Arkansas at a loss

Out-coached, out-executed and outplayed.

Arkansas coaches and players made no attempt to hide the reasons they fell to Tennessee by a 34-13 count before 104,459 fans at Neyland-Stadium Saturday.

“A big part of our offense last year when we played them was the Wild Hog, and they were prepared for it,’’ said tailback Darren McFadden, referring to an Arkansas offensive formation where he plays quarterback.

McFadden, one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy and the No. 4 rusher on the SEC’s all-time rushing list, lined up in the Wild Hog on 11 occasions.

McFadden carried the ball out of the formation five times, gaining 4, 3, 20, 2 and 0 yards.

“They did a great job of tackling,’’ said McFadden, who had 117 yards on 22 carries. “I don’t think there were too many times I was missed.’’

Nor were there many times where the UT defense was caught out of position or fooled in the first half, according to Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee, who came to the Razorbacks after four years on the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.

“We make one first down the first half; we couldn’t move the football,’’ Lee said. “They had all our Wildcat, the RoJoes, the XMs and the locomotions (misdirection and motion plays) snuffed out. That’s why we got back I the base personnel in the second half.’’

Lee said it was clear the UT coaches had focused on the Wild Hog package in their preparations.

“They made it an emphasis that this was the base they had to stop this week,’’ Lee said. “That’s what I was thinking when I was up there (in the coaches box); I’m saying, `they are on to a lot of stuff we’re doing.’

“I was so hyped and geeked from the week before from using all the motions, I wanted to see if they (Tennessee) could stop it, and they did a good job.’’

Arkansas cranked out 650 yards on 69 plays in a 48-36 win over South Carolina last week compared to 289 yards on 65 plays against UT.

Lee credited the Vols for their emotional intensity and pride.

“There’s a reason they are undefeated here at home,’’ Lee said. “I played at Vanderbilt, so I’ve been here a lot of times, and they have a lot of pride and tradition in that stadium and they play well.

“I just don’t think we got ourselves deep down berserked up like they did.’’

Tennessee’s emotional onslaught threw the Razorbacks out of rhythm; Arkansas was whistled for 12 penalties for 61 yards.

“They did a good job of keeping us off balance,’’ Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt said. “It was a missed assignment here and a knocked down pass there.’’

Nutt also praised UT quarterback Erik Ainge, who came up with enough big plays despite a 12-of-25 passing effort that went for 128 yards.

“You’ve got to give it to Ainge for mixing up the snap count and throwing to receivers on critical third downs,’’ Nutt said. “(Defensively) they did a good job of turning everything inside. They were bound and determined to keep us off the edge.’’

The Vols’ job got easier when Arkansas’ tailback Felix Jones left the game in the second quarter with a deep thigh bruise and did not return to action. Jones entered the game with 1,029 yards rushing.

“When Felix goes out that hurts us a great deal,’’ Nutt said. “It hurts a couple of formations and takes a toll on a couple of things we do because he’s so valuable.’’

The Razorbacks’ 127 yards rushing Saturday represented their second-lowest total over the past two seasons (24 games). Auburn held Arkansas to 67 yards earlier this season when McFadden was playing with sore ribs.

Riblets: The Razorbacks are 2-12 all-time against UT, 1-6 at Neyland Stadium. … It was McFadden’s 20th career 100-yard rushing game. … Arkansas has scored 383 points this season, which is seventh-best in school history.

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Comments » 14

BluetickBlues writes:

Good job fellas, big time win!! Keep your heads on straight and get yourselves to Atlanta. Then who knows maybe you can have the last laugh after all.

DenmarkVol_aka_Mbumburu writes:

"Deep down berserked up?" That's a description for the ages. Thanks, Coach Lee. Wish we could play deep down berserked up all the time.

And Austin Rogers, they respect you now. You made them pay. You've earned their respect.

Also, for everyone's benefit, if you want to see some seriously good highlights of big Vol games, check out a guy named Tubesox on YouTube... He already has more than 7 minutes of yesterday's game up.

The official website used to have decent highlight video posted but they've changed to a "student reporter" format and I don't like it.

I want to just see the plays as they're called, as they happen and in their entirety, on the broadcast. That's what Tubesox has done on YouTube and this Vol fan right here is grateful to him.

orvol writes:

MB: Great link. Go Vols!

vol4jesus writes:

sirehanders blog thyself into obscurity where you will reign unsupreme to thy own dlight. Go VOLS!!!

ncvol17 writes:

This is certainly a Jeckyl & Hyde team. They were Mr Hyde against the Hogs. Let's keep the motion in the potion and keep Hyde on the field the next 2 games. That will lead to the 3rd in Hotlanta....

arkyvol writes:

i refuse to get too excited over this win (even though it tickled the phooey out of me). i had the same feeling after georgia. when fulmer and chavis can manage to put two good efforts back to back, then i'll let my self go.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

I think i know why we won. Coach Lee can't even speak in coherent sentences!

Maybe that was a result of the game though, so who knows.

bigorangebolt writes:

Don't doubt the heart of a TN Volunteer!
This is a line not to forget Vol nation! I was at the game Saturday. It was awesome! If you are not
on board with the Volunteers now, go support Georgia or Florida or some other team!
Remember your attitude determines your altitude!
It is great to be a TN VOLUNTEER!

jweaver3#395614 writes:

VolCR Mr. all knowing Mr. Ark. will run all over UT and beat us!!! You flip flop more than Hillary Clinton. I guess you will spin it how you like, It really doesn't matter to me. We dominated Ark. and the defense played great.
This was a good coaching job.

burntorangeVOLffle writes:

Let the haters hate. It seems to get this team fired up.

Having said that:

There is no way this team can win the next two games. And why should we even want to win the East just to get embarassed by LSU. They should just take the L now and get it over with. This team still stinks.

thevol writes:

Bash away-Cr. Keep the hate alive so that we will win the SEC. I bet if you started wearing gator shirts and jorts next year, we would win the NC.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

ncvol17 - dead on. I told a Arkie fan last week we had no clue which team EFFORT (JECKYL OR HYDE) would appear nor do we know what's coming Saturday! That said, great win, tempered (still) with memories of a average John Wilson killing us at Bama! I know, turn it loose, but somehow I believe its still a L in the right-hand column! Motivate, motivate, motivate! Know its easier said than done, but that's what the MEGA bucks are for! Go Vols and tromp the Dores!

bigbluevol writes:

I love it when people predict we will get killed, then when we win, all we get from those same people are comments about how lame Arkansas is. Fantastic. Tout a team until we beat them, then bash the same team you spent a week building up.

jdcdjc#246285 writes:

Great job and great win. Now just keep focused.

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