Friday, December 21, 2012
Best/worst in 2012: Arkansas
By Chris Low
A closer look at the best and worst moments for Arkansas in 2012:
After four straight losses and the season unraveling, Arkansas managed to stop the bleeding -- at least temporarily -- with a 24-7 win at Auburn. It was easily Arkansas' most impressive performance of the season defensively. The Hogs collected eight sacks, forced five turnovers and held Auburn to 40 rushing yards. That's after giving up a total of 145 points in their previous three games. Trey Flowers had 3.5 sacks for the Hogs, who followed up the win at Auburn with a 49-7 rout of Kentucky the next week. But those would end up being the only two wins of the season in SEC play, as Arkansas finished 4-8 overall.
Take your pick. A season of hope went down the drain really about the time former coach Bobby Petrino skidded off the road on his motorcycle last spring with his mistress on the back. About 10 days later, he was out as the Hogs' coach, and they were never the same. The second game of the season was an indicator of how bad it would get. Arkansas, ranked No. 8 at the time, blew a 21-point lead in the second half and lost 34-31 in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was knocked out of that game with a concussion and was unable to play the next week against No. 1 Alabama. That 52-0 drubbing at the hands of the Crimson Tide was the low point for the Hogs, who suffered their first shutout at Razorback Stadium in more than 40 years. Afterward, Wilson asked to speak to the media even though he didn't play and referenced some of his teammates giving up in the game. The next week, Arkansas responded by losing at home to Rutgers.