It was not pretty in Fayetteville as Arkansas was shut out 52-0 by Alabama for the first time since 1966. Quarterback Tyler Wilson, injured after suffering a blow to the head against Louisiana-Monroe last week, was on the sideline for Saturday's game and didn't like what he saw from teammates. Though he didn't take questions in the postgame press conference, he did deliver this frank statement tearing into his team's performance:
"I'll start with the football game. Obviously, it wasn't very pretty to watch. It wasn't pretty for me to sit on the sideline and watch as a player. It sucks I can't be out there to do anything about it. Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Yeah, absolutely. As a leader, it sucks to see people not do their jobs and things go wrong. There's been a lot of things gone that way. As a leader, at this point, you've got to look forward. And there's been a lot of people jump off the bandwagon and it's my responsibility as a leader to keep everybody in this organization, in this team, in that locker room together. And I'm going to make sure of it going forward. We've got a big game against Rutgers next week. I'm going to do everything in my power to be a part of it and be the starting quarterback and run out there on the field and get a win. You've got to start with one before you can get the rest of them. But I give you my word I'm going to do the best in my ability and the best in my power to make that happen. That's all I've got."
Wilson threw during warmups before the game, but his playing status isn't clear for next Saturday against Rutgers. It's pretty clear Arkansas badly needs him to return to the lineup after being outscored 79-10 in the six quarters (and one overtime) since he was knocked out, with the offense managing just 137 yards against the Crimson Tide.