10/19/2008 2:00 PM

This one hurts.  It hurts for the players, coaches, band, cheerleaders, and the fans that made the trip to Lexington in the Commonwealth State. 


The Arkansas Razorbacks dominated the game for the first 55 minutes of tonight’s Southeastern Conference Football against the Kentucky Wildcats inside Commonwealth Stadium.  At the end of the third quarter the Hogs had 206 rushing yards, and 303 total yards of offense to 259 for Kentucky.  Arkansas led the game at the half 14-0 off of two Michael Smith touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air.  Smith finished the game with 192 yards, a career high, on 35 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.  He was knocked out of the game with a concussion that he sustained trying to get in the end zone for the third time on the night, but was blasted from the left side and had to leave the game.

Just like last year Arkansas took a lead against the wildcats into the locker room at the half.  Last year Kentucky scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to beat the Hogs in Fayetteville, this year they scored 21 points in the second half to squeak out a one point win.

Last week on the road at Auburn the Razorback defense stood up and stopped the Tigers when they needed to, this week the Wildcats went to their aerial attack to knock the Hogs out.

Bobby Petrino lost his first game as a head coach to Kentucky tonight.  He was a perfect 4-0 when he was head coach at in-state rival Louisville and tonight suffered his first loss to Kentucky in the state of Kentucky.

The Razorbacks thought they had their first back to back conference road wins since the late 1980’s, but Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline found Randall Cobb on back to back scores for 32 and 21 yards respectfully.

Arkansas can’t hang their heads after this tough road loss.  If Michael Smith rebounds and can play next week the Hogs have a chance against Ole Miss.  Houston Nutt will return to the hill and bring his Rebels into Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium for a 6pm kickoff.  It should be an electric atmosphere.



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