Although Saturday’s game in Starkville between Arkansas and N0. 17 Mississippi State ended in a 40-17 blowout in favor of the Bulldogs, both teams had plenty to celebrate as one player from each team broke a career record with their performances.
Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers broke the SEC’s all-time completions record, while Arkansas linebacker Bumper Pool broke the school’s career tackles record.
Will Rogers breaks SEC’s all-time completions record
Coming into Saturday’s game trailing former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray for the SEC’s completion record by six, Rogers easily surpassed the now former record holder with 31 completions against Arkansas. Murray, whose record stood since 2013, broke the record in 52 games. Roger’s record of 946 career completions came across 28 games over the last three seasons.
Will Rogers on breaking the SEC career completion record: “For it to happen at Davis Wade — where I’ve been watching games since I was in second grade — was pretty cool.”
— Grace Ybarra (@gnybarra) October 8, 2022
On Saturday, Rogers completed 31 passes on 48 attempts while throwing for 395 yards and three touchdowns. The SEC named Rogers as the conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Rogers’ new record adds to an already impressive list of accolades for the junior. In 2021, Rogers broke the SEC’s all-time completions record in an individual season with 505, passing Joe Burrow’s 2019 record of 402. His 73.9 completion percentage and 4,739 passing yards in 2021 both rank third in the SEC single-season record book.
In addition to his SEC accolades, Rogers holds the records for completions in a game (50 in 2021), , passing touchdowns in a game (six, two times), passing touchdowns in a single season (36 in 2021) and passing yards in a single season (4,739 in 2021).
Time to edit the @HailStateFB record books ✍️
Will Rogers broke @Dak’s records for passing yards and TDs in a season in today’s 55-10 win over Tennessee St. pic.twitter.com/JwvvFn1gdI
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 20, 2021
He needs 552 passing yards and two touchdown passes to break Dak Prescott’s career records of passing yards and passing touchdowns at Mississippi State. In three years, Rogers has thrown for 8,825 yards and 69 touchdowns.
Rogers will look to add to impressive numbers on Saturday against cross-divisional rival No. 22 Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. A win on Saturday would also give the Bulldogs bowl-eligibility.
Bumper Pool breaks Arkansas’ all-time tackle record
Despite going winless the last three weeks, Arkansas senior linebacker Bumper Pool garnered hype as he approached Tony Bua’s record of 407 career tackles at Arkansas. Needing 14 tackles to break the record, Pool got exactly that and etched his name into the program’s record books. Pool’s 14 tackles on Saturday also set a season-high for the fifth-year senior.
Additionally, Pool’s career-high 20 tackles in a single game, set in 2020 against Mississippi State, ranks third in single-game history for Arkansas.
Halfway through the season, Pool may not be done adding his name to record books. With his 409 career tackles, he now needs 16 more to break former Tennessee linebacker AJ Johnson’s career SEC record. Pool is averaging 10 tackles a game this season.
After three-straight losses, all against ranked opponents, the Razorbacks look to get back on track on Saturday with a trip to Provo, Utah to take on unranked BYU.