Perhaps. But Rutgers might have scored that many or more if needed. All the Scarlet Knights needed was to call pass plays for Gary Nova.
The Razorbacks like to say they can score 50 everytime they hit the field. And maybe they should with the playmakers in this offense.
That doesn't change the fact tht the Hogs can't stop any kind of passing attack right now. Nova, the sophomore Rutgers quarterback, completed 25 of 35 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 11.3 yards per attempt.
The Hogs didn't get much consistent rush. The only sack was the result of an intentional grounding penalty.
The Arkansas plan was clear early. They stacked the box with an extra defender, playing a five-man front and going with a three-man secondary. They pulled Eric Bennett, the most experienced safety until they faced third down.
That often put cornerbacks Kaelon Kelleybrew and Will Hines along with outside linebacker Ross Rasner matched up one-on-one against the big, fast, strong Rutgers wide receivers. It didn't go well.
"We knew Nova was good, but we expected to get more pressure against him," said Arkansas head coach John L. Smith. "We just didn't get any. We weren't surprised with how he could throw."
Kelleybrew, a senior, is a former walkon. Hines, a true freshman, was making his first start. Darius Winston, a senior, played briefly early in the game. Returning starter Tevin Mitchel missed his second straight game after a concussion and gall bladder surgery.
Defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said he went through all of the calls in his game plan, including a variety of blitzes that Nova seemed to solve.
"There's only so many times you can blitz and put your guys in man if you aren't making the plays," he said. "There were times we were there to make plays and we didn't. It comes down to execution.
"We have to play those coverages better. We gave (Nova) cover two looks, cover three. We did all of those things.
"We stopped them early (in the run) with our five defensive lineman package. They were going to those stick routes so we went with our four defensive line package and tried to put pressure on them with that. We did blitz in the first half and then (Nova) started getting the ball out of his hand quicker."
Wilson was clear to applaud most everyone around him, including fans for showing up after two demoralizing losses. He had been critical of the effort and mistakes after the loss to Alabama. He said that improved.
"We made progress," he said. "From last Saturday to this Saturday, I saw a lot of fight out there. I saw it from a lot of people. I saw a different look on the sideline from last week to this week.
"We got the look right. We just didn't get the execution right. We just stumbled too much. We hurt ourselves in the red zone. I can't throw an interception in the red zone. We can't drop a touchdown pass. We can't miss a third-and-1. We moved the football, but we didn't get enough points.
"We had chances. We should have scored 45. We hurt ourselves. I look directly at me for what we did in the red zone. We have to get touchdowns."
Ultimately, the Scarlet Knights were able to stop the run without committing too many in the box. They played their safeties deep and dared the Arkansas wide receivers to take hits over the middle in return for big plays. Wilson and Cobi Hamilton turned that into big plays.
Rutgers pounded away with 39 runs, making 128. But the Hogs had to commit too many to the run to keep the rushing total down.
The Hogs went with Alonzo Highsmith at middle linebacker, Terrell Williams at the will linebacker. They combined for 27 tackles. Tenarius Wright, the starter in the middle the first three games, moved to the line in passing downs. But was not effective and did not record a tackle.
Ends Trey Flowers, Chris Smith, Austin Flynn and Colton Miles-Nash combined for five tackles. Flowers had three of those, including the sack on the grounding call.
The Hogs had no answers for the big Rutgers receivers. Brandon Coleman (6-6), Tim Wright (6-4) and Mark Harrison (6-3) were too much for Kelleybrew and Hines. But it was as much about the smallest of the Rutgers wideout as those big beast. Nova had an easy time finding 6-0 Quron Pratt (five catches, 85 yards) against Rasner.
"They hurt us with our one-on-one matchups," John L. Smith said. "But we hurt them, too, with our matchups."
The real question now is what is left for the Hogs? Can they fight back after three straight losses? Can they salavage the season?
"Salvage?" Wilson said. "I can tell you this, you get only so many games, only so many times to go on the field. I'm going to try to leave a little something of me -- no, a lot of me -- on the field. I want to make sure that when this is over, it's said that I left it all out there.
"I'm appreciative of the fans. We had a lot of support tonight. They came and they were loud. I just hope they know we gave it everything we have.
"I thought we fought harder tonight. I think we will keep fighting and working to get better."