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QUICK HITS: Arkansas 29 Kansas State 16

Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:32 am
Edited on: January 7, 2012 12:33 am

Posted by Tom Fornelli

ARKANSAS WON. It wasn't the prettiest of games by any means, and the long layoff for both teams since the regular season ended no doubt had something to do with it. Arkansas was able to shake off the rust first, thanks to a field goal and yet another punt return touchdown by the amazing Joe Adams. The 10-0 lead quickly grew to 19-0 before Kansas State blocked an extra point and returned the kick for a safety and the Wildcats scored two more touchdowns to cut the lead to 19-16. Unfortunately for Kansas State, that was the end of any success on offense.

It wasn't his best performance of the season, but Tyler Wilson finished the night with 216 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, with Jarius Wright making 3 receptions for 88 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Collin Klein had a tough night for the Wildcats, finishing with only 41 yards rushing on 24 carries, though he did throw for 173 yards and accounted for both of Kansas State's touchdowns.

WHY ARKANSAS WON. The reason Arkansas won this game came from an area where you'd least expect it to: its run defense. Arkansas finished 9th in the SEC in run defense this season but somehow managed to stop a Kansas State rushing attack that finished the regular season 25th in the country averaging 193.7 yards per game. The Wildcats ran the ball 40 times on Friday night for a grand total of 86 yards, or 2.15 yards per carry. By making Kansas State's offense one-dimensional and forcing Collin Klein to throw a lot more than Kansas State wanted him to, Arkansas ensured its eleventh win of the season.

WHEN ARKANSAS WON. Kansas State had a chance in the final minutes of this one, but when kicker Anthony Cantele missed a 43-yard field goal with 6:43 left and the Wildcats trailing 26-16 it was pretty clear that there would be no late rally.

WHAT ARKANSAS WON. This was the finishing touch on what was a great season for Arkansas. The Razorbacks finish their season with an 11-2 record, with both of those losses coming against LSU and Alabama. The Razorbacks will also likely finish the season ranked in the top five setting them up for a possible title run in 2012.

WHAT KANSAS STATE LOST. This would have been a nice bookend to what was a spectacular and unexpected season for Kansas State, but it's hard to be disappointed in the year the Wildcats had. Kansas State finishes the season with a 10-3 mark and those three losses came against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Some very good teams.

THAT WAS CRAZY. I don't get why teams are willing to punt the ball to Joe Adams, but he burned the Wildcats once with a touchdown in the seocnd quarter. What was crazy, however, was that Kansas State continued to punt the ball to him. No, he never took another one to the house, but still, it's Joe Adams. If you play Russian roulette and survive you don't just keep pulling the trigger.

FINAL GRADE: B-. I was leaning towards more of a C here because I thought this game would be a lot better and more entertaining than it was, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. That being said, both defenses put in some solid performances on the night, and in a bowl season where we haven't seen much of that, I have to give them some credit. Particularly Arkansas, who despite losing its defensive coordinator, still managed to have its best defensive performance of the season. Only Texas had proven capable of slowing down Collin Klein before tonight.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:16 am

QUICK HITS: Arkansas 29 Kansas State 16

Particularly Arkansas, who despite losing its defensive coordinator, still managed to have its best defensive performance of the season.
You DO realize that we replaced our "lost" (fired) defensive coordinator with a new one, who called defense for the game, right? Would have been great to mention Paul Haynes, who, despite being on staff for just one month, coaxed the best defensive performance of the season out of these guys.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:46 am

QUICK HITS: Arkansas 29 Kansas State 16

What a travesty KSU got left out of the BCS . . . 

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:12 am

QUICK HITS: Arkansas 29 Kansas State 16

A good win for the Razorbacks and the S.E.C. This might be a down year for the S.E.C., but as of right now they are 5 and 2 in Bowl games and will win the B.C.S. championship and be "runner up"! I don't think the Hogs will be ranked third maybe 5th at the end of it all. A very good year for Arkansas and the Wildcats, they both lost to the toughest teams in their respective conferences.

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