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.
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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.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was surprised when cornerback Tevin Mitchel approached him with a request a few weeks ago.
LITTLE ROCK — Those who are writing the Big Ten out of the College Football Playoff, use a pencil.
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.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ ground game was dominant at Texas Tech, rolling to 439 rushing yards in the 49-28 win.
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’ game plan against Texas Tech was no secret.