Rapid Reaction: Arkansas gets back on track with easy win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
After 3 straight SEC losses — against Georgia, Ole Miss and Auburn — the Arkansas Razorbacks needed to get back on track on Saturday.
Fortunately, they had that opportunity, taking on FCS Arkansas-Pine Bluff at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
It was a bit of a sluggish start, but the Hogs eventually got it together, taking a 45-0 lead into halftime before ultimately earning a 45-3 win.
The second half cruised by in the blink of an eye, as the Hogs had already done their work and the starters had long since been removed from the contest to avoid injuries.
QB KJ Jefferson had a big first half, throwing for 194 yards and 4 touchdowns. Star WR Treylon Burks also had a huge performance in the first 2 quarters, snagging 4 passes for 89 yards and 2 scores. Burks also added 49 yards and a touchdown on this run:
Treylon Burks is faster than you#CFB
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 23, 2021
Another big play in the game was something Arkansas hasn’t done since the 2012 Cotton Bowl — returning a punt for a touchdown. Check out Nathan Parodi’s 80-yard gallop here:
Mr. Parodi to the HOUSE pic.twitter.com/IYZ16uSYJ7
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 23, 2021
That was the Hogs’ first punt-return TD in 116 games, snapping the seventh-longest active streak in the FBS.
Obviously, tougher tests loom large for Arkansas (5-3) moving forward. After an open date in Week 9, the Hogs will host Mississippi State before ending the year at LSU, at Alabama and vs. Mizzou.