Saturday, October 1, 2011
A win's a win for the Hogs
By Chris Low
As one member of the Arkansas football family told me after it was all over on Saturday, obviously the Hogs have a few things to work on.
That's the understatement of all understatements when you give up 628 yards of total offense and are whistled for 14 penalties for 112 yards.
But there's also something to be said for a team that can win against anybody, let alone a nationally ranked team, when you're shredded like that on defense and are penalized for that many yards.
Bobby Petrino's fourth Arkansas team might have its share of warts, but it's also a team that knows the meaning of fighting for 60 minutes.
The Hogs were physically whipped in the first half Saturday and trailed 35-17 at the half, but showed unbelievable grit in the second half in coming from behind and winning a wild 42-38 affair over Texas A&M in the Southwest Classic.
Some of the numbers from this game were mind numbing.
Not only did the Hogs give up 628 total yards, but they allowed 381 rushing yards.
But in the second half, Arkansas' defense showed its pride by holding the Aggies to a single field goal.
And Arkansas junior quarterback Tyler Wilson showed off his red-hot right arm with a school-record 510 passing yards. His 481 yards of total offense was also a school record.
Senior receiver Jarius Wright set a school record with 281 receiving yards. The old record was 204 yards, and Wright passed that mark by halftime. He also tied the school record with 13 catches.
It was one of those games that was a lot of fun to watch. That is, unless you happened to be on either one of the defensive staffs.