Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson wanted to see how his group would respond if it got punched in the mouth against No. 23 Georgia on Saturday night.
Robinson got his answer. His defense would take another shot from the Bulldogs. And then another. And then another.
Arkansas’ defense, which promised it was a much better unit in 2009, looked a lot like last year’s bunch in the 52-41 loss in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Georgia raced up and down the field in the final three quarters, picking up big play after big play against a defense that didn’t have many answers.
Georgia’s 52 points equaled the most scored against the Razorbacks under coach Bobby Petrino. Texas also had 52 last season.
The 530 yards was the most a Petrino-led team has allowed, besting the 528 yards Tulsa gained last November.
I’m very disappointed in our defense, Petrino said. We didn’t stop the run well enough. We let them throw for a bunch of yards. [read more]