Arkansas was dominated from the opening kickoff in a 56-3 loss to Auburn on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The No. 17 Hogs (5-3, 1-3 SEC) surrendered a program-record 543 rushing yards to the No. 21 Tigers (5-2, 3-1). Arkansas is off next week.
Here’s the rundown of what Hogs coach Bret Bielema had to say following the game:
- Bielema opens by saying he thought the team had a good week of preparation. He feels they gave up too many “uncontested yards” and gives credit to Auburn.
- Bielema says the bye week is coming at a great time and adds: “Tomorrow’s gonna be a long day, and it definitely won’t be fun.”
- They opted to pull QB Austin Allen from the game for good in the fourth quarter as his right knee was beginning to swell. He hurt the knee in the second quarter and exited briefly before returning.
- On the team in general: “We have a lot to be concerned about at this point.” He adds that things aren’t going to get any easier going forward. “We’re a 5-3 football team that I think can end on a high note, but we’ve got to make corrections moving forward.”
- Bielema is very critical of not just the players, but also the coaching and the scheme. He says he took responsibility in front of the team for the loss. But adds several times that they’ve got to look at what they’re asking players to do and change it if necessary.
- Offensive tackle Brian Wallace is the only other injured mentioned by Bielema. He says Wallace hurt his foot and his status going forward likely won’t be known until Sunday.
- The Hogs only points came on a 54-yard field goal by Adam McFain at the end of the first half, of which Bielema says: “I thought if we could get some point we could get some momentum.”
- Bielema says Auburn’s touchdown on its first offensive play was “without a doubt” something the Tigers couldn’t wait to run against Arkansas. He feels they saw weaknesses in the defense and had a plan to take advantage of those with that play being an obvious example.
- The defense, on several occasions Bielema points out, failed to “set the edge” and prevent runners from getting outside. “If we don’t have an edge, we don’t have a defense.”
- The staff will get some work with the team Sunday before getting a jump on recruiting later Sunday and Monday. The team will begin preparation for its next game against Florida in two weeks on Wednesday.