That's because when Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino gave his team a "halftime break" about 80 plays in, many in the crowd what turned into a nearly 200-play scrimmage was over.
While Petrino didn't sound like he was in an approving mood at all of what he saw from the defenders, UA linebacker Jerry Franklin gave his team a passing grade.
"I give us about a B-minus because we weren't really running to the ball like we should have done today," Franklin said. "There was a lot of busted assignments out there.
"…We kinda got off to a slow start like in last week's scrimmage," Franklin added later. "We just kind of came back in the second half and tried to pick up on that."
Indeed the first-team defense, which was led by Franklin's 13 tackles, did show up better after halftime.
Sophomore defensive tackle Lavunce Askew, who returned an interception 57 yards for a score early in the scrimmage, said defensive coordinator Willy Robinson got his point across during the break.
"When we got to halftime, Coach Robinson told us that we have got to pick it up," Askew said. "When Coach Robinson says pick it up, well, nobody has a spot yet. Everybody is going to work for that number one spot or the number two.
"When he told us to pick it up, everybody came out there with the swagger on and we ran and tapped that hat like our wristbands said," Askew said. "He said our wristband wasn't meaning nothing until we really just put it to work. We just came out there and did our best and you saw what happened – some threes and outs."
All-SEC defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard also thought his unit rose to Robinson's halftime challenge.
"We had some mental breakdowns, but we came out and competed," Sheppard said "We gave up some stuff early, but we regrouped at halftime and came out and performed better. That's just what it is about - coming out and getting better. If you messed up on something, come out and fix it. That's what we did the second half.
"I think we didn't better today (than last Saturday)," Sheppard said. "A lot of the stuff that we do isn't seen because the D-line rushes and if we do get to the quarterback they don't stop the play. I think we did pretty good today. I think we had good pass rushing and I think we had defenders in the backfield during their jobs."
Sheppard didn't take to kindly to quarterback Ryan Mallett's decleating blindside block of defensive tackle Chris Berezansky.
It happened when running back Dennis Johnson reversed his field and Mallett lowered the boom on an unsuspecting Berezansky.
"I'm not a fan of that," Sheppard said. "Mallett is a guy that sits in the backfield and we are not allowed to hit him. For him to go and hit somebody else, well, if he does it in a game I am going to be up and cheering. But it's a practice and Berezansky is a good guy. You are suppose to stay off the quarterback and I am sure that if he would have known Mallett was live, he would probably have avoided the hit.
"But it is all competition and it was a good hit, a good block and it was just unfair to Berezansky, but it was a good block."
Askew had the day's longest run – a 57-yard interception return - when he picked a Mallett pass out of the air that was caused when the signal caller's arm was hit by defensive lineman Patrick Jones.
"It was a slide protection by the offensive line and I got off hips, hands and feet and I worked my pass rush move and the ball went in the air," Askew said. "I just looked at it and I thought they were going to call the play dead. But I caught it and I felt like a wide receiver for that split second. When I caught it, my teammates pushed me in the back and said ‘run, run, run, run' so I just ran full speed and made it in."
He made it into the end zone despite speedy wideout Joe Adams catching up with him at the 1-yard line.
"I didn't know he was on me until I bent back," Askew said. "When I bent back I knew it was him so all I had to do was just stretch out."
Franklin wasn't too sure that the big man was going to make it in.
"You always see Lavunce picking up a fumble, but I was surprised he did it in a scrimmage," Franklin said. "He has been doing it a lot in practice lately. I thought he was going to fall out," Franklin said. "I didn't think he was going to make it."
Askew, who played as a true freshman, has been fighting in preseason practice to get in the rotation.
"I can't tell you where I am at, but I can tell you where my destination is," Askew said. "It is to work hard, get on the coach's good side and don't ever get lax, just stay consistent. My daddy always tells me fight for what I need to get and don't give up on nothing."
The scrimmage was over three hours long, but Sheppard viewed as more of an opportunity than a punishment.
When you are out there, you are thinking about making plays," Sheppard said. "In things like this, you want to see how many plays you can make in the plays that you are given.
"We've been prepared for it and going out there and doing 200 plays shows that our preparation hasn't been in vain," Sheppard said.
Sheppard is happy about how the team has progressed through the so-called fall camp.
"Fall camp went great for us," Sheppard said. "I think we got a lot down – got a lot down – and I think players came out and got a lot better at their positions. It's just going to play out for real for our first game. I'm ready for it tomorrow."
He felt like the preseason practices have really helped the youngsters become part of the team.
"I think just getting the younger guys in, incorporating them into the defense, incorporating into the offense and seeing where they are going to fit in and how they are going to help our team," Sheppard said. "That's the main thing that helped us this off-season."