Arkansas football: 3 reasons for optimism after loss vs Auburn

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The Arkansas football team couldn’t stop Bo Nix. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

No. 3: Arkansas football was not ready for Bo Nix to have his best game of the season

Bo Nix, the starting quarterback for Auburn, had his best game of the 2021 college football season. He recorded a season-high 292 passing yards and his second-best completion percentage of the season (80%). He also had his second-best rushing performance of the season, carrying the ball five times for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Sometimes a player is so in the zone that nothing can stop them. That’s what was happening with Bo Nix this week. For the past five games, he barely completed more than 50% of his pass attempts. In fact, one of the keys to the game today, was probably to close off the run game and force Auburn to throw the ball.

That’s exactly what the Arkansas football team did. The Hogs held their stud running back Tank Bigsby to 68 yards, far removed from his 146-yard rushing performance in last year’s matchup. The Razorbacks forced the quarterback to throw the ball— they just weren’t counting on him to be successful doing so based on his generally poor performance throughout 2021.

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The Arkansas football team will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a non-conference game Oct. 23 at 11 AM CT on the SEC Network.