yard line, 11 yards short of the first down. and Ole Miss defensive back Tony Bridges got to him, wrapping up his legs.
With Henry going down, he had no other choice but to throw the ball behind him. He looked back, saw a group of his teammates back towards where the line of scrimmage was and just threw it in that general direction.
“I saw the ball in the air, hoping one of our guys was going to catch it.”
The ball was actually deflected by Arkansas offensive lineman Dan Skipper before running back Alex Collins picked it up. As Henry said, “it ended up in the perfect person’s hands.”
The run after the catch
Once Collins picked up the football, he still had 27 yards to pick up the first down. But the Razorbacks were ready. They basically had a wall set up for him on the left side of the field with most of the Ole Miss defenders still on the right side, scrambling to get back.
Collins wasn’t home free just yet, though. When he got to the 20-yard line, he had to wait for one more block and make a cut outside to pick up the first down.
Arkansas picked up the first down on the crazy lateral play. Then two plays later, with Ole Miss still on its heels, the Razorbacks scored a touchdown. The rest, as they say, was history.