Ryan Mallett passed for 233 yards, Tyler Wilson added 302 (132 with the White, 169 with the Red) through the air with De'Anthony Curtis and Dennis Johnson combining for 23 carries and 145 rushing yards. Both Mallett and Wilson had two TD passes each.
However, Mallett and Wilson each had an early pass interception and Curtis (two) and Dennis Johnson (one) and Mitchell Bailey (one) all fumbled as the defense had its share of stops and big hits. Mallett added another interception early in the second half when a ball deflected off the hands of D. J. Williams.
Jarius Wright had seven receptions for 125 yards. Joe Adams had seven for 118, with a TD. London Crawford had six for 85 yards and a TD. Williams had six for 41 with one TD.
The best news of the night came in the injury department. Everyone who was available to start the night was still going strong at the end. London Crawford left with a sore shoulder, but later returned to make some plays. And, those unable to practice didn't make a long list. Zach Stadther, Chris Gragg, Brandon Barnett and Knile Davis were not available.
"We got it in," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said, with an obvious reference to rain showers that plagued the afternoon activities scheduled for Razorfest. But the sun came out just after the Hogs took the field for pre-game warmups. There was no rain during the game.
Petrino turned over most of the play calling to offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and quarterback coach Garrick McGee.
"I did a little more watching," Bobby Petrino said. "I let my brother and Garrick call most of the plays which was good so I could focus on a few more things going on with the defense.
"I thought the defense started out fast and played with good emotion and tackled well with the Red team. They gave up a couple of touchdowns in the second half, but to be honest, (the Red) team had a couple of sacks that I didn't call simply because I wanted to see the play finish down the field and see Greg Childs have the opportunity to make a play with the ball in his hand."
Petrino praised both Mallett and Wilson, noting the length of the first half allowed Wilson to get some snaps with the first team offense. He noted a media "wrapup" briefing is planned for Thursday when a decision will be "talked about" on the quarterback battle.
"Both quarterbacks showed that they can execution the offense," Petrino said. "They showed they can throw it. They just had two bad decisions early in the game that resulted in two interceptions and they can't do that. They have to take care of the ball.
"It was great to get Tyler as much work with the ones as we did because we had so many more plays with the Reds. He actually got a lot more work than we anticipated."
Petrino praised the work of Childs with the second unit, but he said he hardly considers him a second team player. Childs had four catches for 86 yards, two for TDs.
"We tried to emphasize getting him the ball in the second half," Petrino said. "He's a good player, a real good player. He could be a really good player if he keeps getting stronger and bigger. He had pneumonia in the second week of spring and missed some time so we wanted him to get more work tonight."
Petrino was asked if Wilson's solid spring created pressure in deciding the quarterback race.
"I don't think there is any pressure there at all," Petrino said. "They both got good opportunities. They both proved they can play the position and that's a major plus for us as a football team. We need that. They both have a great relationship. I'm looking forward to getting into the summer and letting them work there and then into the fall."
Defensively, Petrino saw some headliners.
"Jake Bequette was in the backfield all night long," Petrino said. "Malcolm Sheppard was in there disrupting. I thought Jerry Franklin really ran around and recognized runs and ran through when he saw holes and made plays in the backfield.
"In the secondary, Tramain Thomas was all over the field, making tackles and plays. He's done that all spring. He's put a lot of pressure on Matt Harris. He's going to be a good, physical safety for us."
The Red team was comprised of the first team, the Whites the backups. There was only one touchdown in the first six possessions, the first of the night when Curtis bolted around left end out racing Thomas and Greg Gatson to get to the sideline. The run went for 55 yards, after Mallett opened the night with strikes to London Crawford for 11 and Jarius Wright for 9.
The second offense, with Wilson at quarteback, got a first down when Jerry Franklin drew a face mask penalty. But, that possession ended when Wilson threw long over the middle and Matt Harris made the interception.
Thomas then intercepted Mallett on the next play after Mallett scooted out of the pocket.
The White offense converted one first down, Wilson's 29-yard pass to Reggie Fish. But that drive didn't net any points after reaching the Red 15-yard line. Backup kicker Cameron Bryan was wide left on a 42-yard field goal.
The next two drives ended in punts -- one of them a 47-yarder by Mallett -- before Mallett and the starters rolled 81 yards in 14 plays. They converted two fourth-and-8s. Mallett erased the first one with a 9-yard strike. He hit Wright for 10 to the 11-yard line. Mallett hit D. J. Williams near the sideline for a 9-yard TD pass, although it appeared the tight end stepped out of bounds near the 2-yard line -- on the first play of the second quarter.
Wilson took over for the next two possesions, one with the Whites and then another with the Reds. There was one first down with the backups before a punt. He led the Reds from their own 5-yard line to the 15-yard line, but a fourth-down completion to Williams came up one yard short.
Jim Youngblood took over at quarterback with the White team, but that resulted in a three and out.
Mallett then engineered a 7-play, 50-yard touchdown drive with Broderick Green covering the final yard. The big play was a 36-yard pass to Wright. However, Mallett would have been sacked on a play that the whistle did not blow earlier in the drive.
Wilson found Childs for a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the White team on the scoreboard. Childs fought off cornerback Isaac Madison for the ball around the 20, then coasted to the end zone.
Mallett returned to lead the Red team to the end zone in a 65-yard march over the final 1:18 of the first half. He passed to Adams for 15, Wright for 20, Adams 18 and then Adams again for the final 14 with the wideout beating Thomas on a corner route.
The second half didn't include as many possessions with the clock running throughout. There were no points until the second Red drive, a 10-play, 80-yard TD march with Van Stumon covering the final two yards. Curtis had a fumble midway in the drive, but Williams grabbed it and pushed forward to complete a 15-yard play. Curtis took a swing pass for 22 yards.
Wilson led a 52-yard TD march with the starters, finding Crawford for the final 23 yards. The first team defense gave up a 60-yard sweep from Adrian Davis on a fake reverse. There were TDs in the final two possessions of the night, a Youngblood to Childs pass for 20 and a 24-yard scamper from Curtis.
There were no live kicking situations and there was only one field goal try.
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson saw good and bad on the night, but summarized that his unit improved this spring and finished as a much more physical side than at this point last season.
"With the exception of the last two minutes of the first half, I thought the Red defense was playing really well," Robinson said. "They were comfortable, executing and stopping the run. Then, to give up the long pass -- I just didn't like the response.
"I thought we came back in the second half and played again like we did for the better part of the first half, and then all of a sudden we lost our focus. We just can't afford to to that, kind of like the end of games last year. Fortunately, we had a lead.
"To be honest, I thought they flew around. From watching it on the sideline, I thought the White team did an exceptional job. I thought our tackling was better. There were a lot of hats on the ball. We hadn't seen that (from the second team). I thought they played with a lot of energy. They executed things and were relentless to the football.
"We were a lot further ahead than we were at this point last year."
Robinson didn't mind that some sacks didn't get called.
"We got to find out how we were executing other stuff and I'm glad that was the case," Robinson said. "What if it doesn't happen. We have to see how things are happening in the backend and across the lower end with the linebackers. So that was fine. So if there wasn't a sack, we didn't continue to execute."
Tim Horton, the running backs coach, saw good and bad Saturday night.
"I both pleased and disappointed tonight," Horton said. "We had some home runs and we probably didn't have enough of those this spring. De'Anthony had a couple of long touchdown runs which was really good. I was disappointed that we put the ball on the ground because we are not a group that does that.
"De'Anthony put it on the ground once, Dennis once and Mitchell Bailey put it on the ground once. To have four fumbles -- we had one as a group last year -- to do it four times in one night is not going to cut it, not acceptable.
"I thought our pass protection was real good and we caught the ball out of the backfield well for the most part. I'll have to watch the tape to see about yards after contact and make 'em miss yards -- we call them bully yards -- but I don't think I saw enough of those as I'd like, from first impressions.
"We are better than we were a year ago, but not near where we need to be."
Petrino said he was able to focus on the play of the offensive line since he wasn't concentrating on play calling.
"We are getting better in protection," he said. "I thought we did a good job there. DeMarcus Love to tackle has been a good move. We are getting better at guard. Grant Cook looked like he did well. He's struggled some thins spring, but he had a bad cut on his foot that held him back. We'll continue to look at Cook and (Seth) Oxner there and they'll battle."
Bobby Petrino gives instructions early in the evening on Red-White night.
Broderick Green powers for yards.
De'Anthony Curtis had big plays and also lost a pair of fumbles.
Adrian Davis pulls down Mitchell Bailey.
Dennis Johnson follows a block by DeMarcus Love (65).
D. J. Williams dives for the end zone.
Greg Childs had two TD catches.
Jarius Wright makes a cut with one of his seven catches in the Red-White game.
Joe Adams also had seven catches.
Ryan Mallett was 15 of 26 passing with two interceptions, two touchdowns.
Felix Jones (left) and Darren McFadden received big ovations from the crowd.
Tyler Wilson loads up for a pass.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated