Bobby Petrino wrote off all of those sad numbers on the worst number in UA bowl history ... wind-chill temperatures in the teens throughout the game.
"That's why you see those low offensive numbers in all of those games played up north in the cold weather," Petrino said a couple of weeks later.
Can you just throw out that performance so easy? Or do you add another factor, the month layoff between the regular season and the bowl?
"If it's 18 degrees, you don't want to try it. If your hands are sweaty and it's a hot day and humid, you don't want to try it. But when it's 70 and you have no wind, your hands are dry -- that's fun. That's what you look forward to as a receiver. You can catch his passes all day when it's like that."
Just in case you didn't know, it's going to be 70 with no wind Tuesday night when the Hogs face Ohio State in the Superdome for the Sugar Bowl. Yep, ideal conditions.
"Me and DeMarcus Love talked about the bowls back in the summer when we were going through offseason practices," said Ray Dominguez, Arkansas offensive tackle. "I told him, how about we do enough to get to a warm place to play. Or better yet, inside. That's what we talked about and we are looking forward to the dome. Man, it was cold last year in Memphis. That's the coldest I've ever been on a football field. Wind, cold and just miserable conditions."
All of the Hogs are excited to be playing in the Superdome. Love said it's also been good to practice there all week.
"You get to get out there on the turf and get a feel for it and the surroundings," Love said. "The bowls we've played in since I've been here, you don't get to practice in the stadium. I didn't play in the Capital One Bowl, but I was on the scout team and we practiced on a wet, soft field that didn't allow you to get your timing down. You could barely standup.
"As for the others, the best was probably the one at SMU before the Cotton Bowl. That field wasn't bad. But the one in Memphis was a little soft, the high school. That's what you get usually to prepare for a bowl, a high school field somewhere. We've been on the real field and that's going to help us, especially our receivers and their timing."
There can be some rust. Don't let anyone tell you differently. There is timing in football. There is a mesh between the running backs and the linemen in the run game. No one scrimmages enough in bowl workouts to simulate game conditions. The Hogs had one major scrimmage in Fayetteville before coming to New Orleans. Is that enough to regain that timing.
"That's always a concern," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said. "You worry about that rust. You worry about your timing. But we have enough practices to get it back. I think we'll be fine."
And then he said it.
"At least it's not going to be as cold as it was in Memphis," Petrino said.
Wide receiver Joe Adams isn't worried about rust, that's for sure.
"I think what you want to make sure first is that you are in shape," he said. "You can lose your conditioning with a month off. We are in shape. I know I have my conditioning down. I think we have knocked the rust off and we are practicing better and better.
"It seems like a typical game week to me. You start off installing the plan. We did that a couple of weeks ago and now we are fine tuning it and getting our timing just right. Every practice has been better than the last down here."
Running back Knile Davis thinks the Hogs will be fine. He said the scrimmage was rugged and just what they needed before they left Fayetteville.
How he feels about playing the game is clear. Davis, sophomore from Missouri City, Texas, knows this is a huge.
"We know what it means for our school and the whole state of Arkansas," he said. "It's a big game and we came here to win the game. We know it will lead to the next step and help recruiting."
Davis, first team All-SEC by the AP and second team by the coaches, rushed for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns -- 889 yards in the last six games.
Interestingly, it's the first time Davis has made it through a complete season since junior high days. He played in only four games his junior year in high school because of a broken collarbone. He had only 33 carries as a senior because of a broken ankle.
"I've always dreamed about what I might do with a full season," Davis said. "I have to tell you, I always wondered if I might do something special if I could stay healthy. I use to pray for this kind of health."
Perhaps did the lack of carries early in the season while the Hogs looked at other options (Dennis Johnson, Broderick Green and Ronnie Wingo) help keep his legs fresh for his great stretch run?
"You might look at that way," Davis said. "But maybe it would have just gotten me sharper had I played more in those games. I don't know. But my legs are fresh. I'm healthy now and that's the main thing."
And what about the rust?
"I don't think there will be any," he said. "We have practiced hard. It's been the same practices as we've had all year. We are just getting better and better."