FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas failed yet again to carry momentum from a big win into the next week, losing 38-10 at home to LSU one week after beating Florida.
Here’s a quick glance at how the Razorbacks graded out from the loss:
Austin Allen played uncharacteristically poorly against LSU, completing fewer than 50 percent of his pass attempts for the first time all season. The offensive line failed to protect him, though, allowing 3 sacks. Running backs Devwah Whaley and Rawleigh Williams III each had flashes but struggled to consistently make plays, although to be fair, the Hogs had to largely abandon the run game once they got down by two scores.
The one touchdown scored — a 44-yard Allen to Dominique Reed pass — was the only explosive play of the night. The Hogs got the ball off turnovers twice in LSU territory, only to come away with a combined three points.
Then, at the end of the game, Whaley fumbled on the goal line.
All in all, a pretty bad night for the Arkansas offense.
All of the progress — or seeming progress — made in last week’s win over Florida seemed to evaporate Saturday night against LSU. The Razorbacks allowed a staggering 390 rushing yards. Leonard Fournette scored 3 touchdowns, but it was backup Derrius Guice who became the star of the evening, finishing with 252 yards and 2 scores.
The Tigers didn’t do much in the passing game, but that’s because there was no need. Just like Auburn three weeks ago, LSU’s ground game carried it to a comfortable victory.
Special teams: B
Toby Baker was his usual reliable self, averaging 43.1 yards on 7 punts with a long of 51 yards.
Adam McFain made his only field-goal attempt, and 2 of his 3 kickoffs were touchbacks.
The Hogs still seem unable to get anything going in the return game.
Arkansas fans definitely brought it — as they have pretty much all season — but were pretty deflated following Allen’s late first-quarter interception that ended up making the score 14-0 LSU.
Hard to dock them points for that.
I’m usually not a big fan of dark colored jerseys and pants together, but I thought the red-on-red looked pretty sharp.
From the outside, it’s hard to know how many of the problems we saw Saturday were the result of coaching and how many were on the players. But one thing is clear: This team has been completely unable to string together two straight good games — since the nonconference portion of the schedule, at least.
Much of the blame for that should fall on the coaches.
I gave the team a failing grade for its performance against Auburn three weeks ago, when the Hogs barely bothered to show up and got embarrassed 56-3.
It would feel weird to give this game the same overall grade, but only because the Razorbacks managed to score a touchdown.
So D-minus it is.