By Otis Kirk
Arkansas continued winless in the SEC falling to LSU 24-17 on Saturday night in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Arkansas falls to 2-8 on the season and 0-6 in the SEC. Here’s five thoughts on the game.
1. McTelvin Agim, Dre Greenlaw Give Hogs Big Play Before Intermission
Arkansas could only muster three points in the first half on Saturday night against a stingy LSU defense. The points came following a turnover that set the Razorbacks up in LSU territory. Senior linebacker Dre Greenlaw recovered a Joe Burrow fumble at the Arkansas 43 and returned 24 yards to the LSU 33. The fumble was caused by defensive end McTelvin Agim’s hit on Burrow. Ty Storey hit wide receiver Jared Cornelius for a 27-yard gain to the LSU six with six seconds remaining in the first half. Arkansas tried one pass play that was incomplete. Connor Limpert then booted a 24-yard field goal for Arkansas’ only points in the first 30 minutes of action. The Hogs had 61 yards of total offense in the first half with 39 passing and 22 rushing.
2. No Running Game For Hogs
The Razorbacks failed to establish a running game against LSU. Arkansas finished the game with 16 yards rushing. Rakeem Boyd led the Hogs with 30 yards on 10 carries. Deon Stewart had minus seven on one carry and then Storey had a negative seven on eight carries. The longest run from scrimmage by Arkansas was 11 yards by Boyd.
3. Cheyenne O’Grady
The Arkansas tight end once again led the Razorbacks in receptions with six for 75 yards including a pair of touchdowns. O’Grady caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Storey with 12:37 remaining in the game. Then with 5:27 left he added a 32-yard touchdown once again from Storey. Storey and O’Grady helped bring the Hogs back from a 24-3 deficit after three quarters to within one score at the end. LSU did have the ball on the Arkansas one-yard line when the game ended.
4. Final Numbers on Storey
Arkansas’ junior quarterback finished the game completing 19 of 38 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. In addition to his interception, Storey had a fumble though it didn’t hurt the Hogs. On the very next play Burrow fumbled it back to the Hogs. Storey was sacked three times in the game.
5. Defensive Numbers
Greenlaw and De’Jon Harris each had 12 tackles to lead the Hogs. While safety Santos Ramirez added 10, linebacker Hayden Henry next with eight. Agim, defensive tackle Armon Watts and defensive end Michael Taylor each had a sack. Harris added two tackles for loss while Agim and cornerback Ryan Pulley each had 1.5. Watts and Taylor had one tackle for loss each.