January 18, 2019

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly — Georgia

Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ blowout loss in Little Rock to Georgia.

The Good

  • (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)It was a fun time in ‘The Rock’ while it lasted.  Justin Cole Moore’s “Hometown Throwdown” Friday night got things started.  The tailgating and the weather were perfect.  The energy level was great by the 54,000+ that showed up.  Even had Coca-Cola products at the concessions to the delight of all Razorback fans (and press box members).  But then Georgia reeled off 38-straight and the bubble was burst.
  • Freshman wide receiver Kendrick Edwards found the end zone for the first time as a Razorback.  Edwards, a 6-foot 6-inch receiver from Miama, Fla., caught a nice 4-yard fade route from Brandon Allen in the fourth quarter as the Hogs were trying to rally.  Good things ahead for Edwards.
  • The John Henson experiment appears to be over at kicker.  For the second week in a row, Henson failed to get any elevation on a first quarter extra-point attempt, resulting in a block.  The gaffe took the wind out of the team and crowd after a very successful 75-yard, 13-play drive to start the game.  Adam McFain — the sophomore from Greenwood — kicked extra points after two fourth quarter TDs.

The Bad

  • Andre Ware didn’t do Brandon Allen any favors Saturday afternoon.  Ware, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Houston and current SEC Network analyst, showed multiple replays of Allen missing wide open receivers and displaying poor decision making as the Hogs took to the air late.  The showing was no doubt partly due to the shoddy protection (3 sacks allowed), but gave more fodder to the Allen critics after another frustrating loss.
  • We would be remiss if we didn’t lampoon OC Jim Chaney’s failed 2-point conversion reverse play call to tight end A.J. Derby.  You would think Chaney would have learned his lesson after trying a similar reverse to Derby in the Texas A&M game a few weeks ago.  I guess a little humor was welcome at that point though.
  • It wouldn’t be a game in War Memorial Stadium without clock issues…right?  The first half of the game was plagued by clock operators not being able to stop the clock on time, and then stop it at all, prompting referee Matt Moore to make the announcement to “just turn the game clock off.  We will keep the time on the field.”  The Hogs are 1-4 in their last five games in Little Rock.

The Ugly

  • The frustration by the players boiled over on the field for the first time all year.  Coming up short again and again takes its toll, and it showed.  Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties by Tevin Mitchel and Demetrius Wilson, another costly chop block by Dan Skipper and a targeting call/ejection on Braylon Mitchell all cost the Hogs Saturday.  None were more costly than Tevin Mitchel’s selfish play that gave the Bulldogs a first down after the Hogs’ defense had made a nice third down stop to force a punt.  Nick Chubb scored two plays later and the rout was on.

Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.”  What did we leave out?

Comments

  1. I believe we caught Georgia at the worst possible time. They seem to be peaking as a team right now. Arkansas, on the other hand, seemed to be a little flat after giving up every last breath to ‘Bama last week. They seemed a little deflated in the 1st half IMO.

    Good: Not a whole lot, considering we’re not running the football with an effective punch like we were ealier in the season. I do like the fact that this team doesn’t give up. That’s nice to see.

    Bad: I wasn’t particularly pleased with the officiating in the 1st half. I like to see a game called the same both ways. We couldn’t buy a decent break from the refs it seemed.
    Better in the 2nd half, but a little late by then.
    We also have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re past the halfway point of the season. This has to stop.

    Ugly: 16 straight SEC losses. Hopefully, this will end very soon..

    GO HOGS GO, BABY!!!!!

    • Good take Gonzo. Thought the letdown might come vs. UAB. More on that later in the week.
      Could have put the Alex Collins fumble (second in two weeks) and the Korliss Marshall suspension in there somewhere too. Very disappointing.

  2. hogoffate says:

    The GOOD – Finally wearing our real uniforms/helmets
    The BAD – Quarterback play / pass protection
    THE UGLY – First two play calls of second series / Lack of kicking game

  3. Good: 2nd half… No quit … much better on O and D execution. Finally attacked the edges against a 9 man front and got a 1st down out of it. Bad: 1st half … flags, TOs… Not mentally tough enough to overcome adversity. (frustrations of losing starting to show). 2pt conv. play call … although big #’s poor decisions and misses from the QB position (gotta make the plays you gotta make. period…) Ugly: ongoing Zero production from PR unit … starters with bone – headed mental lapses … 1st half no-show … One sided flag throwing in 1st half. Notes: Predicted a free fall after the A&M lost which was a MUST WIN IMO. It’s mostly likely would have pushed the ‘Backs to 2-1 over those 3 games… attacking the edges against a 9-man front (brilliant!) … block down, seal at second and third levels and a sure 1st down is a very possible touchdown! Getting the big Tackle’s attention by benching him was a good idea… Must find a way to get Hawkins on the field…. Speed kills in many different ways… Got 5 games to win 3. WPSGHG!
    Ok did not show up all in 1st half

  4. Razorback Student says:

    As a student at the U of A, I can speak for many when I say that not many people enjoy the games in LR except for the handful of students actually from LR. My two roommates and I spent over a combined $100 on gas, parking, concessions, etc. for a free “home” game my student pass covered. We were yelled at by Georgia fans in the student section and told to sit down. Besides the tailgating, the overall home game experience was pretty subpar and I just have a hard time believing we would’ve given up 38 unanswered points in DWRRS. I know I cannot speak for everyone and I understand the allure of the LR for many of those coming from southern and eastern Arkansas, but I for one would not be disappointed if they nixed the LR games completely in the near future. Sorry fellas, I’ll get off my soapbox now! WPS!

  5. Good – this team’s resiliency. They could have given up, but made it a game and were a couple of bad calls from being in a position to win.

    Bad – Alex Collins fumble. That was horrible and a big game changer. Also, the officiating was horribly one sided in the first half. For each Arkansas unsportsmanlike call, there were the same from Georgia. Some were right in front of the officials well after the whistle was blown. Ridiculously bad.

    Ugly – the crowd at War Memorial. The Hogs time at War Memorial has come to a close. The crowd was very lame considering a top 10 opponent, and when the Hogs got down folks were heading back to the tailgates in the middle of the second quarter. It was embarrassing. For those that left so early, they missed a pretty good game.

    The Arkansas Student mentioned it here, but they are 100% correct. I’ve been an Arkansas fan for 30 years and have been to many games in LR, but only a few in Fayetteville until this year. I’ve been to every Fayetteville game this year, and the crowd is at a whole other level. Very loud, the student section rocks, the band rocks, and you can’t beat it. Little Rock has become lame. The tailgating is great, but the crowds have been ho hum for years, even under Petrino. It’s too bad – but I agree with those that say the team travel, unfamiliarity, etc doesn’t help the team win. Not like in Fayetteville.

  6. The Good: Richt and his coaches had their team ready to play and completely out coached us in every phase. That is the first time that has happened this year. Building a team around a great offensive line is not the worst idea in football, ask the Cowboys, years of mediocrity ended with good blocking. We’ve made a good start although it didn’t show much on Saturday. Like it or not, we’re easily two years away.
    The Bad: We can’t abandon the run, its all we’ve got. I’m no Allen hater. If we had the pieces we will have in two years he’s all the QB we would need to run the team. We don’t. What’s bad is the depth behind him. We have no options and we are not developing his replacement, the guy we will really need since we’re easily two years away.
    The Ugly: Coach Swagger coached up this play through the whistle, take their manhood mentality and it has only cost his team games. This is the SEC West, not the Big Ten. These teams will rip off your head and spit down your throat. You’d better coach football.

  7. The Good: Some young receivers showed flare in the second half. Hogs tough back from 32 down. Im starting to see player frustration and leaders emerging as a byproduct. Henry in particular.

    The Bad: Hit a Georgia buzz saw first half and a crew of officials blind or stupid.

    The ugly: Fans leaving.When the team is down they need you the most. War memorial is done. I think the damage is done between NWA and the southern half of the State. With the ribs of Mississippi schools watch out down there.

  8. hog_in_iowa says:

    Good – showed some backbone in the 2nd half; not getting fooled on squib kick after 1st UGA touchdown
    Bad – showed no backbone in the 1st half
    Ugly – special team play (extra points, short kick offs); not seeing wide-open receivers when throwing to covered-receivers. It seems BA is hearing footsteps very quickly now when he’s in the pocket, but maybe it’s just me.

  9. Good: Even the dimmest bulbs have finally seen the light re playing in War Immoral Stadium. Looks as tho we will play four more cupcakes there and that’ll be the end of that, thank Goodness. Also good, that first drive for a TD.

    Bad: Just about everything that happened after that first drive.

    Ugly: SEC officiating. Game after game of missed calls. I suppose it’s not easy to field six or seven good crews every weekend of football season, but surely this league could do better than this. Just abominable. And the lack of discipline among Razorback players is unacceptable. This is not the style of play that Bielema claims to champion. Ready, shoot yourself in the foot, aim.

    Sum: These players and coaches are learning to play in the toughest division of the toughest league. That should pay dividends eventually, as the team will know where they must be in terms of talent, skill and conditioning. There should be no surprises after this. Now we can see just how far down this team had fallen during the JL Smith interregnum.

  10. Hogwild28 says:

    I think we are being unrealistic. That was our 4th top 10 team we played and we currently have 4 more top-25 games remaining. Our Hogs are a great team. These guys saying Coach B’s system is working….dead wrong. Our problem is depth and we need time to fix that. We all knew that this year could end 3-4 wins because of thr strength of the SEC. We knew this. Why are we acting surprised? Unless we leave the SEC (which we shouldn’t and arent ) then we better man up as fans and stop being whiney babies. This team needs support and we can’t even sell out (and stay) for a game against a top-10 team. Our depth and our unrealistic (and in some cases ignorant) fans are the problems.