"It was because of me. I messed up," Hurd admitted. "After the play I realized that I should have gone off on that linebacker and I was just like, 'What did I just do?' And he (Allen) got up kind of slow and I was thinking, I just ruined our quarterback, probably, on that one."
Actually Allen survived the game fine physically. He said after Tuesday's practice that he's better than he's been since he injured his shoulder almost a month ago. "The shoulder, it's pretty much full strength," Allen revealed. "The biggest thing we were worried about was getting hit and how it would hold up. It held up fine. Didn't have any problems with it (on Tuesday) so it's fine."
Hogs' offensive coordinator Jim Chaney told reporters on Sunday that the quarterbacks and receivers weren't getting enough practice work in the passing game. Head coach Bret Bielema said that would change as the offense prepared for South Carolina.
"We did a lot more individual routes with the receivers, getting some more timing down with them," Allen said of Tuesday's workout. "Getting them catching more balls and us throwing more balls."
Chaney indicated that the extra work on the passing game was a no brainer. "When things don't go good in your life whether it's football or any other endeavor you choose to look into you've got no other options but to roll up you sleeves and go back to work," he stressed.
The extra work also included a concerted effort to protect Allen better against South Carolina. "We got him hit four times because we missed an assignment and the other four times we got beat," offensive line coach Sam Pittman explained. "If we can cut down just the assignment errors we'll cut it in half and then we've got to get a little bit better physically."
"It really is just communication," junior tackle Brey Cook added. "I feel like as soon as we know who we're going to we can talk to each other and know what we're doing. Then we're a good offensive line and we can really hold down the front."
Allen gained an extra measure of respect from his teammates with the way he handled his night in the Swamp without complaint.
"Anytime a guy can sit there and take that many hits you know we have total confidence in him," Senior fullback and team captain Kiero Small emphasized.
As for Hurd's embarrassing admission, it failed to dampen his enthusiasm for the Hogs' Saturday morning clash with the Gamecocks. "I'm expecting a great atmosphere," he told the Razorback Nation. "Homecoming. It's going to be one of those games for the books."
"We're definitely excited," Allen echoed. "Practice is a lot of fun. We're on the right track. We're doing a lot of good things. We're still looking for our first SEC win and that's something that we're striving for."