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Arkansas Ready To Move On From Close Loss To Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Arkansas coach Sam Pittman is able to put the controversial ending to final week’s two-point loss to No. 13 Auburn within the rearview mirror.

With beneath 30 seconds left and his group trailing 28-27, Auburn quarterback Bo Nix fumbled a snap, then picked the ball as much as spike it and cease the clock. The controversy stems from Nix turning his again to the road of scrimmage and spiking the ball backward.

Arkansas defensive gamers, pondering Nixs spike was a backward move, fell on the unfastened ball. Game officers dominated that the spike was an incomplete move, then penalized Auburn for intentional grounding. Auburn retained possession and Anders Carlton kicked a game-winning 39-yard discipline purpose.

Pittman stated he by no means spoke to the group in regards to the name.

Ive heard from the pinnacle of officers and Im at peace with it, Pittman stated.

Instead of dwelling on the current previous, Pittman stated his workers will strive to determine a means to assist the Razorbacks (1-2) gradual Ole Miss and its prolific offense on Saturday. The Rebels (1-2) lead the convention in whole offense, averaging 573 yards.

The Rebels misplaced a 63-48 shootout to No. 2 Alabama final week, which was tied at 42 early within the fourth quarter and was an eight-point recreation with beneath two minutes left.

We higher rating, Pittman stated. “Our offense higher come to play.

Ole Miss wont be at full power. Rebels coach Lane Kiffin stated the group is having COVID-19 points and the group could have a variety of guys out.

We had that in camp, he stated. This is the primary time coping with it in-season. Its very tough shifting folks round, and had been beat up, too, from excessive play rely, intense recreation and taking part in an awesome group Saturday. We will not be in an awesome state of affairs number-wise in any respect.

Other issues to know when Arkansas meets Mississippi on Saturday:

TIME TO KNOCK HEADS

Pittman stated the Razorbacks haven’t been targeted early in video games. He stated that was the case after they fell behind Auburn 17-Zero final week.

We dont begin quick as a result of we dont begin pregame quick, Pittman stated. Were on the market mainly saying, Look at me, look how good I look in my uniform, and weren’t preparing for the soccer recreation. And thats obtained to cease. And thats our fault, my fault. Weve obtained to get our gamers moving into pregame warmups. Weve obtained to knock heads a little bit bit.

MATT ON THE MARK

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Corral has flourished in Kiffins offense via three video games. The 6-1, 205-pounder from California has torched the Southeastern Conference, going 67-of-88 passing for 1,080 yards and 9 touchdowns with only one interception. Against Alabama, Corral was 21 of 28 for 405 yards and two touchdowns.

Theyre unimaginable, Pittman stated. They are scary to look at, however they’re enjoyable to look at and all of it begins with their quarterback.”

FAMILIAR FACE

Pittman stated there are lots of similarities between the 2 groups offensively, and with good purpose. Arkansas first-year offensive coordinator Kendal Briles was an assistant coach on Kiffins workers at Florida Atlantic earlier than teaching at Florida State final season.

I might hope hed say he realized some issues offensively, Kiffin stated of his former assistant coach. I do know after we watch him, we see lots of carryover from FAU, stuff that we did collectively that he stored at Florida State and now there (at Arkansas).

WALKING WOUNDED

Linebackers Bumper Pool and Grant Morgan are amongst a variety of Razorbacks nursing accidents this week. Last week, Arkansas was with out offensive playmakers Rakeem Boyd and Treylon Burks, however Pittman is hopeful the group will likely be near full well being this week.

Were fairly beat up as a soccer group proper now, Pittman stated. Weve obtained to get some guys again, however had been taking part in extraordinarily laborious. Awful pleased with their effort. We should be an even bigger group. Were getting hit and had been getting harm. Teams are simply greater than we’re. Its an enormous mans league.”

KIFFIN THE HOG?

Kiffin stated he was contacted within the offseason in regards to the Arkansas teaching emptiness when former coach Chad Morris was fired with two video games left within the 2019 common season. Kiffin stated he had a earlier dialog with Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek when Yurachek was athletic director at Houston.

We did (have conversations with Arkansas), Kiffin stated. Im not going to get into full element about that. I knew the athletic director from interviewing with him at Houston, so I knew him earlier than. I feel he does an awesome job, nice man to work for.

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