LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The wait for Razorback football fans is finally over. It’s game day!
The Razorbacks kickoff the season at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday at noon, and the Arkansas Storm Team has predicted a hot one for the players and the fans.
FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE: (56-13)
The Hogs continued to bring the pressure and we saw scoring plays from Arkansas quarterback Jacolby Criswell the last quarter of the season opener.
WCU’s first possession ended in a punt. In seven plays Criswell worked alongside Jaedon Wilson and Isaiah Augustave to move the ball down to the WCU 14 where Criswell completed a pass to Davion Dozier for a touchdown. Little’s kick was good putting the Hogs at 42-10 with 7:55 left on the clock.
The first pick six of the season happened in the next three minutes of the game. Following a nine play WCU possession, Dean’s pass was intercepted by Brad Spence where he then ran for a 85-yard touchdown.
The game ended with a 13 play possession from WCU ending in a field goal.
Final score was 56-13.
THIRD QUARTER UPDATE: (42-10)
WCU got their first touchdown of the game in their first possession of the second half in six plays. Putting the score 35-10.
But Arkansas quickly answered with another touchdown in their next possession. Jefferson, Sanders and Armstrong again working together to get the Hogs in the end zone in nine plays. Little’s field goal was good.
WCU’s following possession ended in nine plays with an interception putting the hogs at their own 28.
The Hogs moved the ball down to field to end the quarter at their own 40 yard-line.
SECOND QUARTER UPDATE: (35-3)
The touchdowns slowed a bit, but picked right back going into the half. On WCU’s second possession with 5:14 left in the half, Dean’s passed his second interception of the game. The Razorbacks picked up the ball in WCU territory.
Rashod Dubinion ran the Hogs to the WCU 17 in three plays, leading Jefferson to end the possession with a running touchdown. Little’s kick was good, keeping the Hogs in the lead at 28-3 with 2:56 left in the half.
On Western Carolina’s next possession, Arkansas freshman TJ Metcalf made his debut in a big way. Metcalf recovered a fumble from WCU’s Branson Adams, once again putting the Hogs back into WCU territory.
Jefferson, Sanders and Andrew Armstrong worked to move the ball down the field in seven plays, ending on WCU’s one-yard line, on 4th and goal Jefferson handed to ball off to Sanders, where he walked it in for the final touchdown of the half, 35-3.
FIRST QUARTER UPDATE: (21-3)
The Hogs showed up to score on Saturday! Within the first 2 minutes in the first quarter, starting quarterback KJ Jefferson completed a pass to Jaedon Wilson for a 65-yard touchdown and star-kicker Cam Little completed the extra point putting the score 0-7.
But the Razorbacks did not stop there. On Arkansas’s next possession, Jefferson moved the ball alongside Raheim (Rocket) Sanders ending in an easy walk-in touchdown for Sanders.
Western Carolina quarterback Charlie Dean pass was intercepted by the Razorbacks. Which Jefferson quickly followed with another complete pass to Isaac TeSlaa for a 31-yard touchdown and another point from Little.
With 15 seconds left in the first quarter, Western Carolina moved the ball down the field to score a field goal putting them on the score board.
The Razorbacks wrapped up the first quarter holding the Catamounts to only 3 points.
Fans not attending the game can watch the Hogs on ESPN, the SEC Network or stream it on ESPN+.
The Pig Trail Nation crew will be live at War Memorial for the Game Day Show, which you can catch here at 10 a.m. in the media player above.
Continue to check back here for more live game day updates as the Hogs get ready to take on the Catamounts.