Hogs search­ing for any kind of an­swers af­ter an­other big loss

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Derek Ox­ford

FAYET­TEVILLE, Ark.— Some­times there's a light at the end of the tun­nel, but some­times it's just an on­com­ing train.

There weren't many sil­ver lin­ings in Arkansas' em­bar­rass­ing 44-17 loss to North Texas on Satur­day night in Fayet­teville.

If any­thing, the only pos­i­tive was see­ing true fresh­man quar­ter­backs Con­nor Noland and John

Stephen Jones (grand­son of Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry) make their Ra­zor­back de­buts.

They re­placed starter Cole Kelley, who was benched af­ter go­ing 16 of 35 for 185 yards and four in­ter­cep­tions, with two other passes nearly in­ter­cepted but dropped by Mean Green de­fend­ers.

“We went through prac­tice this week and was go­ing to try to stay with one guy,” Arkansas coach Chad Mor­ris said, “That was the mes­sage. I was try­ing to get to the point of stay­ing with one guy as long as we could, and with hopes to give the en­tire game to Cole (Kelley).”

The sta­dium was a near ghost town by the time the new­com­ers got in, how­ever. Paid at­ten­dance was 62,355, but the ac­tual ‘scanned’ tick­ets only amounted to 44,306, which is barely over half ca­pac­ity.

Maleek Wil­liams did rip off a 68-yard touch­down jaunt up the mid­dle with 53 sec­onds re­main­ing but the out­come was al­ready firmly de­cided.

Now SEC play be­gins by trav­el­ing to an Auburn team that will be smart­ing from a last-sec­ond loss to LSU on Satur­day.

“I think when you look at it, you look at it as how this foot­ball has got to im­prove ev­ery day,” Mor­ris said. “No one in that locker room wants to hear the word ‘re­build’, es­pe­cially if you’re a se­nior that’s in­vested time in this pro­gram. But you do want to hear that you want to con­tinue to get bet­ter, and find ways to im­prove.”

Af­ter Auburn, the Ra­zor­backs get Texas A&M in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, be­fore re­turn­ing home to face No. 1 Al­abama in Fayet­teville in three weeks.

“You’ve got to go back and look in the mir­ror,” Mor­ris said. “We’ll go back in and reeval­u­ate things to­mor­row.”

As­so­ci­ated Press

■ North Texas quar­ter­back Ma­son Fine slips away from Arkansas de­fend­ers McTelvin Agim, who was a for­mer stand­out at Hope, and Bris­ton Guidry on Satur­day in the first half in Fayet­teville, Ark.

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