Rock bottom can be represented in many ways. After Saturday, it may be evident that the Arkansas Razorbacks may have pitfalled down there.
The Razorbacks fell 31-24 to the woeful San Jose State Spartans on Saturday night. The Hogs faced a 24-7 deficit at one point, and while they were able to tie the game at 24, they could not keep the Spartans down. A 19-yard rushing touchdown by DeJon Packer with 1:13 remaining in the game put SJSU up for good, putting the cap on the most dismal of performances.
It did not help Arkansas’ cause that a majority of their drives ended with turnovers. In fact, six of their 14 drives ended with either a turnover on downs or an interception. An INT ended five of those six drives, which is a tremendously dark eyesore to say the least. They only came away with points on four of their drives, three of which occurred in the second half.
Rakeem Boyd was solid on the night, a lone bright spot in a miserable showing. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry, but of course didn’t get over the 100-yard hump, as Boyd finished with 91 yards. Boyd however did collect 10 yards receiving, so he finished with 100+ yards from scrimmage at least, grabbing three receptions on four targets. Mike Woods led the team in receiving yards with 115 on just four catches. He, Trey Knox and Tyson Morris all scored on receiving touchdowns on the night.
The SJSU passing game was what really dealt the deft blows. Josh Love went 32-for-49 on pass attempts for 402 yards and two touchdowns. He tossed them up to Isaiah Holiness and JaQuan Blackwell , but neither of those two led in receiving yards. That honor went to Tre Walker, who finished with a robust 161 yards on 12 receptions. He was targeted 16 times, 10 more than Isaiah Hamilton, who was second in targets on the night.
What makes this loss to SJSU more ghastly? The Spartans hadn’t defeated a Power 5 team since September 9, 2006, when they took down the Stanford Cardinal. They were 0-24 against P5 teams since then. But now, of course, they’re 1-24 after their win over the Hogs. Things were already looking bad for Chad Morris in Fayetteville. Now? Well... let’s just say it’s not looking any better anytime soon.