Arkansas coach Bret Bielema knew it all along. So did his players and coaches.
After the Razorbacks pulled off a miraculous conversion on a fourth-and-25 in overtime to keep their hopes alive against Ole Miss, Bielema called his offense to the sideline.
“I called everybody over, the backs and even the linemen. I told them that after we score this touchdown to stay on the field. We’re going for two,” Bielema said at his Monday press conference.
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen connected with wide receiver Drew Morgan for a 9-yard touchdown to bring the Hogs to within one point of tying the game and sending it into a second overtime. That option was already off the table, though.
Offensive coordinator Dan Enos didn’t reach far into the playbook for the call.
“We have one or two that we earmark as our go-to calls in the red zone,” Enos said.
After a failed conversion was negated by a defensive penalty, Allen took a keeper into the end zone. He was crushed by two Ole Miss defenders before reaching the ball across the goal line and starting a party among Razorback Nation with the 53-52 win.
During Monday’s press conference, one reporter asked Bielema, “So you were either going to win it or lose it on one play?”
Bielema stared at the reporter, took a long pause and said, “Those aren’t my words.” Then, after another short pause, Bielema told the reporter, “With all due respect to your question, I never recall expecting to lose.”
Now the focus is directed at LSU, which Arkansas will play this Saturday in Baton Rouge on its final regular-season road trip.