Rapid Reaction: Time for Arkansas to sack Chad Morris as Razorbacks embarrassed at home by Western Kentucky
You could have made a good argument that Chad Morris needed to go leading up to Arkansas’ home game against Western Kentucky. At this point, after losing 45-19, there is no argument for the Razorbacks to keep the second-year coach in Fayetteville.
Morris now has a 4-18 record after leading Arkansas to wins over Eastern Illinois and Tulsa in Year 1 and beating Portland State (by only seven) and Colorado State this year. Morris has yet to beat a Power 5 opponent in his head coaching career.
The Arkansas coach also has a 1-35 record when losing at halftime.
Now Morris’ team was just embarrassed once again by a Group of 5 opponent in what has become a far too often occurrence during his tenure in Fayetteville. This one may be the worst of all those losses as Western Kentucky is led by a quarterback the Razorbacks had on their roster last season in Ty Storey.
While it may be expensive to move on from Morris, his current buyout figure is hovering around $10,000,000, it’s time for Arkansas to make the move before any more damage is done to the football program.
Heading into this game, Arkansas made its sixth quarterback change of the season turning over the keys to the offense to redshirt freshman John Stephen Jones. He did not show much in his starting debut, starting two of seven for 27 yards before giving way to true freshman KJ Jefferson.
On the first third down of the game, Jones threw an interception, which was an omen for what was to come for the Razorbacks on Saturday. Jones finished the game completing three of 10 passes. Jefferson completed six of 15 passes for 60 yards, he also added 32 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jefferson also had a pick six.
The biggest storyline heading into this game was Ty Storey’s return to Razorback Stadium and he did not disappoint. The former Razorback torched John Chavis’ defense completing 22 of 32 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown while adding another 77 yards on the ground and two more scores.
Storey clearly had something to prove this week and he did just that against his former team.
It wasn’t just Storey that challenged Chavis’ defense, WKU coach Tyson Helton kept his offense out on the field for every fourth down in the first half and converted each and every one of them, going five-for-five on their way to a 35-7 halftime lead.
Helton’s team entered this game having not scored 30 in a single game this season but managed to reach that total in the first half. WKU finished the game with 478 yards of total offense and 23 first downs.
The lone highlight for the Razorbacks on the day was Rakeem Boyd, who busted loose for a touchdown runs of 76 and 86 yards. Boyd finished the game with 185 rushing yards.
Following this latest loss, Arkansas drops to 2-8 on the season and will be on a bye next week. The Razorbacks travel to LSU in two weeks to face the Tigers.