Arkansas was set to face eight ranked opponents this season, but it couldn’t take care of Toledo on Saturday, falling 16-12 in an upset defeat.
Here are three plays that resulted in Arkansas’ loss:
1. Razorbacks can’t convert on prime opportunity
The Razorbacks trailed for most of the game, but had a chance to take the lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter down 16-10. After driving the ball to Toledo’s 7-yard line, quarterback Brandon Allen failed connect with tight end Hunter Harvey on a fourth down conversion, resulting in a turnover on downs.
2. Good call by Toledo
After failing to score late in the game, Arkansas forced a fourth down on the following possession. Toledo’s punter ran the ball into the back of the end zone for a safety with 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter rather than forcing a punt and giving Arkansas good field position. The decision brought the score to 16-12. It was the right call as the Rockets were pinned deep in their zone, and a punt would have given the Razorbacks great field position. Instead, Toledo kicked the ball off, forcing Arkansas to drive about 70 yards for a score.
3. Costly Interception by Allen
Allen hadn’t thrown an interception in 134 consecutive passes, but that streak ended on Saturday when he threw a costly interception in the end zone with Toledo leading 9-7 in the third quarter. It seemed to stall any momentum the Razorbacks had, and they couldn’t regain it.