LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — No. 20 Arkansas rolled past FCS opponent Alcorn State with relative ease Saturday inside War Memorial Stadium.
The 52-10 victory snaps a three-game losing streak for the Razorbacks in the state capital.
With nonconference play now behind it, Arkansas can focus squarely on SEC play. And it won’t get any tougher than next week in Fayetteville, when the Hogs host No. 1 Alabama.
Whenever this game was scheduled. Arkansas was never in danger of losing this game to the now 1-3 Braves.
If there were any questions about the team’s bounce-back ability, they were answered clearly Saturday. It’s still a little tough to tell exactly how much we really learned overall, though, because of the wide — and I mean wiiiiiiiiiide — talent gap on display here Saturday.
There are still major questions looming about Arkansas’ offensive line and its defense.
The Hogs were unable to pick up a fourth-and-1 on the ground in the first half against an FCS team that is now 1-3.
Arkansas’ defense allowed eight plays that went for double-digit yardage. This comes one week after Texas A&M gashed the Hogs in the second half, leading to the Aggies’ 45-24 victory.
These are issues that must get resolved as Arkansas begins its SEC gauntlet.
- Per the NCAA record book, SMU’s Margus Hunt (2009-11) has the career record for field-goal blocks with 9. Six-foot-10 Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper blocked his seventh — and second in five games this season — Saturday against Alcorn State.
- Three different players — Devwah Whaley, T.J. Hammonds and La’Michael Pettway — scored their first career touchdowns Saturday.
- Whaley, a highly-touted true freshman running back, had his first 100-yard rushing day against Alcorn State. He finished with 135 yards on 9 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run.
What it means
Honestly, not much. This was a glorified practice against a vastly overmatched opponent.
One thing it could mean moving forward — the War Memorial Stadium crowd was not a sellout and there were several noticeable empty sections. Most have believed for a long time that 2018 will be the last time Arkansas plays any annual games in the state capital, and Saturday’s crowd certainly did nothing to make the UA powers that be feel any better about extending that tradition.