If you were hoping that the momentum of the fourth quarter from the LSU game would travel....
Arkansas held on for dear life in the first half before some huge self inflicted mistakes led to an avalanche of Mississippi State points and a 52-6 final score. Looking at the box score, there was no place to look at and think the Hogs did well. The total yardage was 475 to 219 in favor of the Bulldogs, Arkansas had three turnovers and Mississippi got to the quarterback five times compared to Arkansas’ zero.
Nick Fitzgerald got basically whatever he wanted throughout the entire game. He didn’t throw for many passing yards but got four touchdowns through the air and ran for another. Overall the Bulldogs had 287 rushing yards, a huge advantage over Arkansas’ 69 yards.
The Hogs held Mississippi State to just three points in the first quarter, but were unable to find the endzone themselves, and that allowed the Bulldogs to get their footing on offense. They had 14 in the second quarter, 21 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. The biggest swing came in the third quarter when Reid Bauer dropped a snap that hit him right in the hands for a 16 yard loss and gave the ball to Mississippi State inside the five, the Bulldogs scored on the next play and made the game 31-6. Arkansas then had an interception by Ty Storey that put this one to bed, and Connor Noland came out for the remainder of the game.
Arkansas now has a short week to prepare for Missouri and has one last shot at avoiding the worst record in program history. If the game is anything like this one, that looks like a guarantee.