Arkansas had the best combination at quarterback, wide receiver and running back in a 38-14 victory over defending national champion Auburn. The Tigers, in Gus Malzahn's old-style single wing, had a void at wideout and eventually were outhit by a Razorback defense that forced three turnovers in the second half.
The Hogs were last in the SEC through four games at minus six in turnover margin. They won that statistic by two for the second straight week after matching their season total with three interceptions against the Tigers.
"You could see that they didn't like that with their offense," Bequette said. "Even on third and long, they wanted to run it. They did some times. We just had to win first down against their run and that set things up.
"We knew that anytime they put the ball in the air, there was a good chance we were going to get it and we got three. They just don't have much of a passing game and we knew that.
"They are going to run first and we had their run tendencies down. You saw Jerry Franklin hitting Michael Dyer in the second half and then the rest of us swarmed to them. We bottled them up alright in the second half."
Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson was upset at a "misalignment" that turned Dyer loose for a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But he said much of the game was like the Hogs practiced in one of their best weeks.
"We brought it on Tuesday this week and I thought we brought it today," he said. "I thought our front played well. We controlled the line of scrimmage. Jerry Franklin really played well. Alonzo Highsmith had some ebb and flow to his play, but he did really well in some portions of the game."
Auburn was short at wide receiver because of injury. Those that played weren't open often and dropped passes when they had chances. Basically, the team with the most balance took command late in the second quarter when Tyler Wilson caught fire just like he did last year in relief of Ryan Mallett at Auburn.
"I guess I had 14 in a row last year and tonight I did four better," Wilson said. "It was 19? I guess that's five better, huh?"
Wilson was 20 of 25 in the first half, but completed only four passes in the second half when the Hogs seemed content to run clock coasting with a big lead. He wasn't exactly pleased with the 24 of 36 night because of some misses that he thought were easy throws.
"I really didn't know it was 19 in a row," he said. "I thought there were quite a few that I missed that should have been completions. I thought there were some simple throws that I left out there tonight. Those are the ones that I remember more than that other stretch.
"I think I missed some that I'd hit on a regular basis. When you come out like that, it frustrates you. Then when you get settled in, you can hit 19 in a row. I think we got in a good rhythm and pace offensively. We were up tempo and when you're able to do that, you do get a rhythm.
"I like the way we ran the football early on, and then Joe (Adams) hit the big run for us and that was huge for us. It took some pressure off of me. We didn't have to throw the ball 50 times tonight."
There was no need for much passing after the way the third quarter started. Auburn kept the ball for 13 plays to open the half, but came up empty on two quick-snap plays after rare huddles. The first lost 1 yard, the second lost 7 yards and the Tigers wound up punting on fourth-and-26.
Marquel Wade fair caught the punt at the Arkansas 8-yard line to set the stage for a change-of-pace play by the Razorbacks. Adams was inserted at running back for the only time on the night. The Hogs ran a simple toss sweep to the right. Tackle Jason Pecock crashed inside for a seal block, pulling guard Grant Cook got outside to cut down the end and Greg Childs occupied the cornerback as Adams sprinted the distance in a blink of an eye.
"It doesn't take much for Joe to get loose and it was blocked up perfect," Wilson said. "They had a blitz coming from the opposite side. We had an option to run it either way, but we didn't even need to change it. It was called perfect and all I had to do was get a quick toss to Joe. He was off to the races."
Wilson had taken some brutal hits the previous two weeks against Alabama and Texas A&M, but he said he stayed clean most of the night.
"Protection was pretty good," he said. "So I didn't even have to spend any time in the training room this time. I'm a little hoarse so maybe I need a couple of cough drops, but I think I'll sleep pretty good tonight."
The Hogs have earned some rest after a 5-1 start. They have an open date before traveling to Ole Miss. There was no mention of the Rebels, just the satisfaction of earning a victory over the defending SEC champs.
"Obviously, it feels good," Wilson said. "It's our first SEC victory and we did have a little bit of a revenge going into this game after last year. Absolutely, we are happy to beat them."
Bequette was glad to participate after missing three games since a hamstring injury in Little Rock in the week two. His coaches credited him with stabilizing the front, but he wasn't sure about that.
"Personally, that was not my best play," he said. "But it was good to just be out there. I think I'm in a rebuilding process to get back to where I was before the injury. This was a start.
"The good part is that we have an open week. That helps everyone. I still need some practice.
"I do think we are getting better. We want it to be just like last year when we had a great second half to the season. We want to duplicate that and get better every week."
Cook smiled when asked about the second half of the season.
"I know what it's going to be like, a tough team every week," he said. "That's how it is in the SEC. You get done with one team, there's someone else good ready for you. You just keep playing and keep working to get better. That's how you do that. Each game gets bigger. Each team is great in this league."
Wilson was asked about the chances of chasing down SEC leader Alabama.
"What you know is that we have a great league," he said. "Everyone gets a tough team each week. So anything can happen.
"The key is for our team to stay together and keep working. It's my job to make sure that happens. It's my job to keep reminding the guys in our locker room that we only control ourselves and we have to take care of our own business. We can't worry about anyone else or what they do."