Arkansas ended its three-game losing streak with a 45-3 win over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The win was Arkansas’ first over an in-state opponent since 1944 when the Razorbacks beat Arkansas Monticello, then Arkansas A&M, 41-0.
“We were excited to play another team from the state of Arkansas,” Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said in his postgame press conference. “You could feel the electricity in the air from the fans.”
Redshirt sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson had a career-high four first half touchdown passes, and junior wide receiver Treylon Burks dominated the Golden Lions’ defense with three total touchdowns and 145 total yards in the first half.
The Hogs opened the game on fire, scoring twice in less than three minutes on touchdowns from redshirt-senior tight end Blake Kern, who made his first of the year, and Burks, who took it 49 yards to paydirt in his first carry of the ballgame.
“KJ executed and caught me in motion and the O-line blocked,” Burks said on his first touchdown. “I got good blocks on the outside from (redshirt junior) Warren Thompson and (redshirt sophomore) Hudson Henry, they gave me a lane and I hit it.”
Arkansas’ rushing attack was on full display in Saturday’s game, led by redshirt freshman Dominique Johnson, who ran for 91 yards on just six carries. In total, nine Hogs combined for 291 yards on the ground against a Golden Lions’ defense that had no answers.
“Dominique is pretty explosive, he’s a big man,” KJ Jefferson said following the game. “Once he got in I just told him we trusted him to just hit the gaps and our line is going to block for you.”
The Hogs continually had UAPB quarterbacks Skyler Perry and Xzavier Vaughn running for their lives Saturday, as the Arkansas defense spent most of their time in the Golden Lions’ backfield.
Arkansas recorded a season-high 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks in the contest. The Hogs held UAPB to just 223 total yards and allowed just 3.8 yards per play.
“We kind of just wanted to get back to how we did things at the beginning (of the season),” junior defensive end Zach Williams said. “We just wanted to start fast.”
The second half was largely uneventful from a scoring standpoint, as the two teams scored just three points between them in the final two quarters, which were shortened to 12 minutes each because of the lopsided score at halftime.
The Razorbacks will enjoy a much-needed bye week before returning to SEC action against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday November 6th, inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.