Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ win in Little Rock over Samford.
- Alex Collins saved our bacon Saturday night. The true freshman ran wild in the last 20 minutes of the game, finishing with 172 yards on 24 carries, including his first TD as a Razorback.
- After Samford took a third quarter 21-17 lead, OC Jim Chaney got back to the pounding rushing attack we saw against Louisiana in week one. The Hogs final 22 plays were runs, and allowed the offense to play keep away for the last quarter and a half.
- On defense, team captain DT Robert Thomas brought his ‘A’ game. The senior posted 3.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 big sacks. The plays allowed the defense to come up big time after time, as the offense gave Samford a short field to work with for much of the night.
- Ball security problems reared their ugly head for punt return man Javontee Herndon and running back Jonathan Williams. Both lost fumbles, while Williams continued to carry the ball loosely late into the fourth quarter.
- Until the fourth quarter when the game got tight, Arkansas defenders gave way too much cushion to the Samford receiving corps. The conservative approach only yielded 117 passing yards and a long play of 18, but allowed the Bulldogs to move the ball and sustain drives much too easily.
- We knew the attendance would be sparse, but the announced crowd of 47,358 was an embarrassment. And from all accounts, that was a generous figure. The number was the smallest Little Rock crowd since 2002 vs. Troy (42,814). By comparison, Vanderbilt drew 33,162 for their game Saturday vs. FCS member Austin Peay.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?