FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Late in the second quarter of Arkansas’ 49-30 loss Saturday to No. 1 Alabama, the Hogs appeared to score a touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Austin Allen to Drew Morgan.
But officials called the score back because of a holding penalty on right tackle Brian Wallace.
The Razorbacks were forced to settle for a field goal a few plays later. Instead of cutting Alabama’s lead to 28-14, the Hogs trailed 28-10.
And Bret Bielema was livid.
He ran onto the field after Adam McFain’s field goal and continued arguing with officials for several minutes, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Even ESPN color commentator Todd Blackledge seemed to agree with Bielema, saying immediately after the penalty was called, “Boy, I don’t know. I think (Da’Shawn) Hand lost his balance on the spin move. I’m not sure that deserved a holding call.”
After the game, Bielema was asked about the call and his reaction to it, and the Arkansas coach found a creative way to criticize the officials without saying something that might get him fined.
“The question I had was just, they threw the flag, and I looked at the umpire … from my indication he watched the guard-to-guard and that was a tackle, so I just wondered why he threw the flag,” Bielema said. “I was just trying to get information on that.
“I wanted to compliment him; he did a really nice job because he actually went beyond his job and called one of the tackles he shouldn’t be looking at.
“I just wanted to talk.”