Don't sleep on the Hogs
November, 12, 2011
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
It was just the kind of impressive win that Arkansas needed.
The No. 8 Hogs exploded in the second half to rout Tennessee 49-7, and it also looks like they're getting the kind of help they needed around the country to move up in the BCS standings.
Boise State lost earlier in the day, and Stanford is also losing to Oregon at the half.
Arkansas won its seventh in a row over an Eastern Division team by hitting one big play after another. Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Dennis Johnson all took turns.
Adams had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown that has to rate up there as one of the more electrifying returns of the year in college football. He also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass. Adams and Wright are both dueling for Arkansas career receiving records, and Wright caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season.
The other thing Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino had to like was the Hogs' 250 rushing yards.
It was the final game at Razorback Stadium for the Arkansas seniors. The game next week against Mississippi State is in Little Rock, and then comes the all-important trip to LSU the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The Hogs (9-1, 5-1) might be hovering in the shadows of the national championship race, but they're there. They'll get their chance to make their most convincing statement yet two weeks from now in Baton Rouge.
In the meantime, don't forget about them when you start reeling off the teams that have a legitimate chance to hoist that crystal football at season's end.