Arkansas beat TCU in a double-overtime thriller. What are the 5 Things That Matter about the Hogs’ win?
Arkansas just never quit
Or TCU couldn’t put the game away, depending on how you look at it. The Horned Frog offense blew up for 572 yards, it had an easy game-winning field goal opportunity that got blocked, it had a game-winning touchdown get called back, it had a throat-slashing gesture from Kenny Hill to give Arkansas a short field to help tie it up, but it also left the door open. Arkansas powered it in.
Throat slash aside …
Kenny Hill was great. He threw for 377 yards and a score, and he led the team with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The offense will keep on rolling with him at the helm, keeping it at the same high level it was at with Trevone Boykin – he’s got it down. But he didn’t get the win …
Austin Allen won the game
The Arkansas quarterback announced his arrival as the main man for the attack, throwing for 223 yards and three scores and fighting his way in for the game-winning overtime touchdown. When the game was on the line, he not only led the Hogs to a touchdown with a brilliant few throws to make it happen, but he caught the two-point conversion on a great play call.
And he didn’t do the throat slash.
KaVontae Turpin is a dangerous, dangerous weapon
The TCU receiver and kick returner not only caught seven passes for 126 yards, but he returned two punts for 33 yards and returned four kicks for 136 yards with his 64-yarder setting up what was almost the game-winning field goal. Everything is there for the TCU offense to keep up the pace with anyone, but the defense still isn’t up to snuff.
What Does This All REALLY Mean?
The Hogs could easily be 0-2 right now, but they’re not going into the Texas State game. Remembering how last year started with losses to Toledo and Texas Tech along the way, starting out unbeaten is a plus no matter what. The defense might have a long way to go, but the Hogs found a way to get it done.
Gary Patterson is going to out of his mind. For a coach who lives off of discipline, defense, and smart plays, for his D to melt down late and for Hill’s gesture to be so costly, it’s going to be a rough week of practice going into Iowa State. Fortunately, with the Cyclones, then SMU before Oklahoma, there’s time to tighten up.