FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas was defeated 38-10 by LSU on Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
It was the Hogs’ (6-4, 2-4 SEC) fifth consecutive game against a ranked opponent. They went 2-3 in that stretch as underdogs in all five games.
Here’s the rundown of what Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had to say following the game:
- Bielema opens by giving “a lot of credit” to LSU. “This game was going to be about who came in a with plan and executed it.” He adds the Hogs’ coaches and players felt they had one of their best week’s of preparation, but for whatever reason it didn’t translate.
- “Every time we got something going on offense we shot ourselves in the foot.”
- “We’ve got to make sure we’re not putting too much on (QB Austin Allen).” He says Allen obviously didn’t play his best game and points to two interceptions as evidence, particularly the one of first down near the goal line.
- On the run defense: “We have to look at what we’re doing. We do so much better when we’re playing downhill and aggressive. We did that some, but not enough.” LSU rushed for 390 yards.
- Bielema says he will have a talk with Allen and “make sure that he’s right for us to move forward.”
- More on Allen: “Even last week, as well as we performed, I thought he was just a little bit off. But this week we had done certain things in during practice and he had been very locked in and was very accurate and looked like the Austin we had seen. But today, I think there was just a little bit of uncharacteristic things.”
- On the LSU defense: “There were things we tried to expose that they covered.”
- “We knew (backup RB) Derrius Guice was a good player and on our radar. That obviously showed tonight.” Guice rushed for a game-high 254 yards, the most Arkansas has allowed to a RB this season.
- “When they can run the ball as well as they did, you’re not going to have success in this league.”
- “I never worry about this team’s character, demeanor or work ethic,” Bielema says of the Hogs’ ability to bounce back from this loss.
- Junior RB Duwop Mitchell came to Bielema and expressed to him he would like to take part in Senior Day a couple weeks ago. He was recognized with the seniors before the game. He could potentially graduate and transfer to be immediately eligible elsewhere.
- On LSU’s motivation and not having a hangover from the Alabama game: “We don’t count on anybody having any hangovers. They were very motivated and played very well today.”
- On freshman RB Dewah Whaley’s confidence going forward: “He’s one of the more complete running backs I’ve ever recruited and I don’t have any reason to believe he won’t continue to grow and get better. He’s a true freshman and has a lot of really good tools. He is a very patient runner and very explosive.”