Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ blowout loss on the road to Alabama.
- Despite the loss, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Darius Philon had an excellent showing in his home state. Philon, a native of Mobile who was committed to Alabama until signing day, recorded 8 tackles, including 3 solo, and was active all night. We’re glad he’s a Razorback.
- Freshman tight end Hunter Henry made the best play of the night. Henry beat Alabama All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley off the ball and pulled in a perfectly thrown 25-yard seam route pass by Brandon Allen, giving the Hogs a first down at the Bama 40. Allen threw an interception on the next play.
- Speaking of Allen, his struggles continued, albeit against one of the best defenses in America. Ending the game 7-of-25 for 91 yards and 2 interceptions, Allen continues to not set his feet and deliver accurate passes consistently. After throwing a near pick-six right to C.J. Mosely in the second quarter, the Hogs started rolling the pocket almost every time, limiting Allen’s options and getting him away from the rush. Cheerleaders and media photographers caught more of Allen’s passes than Hog receivers on the night.
- The back third of the schedule seemed more manageable until Saturday. Auburn’s 45-41 upset win over the Aggies and Ole Miss’ 27-24 last second victory over #6 LSU tells you all you need to know. If you’re still looking for a way for the Hogs to go bowling, stop now — you are wasting your time.
- You can’t turn the ball over in any situation, but Keon Hatcher’s fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half was particularly ugly. Hatcher, who fumbled late in the game last week after a long run, didn’t seem to be hit all that hard as he gave the Tide a gift to start the half. Alabama scored a TD three plays later, making it 35-0. Judging from Bielema’s post-game comments, the coach seems ready to “move forward with guys that are trying to execute what we are asking them to do.”
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?