Houston, wake up…

Picture_3_4 The Razorbacks didn’t lose tonight against South Carolina. That’s about all that can be said. They certainly didn’t win the game outright.

After my last post stirred the Hogs and Coach Nutt on to eight straight wins, I thought it best to post one entry before the season concluded to warn Houston of his proclivity to disappoint us all. At no time was this penchant for underachieving more visible than tonight’s game against the Gamecocks. So, it’s time for a strong wake up call. After all, I’ve been overwhelmed by all the Hog fans emailing and calling me to thank me for setting Houston straight at the beginning of the season and inspiring the team to a record-tying streak. (The Razorbacks’ eight-game winning streak is their longest since the 1998 club won its first eight games to open the season. Those streaks are the longest for Arkansas since the 1970 squad won nine straight.) If it hadn’t been for my previous posts, we might be looking at just another average year.

Which brings us to tonight’s game… With a 23-6 lead over a struggling South Carolina team at half-time, Coach Nutt led the Hogs to do what they’ve done so unimpressively for the past several years… sit on a lead. The Hogs scored 3 points in the second half. You can review my earlier post about them and compare the play calling I talked about there to tonight’s game. Run, run, desperation pass. Run, run, desperation pass. We won’t even talk about why in the world Nutt benched the #1 freshman quarterback in the nation for Casey Dick tonight. Mustain didn’t even get a chance to contribute. It was Mustain who has led the team to eight straight wins. But it was he who was riding pine. I

‘m glad the Hogs are undefeated in SEC play, but let me sound the warning gong. A better team would have downed the Hogs easily tonight. If the Hogs default back to their tired, old game philosophy of "hang on tight, boys, and we might win," they won’t. The Hogs scored more than USC2 tonight, but it didn’t look to me like they won. Wake up, Houston.

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5 comments

  1. Pam Cameron says:
    hey Jeff.
    I was in camden this weekend. Went to a great church service with some friends this morning. I thought about Journey a lot and missed everybody. I got Carolyn’s sweet card in my box! It makes me smile to get mail.
    TTYL
    Pam
  2. Mustain led the team to victory?!! What are you talking about? Have you even been watching the games? ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, though, Mustain is a great quarterback, will be an AMAZING quarterback…but here’s the key words…with practice and experience. He has thrown numerous interceptions and constantly freezes up, even with the crowd just gets too loud. I’m not trying to be hard on him, but he is your typical freshmen player who needs to get a feel for the college games during his first year and go on to start later on in his career. I think, based on Mustain’s performance in previous games and his short performance in the Carolina game, that Houston Nutt made a wise decision by putting Casey Dick in the game. He played well the whole game, and in my personal opinion, if Mustain would have stayed in we probobly would have lost the game.
  3. kevin Stokes says:
    Yes…. You are right Jeff. I was so excited at half time with the 17 point lead, and then, it turned boring. Boring and tense for Hog fans, exciting and intense for Gamecock fans. The only highlight of the second half for me was when Reggie Herring finally got a clue for once not to run the man to man defense and actually try zone. Which forced an interception that iced the game for the Hogs. If the Razorbacks had stayed in the man to man defense the remainder of the game, they would not be #11 in the nation right now.
    Tennessee comes to town this coming weekend. With a close loss to LSU, they are looking for some kind of redemption. Arkansas better take heed, or it might turn into another USC Trojan game.
    As far as Mustain only getting one series and then sitting on the bench the rest of the evening because of a quick interception, maybe he did something that the coaches didn’t like in practice all week, maybe even an injury. and the coaches decided to see what he had in his first series and then make a change if needed.
    However, I will chime in with this…. Mustain by far has not led the Hogs to 8 straight victories. His stats are below average for a quarterback in the SEC. The keys to the 8 straight victories have been the running game. Mcfadden and Jones have been sensational. When one isn’t quite on their game, the other one is. Sometimes they both are in a zone at the same time.
    But it has also been that Malzone shows many different offenses during a game. Mixing it up and confusing the defense. They turned completly conservative and predictable in the second half against South Carolina, which nearly cost them the game.
    So Jeff, in a way, I am agreeing with you, and in a way, I’m not.
  4. Phillip Slaughter says:
    Go Hogs and Go Rose! That’s my wife!
  5. Jim says:
    Go LSU!!!

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