- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said during the week that his team wouldn't come out sluggish against a tough Vanderbilt team.
Well, his players obviously didn't get the message, as the Razorbacks trail Vanderbilt 21-14 at the half.
The Hogs were were given the ball to open the game and did nothing with it. So, Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers took full advantage of his time on the field, leading the Commodores to touchdown drives on their first two possessions.
Rodgers hurt Arkansas' defense with his arm and his legs in the first half to help the Commodores sprint out to a 21-7 lead. At the half, Rodgers had 110 yards passing with a touchdown and 49 rushing yards with two more scores.
But things might have been worse in the first half for Arkansas if Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward didn't drop three interceptions -- one of which would have been returned for a touchdown.
While Vanderbilt should be proud of its first-half performance, this one is far from over. Arkansas has been prone to slow starts (see Ole Miss last week), but knows how to get it done in the second half. Quarterback Tyler Wilson took some nasty hits in the first half, but led a great 94-second drive to close the first half. He drove the Hogs 62 yards and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright with five seconds left.
Wilson might have to take an ice bath before coming back out, but you can be sure that Arkansas will come out of the locker room with confidence. This one should be fun in the second half.
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