LITTLE ROCK — Fretting about an early deadline, timely delivery of the copy was made easy by Arkansas’ dominance of Northern Illinois.
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FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas was confident its punishing ground game would produce against Northern Illinois, but knew it needed contributions in other areas against an opponent that had won an NCAA-leading 17 straight road games.
FAYETTEVILLE — Sam Pittman has a unique perspective on tonight’s matchup because of his history at Northern Illinois.
1. Lean on Lines
The Arkansas defense had to prepare for an explosive passing offense last week.
FAYETTEVILLE — The short video clip has made its rounds on social media all week, serving as the perfect picture of Arkansas’ overpowering win at Texas Tech.
Arkansas’ defensive players had a problem getting their hands on the ball at Auburn, failing to break up a pass in the 45-21 loss.
LITTLE ROCK — If Arkansas plays that ended with a too-flat pass and a too-high lateral received any attention this week from Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Jay Niemann, it was no more than a mention.
The Razorbacks had wrapped up another dominant win, beating Texas Tech 49-28 in Lubbock. It was the second straight week Arkansas had bullied an opponent with its bruising ground game, putting together a 438-yard rushing effort. But it also was the second straight game quarterback Brandon Allen didn’t have to ice his throwing shoulder after attempting only a handful of passes in a run-dominated offense.
Arkansas ran the ball 40 times in the second half at Texas Tech. None of the carries went to Korliss Marshall, who was limited to 13 yards on five attempts.