Bret Bielema is on the hot seat as Arkansas’ coach for several reasons, most notably some puzzling losses.

The recurring theme of the inexcusable losses has been Arkansas blowing fourth-quarter leads. Some believe that he will be coaching for his job in Week 4 when the Razorbacks take on Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a venue where the Razorbacks have had little success lately. The recent losses have been brutal for fans to watch.

For Bielema’s sake, Arkansas better be ready for the noon ET kickoff. If they don’t finish strong, the rumblings about this being Bielema’s final season with the Razorbacks could become a reality.

Here are top 10 ugly losses of the Bielema era, starting with his inaugural season.


Lost 31-27 @ No.15 LSU (Nov. 29, Tiger Stadium)

Part of the reason fans hopped on the Bobby Petrino bandwagon after his first season was the crazy win over LSU in 2008, known as “Miracle on Markham II.” The pass from Casey Dick to London Crawford is one of the best endings in the history of Razorbacks football. With that win, Arkansas would finish 5-7.

Bielema had a similar opportunity to gain early fan support, leading ranked LSU on the road late in 2013. Arkansas was up 27-21 when LSU QB Zach Mettenberger went down with an injury with a a little over 6 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. It looked like the Razorbacks would escape Death Valley with a victory.

Instead, the unimaginable happened. Freshman backup quarterback Anthony Jennings came in and led LSU on two scoring drives, including the game-winning touchdown with a little over a minute left.

The loss didn’t warm up Bielema’s seat, but it set a precedent for what the team would do time and time again under the former Wisconsin head coach — collapse late in games.


Lost 35-28 (OT) vs. No. 6 Texas A&M (Sept. 27, AT&T Stadium)

This would be the first true letdown during the Texas A&M rivalry under Bielema. It was hard to expect the Razorbacks to win the first meeting when Johnny Manziel was quarterbacking the Aggies’ offense. There was no excuse for losing the game in 2014.

Kenny Hill got the best of Arkansas in 2017 with TCU, but he also beat the Razorbacks as the quarterback of Texas A&M in this game. Arkansas kicker John Henson had a chance to ice the game with a little over 2 minutes left, but shanked a field goal try wide left.

The Aggies would go on to score before the end of regulation, and then in overtime as well. Arkansas didn’t have the same luck. The Razorbacks were stuffed by Texas A&M on a fourth-and-two in overtime, sealing their fate.

Lost 21-14 @ No. 17 Missouri (Nov. 28, Faurot Field)

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was injured during the game, making the loss somewhat understandable. Still, the Razorbacks held a 14-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but weren’t able to escape Columbia with a win. Allen almost led a valiant comeback, but running back Alex Collins fumbled on what would be the Razorbacks’ final possession.

This loss came after the Razorbacks exploded onto the scene with shutout wins over LSU and Ole Miss. Arkansas would dominate Texas in the Texas Bowl to finish the season. The loss didn’t make any sense.


Lost 16-12 vs. Toledo (Sept. 12, War Memorial Stadium)

Allen was horrendous in this game, failing to convert in the red zone on multiple occasions, and earned justified criticism after the loss, as did Bielema. This is a picture Razorbacks fans will never forget.

Lost 28-21 (OT) vs. No. 14 Texas A&M (Sept. 26, AT&T Stadium)

Similar to 2014, Arkansas clung to a lead in the fourth quarter that would evaporate against the Aggies. It was a common occurrence under the current regime, as you can see below.

The Razorbacks would face another fourth down in overtime. History repeated itself, as Arkansas was unable to convert after the Aggies scored quickly. Another one bites the dust.

Lost 51-50 vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 21, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium)

What a shootout this was, which could have ended with a thrilling Arkansas win. Instead, the Razorbacks went conservative down the stretch, despite Allen playing out of his mind all game long. They settled for a 29-yard field goal try, which was blocked by the Bulldogs with less than a minute remaining.

Not a surprise with the special teams Bielema has had during his time at Arkansas. Never understood why he would trust an unreliable kicker over his hot senior quarterback.


Lost 56-3 @ No. 21 Auburn Tigers (Oct. 22, Jordan-Hare Stadium)

Typically under Bielema, the Razorbacks give full effort. There was no heart shown in this game from Arkansas, and Auburn took full advantage. It was an embarrassing loss that fans won’t forget.

Auburn had 543 rushing yards. No, you didn’t misread that. This game likely cost Robb Smith his job as the Arkansas defensive coordinator, even though he “left” for Minnesota.

Lost 28-24 @ Missouri Tigers (Nov. 25, Faurot Field)

A grotesque second half performance helped Arkansas choke away this game. In spite of their pitiful display in the latter part of the matchup, the Razorbacks had a chance to win with under a minute remaining. Like many times last season, the offensive line came up short.

What made matters worse, this loss came after Missouri linebacker Eric Beisel’s taunting comments.

Lost 35-24 vs. No. 18 Virginia Tech (Dec. 29, Bank of America Stadium)

You’d think Arkansas would respond after blowing a huge lead, right? Wrong! Instead, the Razorbacks essentially broke down the exact same way against Virginia Tech.

How do you score 24 points in the first half and not put a single point on the scoreboard in the second half? Turning the ball over four times helps.


Lost 28-7 vs. No. 23 TCU (Sept. 9, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium)

Struggling wide receivers, sloppy run blocking and missed field goals led to this aggravating loss. The Razorbacks’ offense was abysmal, only racking up 267 total yards. Cole Hedlund wasn’t much better.

Losing to a solid Big 12 opponent is not that bad. Not scoring after the first quarter is a joke.

Honestly, this list could have been 15 losses. That’s not an exaggeration.