Game Day Blog: Hogs Squeak Past PSU In Slow Offensive Game

FINAL: Arkansas 20, Portland State 13. You can find a full game recap here.

4:14, 4th Quarter – In the midst of a slow game, Portland State made things interesting again when Jalani Eason threw a 32-yard pass to Char Taumoepeau and made it a one-score game. Arkansas 20, Portland State 13.

10:44, 4th Quarter – Razorbacks are still struggling to find the endzone, so Connor Limpert once again comes in to save the day. He nails a 25-yard field goal and Arkansas takes a 20-6 lead over Portland State.

00:00, 3rd Quarter – Arkansas leads every category on the state sheet. Hogs have 313 total yards compared to Portland State’s 139, but still just hold an eleven point lead in a slow offensive game.

2:20, 3rd Quarter – Hogs sit at first and goal where Rakeem Boyd puts some offense to the game with the second touchdown of the day. Arkansas 17, PSU 6

7:17, 3rd Quarter – The Hogs defense continues to be the bright spot of the afternoon when Jarques McClellion picks off the first down pass. Arkansas takes over on their 33-yard line.

12:54, 3rd Quarter – Ben Hicks started the second half at QB. Chase Harrell dropped the pass attempt and hurt his shoulder in the process and heads to the sidelines. Portland State takes over on their 12-yard line.

Halftime stats

Arkansas leads Portland State 10-3

Stat Ark PSU
Rush Yds 89 51
Pass Yds 109 51
Total Yds 198 102

0:00, 2nd Quarter – After a completion near the sideline, Arkansas coach Chad Morris was calling for the offense to spike to the ball and kill the clock. Instead, Starkel took the snap and then completed a pass and the second quarter clock expired.

0:28, 2nd Quarter – There hasn’t been much excitement happening on offense but Starkel hit a wide open Trey Knox for 38 yards and the Hogs are at the PSU 28.

1:23, 2nd Quarter – Starkel didn’t exactly come out clean on his first possession as his second throw was right to a PSU defender who made the interception. Wasted chance for the Hogs.

2:46, 2nd Quarter – You won’t see many passes that look like they are intended for a defender but PSU just served one up to Kamren Curl. He returned it to the 19. Hogs in business as they put Nick Starkel in at quarterback.

3:45, 2nd Quarter – Hicks is sacked on third down and Arkansas is forced to punt. Hogs have just 145 yards of offense in the first half. PSU takes over at their own 20 after a touchback.

4:33, 2nd Quarter – A Ben Hicks keeper on fourth drive has kept the drive alive but Arkansas continues to be very vanilla offensively. They’re facing a 3rd-and-10 coming out of a timeout at the PSU 36.

9:10, 2nd Quarter – The Hogs defense holds and forces a punt. Arkansas takes over at their own 20 after a touchback.

10:49, 2nd Quarter – Portland State is back inside Arkansas territory after a QB scramble and a Kam Curl targeting penalty. The play is under review. If it is upheld, Curl would be ejected. No targeting call but the late hit stands.

12:38, 2nd Quarter – Arkansas goes three-and-out after a 3rd down Hicks attempt went well behind his intended receiver. An open receiver at that. Portland State takes over at their own 35.

14:07, 2nd Quarter – Portland State’s early mvp could be their kicker as Cody Williams booted a 47-yard field goal to cut the Arkansas lead to 10-6. He made a 50-yard attempt in the first. Arkansas 10, PSU 6

0:00, 1st Quarter – Portland State converted a 4th-and-3 inside Razorback territory and have done a nice job of creating plays out of what appears to be nothing. Vikings have possession at the Hogs 33 when the second quarter starters with Hogs up 10-3.

3:16, 1st Quarter – Arkansas marched 64 yards in 10 plays and Devwah Whaley capped it off with a one yard plunge for the first Hogs touchdown of the season. Razorbacks 10, Portland State 3.

4:50, 1st Quarter – A reverse to Warren has Arkansas back inside the red zone to the PSU 10.

7:30, 1st  Quarter – A delay of game and a miscommunication that led to a sack put PSU behind the chains and they go three-and-out. Hogs take over at their own 35.

9:40, 1st Quarter – The Arkansas drive stalled but Connor Limpert hits a 34-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.

11:26, 1st Quarter – Mike Woods made his first catch of the year and then PSU gets accessed a late hit penalty. Arkansas in the red zone.

12:13, 1st Quarter – Ben Hicks’ first pass completion goes for a first down as he hits Treylon Burks in the flat. Rakeem Boyd follows with a 12 yard run and the Hogs are in PSU territory.

13:11, 1st Quarter – Arkansas deflected a pair of passes to get off the field and Portland State trotted out the kicking team for a 50 yard field goal attempt. The kick just clears the crossbar and the Vikings have a 3-0 lead.

14:13, 1st Quarter – A pair of quarterback runs has PSU in business. They’re already to the Arkansas 35.

15:00, 1st Quarter – Portland State called for a fair catch on the opening kickoff but Arkansas was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty so the Vikings start at their own 40.

The Hogs have been let loose and the 2019 season has arrived. pic.twitter.com/Igul8q6hN7

— Bobby Swofford (@5NEWSBobby) August 31, 2019

2:40 PM – Arkansas and Portland State are 20 minutes away from kickoff and things in the future just got a lot more interesting. Ole Miss, who the Hogs play next week in Oxford, lost their season opener to Memphis 15-10. Now that doesn’t affect the Razorbacks today but it certainly does make next week much more interesting.

It’s been 281 days since Arkansas last took the field for a real game. That’s 281 times the players, coaches, fans, everyone had to wake up and remember the last time the Razorbacks played, they finished the season 2-10.

Today will be the first big step in erasing that memory as Arkansas hosts Portland State at 3 p.m. Be sure to stay locked into the 5NEWS Game Day Blog as @5NEWSBobby will have you covered all day long with updates, analysis and everything you need to know about the season opener.

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