Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks blowout loss in Baton Rouge to LSU.
- [singlepic id=647 w=240 h=180 float=right]Well…a lot of things can be said about Friday’s performance, but one thing is for sure — the Hogs were ready out of the gate. Their 14-0 start, given the emotional week after losing teammate Garrett Uekman last Sunday, was a testament to the coaches and their preparation.
- Senior free safety Tramain Thomas did everything he could to aid the Razorbacks cause. Thomas was directly responsible for both turnovers (forced fumble, interception). And his 14 total tackles, many after LSU backs were found running wild into the secondary, led the team.
- Honorable Mention: Dylan Breeding started the game with two monster punts that put LSU inside their 10-yard line. Breeding’s first punt, a 70-yard effort, was the longest of his career.
- The two things we were most worried about — protecting the quarterback and stopping the LSU running game — turned out to be the difference in the game. The Tigers had Tyler Wilson running for his life, sacking him five times. Meanwhile, Willy Robinson’s defense allowed LSU to roll up 286 rushing yards on 46 carries (6.2 yards per carry). Tough to watch.
- Cobi Hamilton’s third quarter 60-yard run after catch had the Hogs on the verge of tying the game at 21. But the drive stalled on second and goal when quarterback Brandon Mitchell was inserted to run his goal-line package. A low shotgun snap resulted in a loss of 6 yards, and after a Wilson incompletion, the Hogs were forced to settle for a Zach Hocker 29-yard field goal.
- [singlepic id=662 w=180 h=240 float=right]Honorable Mention: If we hear the words “Honey Badger” one more time….ugh. Don’t get us started.
- Coach Petrino was visibly upset by LSU’s continued passing (up three scores) and final field goal that made it 41-17 with 5:08 remaining in the game. CBS cameras caught Petrino pointing across to the LSU sideline while yelling obscenities. While we know it was a long week, there is nobody to blame for the inability to stop LSU but the coaches and players who reside on the Arkansas sideline.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?