Monday, October 18, 2010
Arkansas Reax: Embrace the Madness
They asked Arkansas LB Jericho Nelson to describe the last thing he saw on Cam Newton's 1st TD run.
Midway through the third quarter of the Auburn-Arkansas game I gave up being frustrated with the defense. It begame laughable to me how fruitless our efforts seemed to be against a backup QB who was absolutely shredding Ted Roof's D. I just began to enjoy the game for what it was and one I may never see like it again. It was as entertaining as you'll ever see.
I also had in the back of my mind that we'll get the ball last and we'll win.
Fortunately it didn't come to that. 3 fourth quarter turnovers equalled 21 points and the game was over with an entire six minutes left, and so Janie (my three year old) and I were on the deck again playing basketball as time dwindled.
It was a game that had nearly everything and got Auburn one step closer to an SEC West title. Yes our defense is not so good. Yes we gave up 43 points.
But we won the game by 3 freakin touchdowns.
Let that sink in for a moment. Then consider that Auburn scored 65 points in an SEC game and threw 15 passes. (14 by Cam, 1 by Kodi) Arkansas had a top 20 defense coming into that game. They had 8 and 9 guys in the box to stop the run...and they didnt even come close to stopping it.
We've got issues on the defensive side. No argument here. I could Rob's stomach turn from 30 miles away in that game. Any former DB would feel that way. It was hard to watch. But you know what? They can only get better, and LSU's two headed QB monster (the cute Sesame Street kind of two headed monster) may be just what the doctor ordered.
I guess I am saying I don't think we see another offense like that agin this year.
-Special teams 2009=liability. 2010=asset.
-Nick Fairley has been sent hear to destroy opposing quarterbacks. I think he's the reason Greg mcElroy is playing so badly for Alabama. He's already having nightmares.
-Replay booth guys If I ever see you, I am buying you a round. Not because I think you screwed Arkansas, but because you did your job. No video evidence was available to overturn either call. They didn't use intuition. In the end they got it right. That being said officiating was spotty at best for both sides.
At the end of the day, 7-0 is pretty sweet any way you look at it. Auburn is a top five team with the best player in the country in the backfield. We are getting breaks that we have been due to get for 10 years. I still say we need to beat LSU to start talking big things. But is there any reason today to think we can't?