Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:09 pm

Arkansas takes 10-point lead over Alabama at half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The blockbuster matchup between No. 1 Alabama and host No. 10 Arkansas has, at the half, tilted in the Razorbacks' favor. Arkansas leads 17-7 on the strength of two Ryan Mallett touchdowns, and Alabama has been hurt by two uncharacteristic interceptions by QB Greg McElroy.

Early in the game, Arkansas drew first blood with a magnificent pitch-and-catch from Mallett to Ronnie Wingo:

At that point, Alabama responded with an equal display of force, as Mark Ingram reminded everybody that he is, in fact, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner:

But both quarterbacks threw awful end zone interceptions, killing great scoring chances for both teams, and another bad pick for Alabama gave Arkansas the ball near midfield late in the second half. Mallett drove the team down the field with his rifle of an arm, and the 6'6" quarterback stretched across the goal line on a 1-yard sneak to push the lead to 17-7 with under 20 seconds left.

And that's where we stand now.

The game's not over, not by a long shot; both Ingram and Trent Richardson are running with a purpose for the Crimson Tide, and Mallett's probably still got some head-scratching throws left in him today. But we're 30 minutes in, and Arkansas has a double-digit lead. Coming into this game, the Razorbacks would have been thrilled to be where they are now.

Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:55 am

Game day weather updates, Week 4

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Conditions look ideal everywhere but Auburn and LSU. All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Georgia Tech at North Carolina State, 12:00, Raleigh, NC: Lower 90s, partly cloudy

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 16 Stanford at Notre Dame, 3:30, South Bend, IN: Lower 60s, partly cloudy, breezy

No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas, 3:30, Little Rock, AR: Lower 80s, partly cloudy

Evening kickoffs

No. 8 Oklahoma at Cincinnati, 6:00, Cincinnati, OH: Upper 60s, clear

No. 12 South Carolina at No. 17 Auburn, 7:45, Auburn, AL: Lower 80s/Upper 70s, scattered thunderstorms

No. 24 Oregon State at No. 3 Boise State, 8:00, Boise, ID: Mid 80s at kickoff, lower 70s by halftime, clear 

Late kickoffs

No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 LSU, 9:00, Baton Rouge, LA: Upper 70s, chance of thunderstorms

California at No. 14 Arizona, 10:00, Tucson, AZ: Mid 80s, clear

No. 5 Oregon at Arizona State, 10:30, Tempe, AZ: Lower 90s, clear

Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 2:13 pm

Alabama D 'licking their chops' to get to Mallett

Posted by Chip Patterson

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide have spent this week preparing for what will arguably be one of their toughest tests of the season traveling to face the high-octane Arkansas offense in Fayetteville on Saturday.  Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallet has been described as "the best pro quarterback in college football" for his strong arm and proficient passing ability.

Alabama's defense has been among the best in the nation so far in 2010, allowing only one touchdown in the first three games.  One of Mallet's strengths is his ability to hang tight in the pocket, and wait for his receivers to get open.  A strength that Alabama's defense is hoping to turn into a weakness.

"As a pass rusher, you do get excited when you know you're going to play against a guy who's going to sit in the pocket and try to execute his offense to the best of his abilities," Damion Square said. "Yeah, it does excite me as a pass rusher."

"Right now, we're licking our chops," Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris said. "We're ready to play and show the world what we can do against one of the top teams."

It's Arkansas' first ranked opponent all season, with their toughest competition coming in their 31-24 win over Georgia.  When Georgia stormed back to tie the game, Mallet silenced the home crowd with three passes that covered 73 yards and scored a touchdown all with less than a minute remaining.  

While Alabama's defense has been stellar, their secondary is arguably the weakest piece of the unit.  It will be crucial for the Crimson Tide to put pressure on Mallet to keep him from connecting with his receivers for game-changing deep plays, especially with a rowdy home crowd that will be hungry for an upset.  Mallett has a chance to solidify his status as a Heisman frontrunner with a big game.  But more importantly, the Razorbacks have a chance to get a game ahead of the Crimson Tide in the SEC West.  They way both of these teams have been playing this season, the road to the SEC Championship game appears to run right through Fayetteville this Saturday.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:37 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 10:47 am

MC Hammer and Ryan Mallett: Together at last

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ryan Mallett is the biggest reason the Arkansas Razorbacks are 3-0 and have snuck into the AP's top ten, there's no question about this.  He's thrown for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns already, and has become one of the first names mentioned when talking about early season Heisman candidates.

So what does Mallett need to do to make sure he stays in the conversation, and possibly win the award?  Well, to keep having monster games and winning will help a little bit, but they won't do nearly as much as having fans put up amazing tribute videos on the intertubes.

Put on your parachute pants and get ready to dance, America.

I could listen to that all day.

Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:38 pm

Ryan Mallett named Davey O'Brien Player of Week

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Davey O'Brien Foundation named their quarterback of the week today; it's Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett, and deservedly so:

Junior Ryan Mallett has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after leading his team to a dramatic 31-24 road victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. 

After getting off to an early start, Mallett found himself under pressure late in the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs rallied from a 24-10 deficit to tie the game with 3:55 left to play. He remained calm and collected, marching his team down the field with a three-play, 73-yard scoring drive that ended with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Greg Childs with 15 seconds remaining. The signal caller from Texarkana, Texas finished the game with 380 yards and three touchdowns on 21 completions.

"This is a really surreal feeling," Mallett said after the game. "This is something I've never experienced before. This has got to be one of the greatest moments I've felt since I've played the game of football. It so rarely comes down to the wire like this. It's sometimes gone the other way for us, but now I know how it feels to get the win."

Mallett beats out 11 other notable peformers, such as Nevada's Colin Kaepernick, Arizona's Nick Foles, and Michigan's Denard Robinson.

Mallett's selection is merited simply because of the game-winning drive, which essentially came out of nowhere. The writeup above doesn't do Mallett's performance justice; Arkansas and Georgia traded punts after the Bulldogs tied the game, so Mallett's game-winning drive didn't start until there was about a minute left on the clock. Most teams, given the ball at their own 27 with 47 seconds left and a tie game, would simply kneel and take the game to overtime. Not Arkansas, and not Mallett, and they've got a win to show for it.

It should be noted, of course, that Mallett wasn't the only quarterback that led a game-winning drive in such a scenario; Foles drove his Wildcats for the win with under four minutes to play after the Iowa Hawkeyes scored 20 straight points to tie their score at 27-27. The difference, of course, is that Iowa tied the game when defensive lineman Broderick Binns picked off a Foles pass and took it 20 yards for a touchdown. Giving up a game-tying 20-yard fat guy touchdown is an automatic disqualifier for O'Brien POTW status. Sorry, but it's science.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 3:19 pm

Arkansas scores go-ahead TD with 0:15 left

Posted by Adam Jacobi

[UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Arkansas has forced a punt with a quarterback sack on 3rd and 4. This one's probably going to overtime.]

[UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: OH HO HO DISREGARD OVERTIME. Ryan Mallett needed only three throws to lead the Razorbacks 73 yards, culminating in a 40-yard touchdown catch by Greg Childs. DAGGER.]

[UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: A Georgia Hail Mary fell incomplete in the end zone. Final score: Arkansas 31, Georgia 24.]

What looked like a convincing road win for Arkansas is now in serious danger. The Razorbacks led Georgia 24-10 in the fourth quarter, but two consecutive touchdowns have tied the score--and now Arkansas is punting on 4th and 21 after a three-and-out.

Georgia now has 2:18 to get into scoring position from their own 34-yard line, and they've got all three of their timeouts. They'll need Washaun Ealey to continue his clutch play if they want to make this last drive happen.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 am

Game day weather updates, Week 3

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Will the heat affect teams' gameplans in the southeast? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia, 12:00, Athens, GA: Lower 80s, clear, hot

Maryland at No. 21 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 8 Nebraska at Washington, 3:30, Seattle, WA: Mid 60s, cloudy, scattered showers

No. 18 USC at Minnesota, 3:30, Minneapolis, MN: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

No. 10 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Mid 80s, clear, hot

Evening kickoffs

Clemson at No. 16 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Mid 80s, cloudy, slight chance of showers

No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech, 8:00, Lubbock, TX: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, windy

Late kickoffs

No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona, 10:30, Tucson, AZ: Lower 90s, breezy, hot

No. 23 Houston at UCLA, 10:30, Pasadena, CA: Upper 60s, clear

Wake Forest at No. 19 Stanford, 11:15, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 60s, clear

Posted on: September 13, 2010 7:33 pm

New worst football injury ever discovered

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Arkansas tailback/return specialist Dennis Johnson is out with an injury. That is all that we are comfortable with discussing about this story without needing a deep breath or two.

You should stop reading this right now.

Still here? Okay. Johnson is out with what coach Bobby Petrino called a "bowel injury," and if that doesn't sound horrifying enough, the particulars of how he suffered said injury... well, here's what the Hog Blog had to say about it:

The injury required Johnson to undergo surgery in Little Rock shortly after the game. Petrino said he was “very, very concerned” about Johnson because of the severity of the injury, but “encouraged” by his progress since the past couple of days.

“We’re not even thinking about timetables for his return right now,” Petrino said. “We’re just thinking about his health. Hopefully he’ll improve. He’s doing well. He was up walking, they’ve got him up walking. He’s very, very sore from the surgery. We’re encouraged by everything the doctors are telling us on how he’s doing health wise.”

Seriously, stop reading right now.

“I haven’t asked him how he thought it happened,” Petrino said. “But when he came off the field, our strength and conditioning coach, (Jason) Veltkamp said he talked about falling on the ball and landing on the ball. Initially thought it was a rib injury. But that was not the case. When we were out on the field, in the locker room, toward the end of the game, he started throwing up and then they knew it wasn’t a rib injury and got him to the hospital.”

Video of this injury is not available, as it is legally classified as a snuff film.

Now, it should be noted that technically, any part of the large intestine could be considered the "bowel," and the large intestine stretches higher than the waistline. So that, combined with the fact that the S&C coach thought it was a rib injury (there's no ribs down there, after all), could mean that Johnson's injury was far removed from the worst imaginable place to receive an injury. But still--bowel has a common connotation with one very specific part of the body, so if it was high in Johnson's large intestine, wouldn't they just be better off calling it an "intestinal" injury? Y'know, so we don't assume the worst? Either way, we're glad to hear he's recovering from surgery and that he'll be okay, because good heavens.


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