AUBURN, Ala. — Any momentum Arkansas gained with last week’s victory against Ole Miss completely evaporated Saturday night inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Hogs were smacked around in an embarrassing 56-3 loss at Auburn.
Here’s a quick look at how the Razorbacks grade out from the defeat.
The Razorbacks recorded a season-low 215 total yards of offense and averaged 3.4 yards per play.
Arkansas managed only 25 rushing yards on 31 carries.
And perhaps the most important statistic: The Razorbacks were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 52-0 loss to Alabama in 2013 — Bret Bielema’s first season at Arkansas.
The defense will probably attract a whole lot more attention because of Auburn’s gaudy numbers, but make no mistake: this was a total team failure. Arkansas’ offense deserves just as much criticism.
Auburn rushed for 543 yards, the most against an Arkansas team. And it should have been 544 because the only — yes, the only — negative rushing play the Tigers recorded was on the game’s final play when quarterback Sean White took a knee.
Gus Malzahn’s team only needed 89 passing yards and 12 pass attempts to completely crush the Hogs in humiliating fashion.
Making it even worse is the fact Auburn’s leading rusher entering the game — Kerryon Johnson — was out injured. That’s right, Auburn didn’t even need its No. 1 running back to rush for the most yards ever against a Razorback defense.
Special teams: B
This is the only unit that doesn’t get a failing grade. The special teams are buoyed by kicker Adam McFain’s 53-yard field goal — the Razorbacks’ only points of the game — and punter Toby Baker, who punted 10 times with a 41.5 average.
Redshirt freshman Deon Stewart had a long, second-half kick return called back because of a penalty and Connor Limpert’s only kickoff of the game — after halftime — went out of bounds.
Arkansas is still making many of the same mistakes they made at the beginning of the year. The offensive line is still awful. And the Hogs quite clearly weren’t ready to play Saturday.
Then, the Hogs didn’t seem to make any significant halftime adjustments because nothing got better after the break.
All of that falls at the feet of Bielema and his staff.
Bad. Just bad.