Arkansas football: 3 takeaways from hard-fought battle vs Alabama

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The Arkansas football team did their best to accept the difficult challenge of upsetting the Alabama Crimson Tide, but ultimately succumbed to the talent-rich Tide 35-42.

The Razorbacks struggled out of the gate against Alabama, turning the ball over on their own end of the field on an errant snap and failing to score any points in the first quarter.

The first quarter was a conservative affair in which only three total points were scored. The second quarter was a totally different ball-game with both teams becoming much more aggressive— a combined 35 points were scored.

A great analogy from Twitter user DRock_870 put it simply: the Hogs have everything in place to succeed except for the players. Once Pittman gets all of his players in this football program, they’ll be scary.

Let’s take a look at the three biggest takeaways from a hard-fought game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

No 1. Arkansas football star receiver Treylon Burks dazzled, despite being injured

The incomparable Treylon Burks played through the pain, visibly wincing at times and still managed to ravage the Alabama defensive backs.

The reports from the sidelines stated Burks had some sort of wrist, shoulder or pectoral injury— he actually set out for an entire series early in the game.

However, Burks soldiered through and ended up giving the Hogs their first score of the game.

Despite the injuries and the five-star talent on the other side of the ball, Burks finished the game with 8 receptions for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns.