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One call wipes out a day of good fortune

By Wally Hall

This article was published November 19, 2017 at 2:51 a.m.

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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema argues with official Marc Curles during a game against Mississippi State on Nov. 18, 2017, in Fayetteville.

An odd week ended with a wacky game seemingly destined to be determined by fumbles and leave Arkansas champions of Mississippi.

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Maumellehog59 says... November 19, 2017 at 6:09 a.m.

Between the interim AD calling a press conference to say absolutely nothing right before the basketball game at Walton Arena, and watching Bielema act like the junior high coach he is, it’s been quite a weekend for Razorback athletics. The kind of weekend expenses outweigh income.

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Jfish says... November 19, 2017 at 6:11 a.m.

Wally, I have to disagree, at this point in the season against a ranked team at home, you minus well roll the dice. I still don't understand the college rule on the last TD by MS. It seems to me that if a ball comes into contact with the ground at any point during a catch, it should not be complete. It probably did not affect the outcome of the game, but IMO the rule should be changed.

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drs01 says... November 19, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.

You can look at Long's accomplishments, but Saturday's game had less than 50% of the seats filled, and many of those were repurchased for a fraction of their original cost. If 2018 tracks this trend, the Hogs could play in Little Rock to as many fans as in Fayetteville.
The BB approach to competitive football has failed.

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Whitpom says... November 19, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.

Jfish, I knew there would be other opinions on the play call. I was just taught you never give the other team the ball on your side of the field. It was obvious too that late in the game Austin was struggling with anything more than 10 or 12 yards. If Steamboat hadn't been sitting out a game for disciplinary reasons we might not be having this conversation.

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Delta2 says... November 19, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

I'm inclined to agree with Wally. Arkansas might have been able to keep Fitzgerald penned in if they had punted, and maybe MSU would still have marched down into FG range with that much time left. Giving him 48 yards for a score, though, definitely lost the game. Easy to say in hindsight though.

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TravisBickle says... November 19, 2017 at 11:20 a.m.

Steamboat's new nickname is Party Barge!! GO MIZZOU!!

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gohogs17 says... November 19, 2017 at 7:35 p.m.

A real coach would have punted the ball, hoped for a muff or a fumble. You're tied, not behind so you don't take that kind of chance. They couldn't pick up the yardage on 3rd down, why figure you can do it on 4th down? And with an iffy pass, crazy! Bielema may be a great guy but he's not a good coach.

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GCW says... November 20, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.

Turnout and support was solid behind the glass. Champagne glasses tinkling is Arkansas' version of the cowbell.

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