Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks staggering 28-24 loss to SEC East bottom feeder Missouri on Friday in Columbia.
- The one consistent during this up-and-down season has been Rawleigh Williams III. Williams’ 117 rushing yards on 25 carries led the Hogs Friday and gives Rawleigh 1,326 RuYds on the season. He moved back ahead of LSU’s Darius Guice, who put up 252 RuYds against A&M Thursday, for the SEC lead.
- The staggering loss to the SEC East bottom feeder was historic. Since 1970, the Hogs had been 110-1 when leading by 17+ points at the half. Make that 110-2 now. The Hogs finish the regular season not having won back-to-back games since week 3…W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L.
- You don’t see many successful fake punts executed from inside the 10-yard line, but Missouri pulled one over on the Hogs Friday. The 15-yard gain gave the Tigers a first down, and they would score on a 67-yard pass from Drew Lock to Johnathan Johnson just two plays later making it 24-21. You knew the writing was on the wall at that point.
- The loss was hard enough to swallow, but it severely damages the Hogs bowl possibilities. A win could have landed the Razorbacks in the Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.), however a loss like that will likely relegate them to the Nashville-Memphis-Houston tier. The 6-6 teams – South Carolina, Kentucky and Ole Miss (if they win Saturday), will be candidates for Shreveport and Birmingham thankfully.
- Whenever Mizzou needed a big play, they just ran by our corners like they weren’t even there. Tiger wide receivers D’Jon Moore, Johnathan Johnson and Dimetrios Mason all had big plays at the expense of Jared Collins and Ryan Pulley. Collins was especially picked on all afternoon. It could have been worse, as both Johnson and Mason dropped catches in stride that would have resulted in sure TDs. Once again, our ‘Big Ten Speed’ on defense was on full display.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?