FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas beat Ole Miss 34-30 on Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The No. 22 Hogs (5-2, 1-2 SEC) have now won three straight in the series against No. 12 Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2).
Here’s the rundown of what Hogs coach Bret Bielema had to say following the game:
- Bielema says the team had a bad practice Tuesday and he had to “get on them a little bit,” but they responded well after that he feels it showed Saturday night.
- Bielema brags on how great the crowd was for a second straight week and is glad to have delivered a win for them. “This is a really good performance for our football team and Razorback people in general.”
- Yesterday on the way to the team hotel (Arkansas stays in a hotel Friday night for home games) Bielema had the driver pull the bus over at the stadium. He then talked to the team about protecting their home. “Everybody comes from different homes. Everybody has a home that they called home. In that home has a lot of valuable things, but the people in it are really what matter.”
- Looking ahead to playing at Auburn next week: “In the SEC West, week after week is a new opportunity and a new test.”
- “The defense really focused in on their three main tasks.” Bielema adds that one of those was trying to frustrate Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly.
- On Kelly’s fourth-down fumble to end Ole Miss’ final drive: “It was a fun way to end it.”
- Senior running back Kody Walker is having surgery is out for the season. Walker hurt his foot, which he had trouble with for much of his career, before the season. Walker did not play against Ole Miss. Bielema said he couldn’t walk after the Alabama game last week. It’s his third surgery in his six seasons at Arkansas.
- Bielema calls it “another gritty performance” by QB Austin Allen. “That says a lot about the player that he is.”
- The offensive line, which has struggled for much of the season, “just keeps getting better.” Bielema says that improvement, along with improvement by the running backs in blocking, was key to better pass protection this week.
- Still discussing pass protection, Bielema brags on freshman running back Devwah Whaley for a block he made a first-half touchdown pass.
- “We knew we had to run the football. For us to play our formula we’ve got to have both (running and passing) working.” Arkansas rushed for 200 yards, including 180 by starting running back Rawleigh Williams III.
- “You earn everything in this world, especially in the SEC West.” Bielema says the SEC West is “just a whole different world”
- Safety Josh Liddell “did a nice job of bouncing back” from a tough game last week. Liddell tied for a team high with 9 tackles.
- Controlling the clock is “part of our DNA along with moving the sticks.” Arkansas had an advantage of more than 20 minutes in time of possession.
This post will be updated.