Sam Pittman and Arkansas faced a crushing loss to Auburn last week, but Pittman has liked the way his team has responded this week.

Pittman believes the loss was uncharacteristic for Arkansas. Stagnant offense and transparent defense is not something the Razorbacks have been accustomed to over the past few seasons. He was worried how his team would bounce back. This week, he’s been encouraged with the team’s response.

“I think obviously Monday I think what happened to us last Saturday has really never happened to us since I’ve been here,” Pittman said during the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday. “And so obviously you’re concerned about how to handle the team, how they’re going to come in.”

Pittman said his team was embarrassed by the blowout loss, but sometimes that’s what a team needs.

“To be honest with you, we were embarrassed, myself, the staff, the kids,” Pittman said. “I wanted them to feel that way as well and we’ve got a lot of work to do to fix it and they certainly did. Exactly how I thought they would do and reacted to our situation. It’s been good. The urgency of everything has been good and how they’ve bounced back.”

Now Arkansas is looking to end the season on a high note. The Razorbacks won’t be able to reach bowl eligibility, but they’re looking to pick up a pair of wins to close out the year.

This week, Arkansas will take on FIU before closing out the season with a tough game against Missouri.