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. We continue that series with a look back at the Hogs’ 38-10 home loss to LSU on Nov. 12.
By early in the second quarter, LSU had taken a 14-0 lead with a pair of Leonard Fournette touchdown runs. Sophomore running back Derrius Guice added another one to make it 21-0 with 10:19 until halftime.
The Razorbacks had a glimmer of hope in the mid-second quarter when quarterback Austin Allen hit Dominique Reed deep for a 44-yard touchdown pass. It was yet another rare glimpse into Reed’s incredible talent.
That electric Allen-to-Reed pass ended up being the Hogs’ only touchdown of the game. Allen completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts and was picked off twice by the LSU defense.
Meanwhile, Fournette and Guice made the Tigers’ rushing offense unstoppable. Guice rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns, including a 96-yard fourth-quarter scamper that sealed the Tigers’ victory and became the longest play from scrimmage in LSU history.
Fournette rushed for 98 yards and two scores.
The victory ensured that The Golden Boot trophy returned to Baton Rouge for the first time in two years. Arkansas had beaten LSU by 17 points in consecutive seasons entering this game.
Here is a highlight video from the game:
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 loses The Golden Boot trophy
- What Bret Bielema said after the game
- From Jason Kersey: Austin Allen hard on himself following LSU loss
- From Eric Bolin: Arkansas squandered chances, maybe its season, against LSU
- From Jason Kersey: All-too-familiar problems cost Arkansas in LSU loss
- Jason Kersey’s Report Card: Arkansas still can’t string together consecutive wins
- Trent Shadid’s Film Study: Run defense failures giving Razorbacks no chance against top-tier opponents
What we learned about Arkansas
We learned that the defensive changes that seemed so effective against Florida really weren’t going to be enough for the Razorbacks to actually slow down an elite rushing offense. LSU’s talent ruled the day, although it was certainly strange to watch Florida beat LSU in Baton Rouge, La., only a week later.
Fan Panic Meter: 7
Things certainly weren’t cranked up as high as they were after the Oct. 22 Auburn beatdown, but the LSU defeat was yet another example of the team’s wild inconsistency. The game also highlighted — again — many of the Hogs’ biggest weaknesses.
It was hard for Arkansas fans to watch LSU players excitedly rush across the field to stake claim to The Golden Boot.
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: Arkansas 42, Texas State 3 (Sept. 17)
- Game 4: Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 24 (Sept. 24)
- Game 5: Arkansas 52, Alcorn State 10 (Oct. 1)
- Game 6: Alabama 49, Arkansas 30 (Oct. 8)
- Game 7: Arkansas 34, Ole Miss 30 (Oct. 15)
- Game 8: Auburn 56, Arkansas 3 (Oct. 22)
- Game 9: Arkansas 31, Florida 10 (Nov. 5)