What was supposed to be a hostile environment for Bobby Petrino turned into a coming-out party for his Missouri State Bears.
The Hogs still came out on top 38-27, but they trailed for most of the game. Arkansas trailed for three straight quarters before completing a 21-point fourth quarter that kept their undefeated record going.
Also, this is the third consecutive game against Missouri State where the Hogs scored a touchdown from specials teams.
It was hard not to be impressed with the Bears. They pushed the Hogs to the limit with big plays on both sides of the ball. The forced fumble at the goal line, Jason Shelley’s spin cycle rushing touchdown, and the touchdown on 4th-and-1 in the second half. The FCS world was put on notice with this performance.
And we have to give credit to Petrino. He made sure the Bears were ready.
H/T to KATV for sideline video of the go-ahead TD for #10 Arkansas.
Bryce Stephens 82 yard punt return for the score, Razorbacks rallied to beat Missouri State 38-27.
Hogs survive scare from former head coach Bobby Petrino to start 3-0.
— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) September 18, 2022
While it may not seem like it, this is a positive for the Hogs. Missouri State controlled the time of possession by 12 minutes which was a first for the Razorbacks. Arkansas was forced to use a limited amount of possessions, which could be a problem for this pro-style offense.