Arkansas’ Offense Looks To Be More Efficient In Fourth Quarter
Brandon Allen’s first start on the road did not go the way he wanted it to. The sophomore signal caller went 17 of 41 for 164 yards. He also had a fumble and threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown.
“It puts our defense in a tough position and it makes things that much harder for us on offense to try and catch up,” said Allen. “You can’t give the ball to any team, especially in the SEC.”
Along with limiting turnovers the offense has to find a way to score points in the later part of the game. During Arkansas’ current three-game losing streak the Hogs have been outscored 27-0 in the fourth quarter. That’s a drastic change from the Razorback’s first three contests in which they outscored their opponents 21-0.
“We saw a lot of things you know a half of a step too late and things of that sort,” said Fullback Kiero Small. “The defenses have done their jobs. A lot of its been on us.”
“We have gotten a little worn down the past few games and we have had a lot of mental errors that we are not use to having,” said Allen. “It can be one person here one person there and that can kind of ruin the play.”
The road does not get any easier for Arkansas as No. 14 South Carolina rolls into Fayetteville on Saturday. The Gamecocks have the fifth best rushing defense in the conference and rank sixth in total defense, allowing 365 yards per game.
“They are always tough,” said Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney. “They play good football upfront. They are sound in the back half and they play very physical. I think I just described an SEC defense.”