Since the arrival of Bobby Petrino as Arkansas’ head coach in 2008 the Razorback offense has taken off to new heights, especially in the passing game. It comes as no surprise that the 2011 Razorback college football team could see several offensive records broken by season’s end.
Here are a few team and individual single season and career records that could be lost or achieved for the Hogs in the 2012 Cotton Bowl against Kansas State.
Points per Game:
Arkansas currently averages 37.42 points per game ranking No. 14 in college football for the season. The previous single season record for the Razorbacks was in 2007 when the Hogs averaged 37.3 points per game.
If the Hogs pull up short of their season’s scoring average against the Wildcats they will fall behind the 2007 team.
Kansas State allows 27.83 points per game ranking No. 70 in college football.
Pass Completions for the Season:
In 2010 Arkansas completed 301 passes. Led by Ryan Mallett’s 266 pass completions with the help of Tyler Wilson’s 34.
This season Tyler Wilson has the Hogs on the cusp of breaking a record he helped set.
The Hogs have completed 279 passes entering the Cotton Bowl, 257 by Wilson. 22 more completions will tie the single season mark.
The Wildcat pass defense is ranked No. 104 in CFB allowing an average of 267.33 yards per game.
KSU allows an opponent completion rate of 63 percent.
Total Team Points Scored in a Season:
The 2007 Razorback team was the most prolific scoring team in school history compiling 485 points behind the play of Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden and his backfield teammates Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis.
The Hogs almost eclipsed the 2007 scoring record last season when they posted 474 points, the second highest total in school history.
If Arkansas hits their 2011 points per game average (37.4) against the Wildcats they will pass the 36 total points needed to tie the 2007 mark and set the single season scoring record.
Total Individual Points Scored in a Season:
Sophomore kicker Zach Hocker is 13 points behind Bill Burnett’s 1969 record of 120 points scored in a season and 2 points behind Alex Tejada’s second place mark of 109 points set in 2007.
Hocker has kicked 53 PATs and 18 field goals in 2011 to reach the third highest total in a season – 107.
Total Touchdowns in a Season:
The 2007 Razorback team scored 62 total touchdowns to set the school record. The past two seasons Bobby Petrino’s offense has scored 60 touchdowns each year to set the mark for second most touchdowns scored passing the 2003 mark of 56.
If Petrino’s offense can score six more touchdowns against Kansas State they will tie the single season record of 62.
Kansas State’s total defense is ranked No. 73 in college football giving up 398.75 yards per game.
Single Season Receiving Touchdowns:
Senior wide receiver Jarius Wright is tied with former Razorback receiver Markus Monk for the most touchdown receptions in a season with 11. One more receiving touchdown places Wright as the single season record setter.
Career Receiving Yards:
Jarius Wright set the single season receiving yardage total at Arkansas in 2011 – 1,029.
Anthony Lucas set the career receiving yard mark for the Razorbacks between 1995-1999 piling up 2,879 total yards.
Wright has 2,846 total career receiving yards entering the Cotton Bowl putting him 33 yards away from tying Lucas’ career total.
Career Receiving Touchdowns:
Wright is also within reach of tying Markus Monks’ career receiving touchdown total of 27 for the Razorbacks. Monk set the record during the 2004-2007 seasons.
Wright has 23 career touchdowns.
2011 SEC Receiving Totals:
Wright needs 11 more receiving yards to overtake Da’Rick Rogers (Tennessee) for the SEC lead in receiving yards. Rogers has 1,040 total yards.
Wright is also five receptions (63) shy of passing Rogers for the SEC lead in total catches. Rogers has 67 total receptions.
Wright is the league leader in total receiving touchdowns with 11.
The 2012 Cotton Bowl will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas January 6, at 7:00 p.m. CST on FOX.