Arkansas vs. Tennessee

Arkansas Vs. Tennessee once again proved that the Razorbacks defense is one of the best in the SEC. However their offense is starting to show that they can be one of the most consistent in the SEC as well. 

Felipe Franks put on a show yet again passing for 3 touchdowns with 215 yards on 18-24 completions. However Harrison Bailey went 6-9 with 65 yards and 2 interceptions. 

The running game for Arkansas wasn’t bad however Tennessee’s run game was the focal point of their offense. Eric Gray had 31 carries for 123 yards and 1 touchdown.  Trelon Smith had 9 carries for 72 yards. 

Treylon Burks once again put on a show in the receiving game having 5 receptions for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. Obviously Arkansas had Tennessee beat in this department looking at the stats from both teams. 

Arkansas had 413 total yards compared to Tennessee’s 292 yards. Arkansas’ time of possession was 27 minutes compared to Tennessee’s 33 minutes but that still wasn’t enough for the Volunteers to overcome the Razorbacks staunch defense. 

Tennessee started the game off strong, coming out to an early lead with a 50 yard field goal during the first quarter. This was the only score of the first quarter as Tennessee held their 3-0 lead until the second quarter.

Tennessee had the first score of the second quarter as well pushing their lead to 10-0 with Eric Gray’s only touchdown coming in the second quarter from one yard out. Then towards the end of the second quarter Tennessee drove down the field again and set up Brent Cimaglia for another impressive field goal from 48 yards out. This pushed the lead to 13-0 going into the half. 

Then the Razorbacks offense came to life during the third quarter and the defense was doing its job as well. The Razorbacks had the first score of the third quarter as Felipe Franks threw his first touchdown to Mike Woods to cut the lead to 13-7. Then on Arkansas’s next possession Felipe Franks threw his second touchdown of the game to Blake Kern from 6 yards out putting the Razorbacks ahead 14-13. 

Still in the third quarter the Razorbacks put together their most impressive drive of the game yet. Felipe Franks threw a 59 yard touchdown to Treylon Burks to push their lead to 21-13. This touchdown pass came only two plays into the drive and 29 seconds in this impressive drive. Then to end out the third quarter the Razorbacks pushed the ball down the field yet again to set up A.J. Reed for a 48 yard field goal to put the Razorbacks up 24-13. 

This was the last score of the game as the Razorbacks defense stood tall in the fourth quarter getting both of their interceptions in the fourth quarter. The two interceptions came from Jalen Canton and Eric Gregory late in the fourth to seal the game. 

Bumper Pool, Jalen Canton and Grant Morgan all had very impressive games as Pool had 14 tackles, Canton and Morgan both had 12 tackles each. Pool had 1.5 tackles for loss still showing that impressive presence he has on defense being one of the most consistent players in the NCAA defensively. 

This game pushed Arkansas to 3-3 on the season showing the college football world that Sam Pittman and this team aren’t anyone to mess around with anymore. The Razorbacks went from the laughing stock of the SEC to one of the most consistent defensive teams in the nation.