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Before we begin doling out the praise to the playmakers who helped the Razorbacks win, it is prudent we address the elephant in the room.
The defense and offensive line performed very poorly against the Aggies.
One look at the stat sheet tells any type of informed football follower everything they need to know about who is going to feel the wrath of Bobby Petrino the most this week.
The Razorbacks gave up 628 total yards, including an absurd 381 of those on the ground. In addition, the Razorbacks allowed nearly 10 yards per pass completion and an absurd 7.1 yards per rush.
Not exactly the type of numbers befitting of a top level defense.
To be fair, most of those yards were gained in the first half (before the Razorback defense finally woke up). However, no matter who the opponent is, or the outcome of the game, no team that expects to contend for an SEC title can be as porous in their coverages and tackling that Arkansas was.
Even though the defense was (literally and figuratively) on their toes for the majority of the game, it didn't compare to the amount of times the Hogs' offensive line spent false-starting and on their backs.
The Aggies entered the game leading the nation in sacks, the Arkansas offensive line did little in changing that statistic by allowing quarterback Tyler Wilson to be sacked four times for a loss of 31 yards.
On a day in which the Hogs could accomplish little through the running game, those loss of yards didn't help.
Neither did the Razorbacks 14 penalties for 112 yards, many of which were a result of seemingly endless amounts of false start penalties by the offensive line.
As bad as those numbers are, they provide only a brief snapshot of how badly the offensive line played throughout the game. On top of the maddening amounts of penalties, Tyler Wilson was punished and slammed to the ground consistently for all 60 minutes. The protection schemes proved to be nonexistent as the A&M defensive line was able to live in the Razorback backfield throughout the game.
So, despite the unbelievable amount of grit, determination, and perseverance the Razorbacks displayed, there is still much to be improved upon before the never-say-never Auburn Tigers come to town.