FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas rolled past Texas State 42-3 Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The No. 24 Hogs are now 3-0.
Here’s the rundown of what Bret Bielema had to say following the game.
- “We wanted to make this an SEC week of preparation,” Bielema said of this week against Texas State. He was impressed with how the team prepared and played.
- Bielema expects responsibility to be shared between right tackle and center going forward. Frank Ragnow is so versatile he can move between guard and center easily.
- Bielema was happy to get so many reserves some action.
- “We’ll flip the page pretty quick.” Bielema says focus will begin on Texas A&M first thing Sunday.
- With poor weather coming to the area, Bielema and Texas State coach Everrett Withers agreed to have a 10-minute fourth quarter.
- Defense made a huge emphasis on being set and ready before the snap this week against an up-tempo offense after struggling with that during some plays against TCU a week ago. Bielema said the defense did a good job of getting off the field, and then getting the starters some rest was big going into SEC play.
- On Ryan Pulley’s interception: “Ryan is a very athletic corner, very gifted, but he’s got very good ball skills. He probably leads our team in interceptions in practice as well.”
- “I really put the screws to them” about moving on from the TCU win. “In this league if you worry too much about what happened yesterday you’ll get hit in the mouth.”
- Bielema mentions freshman running back Devwah Whaley as a reserve who stood out today. He says it feels good to have three running backs they now feel really good about.
- “I thought (wide receiver) Cody Hollister came alive today.” Bielema mentioned he had some drops earlier in the season so it was good for him to look improved and make some plays today.
- “(Quarterback) Austin Allen did a lot of nice stuff at the line” with audibles and reading the defense.
- Wide receiver and tight end depth is “good” and “the more depth and the more guys we can roll through there the better.”
- On defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter: “He’s playing like a man that’s a senior that knows what he wants. He’s a very quiet player. He doesn’t say a lot and his performance speaks for itself.”