Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ loss at The Swamp to Florida.
- The Hogs were ready from the start, hitting Florida in the mouth in the first quarter. Controlling the line of scrimmage, the offense rolled for 120 total yards, including 81 yards rushing. When Hunter Henry caught a 31-yard play action pass down the left sideline, and then Jonathan Williams reversed his field for a 4-yard TD, we were feeling like we belonged. And then…
- Brandon Allen looked like a first-year starter making the first road start of his career. The Swamp wasn’t kind to Allen (17-41, 164 PaYds, TD), who was shaky to start and progressively got worse as the game wore on. Suffering two turnovers, including a ‘pick-six’ for the second week in a row, Allen missed open receivers and repeatedly threw behind his intended targets. Based on Saturday’s game, if you hit Allen — and the Gators did all night long — it looks like his accuracy and decision-making evaporate quickly.
- Missed tackles and poor pursuit angles resulted in two TDs for Gator wide receiver Solomon Patton. Granted, Patton has a lot of speed. But it was the Hogs’ secondary whiffing on both tackling attempts that allowed Patton to turn short curl routes into 51 and 38 yard TDs.
- So explain to us again who the dirty team is exactly? Much was made earlier in the week of the provocative comments by a Florida player that the Razorback offensive line played “dirty.” And even after the game, another Florida player continued their (unsubstantiated) accusations of foul play. But after receiving two personal foul penalties in the fourth quarter, including a player ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct after an “altercation” with a referee, the Gators might want to quit their whining and focus on cleaning up their own muck.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?
TipsterHog also contributed to this post.