Just a week removed from Arkansas’ upset loss to Toledo, the Razorbacks were defeated by an underdog opponent yet again on Saturday, this time falling to Texas Tech, 35-24. The score was tied 21-21 after one half of football, but Arkansas was outscored 14-3 in the second half and dropped to 1-2 on the season. The Razorbacks will look to rebound next week when they open up conference play against No. 17 Texas A&M.
Here are the takeaways from Arkansas following Saturday’s loss:
Something has to change…quickly:
To put it bluntly, Arkansas is not a very good football team right now. This was the team’s second bad loss in a row (both considered home games), and the road doesn’t get any easier. The Razorbacks travel to Arlington, Texas, next week to take on a surging Texas A&M squad. After that it’s Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, UT-Martin, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. The only definite win on that slate should be UT-Martin, and given the Toledo loss last week, that might not even be a gimme. Something has to change for this football team in a hurry. The coaching staff will need to review the tape of the last two games, and try and come up with a different game plan moving forward. The current one is obviously not working.
Arkansas even thinner at wide receiver:
The depth at wide receiver was already thin this week with senior Keon Hatcher and junior Cody Hollister both having surgery this week to repair broken bones in their foot. It got even thinner on Saturday when sophomore Jared Cornelius suffered a gruesome injury in the first quarter. Coach Bret Bielema told reporters after the game that Cornelius broke his arm. Hatcher and Cornelius were two of Arkansas’ top four receivers this season, while Hollister collected 65 yards on four catches in two games. The loss of three key receivers won’t help an Arkansas offense that has failed to score a touchdown in the second half in back-to-back weeks.
Bret Bielema has become a target:
Bielema called out Ohio State for its week schedule a couple weeks back, and has had a target on his back ever since. It certainly doesn’t help that his team has lost to lesser opponents two weeks in a row. Bills coach Rex Ryan took a shot at Bielema this week for his comments, and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury put Bielema and Arkansas on blast after the game.
Kingsbury said: “He just got his ass kicked twice in a row and probably next week by A&M as well,” Kingsbury told multiple reporters.
It may be wise for Bielema to zip the lips and get his team ready for Texas A&M.
Kliff Kingsbury just said "(Bielema) just got his ass kicked." Really.
— Kurt Voigt (@Kurt_Voigt_AP) September 20, 2015
Bielema: We've got the injury bug. I've never seen anything like it.
— Andrew Hutchinson (@NWAHutch) September 20, 2015