With a game in the "Disneyland of Football" on tap, Arkansas decided to have a players only meeting in the clubhouse.
Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright said Monday that he and quarterback Tyler Wilson got the Razorback offense together for a focus group on Sunday night.
"You know, we came together as a team and met as an offense yesterday," Wright said. "You can go two places. You can go down or you can get better from the loss. We talked about our direction as an offense and where we want to go. We're going to work hard this week to get better."
Wilson got the ball rolling a day after a humbling 38-14 loss at No. 3 Alabama.
"Our quarterback, Tyler Wilson, he called me and was like, 'After we get done running, we're going to meet as an offense,'" Wright said. "I spread the word and told the offensive linemen, receivers and running backs we're going to meet in the offensive line meeting room afterwards. We talked about our direction and what we're going to do to head down that direction."
"I felt like it was real productive," Wright said. "…There was no finger pointing, It was everybody's fault. We watched film yesterday. We watched film of the offense yesterday and everybody played their part in that loss, so we've just got to come out each and every day this week and get better."
It will probably help that Arkansas' game this week is at Cowboys Stadium, something that Razorback linebacker and Texas native Alonzo Highsmith said was exciting.
"It will be exciting to have family out there that want to see me play out there," Highsmith said. "Going back and home playing in front of your family is always big.
"This will be my first time going into that stadium," Highsmith said. "I am looking forward to that. That's like the Disneyland of Football."
Wright said that it is harder to shrug off a blowout loss than a tight one.
"The blowout loss is always going to be the hardest to get over, especially knowing that we played the way we did," Wright said. "We're definitely a better offense than we showed and we're definitely better at every aspect of the game.
"We didn't play up to what we expected ourselves to play up to," Wright added. "That's the biggest thing of taking a blowout loss like we did. It would've be different if, not taking anything away from Alabama because they are a great team and have a great defense, but losing it like that is a little out of control."
But he also said it was hard to differentiate between losing to Alabama 24-20 in 2010 in Fayetteville and this season's loss.
"I wouldn't think there's really any difference," Wright said. "I hate losing, whether it's by one or by 20. A loss is a loss. As a leader, as a captain and as a senior, I feel like the offense is going to come back and we're going to get back to Arkansas football."
Arkansas rushed for just 17 yards on 19 carries last Saturday.
"To get the running game better, like I said, we've just got to work hard each and every day in practice," Wright said. "We've got to work on blocking downfield, our offensive line blocking, quarterback getting us in the right plays. It just comes down to focusing and knowing our gameplan and what we do best. We've just got to work on finishing our blocks better."
Wright also mentioned the Razorbacks' vaunted group of wide receivers have to do more in the passing game.
"I don't feel like the wideouts played as well as we could've played or should've played," Wright said. "We've just got to look in the mirror, come out and play twice as hard as we did against Alabama."
Highsmith echoed Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino's earlier sentiments that the best thing for the Razorbacks was to get back out on the practice field.
"Yeah, we all want to get back on the field and try to correct what we messed up on Saturday and pull together because the better you do at practice, the better the performance will be in the game," Highsmith said. "So we are all anxious to get back out there and pull together and come up with a win on Saturday."
Arkansas has beaten Texas A&M in each of the first two Southwest Classics by scores of 47-19 (2009) and 24-17 (2010).
This will be the first game for the Aggies since the SEC officially announced it was adding A&M to the league next season.
"They have a very good team," Wright said. "Their players are just as good as players in the SEC. For them, I think it's a good thing for them (moving to the SEC), but they're still in the Big 12 when I play them and I won't get the chance to play them as an SEC team."
Wright said if it was up to him the Arkansas-A&M series would stay at Cowboys Stadium and not be moved to home-and-home sites.
"It would be definitely great for it to stay in Dallas," Wright said. "Going to Dallas is a great experience for the kids and being in that stadium is a feeling you can't really replace."