Arkansas had a rough start to its season-opening win over Rice, and that included a rocky early part of the game from KJ Jefferson.

Things got considerably better in the second half, and coach Sam Pittman acknowledged that in his post-game press conference. Jefferson started 4-for-11 passing with an interception, and was sacked 2 times for a loss of 13 yards.

Jefferson finished 12-for-21 passing for 128 yards with a touchdown and the interception.

“It was a bad start, but I mean, I can’t remember the halftime score, so we scored 31 in the second half and he’s our quarterback,” Pittman said, per 247Sports. “We snapped the ball and hit the motion guy. Just things that … guys, I swear we never did that in practice, but we did today. Only thing I can hold that to is nerves. We finished the game out. I’m proud of him. He knows that. He knows he’s got to play better. Hell, I’ve got to coach better.”