Cobi Hamilton's Astonishing SEC Record Ruined by Arkansas' Loss to Rutgers
Whatever else might be wrong with Arkansas, Cobi Hamilton isn't part of the problem.
Despite a disappointing loss to Rutgers 35-26, Hamilton gave the Razorbacks something positive to talk about for years to come.
Namely, his 303 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
No, that is not a typo.
Most quarterbacks would be more than happy to have 300 yards or more passing. For one receiver to gain 303 yards receiving is just unheard of.
In fact, it's a new single-game record in the SEC.
The old record was held by LSU's Josh Reed, who in 2001 torched Alabama for 293 yards receiving. Bear in mind that it wasn't a Nick Saban-led Alabama defense, but still impressive.
But not as impressive as what we saw tonight from Hamilton.
Hamilton really made an already good quarterback in Tyler Wilson look fantastic. Early in the first quarter, Wilson threw a strike to Hamilton surrounded by three Rutgers defenders. Not only did he make a fantastic catch in traffic, but he also used his fantastic team to turn the play into a 57-yard gain.
And Hamilton was just getting started.
Toward the end of the first quarter Hamilton found himself in single coverage and burned the unfortunate defensive back for an easy-looking 57-yard touchdown reception.
Later in the fourth quarter, Hamilton found the end zone again by beating two Scarlet Knight defenders for a 10-yard score.
Then, as if the above plays weren't enough, Hamilton found paydirt again from 80 yards out just by speeding past two frustrated and outmatched defensive backs.
All in all, Hamilton caught 10 of the 14 passes intended for him, and three of those completions were for 50 yards or more.
That's just insane.
Hamilton's great hands and sense in traffic as well as his blazing speed made this all happen. The Rutgers secondary didn't know what hit them.
Too bad it wasn't enough to get the win.
Just for your information, the current record holder in the FBS is Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech, who had 21 catches for 405 yards against Nebraska back in 1998 according to the official NCAA record book.
Still, you can't deny that Arkansas is a world of hurt despite Hamilton's historic performance.
Arkansas started in the Top 10 preseason and are now 1-3 after losses to Louisiana-Monroe of the Sun Belt, No. 1 Alabama and now Rutgers from the Big East.
I'm sure that even Hamilton would trade some of his hard-earned yards to get his team the win.
2012 has been a remarkably tough year for the Razorbacks, from Bobby Petrino's shocking motorcycle ride to ruin to tonight's heartbreaking loss to Rutgers. However, at least Razorbacks will have one thing to look back fondly upon from this season.
No doubt we'll be talking about Hamilton's effort for years to come.
And they better savor it. Who knows when something this good will come again to Fayetteville?
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