September 3, 2006

Too many presents

Arkansas was beaten handily at the hands of No. 6 Southern Cal Saturday night, 50-14, thanks to a stingy defense and several key mistakes by the Razorbacks, but the Razorbacks were in the game, down 16-7, at halftime.

Nearly half of Southern Cal's points (23) were scored off Arkansas turnovers, and with the Trojans dominating time of possession, the game seemed to get out of hand at the end with Arkansas' exhausted defense. The Razorbacks turned the ball over five times, while USC did not have any turnovers. Worse, those turnovers were committed at the Arkansas 46, 3, 28, 31 and 26-yard lines. The defense performed much better than last season, but because of turnovers and an offense that did not stay on the field very long, the score got out-of-hand.

"To me the whole problem was turnovers. You can't stop yourself. They're too good a football team, and you've got to take care of the football, and we didn't do that - especially early on," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "When you've only got half the field to go, you're at the 45 or 50, it makes things pretty easy. So, we made it easy - made it hard for our defense - but I still give them credit. They did a good job executing."

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