FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — During his appearance on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema broke down what changed between his team’s embarrassing loss at Auburn to its big win over Florida just two weeks later.
“I think first, we had to own it,” Bielema said. “The Auburn game was not a lot of fun.”
For the Hogs, it certainly wasn’t. Arkansas lost 56-3 in the worst loss of Bielema’s head coaching career and allowed a staggering 543 rushing yards — the most ever against a Razorback defense.
Bielema and his staff used the ensuing bye week to make personnel and schematic changes. Sophomore Johnny Gibson entered the starting lineup at right guard.
On defense, Bielema inserted McTelvin Agim and Randy Ramsey into the starting lineup, and used senior Deatrich Wise Jr. as a third-down, pass-rushing specialist while he deals with a shoulder injury.
Arkansas rebounded after the bye week, beating then-No. 11 Florida 31-10.
“I think our guys bought in to what we could do to correct it,” Bielema said, adding that, “it’s never as bad as it looks; it’s never as good as it seems.”