Hogs survive poor start to win

October, 22, 2011
10/22/11
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Arkansas was good enough and resilient enough to dig its way out of a 17-0 hole and win an SEC game on the road Saturday.

Give the Hogs credit for waking up from their first-half slumber and finally figuring out a way to match Ole Miss' intensity.

Arkansas scored 29 unanswered points, but still had to weather a recovered onside kick by Ole Miss late to win 29-24.

The Hogs, who were off last week, continue to show that they can score points in bunches and don't panic when they fall behind. They were down 35-17 at the half against Texas A&M a few weeks ago, but rallied to win that game with Tyler Wilson throwing for a school-record 510 yards.

It's not the kind of formula Arkansas wants to keep repeating, because sooner or later, one bad quarter will mean the difference between winning and losing.

The best news for the Hogs (6-1, 2-1) is that they may have found their running back. Dennis Johnson ran for a career-high 160 yards on 15 carries. Remember how much their offense took off last season when Knile Davis found his groove?

Johnson had a 52-yard touchdown run on a third-and-14 play late in the second quarter that gave the Hogs some life going into the half. Without that run, who knows how this game turns out?

From a momentum standpoint, it turned the entire game around.

This is the third straight game that Arkansas' defense has responded when it's had to in the second half, but that's a dangerous habit to get into.

If the Hogs are going to hang around in the Western Division race or get a shot at their second straight BCS bowl, they're going to need to be more consistent defensively the rest of the way.

Chris Low | email

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