HAWG News (Season 3)

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    Fayetteville - The 2012 season for the Razorbacks will be determined by how fast the young guys on the defensive side of the ball mature. Arkansas coming off a #2 finish last season brings back most of their offensive firepower but has a couple question on the O-line. But it will be the front 7 and how fast they can mature and adjust to playing SEC style football will determine where this teams finishes the year.
     
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    Week 1 – #2 Arkansas Opens with a Solid Win

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    Fayetteville – The Week 1 matchup with ULM was the perfect situation to allow the Arkansas coaches to see what the new guys could do without a real threat of getting beat. Arkansas came out singing and sprinted to 21-0 lead on the strength of Brandon Mitchells passing and the rushing of Knile Davis. ULM was able o cut the led to 14 when they scored with 24 seconds remaining in the half.​

    In the 2nd half things slowed way down as Arkansas began to shorten the game and provided Knile Davis with a steady supply of carries. After a couple score by Arkansas and one by ULM the Razorbacks wrapped up a solid 35-14 win over ULM. The player of the game without a doubt was Knile Davis as he ended the day with 200 yards rushing on 26 carries and 2 TDs. Most importantly Arkansas got out of the game injury free as they prepare for a huge jump in competition.​
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    Next week Arkansas travels to Eugene Oregon for a rematch of last year’s double overtime win.​
     
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    Week 2 – Round 2 Favors the Ducks
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    Eugene – Week 2 of the young season brought the much anticipated rematch of last season double overtime win for Arkansas. Both teams entered the game knowing what they were about to face and for once the sequel lived up to the original. During a scoreless first quarter each team was sizing up the other trying to see what new wrinkles were in play. Early in the 2nd quarter Oregon had seen enough and declared game on when Thomas connected with Lowe on a 1 yard TD pass. Following the same script from last year the Ducks would not allow the Razorbacks to respond and increased their lead to 14 when Seastrunk scored on a 6 yard run. The Razorbacks finally put together a decent drive that ended with a 23 yard FG matchup and 45 seconds remaining, but the Oregon offense kept the pedal to the floor. The Ducks moved quickly down the field and closed the half with a 45 yard FG and pushed their lead to 17-3 at the half.​

    In the 2nd half the Razorbacks made several adjustments to their offense and defense and fought their way back into the game. Mid way thru the 3rd quarter Mitchell connected with Lance Ray on a 19 yard TD pass and pulled Arkansas to with 17-10. After a much needed defensive stand from the Razorbacks, Arkansas tied the game at 17 all when Mitchell found Austin Tate open from 6 yards out.​
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    But the tie did not last long as Seastrunk broke lose early in the final period on a 48 yard TD run and reclaimed the lead 24-17. But the Razorbacks had figured out what was working and they answered with 2;43 remaining when Mitchell found Ray for a second time for a 25 yard TD. But this year there would be no overtime needed as Oregon moved down the field and converted a 29 yard FG as time expired for a 27-24 win.​

    Next week Arkansas returns home to face the 7th ranked USC Trojans.
     
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    Week 3 – Costly Turnovers Doom 8th Ranked Razorbacks
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    Fayetteville – Arkansas returned home from Eugene Oregon following their heartbreaking loss to the Ducks and prepared to host the 7th ranked Trojans from USC. Coming into this game the Arkansas coaches knew that for them to get the win, the Razorbacks needed to slow down the USC run game while not letting the Trojans efficient passing attack beat them, while on offense they would need to control the ball and the clock and not beat themselves.​

    The opening quarter of the game was defensive struggle as both teams moved the ball but neither could sustain any drives until late in the quarter when USC worked into scoring range and converted on a 31 yard FG and an early 3-0 lead.​

    In the 2nd quarter both teams stopped throwing jabs and began to land the heavy blows as both teams offenses kicked into high gear. Arkansas struck first in the 2nd quarter when Brandon Mitchell connected with TE Chris Gragg on a 2 yard pass. The Razorbacks extended their lead to 10-3 when the Arkansas coaches decided to kick a 45 yard FG on 4th and inches. The Trojans responded midway thru the quarter and tied the game at 10 on a 15 yard TD pass to the TE. Late in the quarter Arkansas reclaimed the lead at 17-10 when Knile Davis slipped off left tackle from 4 yard out. But the Trojans quickly moved down field and converted on a 25 yard FG to bring the score to 17-13 as the half ended.​
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    In the 3rd quarter the two defenses decided they would return to action as both teams found maintaining any type of drive difficult. Late in the 3rd quarter after a couple of first downs the Razorbacks were forced to punt and were able to pin the Trojans deep in their territory. After the Razorbacks stopped two consecutive USC rushing attempts the Trojans faced a 3 and 4 from their own 12 yard line. Looking to create a big play the Razorbacks blitzed both inside LBs but this put their DBs in single coverage. And the Trojans took advantage as QB Curtis found WR Ambles on a slant route who made the catch for the 1st down, broke a tackle and with no deep help for the Razorbacks raced 88 yards for the TD and a 20-17 advantage.​

    In the final quarter the Razorbacks become their own worst enemy as they threw 2 interceptions while trying to mount a comeback and USC converted these turnovers into 37 and 17 yard FGs and pulled away for a hard fought 26-17 win.​
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    Next week does not get any easier as the Razorbacks open SEC play as the 3rd ranked Crimson Tide travel to Fayetteville.​
     
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    Week 4 – Razorbacks pull out 22-21 Win Over 2nd Ranked Crimson Tide
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    Fayetteville – Arkansas and Alabama looked to kick off the SEC conference portion of their schedules as they faced off in Fayetteville in a game that saw a little bit of everything. Arkansas entered the game ranked #13 in the country after last weeks loss to USC and the Crimson Tide entered the game as the #2 ranked team in the country after their thrilling win over Nebraska.​

    1st Quarter – The first quarter started very positively for the Razorbacks as the intercepted an Alabama pass on their first possession but the Crimson Tide defense stiffened and forced Arkansas to settle for a 35 yard FG. For the rest of the quarter both defenses controlled the game as neither team could mount a serious threat.​

    2nd Quarter – Arkansas opened the 2nd quarter early with a 44 yard FG, which seemed to spark both offenses to life. Alabama countered with a nice drive that resulted in a 9 yard TD pass from McCarron to DeAndrew White and suddenly Alabama had a 7-6 lead. Arkansas appeared to be driving to retake the lead but a bad read by Tyler Wilson resulted in an Alabama interception at the goal line. Alabama proceeded to drive 96 yards and scored on a 4 yard Lacy run with 25 seconds remaining in the half to increase their lead to 14-6. But the Arkansas offense did not give up hope and very quickly moved down the field as they started to find holes in the Alabama secondary. Tyler Wilson ended the drive when he connected with Chris Gragg on a 42 yard TD pass to pull within 2 points at 14-12. The 2 point conversion was unsuccessful but the Razorbacks went into the half feeling better at only being down 14-12.​

    3rd Quarter – In the 3rd quarter both defense reasserted their dominance as neither team was able to generate any type of scoring threat.​

    4th Quarter – In the final period Arkansas reclaimed the lead when Tyler Wilson found Chris Gragg again this time from 13 yards out. The Razorbacks opted to kick the extra point which kept them in FG range to win or tie if needed. Alabama came back and very methodically moved down the field draining the clock as they went. After Arkansas used their 1st time out with 45 seconds remaining Alabama scored on a 9 yard pass to Charles Weldon for a 21-19 lead. With 35 seconds and 2 time outs remaining Arkansas converted a 3rd and 10 pass to jump start their drive and moved to the Alabama 31 yard line where they called time out with 3 seconds remaining. After a time by Alabama to ice the Arkansas kicker, the Razorback coaching staff called their final time out to talk to Zach Hocker and settle him down. After Alabama used their final time out Hocker calmly walked out and booted through a 46 yard FG and gave Arkansas a 22-21 upset win over #2 Alabama.​
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    Standout Players - The player of the game for Arkansas without a doubt was Tyler Wilson as he went 24 of 32 for 338 yards, 2 TDs and 1 int. A close seconds behind Wilson was Chris Gragg as he had 8 receptions for 165 yards and 2 TDs.​

    Next Week – Next week the Razorbacks will be at home again as they entertain the Ole Miss Rebels​
     
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    nice win, ua. sounds like a hell of a game.
     
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    It was a great game. It was weird how we were shutting each other down then all of a sudden you could not stop anything and we would get a flurry of points. But it was nice to see some defensive strategy actually work for once. I have learned a lot about how to play defense from playing here at TF.

    Week 5 - Arkansas Dominates Ole Miss
    I forgot to Add this one. Not much to say, the stats and scoring line says it all. Arkansas dominated from start to finish.​
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    Week 6 - #10 Arkansas Takes Control of SEC West
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    Auburn – Coming off last week’s shut out of Ole Miss, Arkansas headed to the Plains to face the unranked but a very dangerous Auburn Tiger team. Arkansas went into this game looking to improve their SEC record to 3-0 and taking control of the SEC West. Auburn entered the game unranked but possess are very dangerous rushing attack and a passing game that will burn you quickly if you over commitment to stopping the run.​

    1st Quarter – The 1 quarter ended scoreless as both teams moved the ball some but neither teams could sustain anything as the defenses asserted their dominance.​

    2nd Quarter – The Razorbacks struck first early in the 2nd quarter when Tyler Wilson connected with Julian Horton on a 5 yard pass and a 7-0 lead. But the Tigers came right back with a nice mix of runs and passes as they cut right through what had been a stingy Razorback defense and tied the game at 7-7 when Barrett Trotter connected with DeAngelo Benton from 6 yards out. Arkansas ended the 1st half scoring when they drove into Auburn territory but the Tigers stiffened and Zach Hocker booted a 51 yard FG for a 10-7 lead, which the Razorbacks took to the locker room.​

    3rd Quarter – The 3rd quarter so no scoring but saw the Razorbacks go on a 14 play drive that ended at the half yard line as the quarter ended when the Auburn defensive front stuffed a quarterback sneak on 4th down.​

    4th Quarter - On the first play of the 4th quarter Auburn looked to catch the Razorbacks playing the run as Trotter dropped back to pass. But the Razorbacks were up to the task as they covered the Tiger receivers and caught Trotter in the backfield for the safety and increased the Arkansas lead to 12-7. After getting the free kick from Auburn the Razorbacks were looking to deliver the knockout blow when Tyler Wilson was hit as he attempted to pass and LE Corey Lemonier for the Tigers picked off the wounded duck pass and raced 30 yard for the TD. The Tigers elected to go for 2 points but their pass attempt was intercepted and Auburn held a 1 point lead at 13-12. Behind a energized Auburn crowd the Razorback offense struggled to generate any type of offense. But fortunately for the Razorbacks their defense continued to play outstanding defense and would not let Auburn put the game away. After pinning Auburn deep in their territory the Razorback defense held and forced a punt with less than 4 minutes remaining. Eric Bennett fielded the punt made a couple of Tigers miss and then raced 62 yards for the score to reclaim the lead for Arkansas. The Razorbacks successfully converted the 2 point conversion and with 3:45 remaining in the game Arkansas lead 20-13. But Auburn responded with a long time consuming drive which ended when Ryan Williams pulled in an 8 yard pass from Trotter to tie the game at 20-20 with 56 seconds remaining. Arkansas took the ensuing kickoff and worked their way to mid field with less than 30 seconds remaining. Looking to get into FG range Tyler Wilson found Lance Ray loose in the Auburn secondary for a 29 yard pass. But Ray was unable to get into the end zone and was stopped at the 1 yard line with 10 seconds remaining. With a timeout remaining the Razorbacks elected to run off left tackle and Knile Davis sliced in to retake the lead at 27-20. Auburn last ditch effort ended when Trotter was hit as he attempt a hail marry and the ball fell harmless to the turf and allowed Arkansas to escape Auburn with a 27-20 win.​
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    Post Game – With the win Arkansas took over control of the SEC West with a 3-0 record. The Razorback defense while giving up 248 yard passing to Trotter did hold the Nation’s leading rusher Ryan Williams to 34 yards on 10 carries. For Arkansas Tyler Wilson was 26 of 34 for 344 yard and 1 TD but had 2 Ints while Knile Davis had 65 yards on 13 carries.​

    Next Game – Next week the Razorbacks travel to Starkville to take on the Miss State Bulldogs.​
     

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