Arkansas did that to itself for the middle two quarters against Samford. The Hogs quit the dancing with about five minutes left in the third quarter after handing the Bulldogs a 21-17 lead.
Arkansas outscored Samford 14-0 in the fourth quarter and beat the Bulldogs 31-21 at War Memorial Stadium.
"We shot ourselves in the foot," Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen aptly put it in the interview room. "We made some huge mistakes, some mental errors and some penalties.
"We'll see a lot of things on the video, a lot of things we did to ourselves. Like I said, we shot ourselves in the foot."
Samford was a 32-point underdog, but you wouldn't have known it by watching the guts of the game. Samford outscored the SEC team 21-3 from the 7:36 mark of the first quarter to the 5:09 mark of the third.
Fortunately, the Hogs started and finished in style. They scored the first two touchdowns of the game and were almost perfect over the final 20 minutes for another 14-0 spurt.
In between the Hogs lost two fumbles were guilty of three major penalties and a key dropped pass to give the Bulldogs momentum.
"This should have been easy," Arkansas center Travis Swanson said. "But we made it hard. Give Samford credit, but we finally hit our groove late in the game.
"I don't want to take anything away from the opponent, but it's all about us, not about them. We just made so many mental mistakes in so many areas."
The Hogs didn't make many mistakes down the stretch. They didn't call a pass in the fourth quarter and kept the ball for 32 of the game's final 38 plays, including two three-and-out possessions by Samford after it took the lead.
Allen did complete a couple of key passes in the go-ahead drive that started late in the third quarter. Allen erased a third-and-11 for the initial first down after Samford took the lead, a 11-yard pass to Julian Horton.
Then, Allen beat a blitz by both inside linebackers for a third-and-7 strike to Hunter Henry for 13 yards. It would be the final throw of the game for the Hogs.
"The third and 11, it was the same call as on another third down," Allen said. "Julian and Javontee just go down to the stakes."
Interestingly, the Hogs didn't face another third down until they were running out the clock, keeping the ball for the game's final 7:35.
The back breaker came on an Alex Collins 55-yard sweep to the Samford 14-yard line. It came on the toss sweep, the play that Collins and Jonathan Williams pounded the Bulldogs on for much of the game. Swanson led the way.
"Both Alex and J-Will see the defense much better when we toss it to them," Bielema said. "We were playing off (defensive end Michael Pierce) and he's really a good player. They could see it quicker if the gap was going to be inside or outside him."
Often, the lane was outside, after Swanson bounced out there to seal the edge.
"It's a pretty good play when you've got your best lineman out front like that," Allen said. "Swanson is really good and that's been a very good play for the last two weeks."
Collins hugged Swanson's hip on the corner of his big run, then followed him through the A gap on his first touchdown run.
"I just follow those guys," Collins said, sheepish about his 15-yard penalty for celebrating the clinching touchdown. "I was following Kiero Small and I had my head down and when I looked up, I was right there (in the stands). I like to get everyone involved in the celebration. I probably did that in high school, but it was a mistake. I won't do it again. I understand."
Swanson seemed to understand, too, but that was probably exactly what the senior captain was thinking about when he said the freshman running back "is still young and has some things to learn. But he's going to be a great player."
Swanson got some satisfaction in leading the way on the 55-yard run.
"Yeah, I think after that we had them," Swanson said. "We burned up a lot of clock after that run. On that 55-yard run, I realized when I got to the corner that I had a chance to get two guys and that play was going to work. That was probably when we realized we had our groove back."