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2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Razorbacks played their home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. They competed as a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by second year head coach Bret Bielema. They finished the season 7–6, 2–6 in SEC play to finish in last place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Texas Bowl where they defeated Texas.

2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas Razorbacks logo
Texas Bowl champion
Texas Bowl, W 31–7 vs. Texas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2014 record7–6 (2–6 SEC)
Head coachBret Bielema (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorRobb Smith (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumDonald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)
War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 53,955)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 14 Missouri x   7 1         11 3  
No. 9 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Florida   4 4         7 5  
Tennessee   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 9  
Western Division
No. 4 Alabama x$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 11 Mississippi State   6 2         10 3  
No. 17 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
No. 22 Auburn   4 4         8 5  
LSU   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Arkansas
Alma Mater
Bret Bielema Head Coach 2 Iowa (1992)
Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2 Central Missouri State (1985)
Sam Pittman Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator 2 Pittsburg State (1986)
Barry Lunney Jr. Tight ends 2 Arkansas (1996)
Michael Smith Wide receivers 2 Kansas State (1991)
Joel Thomas Running backs 2 Idaho (1998)
Robb Smith Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 1 Allegheny College (1997)
Randy Shannon Senior Associate Head Coach/Linebackers 2 Miami (FL) (1989)
Clay Jennings Secondary 1 North Texas (1996)
Rory Segrest Defensive Line/Specialists 1 Alabama (1996)
Ernest "E.K." Franks Director of Recruitng 1 Kansas State (2002) Reference:[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 303:00 p.m.at No. 6 AuburnSECNL 21–4587,451
September 63:00 p.m.Nicholls State*SECNW 73–763,108
September 132:30 p.m.at Texas Tech*ABCW 49–2860,277
September 206:00 p.m.Northern Illinois*
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ESPNUW 52–1467,204
September 272:30 p.m.vs. No. 6 Texas A&MCBSL 28–35 OT68,113
October 115:00 p.m.No. 7 Alabama
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ESPNL 13–1472,337
October 183:00 p.m.No. 10 GeorgiaSECNL 32–4554,959
October 2511:00 a.m.UAB* 
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
SECNW 45–1761,800
November 16:15 p.m.at No. 1 Mississippi StateESPN2L 10–1763,207
November 157:00 p.m.No. 20 LSU
ESPN2W 17–070,165
November 222:30 p.m.No. 8 Ole Miss
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR (rivalry)
CBSW 30–064,510
November 281:00 p.m.at No. 17 MissouriCBSL 14–2171,168
December 298:00 p.m.vs. Texas*ESPNW 31–771,115
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

at #6 AuburnEdit

Arkansas at Auburn
1 234Total
Razorbacks 7 1400 21
#6 Tigers 14 71410 45

Nicholls StateEdit

Arkansas vs. Nicholls State
1 234Total
Colonels 0 070 7
Razorbacks 35 21710 73
 
Arkansas drives toward the end zone

With the 73–7 victory over the Colonels, the Razorbacks managed to end their 10-game losing streak, the longest in school history.[3] Arkansas scored 63 unanswered points before Nicholls State scored a touchdown in the third quarter. The 73 points scored are tied for the third most in school history.

at Texas TechEdit

Arkansas at Texas Tech
1 234Total
Razorbacks 14 14714 49
Red Raiders 7 1470 28

The win against the Red Raiders gave Arkansas their first back-to-back wins since September 2013. The Razorbacks had 31 first downs during the game, only punting the ball once, while racking up 438 rushing yards on 68 carries.[4]

Northern IllinoisEdit

Arkansas vs. Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Huskies 0 707 14
Razorbacks 21 7717 52
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CST
  • Television network: ESPNU

The Razorbacks got their first score of the game when Korliss Marshall returned the opening kick 97 yards for a touchdown; this was the first time since 2009 vs Missouri State that Arkansas returned the opening kick for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Marshall would be dismissed from the team later in the season.[5] With the win, Arkansas had outscored their previous three opponents 174-49.

at #6 Texas A&MEdit

Southwest Classic
1 234OTTotal
Razorbacks 7 14700 28
#6 Aggies 7 70147 35

The Aggies scored a touchdown and extra point in the first minute of the game, but the Razorbacks quickly overtook them, maintaining a lead that was not broken until the Aggies scored in overtime. The Aggies lagged for much of the game but came back in the final quarter, sending the game into overtime tied at 28. The Aggies won the coin toss and quickly threw a 25-yard touchdown and converted the extra point. The Razorbacks were unable to convert a first down and lost 35-28.

vs #7 AlabamaEdit

 
An early Crimson Tide drive
Arkansas vs. Alabama
1 234Total
#7 Crimson Tide 0 707 14
Razorbacks 0 607 13
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 5:00 PM CST
  • Television network: ESPN

vs #10 GeorgiaEdit

Arkansas vs. Georgia
1 234Total
#10 Bulldogs 7 3107 45
Razorbacks 6 01313 32
 
The opening Arkansas drive

vs UABEdit

Arkansas vs. UAB
1 234Total
Blazers 0 0107 17
Razorbacks 14 21100 45
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 11:00 CST
  • Television network: SECN

at #1 Mississippi StateEdit

Arkansas at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Razorbacks 3 700 10
#1 Bulldogs 0 737 17

vs. #20 LSUEdit

Battle for the Golden Boot
1 234Total
#20 LSU 0 000 0
Razorbacks 3 707 17
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 7:00 CST
  • Television network: ESPN2

This was the first win in SEC play since October 13, 2012, when the Razorbacks beat Kentucky 49-7 and their first win over LSU since 2010. It was the first time Arkansas shut out LSU in a conference game. The Hogs also took home the Golden Boot, a trophy which goes to the winner of each game and remains at that school until the following years contest.

vs. #8 Ole MissEdit

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
1 234Total
#8 Ole Miss 0 000 0
Razorbacks 17 0103 30
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 2:30 CST
  • Television network: CBS

Arkansas dominated the Rebels in this matchup as they became the first unranked team ever to shut out two ranked opponents in consecutive games, and got bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.

at #17 MissouriEdit

Arkansas at Missouri
1 234Total
Arkansas 7 700 14
#17 Missouri 0 6015 21

In the first annual "Battle Line Rivalry" game between these two schools, Missouri overcame an Arkansas lead in the fourth quarter to win this inaugural contest.

vs. Texas–Texas BowlEdit

This matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals was only the fifth time the Hogs and Horns have met since Arkansas left the old SWC following the 1991 season. The Razorbacks beat Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl, and in 2003 in Austin. The Longhorns defeated Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2004, and in Austin in 2008. Texas is coached by native-Arkansan Charlie Strong.

Texas Bowl
1 234Total
Razorbacks 3 2107 31
Longhorns 0 700 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football – 2014 Coaches". Arkansas Athletics. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "2014 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Arkansas Snaps Streak with 73–7 Win Over Nicholls". ESPN. September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Arkansas Runs for 7 TDs, Beats Texas Tech 49–28". ESPN. September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Arkansas Extends Streak, Downs NIU 52–14". ESPN. September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.