Saturday, October 18, 2003
Another big crowd packs Razorback Stadium
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- What did Arkansas do for an encore
after attracting the largest crowd ever to Razorback Stadium for a
football game last week?
It drew the second-largest crowd.
Arkansas' 33-28 loss to Florida drew 73,934 on Saturday. Last
week, the Razorbacks lost to Auburn before a crowd of 74,026.
"It was a great crowd and I hate that we couldn't give them a
victory," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "It was a beautiful
day for football. The crowd was just awesome."
Temperatures were in the 70s and skies were blue for the start
of the game.
Arkansas' point total against Florida matched the total it
scored against the Gators in the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl, a 28-24
Until Saturday, Arkansas had scored only 17 points against the
Gators in SEC play -- three points in the 1995 Southeastern
Conference championship game and seven points each in the 1996 and
1997 regular seasons.
Florida was ranked No. 1 in both of the regular season matchups,
and No. 2 in 1995.
Arkansas now has a 1-4 record against the Gators, including an
0-4 mark since the Razorbacks joined the SEC. Florida is the only
team that Arkansas has not defeated in football.
Cedric Cobbs entered the game leading the SEC in rushing. He had
88 yards on 14 carries by halftime, but didn't play in the second
half after injuring a hamstring.
De'Arrius Howard also was injured in the third quarter, and Mark
Pierce filled in at tailback and fullback.
"I don't know how bad their injuries are," Nutt said, speaking
about Cobbs and Howard.
Arkansas entered the game ranked second in the league in
turnover margin, having taken the ball away from opponents 10 times
in the first five games while losing it only six times.
Against Florida, the Razorbacks had one takeaway and gave the
ball up three times. It now has a turnover margin of .333 per game
-- down from the .80 margin before Saturday's contest.
Florida now is picking up an average of .375 turnovers per game.
Georgia was leading the league in turnover margin, with 1.333
After climbing as high as No. 7 in the polls, Arkansas has lost
two in a row. The same thing happened after the Razorbacks reached
No. 10 in 1998, Houston Nutt's first year.
Arkansas lost to Tennessee and actually climbed in the polls to
No. 9, Nutt's highest ranking. The Razorbacks fell to Mississippi
State the week after the Volunteers game and Arkansas fell to No.
The Razorbacks beat LSU to clinch a share of the SEC West title
and lost to Michigan in the Florida Citrus Bowl.