The Arkansas Razorback defense had a horrible day on yesterday. It was certainly not a good day for the Special Teams of the Razorbacks too. Ryan Mallett had to leave the game in the second quarter with a concussion. With all of those aforementioned things that happened, one would think that the Hogs never had a chance to win, but that could not be further from the truth. The Hogs could have won the game, but they faced a force that was greater than the Auburn Tigers—the referees! The same referees that screwed the Razorbacks out of a win against the Florida Gators last year screwed Arkansas on yesterday against Auburn.
Without a doubt, Arkansas did not play as well as the team can play, but they were not prepared to play against referees who intentionally did everything that they could to make sure that the Razorbacks were not victorious against the Auburn Tigers. The Razorbacks still almost defeated Auburn even with the referees cheating on Arkansas. In the end, the cheating referee cost the Razorbacks the game.
I would just like to take this moment and congratulate Tyler Wilson on a great job of coming in for Ryan Mallett. The Arkansas defense needs to rise up again for the remainder of the season. Okay, this game is over—you have many more games to go. Go and win the rest of them!
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Glad I wasn’t the only person that noticed it was the same crew chief
@dannotalks: I think that the NCAA should look into this matter. This should not be allowed to happen to the Arkansas players again this year or next year. As a scholar who conducts research on NCAA student-athletes, I will be working on putting together a paper to present to the NCAA to have them to review this matter. Thanks for reading and your response.
Arkansas fans definitely have reason to complain, but Auburn fans were also unhappy with the officiating. The only thing that’s certain is that without poor officiating, the score would have been lower for both teams.
Wilson definitely had a great game. Unfortunately for him, after the fumble in the 4th quarter, he had to go for big pass plays and Auburn was able just to sit back and pick him off.
@Tim: I agree with you 100%. These two teams played too hard to have such poor officiating. Thanks for reading and your response.
It was not the same referee.
@tbeard: Check the record and you will find out that you are inaccurate. And I thank you.