It’s almost as if mother nature couldn’t stand to watch anymore when the game was finally called due to inclement weather. Rain and lightning overshadowed last night’s game and delayed play twice. The first rain delay occurred with 3:32 left in the first quarter and lasted for about an hour. The second delay was instituted in the 3rd quarter and would ultimately cut the game short. There is no mercy rule in NCAA football, but it’s certainly what it felt like when the game ended with almost five minutes left in the 3rd quarter, and a 42 point margin separated the Arkansas Razorbacks from the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky was absolutely dominated from start to the abrupt finish. Kentucky’s lack of depth thanks to a roster plagued with injuries took its toll last night as the freshmen’s inexperience could not withstand the Arkansas offensive barrage.
Arkansas’ first offensive possession started out with a 74-yard touchdown play involving a pass from Arkansas senior quarterback Tyler Wilson to freshman running back Jonathan Williams who ran it in for the game’s first points. That touchdown pass would be the first of five for Wilson who tied a school record for most touchdown passes thrown in a game.
Kentucky freshman Jalen Whitlow served as starting quarterback and managed to complete two passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. Whitlow’s 61-yard touchdown pass to La’Rod King was the only bright spot in a bleak night of bad weather and horrible play by the Wildcats.
Once again, Kentucky’s offense was largely MIA. Kentucky only managed to achieve 6 first downs the entire game as opposed to Arkansas’ 24. On top of that depressing stat, Kentucky was outgained on total yardage by Arkansas by 363 yards. Punter Landon Foster was forced to punt for eight straight possessions until La’Rod King managed to score in the final possession of the game.
The defense did not perform much better. They gave up 533 total yards to the Razorbacks and allowed them to score on 6 straight possessions. Twenty-eight points were given up in the first quarter alone.
This game served as the Razorbacks’ best win in a season that has fallen short of their fans’ preseason expectations. Arkansas’ 42 point win is among one of the largest margins of victory for the Razorbacks in the history of SEC play.
For the Wildcats, it was arguably the worst and most embarrassing loss in a season full of bad and embarrassing losses. The miserable weather certainly didn’t help either. This marks the fifth straight loss for the Wildcats whose record now stands at 1-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
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