10/4/2008 5:59 PM


It was a stormy morning in the Ozarks toady. I didn't need the alarm clock to start buzzing to wake me, the clap and rumble of thunder did it. Thunderstorms in the Fayetteville area surprised even the weather people who had predicted a beautiful day.
Sure the rain and storms kept some of the fans at home, but the way the Razorbacks have been playing over the last two weeks might have had something to do with the crowd also. An announced crowd of 70,072 sure didn’t look like 70,072.

Florida came into today’s game licking their wounds after giving the Ole Miss Rebels an early Christmas present last week in The Swamp. Florida turned the ball over three times and an Ole Miss blocked PAT and a fourth and one stop of Hesiman Trophy winner Tim Tebow sealed the win for the Rebels.

Today the Razorbacks seemed like they put the loss last week to Texas behind them and were actually ready for the early kickoff. The offense was clicking from the opening snap. That was, until the Razorbacks got deep into Florida territory when it sputtered. The Arkansas offense did not have a three and out until the third quarter. That was not what Arkansas need especially after Jerry Franklin picked off a Tebow pass.
Florida racked up 514 yards of total offense on the afternoon, most of that in the 4th quarter. Arkansas’ Defense did a good job of controlling Tebow and keeping him in check. 

In a game that was closer than the scoreboard actually indicated, the little things got the Razorbacks beat. A muffed punt by Michael Smith and an interception deep in Florida territory with a chance to cut into the Gator lead before the halftime were the difference early. In the second half, Florida got big plays by Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps rushing the ball for 75 and 48 yards respectfully, both for touchdowns. 

After the Demps touchdown run you could almost hear a little sigh of relief from all of the gamblers who had the Gators and the points. That is Florida football though. Steve Spurrier ran up the score when he had the chance and Urban Meyer obviously likes to do the same thing. 
Yes, this young Razorback team has improved. Next week they have another chance. The Hogs travel on the road to Auburn and Jordan Hare Stadium to battle the Auburn Tigers.

Building a program takes PATIENCE!!


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