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WEEK 7 – Hitting the Ground Running in Style
After accepting the job to become the next head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks coach uagrad90 left Oregon State Tuesday afternoon and arrived in Fayetteville just after midnight with his offensive and defensive coordinators in tow. With little time to prepare for Saturdays home game against SEC West rival Auburn, the coaching staff went to work developing a game plan for the Tigers and mapped out a strategy to address recruiting once the sun came up Wednesday morning. After contacting the current recruits and looking over the depth chart for next seasons recruiting class coach uagrad90 and his assistants worked to put in the game plan for Saturday.
With a capacity crowd on hand to watch the coach uagrada90 and the Razorbacks wasted little time in showing the fans what type of team this would be. The Razorbacks took the opening kickoff and marched quickly down the field and scored on a 1 yard run by Knile Davis to take a quick 7-0 lead.
After giving up a couple of first downs the defense settled down. Arkansas moved briskly down the field and capped the drive with a 1 yard plunge by Ronnie Wingo to increase the lead to 14. The Tigers cut the lead to 7 early in the 2nd quarter when Trotter connect on a 2 yard TD pass. But the threat did not last long as the Razorbacks scored 17 unanswered points to take a 31-7 lead into the half. Playing reserves for most of the 2nd half, Auburn was able to score 2 TDs while holding Arkansas to a pair of FG’s, but the fans left Razorback Stadium pleased with what they saw from Razorbacks and their new coaching staff as the Arkansas QBs combined for 366 yards passing while the first team defense held Auburn to 137 total yards in the 1st half.Next week the Razorbacks travel to Oxford to face the always tough Ole Miss Black Bear Rebels.
Mid-Season Recruiting Update
The Razorbacks are off to a good start in their recruiting efforts as they obtained verbal commitments from 5 high school seniors. This class is lead so far by 2 ESPN 150 commitments in 4 Star Athlete Adam Mitchell and 4 star WR Clifton Hanks. 4 Star DT Anthony Green and 4 star WR Michael Anderson will be counted on to step in for departing seniors. 3 star OLB Welsey Newman will help shore up an LB corps that is expected to see heavy losses after the season.
Week 8 – #12 Arkansas Rocks Black Bear Rebels
Week 8 of the season saw the 12th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks travel to Oxford Mississippi to square off with the Ole Miss Rebels. Arkansas entered the game looking to stay within striking distance in the SEC West against an Ole Miss team that is tougher than their record would indicate. After the first quarter ended tied at zero the Razorbacks struck suddenly and the stunned Rebels would never recover.
The Rebels had driven deep into Arkansas territory as the 2nd quarter started attempted to run a standard out pattern, but the Arkansas defense had other ideas. Stanley from Ole Miss was hit in the backfield as he attempted to pass which resulted in an interception by Darius Winston who returned it 89 yards for the first score of the day.After forcing a three and out by Ole Miss the Arkansas offense finally started to click as Tyler Wilson connected with Cobi Hamilton on a 56 yard TD strike to increase the lead to 14-0. The Razorbacks closed out the first half a 26 yard FG and headed to the locker room with a 17-0 lead.
In the 3rd quarter the Rebels cut the lead to 14 with a 45 yard FG but that would be as close as the Rebels would get today. In the 4th quarter Tyler Wilson connected with TE Chris Gragg on a 31 yard TD pass and a 24-3 lead. Any chance the Rebels had of a comeback ended when Greg Gaston intercepted a Nathan Stanley pass which lead to the Razorbacks closing out the scoring for the day with a 27 yard FG.
The Razorbacks will be out of action during week 9 as they prepare for a week 10 meeting with the Ole Ball Coach and South Carolina.
Week 9 - Bye Week Preparations
The Arkansas Razorbacks were off for week 9 of the season and the coaching staff used this time to recruit and prepare for next week game against South Carolina. It was a slow week on the recruiting trail as Arkansas did not receive any verbal commitments but they were able to secure a couple of visits for next weeks game against the Gamecocks. The coaching staff learned that they would need to spend some extra time preparing for what should be a very angry South Carolina team after their 45-0 shut out by Tennessee.
Week 10 Recruiting UpdateThe Razorbacks started the week off on a high note as they received verbal commitments from two more high school seniors. The Razorbacks landed a commitment from 4 Star WR Travis Smith who will be counted on to help rebuild the receiving corps next year. The Razorbacks also gained a commitment from 3 Star FS George Marshall who will help add depth to the secondary next year.
Week 10 – 10th Ranked Razorbacks Throttle Gamecocks
Coming into week 10 the 10th ranked Razorbacks knew this would be a tough game after South Carolina's shut out loss last week to Tennessee. As expected the Ole Ball Coach had the Gamecocks fired up to upset the Razorbacks, as the Gamecocks shut down the Arkansas offense and ended the day early for HB Knile Davis. Entering the 2nd quarter Arkansas was holding a slim 3 point lead. But in the 2nd Quarter the offense finally started to click behind new starting QB Brandon Mitchell and Arkansas extended their lead to 10 when Ronnie Wingo plunged in from 3 yards out. South Carolina cut the lead to 7 with a FG with 52 seconds remaining in the half.In the 3rd quarter the Arkansas staff continued to show confidence in QB Mitchell, who won the starting job during the off weeks practice sessions, and they were rewarded when Mitchell found Cobi Hamilton open for a 24 yard TD pass to increase their lead to 17-3. But the Gamecocks would not go away and Steven Garcia drove South Carolina back into the red zone but the Arkansas defense stiffened once again with a sack on 3rd down and forced the Gamecocks to settle for a 39 yard FG.
Any threat of a South Carolina comeback was put away early in the 4th quarter as Ronnie Wingo found the end zone for the 2nd time this time from 6 yards out. The Razorback defense continued to play aggressive as they recorded their 3rd sack of the game to stop a South Carolina drive and the Arkansas offense went on time consuming drive which ended with a 18 yard FG and the final points in a 27-6 victory.QB Brandon Mitchell had an excellent game going 18 for 27 for 277 yards and 1 TD in his first start under the new coaching staff. HB Ronnie Wingo picked up the slack when Davis went out and rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries and 2 TDs. A major area of concern for the Razorback staff came after the game as they learned that HB Knile Davis would be out for 2 weeks with broken ribs.
The Razorbacks now turn their attention to week 11 and a home date with the Miss State Bulldogs
Week 11 Recruiting Update
The Razorbacks landed their 8th commitment when ESPNU 150 and 4 Star Athlete Phil Knox pledged to sigh with the Razorbacks. This now gives the Razorbacks 4 commitments from the ESPNU Top 150.
Week 11 – Defense, Anyone… Anyone….
Fayetteville – The Week 11 match-up between Miss State and the 7th ranked Razorbacks was an important one if Arkansas wanted to keep pace with Alabama and have any shot at making it to Atlanta. After reviewing the tape of State’s game with Alabama, Arkansas was hoping to put this game away early and start preparing for next week’s visit from #10 Oregon. But unfortunately for the Razorbacks the fireworks started early and did not end until the final whistle.
State took the opening kickoff and very quickly moved down the field to grab a quick 7-0 lead when Relf found Robert Johnson open on a 38 yard corner route. Arkansas would respond on its first possession when Broderick Green went in off right tackle from 3 yard out. After forcing a 3 and out the Razorbacks capitalized with 4 seconds left in the quarter when Mitchell found Jarius Wright open for a 23 yard strike and a 14-7 Razorback lead. In the 2nd quarter Miss State responded with a 3 yard run from Relf before Arkansas got 2 scores of score from Cobi Hamilton to give Arkansas a 28-14 halftime lead.Arkansas thought they had put the game away in the 3rd quarter when Mitchell found Joe Adams for a 42 yard TD followed later by a 25 yard FG. But State was not ready to call it a day. Facing the 2nd and 3rd strings from Arkansas Relf connected with Arecto Clark on a 80 yard strike. Things worsened for the Razorbacks when late in the 3rd quarter Tyler Wilson was sacked for a safety bringing the score to 38-22 headed to the final stanza. In the final quarter Arkansas picked up a 39 yard FG before allowing State 2 late TD’s with less than 2 minutes remaining to bring the Bulldogs to within 41-36. But an unsuccessful onside attempt allowed the Razorbacks to run out the clock and escape with the win.
Brandon Mitchell ended the day gong 22 of 31 for 372 yards and 4 TDs. HB Ronnie Wingo had another good game rushing for 85 yards on 17 carries. But the player of the game was Cobi Hamilton who had 10 receptions for 203 yards and 2 TDs. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, they allowed 370 yard through the air to Relf and allowed HB Perkins to rush for 107 yards on 18 carries.
With the win Arkansas moves to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC. Next week Arkansas will be at home as the 10th ranked Oregon Ducks come to Fayetteville in a match-up of top 10 teams.
U allowed 107 yrds from their running back?, HeHe , ohh well it comes down to my game vs Aubie and yrs vs LSwho.
They went no huddle and it was like my guys were exhausted and could not tackle. Oh well and it will be hard to pull for a Barn win, I was hoping LSU could have helped me out. But 2nd in the West is not too bad.
don't blame u there i can't stand the Barn either, I'm looking to seriously roll them Like Bama should've done this season after the 24-0 1st quarter lead.
Week 12 – Top 10 Teams Conduct Overtime ThrillerFayetteville – For week 12 the 7th ranked Razorbacks stepped out of conference as they hosted the 10th ranked Ducks from Oregon. Coming in this looked to be an even matchup that could go either way. With Arkansas being at home it figured to have a home field advantage from the crowd, but to everyone’s surprise when kickoff rolled around Fayetteville was blanketed in snow. Oregon received the ball first and proceeded to march through the Arkansas defense with little effort. The Ducks drive ended with 3:47 remaining in the quarter when Lache Seastrunk sprinted in from 8 yards out for the early 7-0 lead. An uneasy feeling began to fall on the Razorbacks fans as they witnessed Arkansas go 3 and out on offense. The anxiety continued to build as Oregon extending their lead to 14-0 in the 2nd quarter when Jesse Crowell scored from 1 yard out. The Razorbacks continued to struggle on offense as they were confused and got away from their game plan and they went into the half down 14-0.After regaining their composure during the half, the Razorbacks came out in the 3rd quarter and made the decision to stick with what they do best and let the outcome be what it will be. Arkansas took the 2nd half kickoff and mixed the run and the pass and moved down the field and cut the lead to 14-7 with 3:57 left in the 3rd quarter when Ronnie Wingo scored from 5 yards out.On Oregon’s ensuing drive the Razorbacks got the break they needed when they forced a fumble by the Oregon QB and Arkansas recovered deep in Duck territory. Arkansas converted the turnover into points when Ronnie Wingo scored for the 2nd time and tied the game at 14 all. In the 4th quarter Oregon reclaimed the lead when Jesse Crowell scored for the 2nd time again from 1 yard out. With the pressure on the Arkansas offense they came out and moved the ball down the field and scored when Ronnie Wingo scored for the 3rd time when he dove in from a 1 yard out with 16 seconds remaining. The Razorbacks elected to go for 2 but an Oregon timeout convinced the Arkansas staff to rethink and go for the tie and overtime instead. That decision almost backfired when on the last play of the regulation Oregon connected on an 83 yard pass to Josh Huff that came up 5 yards short of the end zone. In overtime Arkansas won the toss and elected to go on defense first. Oregon retook the lead in overtime when Jesse Crowell scored his 3rd TD when he plunged in form 1 yard out on 4th down. With its possession Arkansas responded quickly and 4 plays later the Razorbacks drew within 1 point when Brandon Mitchell found Jarius Wright open from 9 yards out. This time the Razorback coaches did not change their mind after an Oregon timeout and the Razorbacks converted on a 2 point conversion and won a thriller in overtime 29-28.With the win Arkansas improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC. Arkansas last chance to win the Western Division rests in their game against LSU next week and Alabama annual matchup with Auburn. A win by the Razorbacks and an upset by Auburn and the Hawgs will be headed to Atlanta.
it was a hell of a game. that fumble killed me. i thought i called a run and was trying to control the running back. your guy hit my qb so fast i didn't even know what happened. you called a good game and a have a tough team. i'm looking forward to playing you next year or even outside the dynasty.
Hey I am up for a return game in 2012 with a visit to Eugene. I know I will need at least 1 other human game outside the SEC.
let's sign the contract!
works for me.
k, got it Next Year Hogs-Ducks in Oregon. Signed and Sealed.
Week 13 – Arkansas Close Strong
Baton Rouge – The 5th ranked Razorbacks headed to Baton Rouge to battle the 17th ranked Tigers of LSU for the Golden Boot, already knowing that Atlanta was no longer within their grasp. With Alabama’s win last week over Auburn, the Crimson Tide secured their spot in Atlanta due to their week 4 win over Arkansas. But Arkansas was still hoping for a possible BCS berth and at the very least a New Year’s day bowl based on their Top 5 ranking. LSU opened the game strong and moved right down the field and scored on a 2 yard run by Alfred Blue. Arkansas responded in the first quarter and tied the game at 7-7 when Knile Davis, back from injury, scored on a 1 yard plunge. In the 2nd quarter Arkansas grab their first lead of the game when Brandon Mitchell hooked up with Jarius Wright on a 4 yard pass. But LSU was up to the task and came right back and tied the game at 14-14 when Jordan Jefferson found Kadron Boone open for a 17 yard TD. But Arkansas was able to take the lead at the half when Knile Davis scored his 2nd TD of the day on a 3 yard run. After a scoreless 3rd quarter LSU tied the game at 21-21 when Alfred Blue scored again on a 4 yard run. Arkansas responded when they converted on a 25 yard FG to retake the lead at 24-21. With time getting late and LSU driving to tie or possible take the lead the Razorback defense made the play of the game when they intercepted a Jefferson pass at the Arkansas 42 yard line.
The Razorbacks took this opportunity and extended their lead to 31-21 when Mitchell found Cobi Hamilton open for a 21 yard TD. LSU made one last push and scored on a 2 yard pass from Jefferson to Chris Tolliver to cut the lead to 31-28 but it was not enough as Arkansas escaped from Deaf Valley with the win. With the win Arkansas warped up the regular season with a 9-2 record overall and 6-2 in the SEC. Next up for the Razorbacks is waiting to see where they will be going bowling this year.
Week 14 – #4 Arkansas Ends Regular Season on a 7 Game Winning Streak Fayetteville – The Razorbacks looked to close out the regular season on a strong note as they faced a struggling Nevada team in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks did not let the disappointment of missing out on the SEC Championship game distract them as they vented their frustrations on the Wolfpack. The 4th ranked Razorbacks scored quickly in the first quarter when Knile Davis scored on a 4 yard run and which was quickly followed by a 22 yard TD pass from Brandon Mitchell to Jarius Wright and Arkansas lead 14-0 heading to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter Nevada cut the lead to 7 when Lampford Mark scored on a 1 yard plunge, but the Razorbacks struck twice more before halftime to increase their lead to 28-7 when Davis hauled in a 4 yard pass and Greg Childs caught another from 7 yards outs. In the 3rd quarter Arkansas pushed the lead to 35-7 when Cobi Hamilton scored on a 72 yard strike from Mitchell. After pulling the starters Nevada scored twice in the 3rd quarter on 80 and 67 yard passes to LJ Washington, but the Razorbacks reserves put an end to any threat in the 4th period when they scored on a 8 yard pass from Tyler Wilson to Julian Horton to make the final score 42-21.
Next up for the Razorbacks is waiting to see what happened in the SEC Championship game. An upset win by 7th ranked Alabama over top ranked Florida would give 4th ranked Arkansas a skin outside chance at the BCS Championship game.
Sugar Bowl - #3 Arkansas Closes out Season with Win over West Virginia
New Orleans – The 3rd ranked Razorbacks earned a BCS bowl berth against West Virginia after Florida held off Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Arkansas did not want to waste this opportunity and jumped on the Mountaineers early and often to build a 21-6 halftime lead behind the running of Knile Davis and the timely passing of Brandon Mitchell. In the 2nd half West Virginia pulled to within 11 at 24-13 before Mitchell and Greg Childs took over. Mitchell connected with Childs twice in the 2nd half for TD passes, with the back breaker coming on a 84 yard score when Childs caught a 10 yard pass and broke 3 tackles before taking it to the house.
Arkansas finishes the season at 11-2 and no worse than a #3 rankings once the final polls are released.
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