Passing Fancy Sets Record

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino didn't want to be stubborn in Arkansas' 48-10 victory. He took what the Bears gave the UA offense.

There have been times when Arkansas has run it just to run it. Maybe over and over and over.

But in the Bobby Petrino era, that isn't going to be the case. If the opposition dares the Arkansas playcaller to pass, it's obvious he'll pass.

The Hogs did that to the tune of a school record 447 passing yards in the 48-10 victory over Missouri State. But even this time, Petrino said he did call some runs just to work on it.

"We did try to force the issue (with the run) a few times on the goal line," Petrino said. "We wanted to get the ball to Broderick Green. We ran it to run it.

"Really, they were covering our center and both guards and then running two more through the "A" gap. When people do that, you throw the ball."

That situation did produce two touchdown passes from Tyler Wilson on the goal line.

"We did have to settle for one field goal that should have been a touchdown (if passes had been called)," Petrino said. "I felt like we were calling pass plays on every first down. Most games, we want to be 50-50 on first down.

"The key was our protection. I thought Ryan Mallett did a great job on calling our protections. Our guards gave us room. They held the pocket.

"We have a lot to learn, but this was a great learning situation and we executed. That's what we wanted to do, come in here and execute our stuff."

What about setting the record?

"We hope to break it again," Petrino said, flashing a smile. "I thought we made some awesome catches. Jarius Wright made one on the goal line with one hand that the ball kinda slipped out from Ryan that probably would have been an interception.

"I'm just happy about the maturity we showed tonight. To be honest, we practiced a lot for Georgia in this camp."

Mallett, who completed 17 of 22 for 309 yards, said he was on the ground only three times all night. And, even that was fun.

"It was awesome," he said. "You play football to get hit and that happened. This was everything we expected. It was a life-long dream."

Mallett hit on his first nine throws.

"I didn't know that," he said. "But I don't worry about stats. I'm not a stat guy. I think about wins and losses."

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