The Sam Pittman era at Arkansas began with a 37-10 loss to No. 4 Georgia.

Pittman, of course, is well known to Georgia fans. After serving as the Razorbacks’ associate head coach and offensive line coach from 2013-2015, he joined Kirby Smart’s staff as its offensive line coach in 2016, adding associate head coach duties to his responsibilities last year.

“I had a lot of the kids came over and talked to me and the coaching staff,” Pittman said after the game, according to “I was there four years so it was a big part of (my wife) Jamie and I’s life. We knew they had a really good football team.”

As for the game, Pittman felt that self-inflicted errors were a key part of the Razorbacks’ loss, along with the Bulldogs’ defensive line.

“They wore us down in the second half with their offensive line,” he said. “But obviously, we gave up the ball three times and had a blocked punt and an interception for a touchdown that really turned the momentum of the game.”

And he recognized that the game changed based on adjustments made to play to the strengths of quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, who stepped in for starter D’Wan Mathis with Georgia needing to spark its offense.

“[He] has been waiting for his turn,” Pittman said. “[He] always had great success running the scout team. But I think they were trying to find…a way to move the football, and the first thing they did with him was they let him use his feet.”