After a wild back and forth game filled with touchdowns and missed calls and drama, it feels appropriate that the game ended with Bret Bielema making an incredible misjudgement in the final minutes with the game tied. And yes, Missouri still very likely could have scored had Arkansas accepted the holding penalty on first down, but still the decision was the source of all kinds of debate on twitter.
Missouri was able to drill what was basically an extra point to beat the Hogs 48-45 and put the Razorbacks season to a merciful end.
For the second straight week, Arkansas jumped out to a two touchdown lead in the first quarter. Austin Allen ran it in from a yard out to open the scoring. That was set up by an Henre’ Toliver interception and deep pass to Jordan Jones. Mizzou answered with a 92-yard scoring drive before Allen found Jones again, this time for a 57 yard score. David Williams’ 16 yard run put the Hogs up 21-7.
Again for the second straight week, Arkansas blew that two touchdown lead. The second quarter was a wild ride for everyone, with 31 total points. It ended with a Mizzou field goal that capped a 17-0 run of points and they took a 31-28 lead into halftime.
But Arkansas blowing that lead sooner this week allowed for them to comeback. Devwah Whaley found the endzone on a 28 yard run and the Hogs took the lead into the fourth quarter. Missouri would again answer with a 15 play, 75 yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass on third and goal to Al Okwuegbunam.
The Hogs had an answer for that too, a screen pass and a deadly cutback from David Williams turned into a touchdown and a 42-38 lead with 10:42 to go. Of course the scoring and the weirdness was not done there. Missouri took back the lead on a touchdown catch which featured a pretty clearly missed offensive pass interference.
With no bowl game this year the season, and almost certainly the Bret Bielema era comes to a close at Arkansas. There will now be all kinds of opinions about the direction the football program should go. And since that program is currently without an athletic director who knows what direction that ends up being. The only certainty right now is that the next couple of months will bring plenty of change to Arkansas football, and with that we can put a close to the 2017 season and agree to never speak of it again.