The Arkansas Razorbacks looked like an exciting program in Chad Morris’s debut as head coach with the program. His offense took off, and the end of the Bret Bielema era was more clear than ever in Fayetteville.
Rather than rely on the running game, the passing game took over. Morris’s offense saw Ty Storey complete 12 of 17 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Cole Kelley added 92 yards, completing 9 of 12 passes with another touchdown .
So overall, the Hogs had 353 passing yards. Jordan Jones led the way with five receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown, and La’Michael Pettway added five receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Simply put, Morris’s offense is totally different from what Bielema was going for.
Although Arkansas has plenty of reason to be excited about this outcome, we couldn’t move them up in our SEC Power Rankings. They beat a team that went 4-7 in FCS play last year. And in fact, even if most of it was in garbage time, they allowed 20 points.
So Arkansas still has a lot to prove. They have a better test this week when they travel out west to take on the Colorado State Rams. However, we can’t do anything for them here after blowing out such a terrible FCS team. In reality, there’s nothing about this that is more impressive than the Vols’ blowout loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. So only precedence kept them here.