Hog fans sat in a cloud of “not again” midway through the fourth quarter Saturday in Fayetteville. The Hogs had just surrendered another late lead to Colorado State, and Razorback fans were staring at a 34-all shootout heading into the final stretch.
Given Arkansas’ recent history of fading down the stretch, no one could be blamed for thinking the worst, collective various body parts in a state of pucker. But despite a slow start to the season that included a disappointing loss in Oxford, the Hogs now are riding star-in-waiting Nick Starkel and the best freshman receivers to hit campus in a decade. And the defense, though still lapsing, came up big when it counted.
Bottom line, the Hogs exorcised a few demons by pulling away for a three-touchdown win. Whether or not we’re ready yet for the SEC stage, however, is undetermined. San Jose State provides the perfect stage this weekend in Fayetteville, under the lights and with expected cool temps no less, for the Hogs to fine tune the Starkel-led offense and shore up some issues on D.
We think they will. A&M, though… Well, we’ll see. But for now, Hogs, 52-20.