The Arkansas football team received its lowest grades of the season from Pro Football Focus in a 37-0 loss to the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs Saturday in Athens, Georgia. The Razorbacks dropped five spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press rankings after the defeat.
Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said he was impressed with his former team.
“The (Bulldogs) have, to this point, by far the best football team we’ve played,” Pittman said in the postgame press conference. “They’re big, they’re physical. Kirby had his team ready and I didn’t, that’s the bottom line. A lot of mistakes in the game, but the bottom line is we’re just not where we need to be physically yet, because they dominated us on both sides of the ball.”
PFF handed sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson a grade of 59.5 for his performance. He went 8-13 passing with a season-low 65 yards and ran eight times for five yards.
Jefferson’s counterpart, freshman Malik Hornsby played well enough for PFF to grade him a 79.6 in 11 snaps. Hornsby went 2-3 with 22 yards and rushed four times for 11 yards. He almost led a scoring drive on the last possession of the game, but time expired before the Hogs could put points on the board.
"There's just a lot of stuff we have to fix," Pittman said. "That's why I'm a coach. We've got to fix stuff. We've got to get better. All these questions you’re asking me, hell I know. I’ve seen the same things you guys have. It's my job to get it fixed, and that's what we'll do.”
The offense received a grade of 49.2 after failing to score and recording just 162 total yards.
As for defense, the Hogs earned a 60.4, despite recording no sacks and allowing 31 points. They held Georgia to 72 passing yards, but the Bulldogs used the ground game to bully the Razorbacks with 273 yards on 56 carries.
Pitman said the loss was pretty devastating, but the team will overcome that hump.
"Our pride got crushed,” Pittman said. “Our ego got crushed. But it's one ballgame against a team on the East. We're still right where we need to be on the West."
Pittman said the Hogs will stay on track for next week’s game.
“We’re not going to have a problem regrouping,” Pittman said. “We won four games in a row, beat a 15-ranked team, beat a seven-ranked football team. We’ve got a good football team.”
The Razorbacks’ next matchup is against the No. 17 Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.