Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ loss in the final seconds in Little Rock to Ole Miss.
- Dennis Johnson is a man’s man. Much was written last week about how Johnson’s mother had helped get coaches and her son on the same page earlier in the season. But Johnson was no momma’s boy on the field on Saturday. His career-high 161 rushing yards and his fighting, clawing, fearless 21-yard run to setup the Hogs’ final touchdown showed the heart of a champion.
- Apparently practicing special teams wasn’t an emphasis during the bye week. Getting a punt blocked is always bad but it’s worse when the coaching staff makes no adjustments after almost getting the previous punt blocked. And don’t get us started on the numerous punts that either were allowed to hit the ground or were bobbled. Seven games into the season and the Hogs still haven’t found a reliable punt returner. Miss you, Joe Adams.
- The complete sideline disarray after a penalty nullified a fourth quarter Razorback touchdown was bad. But while the penalty was costly, the loss of composure by John L. Smith and other coaches and players was more harmful. Even with the penalty, the Hogs only faced a third down and 10 to keep the drive going. Instead, a timeout was wasted and two additional penalties made the eventual field goal attempt much more difficult.
- Nothing says you’re playing a home game like playing in a different city with different uniforms and pink accessories. With four games remaining before this season to forget ends, can we at least try to field a team that actually looks like a Razorback team? You know…Cardinal and White, Jeff Long?
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?