It was rainy, it was dreary and it was over early; both literally and figuratively. Arkansas got its second consecutive win over a hapless opponent when they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 49-7 on Saturday in Fayetteville. The game was ended about midway through the 3rd quarter in the midst of the second weather delay of the evening. This marks the first time in school history that a game was terminated early.
Even though the game ended early, the Hogs were able to put up what were equal to full game stats: 161 rushing yards and 372 passing yards. Freshman running back Jonathan Williams was easily the star of the game. Williams had tweeted earlier in the day that he would score a touchdown. He was wrong. But fortunately for Williams he was wrong in that he scored 2 touchdowns against the Wildcats. The first TD came on the Hogs first offensive play when he caught a pass from Tyler Wilson along the left sideline and took it the distance, 74 yards, after weaving his way through defenders and diving into the right corner of the south end zone. The second TD came on the same play, a wheel route, run to the opposite side of the field. This time Williams caught the pass, side stepped a defender and darted down the sideline to give the Hogs a 28-0 lead. They never looked back.
Tyler Wilson finished the game with 5 total touchdown passes, with others going to Julian Horton, Javontee Herndon and Dennis Johnson. Johnson continued to look like the starting running back by turning in 2 touchdowns on 82 yards and 12 carries. Knile Davis continued to look like a backup as he produced 68 yards on 13 carries.
Kentucky’s lone score came well after the outcome was decided when freshman quarter back Jalen Whitlow connected with La’Rod King in the 3rd quarter for a 61 yard touchdown. By that time the damage had been done. The Wildcats didn’t put up much of a fight and the weather hit much harder than the Kentucky defense.
For the first time this season, the Razorbacks chose to don their new anthracite uniforms with red helmets. They followed that decision with their first two game winning streak of the season, albeit against obviously inferior competition.
It was a feel good game for the Hogs, who go into the bye week with a 3-4 record. They’ll look to even their record when they face the Ole Miss Rebels in Little Rock on October 27th.