Arkansas lost a heartbreaker to Liberty on Saturday, 21-19.

The Razorbacks fell behind 21-0 in the 1st half but rallied and had a chance to tie the game with just over a minute remaining.

But KJ Jefferson was stopped short of the goal line on a 2-point conversion attempt, and the Flames recovered an ensuing onside kick attempt and held on for the win, dropping Arkansas to 5-4 on the season.

Sam Pittman’s team has played a brutal schedule this season and things don’t get any easier Saturday, as red-hot LSU heads to Fayetteville for an SEC West battle.

One concern for the Razorbacks ahead of Saturday’s game with the Tigers is Jefferson’s status, as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury.

On Wednesday during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference, Pittman said Jefferson’s availability for LSU remains unknown.

“That’s still a few days away,” Pittman said. “KJ threw some on Monday. Not much at all yesterday. I don’t know exactly what he’ll do today. That’s still a fluid situation. I will say this — Malik Hornsby has had a really good week of practice. The team is confident in him.”

Pittman also took some time Wednesday to talk about a pair of his pass-catchers, TE Trey Knox and WR Jadon Haselwood.

“Very, very important,” Pittman said of Knox’s contributions. “I think he’s an unsung valuable player on our team. Certainly catching the ball extremely well, made some timely catches for us on third downs, obviously a couple of touchdowns. … Going to tight end, he’s taken his game to the next level.”

Of Haselwood, Pittman added: “Obviously he’s done well on the field. He’s blocked well, caught the ball well. His major impact on our team is what he’s done for our receiver room. … He’s influenced that in toughness and work ethic. … He brings that toughness, competitiveness.”

The Razorbacks and Tigers are set for a noon (ET) kick off on Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN.