In fact, Arkansas was battered mentally and physically by the time the team boarded the buses for the trip back to Fayetteville from War Memorial Stadium.
The injury cart was used twice in the fourth quarter, first when Tevin Mitchel was knocked out and had to be strapped to the board. The early prognosis for Mitchel, starting corner, is good. Fullback Kody Walker was also carted to the locker room, with what looked like a badly injured ankle or leg. Walker will probably miss significant time.
The injuries began in midweek when fullback Kiero Small went down. with a foot injury that required surgery. That was just a minor tremor compared to what happened just before halftime in the 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night in War Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson sustained a shoulder or neck injury, Smith said, with about seven minutes left in the first half. There were other injuries, but ultimately the Wilson hit may doom a promising season.
That's because the Hogs look like they have serious problems with their defense. They haven't looked like sure tacklers in the first two games. On offense, there doesn't appear to be a physical running game, especially without Small or Walker at fullback. Smith said late in the week that lineman Grady Ollison might have to play some at fullback or H-back because of depth issues. And with Walker out, that would seem more pressing.
None of that is good with defending national champ Alabama, rolling at No. 1 in the national polls, on the way to town this week. The Hogs didn't look like they were a match for the Tide in very many areas and will probably be in a bad mental state after one of the school's most humiliating losses.
The lead announcers at ESPN tweeted after the game that the upset to ULM altered their summer-long plans to bring College Game Day to Fayetteville for ESPN's famed Saturday morning show. They were hoping for a top 10 matchup between the Hogs and Tide. Now they'll go elsewhere.
Smith said he was told just before halftime that Wilson was done for the night. He said the intermission break was used to plan around Brandon Allen's play at quarterback.
The Hogs made it to halftime up 21-7, then jumped it to 28-7 four minutes into the second half when Allen engineered an eight-play, 66-yard march. The Hogs would make only 42 yards the rest of the night.
ULM won it when quarterback Kolton Browning converted six (out of seven) fourth down plays, including a touchdown pass with 47 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. He won it with a fourth-and-1 scramble for a 16-yard touchdown.
The Warhawks cut the deficit to one touchdown two plays into the fourth quarter. But the Hogs -- with starting cornerbacks Tevin Mitchel and Kaelon Kelleybrew out -- forced punts on the next three possessions and had a fourth-and-10 to end it.
Browning stepped up in the pocket to fire for Brent Leonard on a post. Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines and Leonard both put their hands on the pass at the goal line. Leonard pulled it away and tumbled into the end zone.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said that play was like many on the night. He said the Hogs just didn't make the play and Browning did.
"We had a spy on him," Haynes said. "We were very close to getting him, but he'd elude us and make the play.
"We were in cover two on the fourth-down pass. When it's time to win a game, you have to make the play. Rohan was close. But we were close a lot and he frustrated us each time.
"Their quarterback played very well. It came down to executing and we didn't execute and Browning did. It came down to a situation where you have to go make a play. We didn't."
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino was stunned.
"I really can't believe it," Petrino said. "We came out and did some things the first half, had a nice first drive of the second half, and then we just didn't do anything worth a darn after that.
"That starts with me, and we've got to get better .... we've just got to find out what we're made of, come back next week and work our butt off and get better."
Haynes said he felt frustrated, too.
"I didn't do enough to help our guys," he said. "And maybe there were times we were trying to do too much. I believe in being simple enough that we can play fast. We are going to simplify things so they can play fast.
"Our guys played hard, but we just didn't finish the game."
Haynes said the fourth-and-1 play that decided the game in overtime was like so many others throughout the night.
"We wanted to pressure him a little," he said. "We didn't want to sit back and play zone. We had three guys fall down. We just didn't want to let him sit back and dink us. The guy just outplayed us."
Petrino praised quarterback Brandon Allen. He said Wilson's backup didn't get a lot of help.
"We just didn't get it done," Petrino said. "We had some key situations with some real good players that didn't execute when they needed to, but overall the whole offense wasn't good enough, and that's my fault."
It fell apart after Allen looked so smooth to open the third quarter.
"After that, it was just one play here and one play there," Petrino said. "The first series we went right down there, Brandon played real well, guys made plays for him.
"Then as you look at the other drives, it's just a guy here and a guy there that maybe didn't necessarily help him out. We didn't block good enough for (Allen), didn't make a catch for him, and then a couple of times it was maybe his fault.
"Overall, offense is about execution, all 11 guys ding their job on eery play, and we had too many plays where that didn't happen."
There was no real thought to put Brandon Mitchell at quarterback. He had worked only at wide receiver during the last few weeks.
"Not really, because he hadn't practiced at quarterback much," Petrino said. "He'd been playing receiver and I didn't feel like a couple of drives were it was Brandon Allen's fault. When he puts the ball right in someone hands and they drop it, that's not his fault.
"That happened on a couple drives ... I never really of thought. I was thinking we were staying with Brandon Allen the whole time."