FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas crushed Texas State in just about every way possible Saturday night. Razorback fans began filing in large numbers at halftime.
With a lightning storm heading toward Fayetteville, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Texas State coach Everett Withers agreed — mercifully — to play a 10-minute fourth quarter.
No. 24 Arkansas won 42-3, improving to 3-0 on the season with a huge SEC West showdown looming next weekend against Texas A&M.
Here’s a quick look at what happened Saturday night inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The turning point in this game came when it started. Arkansas overmatched Texas State in literally every facet of the game, and the Bobcats never really stood a chance.
Can this Arkansas team earn a convincing victory? The answer to that one is a resounding “yes.”
The Hogs barely snuck by Louisiana Tech 21-20 in the season opener and needed lots of theatrics to beat TCU 41-38 in double overtime last weekend. This was the first game of the season in which Arkansas overwhelmed its opponent.
Are any linebackers other than Brooks Ellis and Dre Greenlaw ready to play in a game?
True freshman De’jon Harris relieved Ellis at middle linebacker late in the game, but that was only after the Hogs held a comfortable, insurmountable lead. Ellis and Greenlaw were forced to play virtually every snap last season — especially late in the SEC schedule — and so far, there is little evidence that anyone else is ready to contribute meaningful playing time at those positions.
At halftime, Arkansas led 35-0 and had outgained Texas State 350 to 26.
Also, everyone in the stands, the press box and watching on TV outrushed the Bobcats before the break, who entered the third quarter with negative-4 rushing yards.
What it means
Arkansas has clearly exorcised its early-season demons that haunted it the last couple of seasons. A major non-conference road win will do that for a team.
Now comes an even bigger question: Can the Hogs finally beat Texas A&M? Arkansas has blown leads and lost in overtime in back-to-back years against the Aggies.
The biggest thing to take away from Saturday’s win over Texas State is that the Hogs are a confident, focused group entering their first SEC game next weekend. That can only be a good thing.