FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas wrapped up the 2016 regular season with a 28-24 loss at Missouri. The Hogs finished 7-5 overall and 3-5 in SEC play.
The Razorbacks will face Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29.
SEC Country is taking a game-by-game look back through Arkansas’ regular season.
I know Razorbacks fans would probably rather me skip this one, but if we’re going to review the season, we have to review it all.
Today’s post is a look back at the Hogs’ 56-3 loss at Auburn on Oct. 22.
This game was a complete, unmitigated disaster from start to finish for Arkansas.
I could detail every single thing that went wrong, but that almost seems like a mean thing to do. You know what happened.
Eli Stove took a handoff on a jet sweep on the first Auburn offensive snap of the game, then ran 78 yards for a touchdown. That pretty much sums up how things went.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen had to leave the game twice with a knee injury.
Arkansas’ defense surrended a staggering 543 rushing yards — the most a Razorback defense has ever allowed. Meanwhile, on the other side, Arkansas managed just 25 yards rushing.
Auburn led 21-0 after the first quarter and just piled on from there.
Here is a highlight video from the game (if you really want to see it):
Check out the stats and scoring summary from the game here, via College Football Reference.
Our stories from the game
- Jason Kersey’s Instant Analysis: Arkansas shellacked in disastrous defeat at Auburn
- What Bret Bielema said after the game
- Jason Kersey’s Report Card: Hogs flunk trip to Auburn
- Trent Shadid’s Film Study: Hogs’ failure to create an ‘edge’ on defense leads to embarrassing loss
- From Jason Kersey: Austin Allen simply can’t keep taking beatings like this
- From Eric Bolin: Auburn took advantage of every Arkansas weakness
What we learned about Arkansas
We learned that Arkansas is not — and probably shouldn’t be — a ranked team. The Razorbacks fell out of the coaches’ and AP polls for the first time since Week 2 and never returned in either of them, although the Hogs did make a brief appearance in the College Football Playoff committee’s Top 25 rankings a couple weeks later.
The truth is, we didn’t learn a whole lot about Arkansas that we didn’t already know. The offensive line and run defense — the two things Arkansas was the worst at all season — were bad against Auburn. The difference, though, was how bad they were.
In the case of Arkansas’ run defense, it was historically bad.
Fan Panic Meter: 10
One Arkansas fan started a GoFundMe page to buy defensive coordinator Robb Smith and offensive line Kurt Anderson out of their contracts.
This game was rough for Arkansas fans, who thought maybe their team had finally turned a corner the week before against Ole Miss.
The series so far
- Game 1: Arkansas 21, Louisiana Tech 20 (Sept. 3)
- Game 2: Arkansas 41, TCU 38, 2 OT (Sept. 10)
- Game 3: No. 24 Arkansas 42, Texas State 3 (Sept. 17)
- Game 4: No. 10 Texas A&M 45, No. 17 Arkansas 24 (Sept. 24)
- Game 5: No. 20 Arkansas 52, Alcorn State 10 (Oct. 1)
- Game 6: No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 16 Arkansas 30 (Oct. 8)
- Game 7: No. 22 Arkansas 34, No. 12 Ole Miss 30 (Oct. 15)