Yes, Arkansas fans set a record for attendance at a fall scrimmage. An estimated 15,000 piled into the stadium to watch the Hogs' last public scrimmage of fall camp. What's the previous mark? There are no records, but nothing no one could remember anything close.
Tyler Wilson completed 22 of 37 passes for 255 yards. He threw three touchdowns. Cobi Hamilton caught 11 passes for 165 yards, including touchdown plays for 21 and 65 yards.
Brandon Allen completed 16 of 23 for 262 yards. He had four TDs, but two interceptions.
Jonathan Williams had 18 carries for 115 yards. Ronnie Wingo had 19 for 76 yards. Kody Walker carried six times for 29 yards. Nate Holmes had seven carries for 23 yards.
"Maybe this is the first time we've really done this," Wilson said. "I think it was really good to be in front of fans for a scrimmage. It was like a spring game atmosphere, really good."
Linebacker Ross Rasner said, "It was amazing. I've never seen a crowd like this for a scrimmage. It was like a spring game."
The new high definition replay board had plenty of highlights from both sides of the ball. The offense scored on 11 possessions (five by the ones, six by the twos) and the defense had 11 stops. Head coach John L. Smith said there was good on both sides of the ball even before he was aware of those numbers in the 135-play scrimmage.
"We have to get better," Smith said. "We have two weeks to do it. We are going to do it.
"There were some good things and there were some mistakes -- in alignment, penalties -- but not too many. We were cleaner in our operation than our last scrimmage.
"At the end of the scrimmage, we wanted to line up and see if we could run it. You have to be able to run it to win. You have to be able to stop the run.
"The big thing is we wanted to get enough plays to build on and also stay healthy."
The Hogs have two weeks before the opener against Jacksonville State. They are relatively healthy.
Running back Knile Davis didn't participate in the scrimmage. He floated behind the huddle to stay in tune with the situations. Running back Dennis Johnson was in Texarkana where his grandmother passed away.
Wide receiver MeKale McKay produced some big plays, but he went to the locker room with a minor shoulder injury late in the scrimmage. Running back Ronnie Wingo appeared to suffer a minor injury close to the end of the practice.
Starting defenders Alonzo Highsmith, Tenarius Wright and Eric Bennett did not practice, but Smith said all three will be able to practice Monday.
"Eric has made it through practices this week," Smith said. "If we had needed him, he could have played tonight."
Rasner played the entire scrimmage at Star linebacker, his position in the nickel. He had worked at safety all this week.
"I did play more Star tonight," Rasner said. "I don't think that's set in stone. I think tonight they just wanted to get the other safeties more repetitions. Jarrett Lake has stepped up and he can play the Star. I do think what I saw from Eric this week he's fine. He was bursting in the individual drills. He'll be back."
Hamilton had plenty of highlights in the scrimmage. He was much better than the previous Saturday when there were several dropped passes. He caught everything that came his way and broke tackles on a couple of nice plays. He ran through two tackles on his 65-yard TD reception.
"Cobi had a big night," Smith said. "That's what we expect from him every night, every day. Our guys look for him."
Wilson visited with Hamilton at the pre-game meal about his lackluster performance from the previous weekend.
"Cobi had a good night," Wilson said. "I had a little talk with him at dinner. I said, 'Hey, you have to play.' He played."
Hamilton said that's been the way most of the days have been.
"I think we are the best (pass-catch) duo in the country," Hamilton said. "We are really clicking and work hard to be like that every day. We are getting a ton of balls between us every day. I know he trusts me."
What about the talk at the meal?
"I chuckled when he said that," Hamilton said. "I told him, 'Calm down. Go have fun. You have great players around you.' I was laughing when he said that."
There was early success by the offense Saturday night. The offense score on its first five tries, three by the first offense.
There would have to be an asterisk on the second touchdown by the first offense. Wilson had a pass batted into the air by defensive end Chris Smith, then intercepted by Smith. Wilson stripped the ball away and the offense was awarded the ball again. Wilson hit Chris Gragg on a 4-yard TD pass on the next play.
"I don't know what they called it," Chris Smith said. "I did intercept it. Then I heard the whistle and the next thing I knew Tyler had the ball stripped away. I think I heard that they called it incomplete.
"I'll just wait and see what the film showed. But I'm going to get Tyler Wilson to autograph that ball. I am pretty sure I intercepted Tyler Wilson and not too many can say that."
The defense caught fire later in the scrimmage. John L. Smith said there was an easy explanation.
"The defense did play a little better (after the first five touchdowns)," Smith said. "But there is an understanding on both sides when we start a scrimmage that it's going to be vanilla for four or five possessions. The offense knows what the defense is going to run.
"It's good for the defense to see if it can get pressure with four down linemen. Then we open it up and add some blitzes and some stunts -- take the blinders off.
"I thought the offense did a good job even when we opened things up. I thought the offense had a lot of good energy all week long. The offense had the better energy tonight."
Smith tried to play coy when questions about another scrimmage without any tackling for Davis.
"He didn't?" Smith said. "I hit him in pre-game, knocked him to the ground. That was enough."
It's clear that Davis isn't going to be tackled until the Hogs play a game.
"Our philosophy is to get the good guys to the game," Smith said.
There was some solid play from the running backs. Freshmen Jonathan Williams had touchdown plays of 21 and 16 yards, the latter on a pass from Brandon Allen.
"He's a good player," Smith said. "I'm sure you could see that he has very good vision. He made a few mistakes, but he's someone who could help us this year."
There was pressure at times from the pass rush. Ends Trey Flowers (two) and Chris Smith (one) combined for three sacks. And they slipped past their blockers enough that they were buzzing around Wilson even when they didn't get there.
"The offense started fast and we weren't getting there early in the scrimmage," Smith said. "They were getting the best of us. But I told Trey that there are going to be games that we face a quarterback like Tyler and we just have to keep coming.
"We have to be like Jake Bequette was last year, just come play after play. I think we got a little better as we went tonight. I did think we came out a little slow tonight, though."