Sam Pittman maintains that his job security is more of a topic with the media than it is reality, but it came up again on Saturday night as the Razorbacks fell behind early against Florida International.

The Razorbacks last week were eliminated from bowl eligibility after a 48-3 loss to Auburn. Pittman’s the SEC coach most on the hot seat now after a pair of programs, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, fired their coaches earlier in the week.

But thanks to a huge play on defense, and a rhythm on offense as the game went on, Arkansas prevailed on Saturday night, 44-20.

Here are our 3 takeaways from the game:

KJ Jefferson records

KJ Jefferson early in the game picked up his latest Arkansas record, this time the all-time passing touchdown record, thanks to a catch by Jaedon Wilson. The pass early in the 1st quarter against gave Jefferson 65 passing touchdowns. Jefferson is now the program all-time leader in pass completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total plays, total yards and touchdown responsibility.

Huge momentum swing

With the game still tight, 14-13, early in the 2nd quarter, a veteran defensive back popped the cork on the momentum for the Razorbacks. Alfahiym Walcott ripped the ball from a FIU receiver and took it the other way for a touchdown. Walcott scored from 33 yards out to make it 21-13, and then Arkansas built a 31-13 lead at halftime, thanks to a late missed field goal by FIU.

Dominique Johnson ran 31 yards for a touchdown on 4th-and-2 to put Arkansas ahead 31-13.

Feleipe Franks calls the Hogs

Former QB Feleipe Franks returned to Arkansas to call the Hogs during the game, and got a big ovation from the crowd.

In his only season with the team, Franks in 2020 broke the single-season school record for completion percentage, completing 68.5% of his passes to top Kevin Scanlon’s mark that had stood since 1979. He also passed for 2,017 yards and 17 touchdowns, which was the most by an Arkansas QB since Austin Allen in 2016.