And for a half the reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year did all he could to keep the Trojans close.
Last season, Haugabook threw for 2,401 yards and 21 touchdowns for an 8-5 Trojans team that won both their conference and the New Orleans Bowl over Rice. In that game, Haugabook was named the Most Valuable Player.
On Saturday, Troy fell behind 13-0 early before closing to within six twice in the second quarter. Most of the Trojans' success on offense came behind 173 yards passing from Haugabook in the half.
Eventually, the Razorbacks started to slow Haugabook down -- limiting the 6-foot, 218-pound quarterback to just 4 of 19 passing for just 31 yards in the third quarter. Arkansas forced the Trojans to punt four times in the quarter.
"(Arkansas) changed a little bit," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "I know (Arkansas defensive coordinator) Reggie (Herring) doesn't like playing zone, but they played a little zone and a little three-man front.
"They did some things when they knew we had to throw it, which was most of the time, and they got in a defend package. They did a pretty good job with that."
Haugabook finished the game 15 of 43 passing for 204 yards and a touchdown -- a 17-yard strike over the middle to Gerald Tate in the second quarter that pulled Troy to within 20-14. He also had 38 yards rushing on nine attempts before injuring his right thumb with 7 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the game, with Arkansas ahead 40-20.
Haugabook said afterward that the thumb wasn't broken, and that he could have kept playing had the game been closer.
"When you're playing against a team like Arkansas, we probably had to score a lot more points to be successful," Haugabook said. "We are a good team, though, and we are going to be real good this year."
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