On Sept. 6, seven weeks ago, Mississippi State struggled to beat a UAB team in the first year of a rebuilding project headed by Bill Clark. UAB threw two deep bombs, scoring on both, and hung with the Bulldogs until the 4th quarter, when they wound up losing, 47-34.
Saturday, though, was a totally different day in college football. That same UAB team hopped on their buses and traveled to Fayeteville today to face the improving Razorbacks team from Arkansas.
Where to start? Well, it's imperative we talk about an Arkansas offensive-lineman (yes, I can guarantee you never would have thought you'd read those words in your life). Sebastian Tretola, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman out of San Bernandino, California, threw a touchdown pass and eclipsed former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen as the heftiest quarterback in the SEC ever to throw one.
So, yeah, that was awesome. But so was Arkansas's rushing game all day long. In the first half, Jonathan Williams eclipsed 100 yards -- scoring on a three-yarder -- and also caught a 17-yard touchdown from Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen.
By halftime, the Razorbacks led the UAB Blazers 35-0, and they cruised to victory, winning 45-17. Bret Bielema should be happy with his team after today. And although he still holds a goose-egg in the win column in SEC play, the improvement has to be encouraging.
Up next for Arkansas? Well, they'll travel to No. 1 Mississippi State next week in what should be a solid game on ESPN and another opportunity for "Bert" to make his first splash in the SEC.