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Arkansas finds another weird way to lose a football game.

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Arkansas Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

An early kickoff, windy conditions and a bad football team. All the conditions for a weird football game were in place and boy did it deliver. Arkansas lost of course. The final score was 28-21 after Mississippi State got a late touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas. That came after Arkansas tried a play action deep ball on 4th and 2 from around midfield. It was another baffling series of events that felt exactly what this game deserved.

I mean this play set up an Arkansas touchdown. It was that kind of game.

The weirdness started right off the bat. Arkansas took advantage of a muffed punt to score a touchdown. Sosa Agim then forced a fumble and Briston Guidry recovered in the endzone and Arkansas was up 14-0. Nick Fitzgerald then settled things down for the Mississippi State offense and they were able to tie things up for the Bulldogs heading into halftime.

Arkansas would regain the lead on a 10 play, 75 yard drive that featured the previously mentioned run/fumble thing. Arkansas had multiple opportunities to extend the lead. Of course they didn’t capitalize on any of those, because that’s what good football teams do. Mississippi State is a good team though, and they were able to capitalize on their chances late.

Austin Allen played the whole game save for a few snaps where Ty Storey came in (those did not go well). He completed 12/18 passes for just 124 yards and got beat up as has become tradition at this point. With the offensive line suffering even more injuries, the Mississippi State defense was aggressive and lived in the Arkansas backfield all game.

Arkansas now is officially not bowling this season. The Hogs have one final game for the seniors against Missouri, a team who has seen a real resurgence in the second half of the season. It’s also all but guaranteed to be the final game of the Bret Bielema era. If he even survives that long.