The Hogs got their first conference win over Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday by a final score of 44-8. Although Ole Miss did not show nearly the improvement they had in close losses to Florida and Alabama at home, Arkansas showed the sort of effort and gameplan we had expected to see most of the year: A good defense that was opportunistic and a passing game that didn't didn't necessarily rack up a lot of yards, but was efficient and effective, especially early in the game when Casey Dick threw for two early touchdowns. That got the Hogs a solid lead and opened even more running lanes.
In a sense, this game reminded me of the Auburn game last year, although against a much lesser opponent. Dick started out 7-7 for about 70 or so yards and 2 scores early in the game, which got us out to a nice lead and kept the Rebel defense from crowding the line too badly.
Although there's not a lot to take from this game, other than it was a good effort on the road by a team that could have really come out flat, it only adds to the "what might have been" nature of our season. After a pillow fight next weekend with Florida International, the South Carolina Gamecocks come to town. We'll see then if our defensive shuffling and Dick's efficiency are harbingers of improvement or a one hit wonder.