The Razorbacks just finished sitting on Missouri for three hours.
It was a cold, wet Senior Day in Fayetteville. The only fireworks were those shot off from the top of the Broyles Center. There weren't many on the field, but Arkansas didn't need them.
The Hogs were able to run through the Tigers enough claim the comfortable victory. Alex Collins rushed a career-high 30 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns. It's his ninth 100-yard game of the season. Only Darren McFadden had 10. Kody Walker picked up 77 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Allen, coming off a historic game last week, only attempted 17 passes and completed 11 of them for 102 yards. History will show his last pass in Razorback Stadium was an interception. Time is a flat circle.
Missouri's offense lived up to its reputation. It was the medicine Arkansas' defense needed following last week's abysmal effort against Mississippi State. Drew Lock was 9-for-27 for 83 yards and an interception. The Tigers could only muster 88 rushing yards.
The Tigers only had eight first downs and 171 total yards. Lock was sacked three times. They only kept the ball for 19:45. Arkansas obviously then kept it for 40:15. And CBS ran ads for at least 2 hours of game time.
And, really, that was pretty much it. At the end of a season filled with some of the most heartbreaking defeats and most thrilling victories any of us can remember, the regular season finale was about as much of a mundane, smooth, stress-free afternoon of football as we could have enjoyed. There was never an inkling of concern over the outcome, but there also weren't the highlights of the cupcake victories. These Tigers didn't give up big plays, but they also weren't able to stop Arkansas.
With that, the Razorbacks rolled the new Battle Line Trophy, complete with a cardinal red bar in the middle, back to the locker room to celebrate the victory.
Arkansas now waits until next Sunday to find out their bowl destination. Representatives from the Liberty and Independence Bowls were in attendance today, but the win should eliminate Arkansas from any possibility of going to Shreveport. The Liberty Bowl is very much in play as a Pool of Six destination, but it's ultimately up to the SEC in that regard.