But the way the Razorbacks stopped the run was a highlight for Willy Robinson. The defensive coordinator said he could put a check mark on the goal chart for the way the first team got after the Bears in the running game.
"We didn't fill up our (goal) board, but we hit on the one that's really important," Robinson said after practice Wednesday. "We stopped the run."
The Bears rushed for 84 yards on 31 carries, but most of that came against the backups. The visitors had only 30 yards on 20 carries through three quarters.
"We did give up the one big play," Robinson said. "They hit that pass and it was a pretty good throw and catch. But I thought the first group really was dominant."
However, Robinson said the Hogs realize that they are going to face more speed this week against New Mexico. The Lobos have ability at most of the skill positions, but are learning in the offensive line.
"That quarterback along with their receivers and backs, that's a veteran and talented group," Robinson said. "The tight end is outstanding. The receivers are experienced. The quarterback can create. He's a dual threat guy.
"Where they lack experience is in the offensive front. That's a big group, but we have to take advantage of them there with their experience."
The Hogs expect to see plenty of read option from the quarterback.
"They'll run that read zone," Robinson said. "And that line is so massive it's hard to find the football. They kinda block out the sun with that group up front."
Defensive line coach Bobby Allen said it will be a matter of staying disciplined against the option. The Lobos gave up nine sacks last week, but might try to anchor the Hogs with that option.
"You better stay in your option assignments," Allen said. "I saw the tape of their game. They did pretty well except for the turnovers. I didn't see it like a nine-sack game. It looked like they have some talent and can move the ball."
The Hogs handled Missouri State with their defensive front last week. Robinson knows it won't be as easy the rest of the way.
"We overpowered them some," he said. "We won't have the advantage there in some other games. That's why it's important for us to work on technique and fundamentals. When you play teams that are more equal to you there, it's technique that wins."
By the same token, Robinson praised the defensive line for their dominant performance. He said that kept the linebackers unblocked.
"I saw our linebackers make a lot of plays because of the way that defensive line played," Robinson said. "They were (free) and that is what you want. The defensive line did a great job."
Robinson was pleased with the effort in practice Wednesday. It followed a not-so-good day.
"Today was good," he said. "Yesterday was not up to our standards. But they came back today and looked like we expect them to look. It was a good practice. I think they stepped it up."
Defensive tackle Byran Jones made six tackles to lead the front. Allen said Jones is improving his technique daily.
"The technique, it's coming," Allen said. "Byran sometimes played with his pads too high last year and didn't use his hands enough. That's what we work on every day. He's getting better."
Jones said he knows that's his weakness.
"I'm trying to play more with my hands," he said. "I know that's how you get better. We practice it every day."
Missouri State's offense didn't feature much dropback passing. Are the Hogs looking forward to some sacks against the Lobos?
"Our focus is to do what we do every snap," Jones said. "If sacks come, then sacks come. It's just not something you go out to get. You play your spot and you get what you get."