But they will likely do so without redshirt junior tailback Dennis Johnson, whose injury kept him out of the Razorbacks' 51-7 bashing of Missouri State.
"We came out good throughout the game," Petrino said. "I don't think we had any major injuries. Everyone gets a few bruises and nicked up a little bit. Dennis would have a long way to go to get available for this week. Right now I would say he is probably not going to be available."
Arkansas sent to the air 35 times in its win over the pass while accumulating 364 yards while rushing 31 times for just 102 yards.
Missouri State's 3-4 defense sold out with run blitzes design to take at least one aspect of the Razorbacks' offense away.
"I'm not patient enough to just sit there and keep calling runs when you're seeing what you're out there on the field," Petrino said. "I say to myself, ‘just throw it. What am I doing? Just throw the ball.' And we threw the ball at a very high percentage and made a lot of plays throwing the football. So it's just a matter of continuing to work hard at the running game, call more runs. See things that make you want to call runs when they defend the passing game.
"…So it needs to work together, there's no question about that. We need to be more balanced. But we were pretty close, I think we had 35 passes or something, and 34 runs, somewhere pretty close anyway. ... Down and distance always plays into that a little bit."
Starter Ronnie Wingo had 11 carries for 43 yards while coverted cornerback De'Anthony Curtis (5 carries, 37 yards) and true freshman Kody Walker (9 carries for 33 yards) also toted the ball.
"I liked what I saw from both of them," Petrino said of Curtis and Walker. "De'Anthony showed great quickness in the hole as he has since we moved him back. His ability to run in between the tackles, hug the line, hug the walls as we call them in the offensive line and get vertical, he did a nice job."
"Kody is a big man," Petrino added of the 240-pound rookie. "He is going to be hard to tackle when he learns how to get his pads down. We feel good about his running ability inside and his physical-ness. He does have the speed to bounce it and run down the sideline. He had a very good camp for us and a very good start in the first game.
"I always get concerned about his pad level – getting lower, getting lower – and he knows it," Petrino continued. "He's working on it and getting better, but you did see him get hit a couple of times where he didn't go forward because of it."
Conversely, Missouri State was only able to get one yard total offense in the first quarter, 18 yards on 18 first-half snaps and had just 66 of total 163 by the end of the third quarter.
"I was impressed with our defense," Petrino said. "I like the fact that we're not only playing fast and physical, but we're really understanding our responsibilities and then trusting our teammate to do their responsibility. Therefore we were very sound in what we did defensively. We weren't overly challenged there, but we were dominant, which is good to see."
The lone Missouri State scored came on a 33-yard touchdown pass after back-up quarterback Brandon Mitchell fumbled.
"There's no question that as a defensive player it's important to get a shutout," Petrino said. "Everybody likes to have shutouts ...We were in a position to get that done, but in the same respect, it was a great throw and a great catch. It wasn't like he was wide open and it wasn't like it wasn't defended. They made the play. Sometimes the team you play against make plays, too."
The defensive line – viewed as the strongest part of the defense – was certainly up the challenge with junior college transfer Robert Thomas and fellow sophomore Byran Jones leading the charge.
"They were a big factor, particularly in their penetration and controlling the line of scrimmage," Petrino said. "They allowed the ball to have to bounce, and not go north and south a lot. And then our speed on our edges and our linebackers really helped. But we were more physical inside than who we were playing against."
Newcomer Alonzo Highsmith had a good night as well in his first start as a linebacker.
"I was really happy with Alonzo," Petrino said. "He was a guy we knew coming in he could run and hit. His understanding of the defense is real good. I thought he showed he helps our team on defense and is a real physical player."
Sophomore Eric Bennett got a start at safety and played well per Petrino.
"He started off fast, came downhill and tackled real well," Petrino said. "The combination of that Eric has as a tackler and a physical football player, and ability to cover, it's like (former Razorback) Rudell (Crim) when we moved him from corner to safety to be able to do both - play the run and defend in man coverage. It's a great combination with all the different spread offenses, one-back offenses, it's really a luxury to have a guy like him who can do both."
Arkansas quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Mitchell tossed the ball around to 11 different receivers on Saturday night.
"It was good to play so many guys," Petrino said. "That's one of the benefits of playing a game like this early in the year, is everybody gets in, gets experience. As a quarterback right now in our offense, with the receivers that we have, it's real easy just to read the defense, know who you've got to hold, know who're going to key, and then distribute the ball.
"You don't have to force the ball to one receiver or force the ball to a tight end," Petrino added. "You let the defense allow you to go through your progression and distribute the ball, and we feel like all our players can make plays for us. That's a great feeling to have as a quarterback."
Mitchell was 10-of-11 passing for 104 yards.
"I thought it was really good for him," Petrino said. "He came in, he prepared well for it. He had a good understanding of what we were going to do. Some times as a player, there's misfortune. One of them was the snap on third down, where there's nothing you can do about that. Just got to go take care of the ball and get the ball.
"He did a nice job on his progressions, and delivered the ball in a position where the receiver could catch it," Mitchell said. "Not all of them were accurate. We'd like to be a little more accurate, so you can get yards after the catch. But our rec's made good catches for him. He did a nice job. We have to take care of the football. We can't turn it over."
Looking back on it, Petrino said he probably should have challenged the ruling on Mitchell's fumble.
"It probably should have challenged. I probably should have challenged that call, because I still don't know today if it was really a fumble or not," Petrino said. "It depends on whether the D.J. Williams rule is in place or the Michael Dyer one, on whether that's down or a fumble. I probably should have challenged it. We didn't get the challenge from upstairs."
Those quarterbacks played behind an offensive line with true freshman Mitch Smothers becoming the first-ever Razorback to start first game on the line.
"Overall, we did a decent job in our pass protection," Petrino said. "It was kind of some kamikaze defensive line games and stunts and things going up there that they did a nice job with on their game plan coming in. We missed some line movements. We have to do a better job on our technique, on our discipline of our first steps and hand placements. But overall it's a good start. It's certainly not where we need to be. Not where we can be. But we have a lot to build on.
Obviously Joe Adams' SEC-record tying two punt returns for touchdowns highlighted the special team play.
Adams was named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
"Special teams-wise I was very happy particularly with Joe Adams and our punt return team," Petrino said. "We did a nice job. Marquel Wade did a nice job on it, had some huge blocks out. We had our guys - on what we call the SWAT team - did a nice job on their hold-ups and their assignments and playing with good effort and second effort, which allowed him to take the ball in for touchdowns.
"Any time you get two returns for touchdowns in a game, you're doing something right, and the guy running the ball is doing something right also," Petrino said.
New Mexico lost to Colorado State 14-10 last Saturday in a game which they outgained their foe, but had the quarterback sacked 10 times and lost three of their six fumbles.
"They're very well coached," Petrino said of his next foe. "Defensively, they do a nice job with what their scheme is, what they're doing up front. A little bit different than what we've seen. So we've got to do a good job this week preparing for it.
"Offensively, you know, if they took the sacks away and the turnovers, then they played a good offensive game," Petrino added. "But they turned the ball over and their quarterback got hit quite a bit."