Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

Arkansas vs. Mississippi State pretty much sums up about how the college football season has gone so far this year. Arkansas snapped a 20 game SEC losing Saturday night which shocked the college football world. 

Arkansas defense was one of the main reasons that they pulled off the upset. Arkansas defense against Georgia in the first half showed everybody that Arkansas could really turn their program around this year. They got completely obliterated in the second half however but the first half of that game. However, they proved they could keep up with the best and that showed in the Mississippi State game.

Arkansas started off the game with an early interception that Greg Brooks Jr. took back for a touchdown putting the Hogs up 7-0 early. Again showing that Arkansas defense is nothing to play with. 

This wasn’t the only interception of the game as the Hogs picked off K.J. Costello three times after Costello’s impressive performance against the defending national champs last week, the LSU Tigers. 

On the other hand, the offense was just as impressive as Quarterback Felipe Franks threw for 2 touchdowns and 212 yards on 20/28 passing. The passing team was proven but the rushing team didn’t do as well as expected. 

Rakeem Boyd was selected to the preseason All-SEC second team but so far hasn’t been proving that he was worth it. So far Boyd has only had 19 rushing attempts through two games and only 49 yards so far. His average yards per carry at this point is 2.6 yards which isn’t his usual yards per carry or rushing yards per game.

De’vion Warren had a great night catching only four passes but for an impressive 100 yards with a long of 52 yards. Trey Knox and Mike Woods both tallied 3 receptions but not as productive as De’vion Warren.

Arkansas only had 275 yards of offense on 24 minutes of possession which seemed to do the job thanks to Arkansas staunch defense. As mentioned earlier Felipe Franks accounted for 212 of those yards.

As stated previously stated Mississippi State didn’t do as well as expected. K.J. Costello threw for 1 touchdown but he also had 3 interceptions. Costello had 59 pass attempts on and completed 43 of the passes but his total QBR was a disappointing 36.5. 

They had a better rushing game than Arkansas however as Mississippi State had 87 yards rushing and had a rushing touchdown beating Arkansas in both categories. 

Mississippi State had 9 different receivers catch a pass compared to Arkansas 6 receivers however if a Quarterback is passing 59 times there is a good chance there would be multiple different receivers. 

Arkansas and Mississippi State were both tied up going into the second quarter but going into halftime Arkansas jumped to a 14-7 lead. Coming back to the third quarter Arkansas jumped to a 21-7 but Mississippi State also scored bringing the game to 21-14 where it stayed for the rest of the game.

This could prove to be the turning point in the program for Arkansas as they will look to continue their winning streak this week against one of the top teams in the nation Auburn in Death Valley.