1. Road Warriors: Arkansas isn’t playing a power conference opponent this week. But coach Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks know they’ll face a big challenge in Northern Illinois.
Grading the Five Keys
LUBBOCK, Texas — Arkansas’ game plan against Texas Tech was no secret.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Maligned, vilified, smeared. Verbs of Arkansas’ defense past didn’t seem appropriate Saturday in West Texas. Against otherwise apparently long odds, it was the Razorbacks’ defense that sparked Arkansas to its first significant non-conference win in 11 years.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams was looking forward to playing in his home state for the second time in his collegiate career.
BROOKS ELLIS – The sophomore linebacker created Arkansas’ first touchdown when he forced a Texas Tech fumble on the Red Raiders third drive of the game. The Razorbacks tied the game at 7-7 two plays later. He also broke up four passes, two of which were nearly interceptions, and finished second on the team with eight tackles.
Key numbers from Arkansas’ 49-28 win at Texas Tech
FAYETTEVILLE — Cornerback Carroll Washington and the rest of Arkansas’ defensive backs were disappointed with their opening-day impression.
FIVE KEYS TO TODAY’S GAME
FAYETTEVILLE — Taiwan Johnson is an undersized nose guard.
1. Injury Updates: Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith said cornerback Tevin Mitchel and defensive end Deatrich Wise should be available to play Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams didn’t get many opportunities to carry the football in last Saturday’s rout of Nicholls State.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long knows he’s dealing with a different type of football coach in Bret Bielema.
1. Mitchel Ready?: Arkansas may have its most experienced cornerback back on the field when the Razorbacks play at Texas Tech on Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was the guest speaker at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club’s weekly meeting Wednesday.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas receiver Keon Hatcher’s season opener at Auburn was marred by a critical mistake, dropping a deep pass from quarterback Brandon Allen.
1. On Austin’s Debut: The blowout win against Nicholls State gave Arkansas a chance to get its first look at backup quarterback Austin Allen running the offense.
FAYETTEVILLE — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn’t been thrilled with his team’s performance to start the 2014 season.
1. Bielema Remembers Kingsbury : Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s first encounter with Kliff Kingsbury came in the 2001 Alamo Bowl.
Looking back at Arkansas’ 73-7 win against Nicholls State.