FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly noticeably struggled to communicate with his offensive linemen as the crowd noise at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium reached 117 decibels during the Rebels’ final drive Saturday night.
The noise helped cause a false start on fourth-and-11, and Kelly had to clap frantically just to get the snap from his a center on the ensuing fourth-and-16. That would be the final offensive snap for Ole Miss as Arkansas safety Santos Ramirez forced Kelly to fumble on the scramble, which allowed the Razorbacks to run out the final 1:40 and clinch a 34-30 victory.
“I love it,” Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith said Monday. “You can’t underestimate it. That two-minute drill the last drive, you can’t even hear each other on the sideline sometimes in your headset. That’s a great feeling. I know our players certainly feed off of that and it’s great to play at home in front of a crowd like that.”
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The 117 decibels is the highest recorded at Razorback Stadium the season. The previous high was 115 against Alabama.
“The crowd, the fans, it really got us going,” Ramirez said. “It was hard for the offense to hear. That’s what we needed from the fans and we appreciate them for that.”