2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas Razorbacks logo
Texas Bowl Champions
Texas Bowl vs. Texas, W 31–7
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2014 record 7–6 (2–6 SEC)
Head coach Bret Bielema (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Robb Smith (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Donald 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
#14 Missouri x   7 1         11 3  
#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
#4 Alabama x^   7 1         12 2  
#11 Mississippi State   6 2         10 3  
#17 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
#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
As of January 3, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

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.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

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)
Reference:[1]


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 3:00 p.m. at #6 Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL SECN L 21–45   87,451
September 6 3:00 p.m. Nicholls State* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR SECN W 73–7   63,108
September 13 2:30 p.m. at Texas Tech* Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX ABC W 49–28   60,277
September 20 6:00 p.m. Northern Illinois* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPNU W 52–14   67,204
September 27 2:30 p.m. vs. #6 Texas A&M AT&T StadiumArlington, TX (Rivalry) CBS L 28–35 OT  68,113
October 11 5:00 p.m. #7 Alabama Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN L 13–14   72,337
October 18 3:00 p.m. #10 Georgia War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR SECN L 32–45   54,959
October 25 11:00 a.m. UAB*dagger Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR SECN W 45–17   61,800
November 1 6:15 p.m. at #1 Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN2 L 10–17   63,207
November 15 7:00 p.m. #20 LSU Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Battle for the Golden Boot) ESPN2 W 17–0   70,165
November 22 2:30 p.m. #8 Ole Miss Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) CBS W 30–0   64,510
November 28 1:00 p.m. at #17 Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, MO CBS L 14–21   71,168
December 29 8:00 p.m. vs. Texas* NRG StadiumHouston, TX (Texas Bowl, Rivalry) ESPN W 31–7   71,115
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Game notes[edit]

at #6 Auburn[edit]

Arkansas at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 7 14 0 0 21
#6 Tigers 14 7 14 10 45

The Razorbacks hung with the defending SEC champion Tigers for a half, but eventually wore down in the second half when they moved away from their running game on offense, which saw a weather delay.

Nicholls State[edit]

Arkansas vs. Nicholls State
1 2 3 4 Total
Colonels 0 0 7 0 7
Razorbacks 35 21 7 10 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 Tech[edit]

Arkansas at Texas Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 14 14 7 14 49
Red Raiders 7 14 7 0 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 Illinois[edit]

Arkansas vs. Northern Illinois
1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 7 0 7 14
Razorbacks 21 7 7 17 52
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Akansas
  • 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&M[edit]

Southwest Classic
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Razorbacks 7 14 7 0 0 28
#6 Aggies 7 7 0 14 7 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 made a startling comeback 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, shut down by the Aggie defense, were unable to convert a first down and lost 35-28.

vs #7 Alabama[edit]

An early Crimson Tide drive
Arkansas vs. Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Crimson Tide 0 7 0 7 14
Razorbacks 0 6 0 7 13
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 5:00 PM CST
  • Television network: ESPN


vs #10 Georgia[edit]

Arkansas vs. Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Bulldogs 7 31 0 7 45
Razorbacks 6 0 13 13 32
The opening Arkansas drive


vs UAB[edit]

Arkansas vs. UAB
1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 0 0 10 7 17
Razorbacks 14 21 10 0 45
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 11:00 CST
  • Television network: SECN


at #1 Mississippi State[edit]

Arkansas at Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 3 7 0 0 10
#1 Bulldogs 0 7 3 7 17


vs. #20 LSU[edit]

Battle for the Golden Boot
1 2 3 4 Total
#20 LSU 0 0 0 0 0
Razorbacks 3 7 0 7 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. 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 Miss[edit]

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Ole Miss 0 0 0 0 0
Razorbacks 17 0 10 3 30
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 2:30 CST
  • Television network: CBS

Arkansas 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 Missouri[edit]

Arkansas at Missouri
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 7 7 0 0 14
#17 Missouri 0 6 0 15 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 Bowl[edit]

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 2 3 4 Total
• Razorbacks 3 21 0 7 31
Longhorns 0 7 0 0 7


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football – 2014 Coaches". Arkansas Athletics. 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.