FAYETTEVILLE – Ark. For the first time in almost three years, the Arkansas Razorbacks have bragging rights over a Southeastern Conference rival. The Razorbacks went into Starkville, Mississippi, and dominated the Bulldogs for four quarters on Saturday night to give Sam Pittman his first victory as the head hog. Razorback fans now enter a new week with faith in the present and hope for the future. A feeling that has been missing for several seasons.
This win came 1,071 days after the Hog’s last conference victory against Ole Miss in 2017. Since 2017, the Razorbacks had dropped 20 straight losses to Power 5 teams, including 20 straight SEC losses. Additionally, the Razorbacks had not beaten a ranked team since 2016 and experienced an even more extended drought against ranked teams on the road. These unfortunate streaks came to a screeching halt on Saturday as the Razorbacks shocked the Bulldogs, who were coming off a win against the defending National Champion LSU Tigers.
Coach Pittman did not waste any time with his promise of restoring a sense of pride in Arkansas football around the Natural State. Pittman and the Arkansas coaching staff put together a game plan that contained the Mississippi State Air Raid attack for four quarters on Saturday night. The relentless attack of the Arkansas defense was a refreshing look that has been missing for some time. Offensively, the Hogs took care of the football and made big plays in high-pressure moments.
The Hogs look to continue the momentum against their former Head Coach, Chad Morris, and the Auburn Tigers on the plains this weekend.