"It's a disappointing game for us," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said of a 30-17 loss to the Rebels on Saturday. " We didn't play the way we are capable of playing in all three phases.
"Offensively we just had way too many negative plays, way to many mistakes in our protections," Petrino added. "Some of that caused because of their speed and their doing their job well. I am not going to take anything away from Ole Miss, but we didn't execute and play the way we needed to.
"Defensively we didn't tackle well and we gave up way too many big plays," Petrino continued. "Special teams – I just didn't feel like we played up to speed. We didn't punt the ball well. We didn't change the field. We had been flipping the field most of the year, particularly on kickoff returns and we didn't get that done."
"We didn't play with a lot of emotion and a lot of passion," Harris said. "We were just kind of out there going through the movements.
"There were no excuses. Right after the game and still to this day, I can't put my finger on why we came out like we did.
"The first half was kind of disgraceful, but then the third quarter we showed signs of hope, but even then we didn't hold onto it like we should have," Harris added. "It was kind of reminded me of last season – an immature team in that we really didn't want to finish the game like we should have."
Senior tailback Michael Smith even suggested that the Razorbacks might have even overlooked No. 25 Ole Miss after losing to No. 1 Florida just 23-20 the week before.
"We played Florida so close or so tough that we maybe took Ole Miss for granted and forgot that this is the SEC and at any given time anybody can beat anybody," Smith said. "We just felt like well, OK, we played the number one team so close, we're going to run over Ole Miss and we didn't prepare the way that we needed to coming up to the game, coming off of the practices. That may be Friday night meetings or Saturday morning walk-throughs. Just our whole mindset wasn't where it needed to be. We felt like the game was already won before we had played it."
Next up is Homecoming Saturday night in Fayetteville at 6 p.m. against Eastern Michigan (0-7).
Petrino is just happy to be home after having just a pair of games on-campus since the season began.
"We are excited to be home," Petrino said. "It has been a long time since we played in Fayetteville. Eight weeks into the football season and we have only played two games in Fayetteville. It will nice to be home and have Homecoming. We have to have a great week of practice and get back and tackle well in practice, make sure and we eliminate our errors offensively and in our protection and run the ball better. There is a lot for us to work on and we are looking forward to the game Saturday."
Arkansas will definitely be without cornerback Ramon Broadway (hamstring) and could be also missing cornerback Rudell Crim (hip-pointer).
That would make junior Andru Stewart and true freshman David Gordon the starters.
"Ramon will be out, he is not going to be able to get back this week," Petrino said. "He has got a hamstring that is substantial. Hopefully it gets healed up. The one thing about Ramon is his history – he heals fast and hopefully he will be back a week from now.
"I think Rudell has a chance," Petrino added. "It ends up being a hip-pointer. We took him in and got X-rayed and the X-rays were negative. He has made a lot of progress since Saturday so he probably has a chance to play."
The Razorbacks could get a boost from the return of starting wideout Joe Adams, who has been out the last few weeks after what was diagnosed as a mild stroke.
"Joe has an appointment in Little Rock on Wednesday morning," Petrino said. "That is really the only thing that I know. He is real antsy. It is hard on him not to play and be at the game and not be out there contributing. It is all in the doctors' hands. Whatever they say obviously is what is going to happen. We are in un-chartered water because there has only been one other case ever like this."
The Razorbacks will ease up in practice this week – something normal for most teams at this point in the season and something that Petrino said he made a mistake by not doing so before the Ole Miss game.
"It is something that you think about afterward," Petrino said. "There is no question about that. I wondered if maybe we were fatigued mentally and maybe we were fatigued physically. That is kind of an excuse, too, so you really don't like to talk about that. But it is something that crosses your mind.
"It is the part of the year where you cut practice time back and you really work on getting to the game fresh both physically and mentally," Petrino added. "I pushed it one week more I felt like getting ready for the Ole Miss game. I felt like we could continue to work the same schedule that we were. I thought we were real fresh in the Florida game, but maybe I made a mistake there."
Eastern Michigan is coming in off a 29-27 loss to Ball State, who was 0-7 going into the clash of beatens.
Harris talked about how his team can't take the Eagles lightly despite their woeful record.
"An 0-7 Eastern Michigan is going to be a game that you are going to have to fight the urge to take lightly," Harris said. "This is obviously an 0-7 team and not an SEC team. We just got done playing the number one team in the country in Florida and Ole Miss. But we can't go in there and just look past them and straight to a South Carolina team or something like that. We are going to have to go out there and still play football because they are a college football team and they do have athletes out there that can score touchdowns."
Senior wideout Lucas Miller said there will be no taking anybody lightly from here on out.
"You mention they're 0-7 and we're coming off losses, but it's a trap game," Miller said. "I was sitting over there while he (Harris) was saying that and I was like, we can't take this game lightly. You can't take any game on our schedule lightly.
"We're going to go out, we're going to approach it in practice this week the same we approach any team," Miller added. "It doesn't matter their record because at this point, records, we're not thinking about records. We're looking at film and that's what we're basing it on. This week's game is all we're focused on and to be honest, we're focused on ourselves. When we're clicking and we believe in one another, that's all that matters because we can only beat ourselves in our mind."
Petrino has looked over Eastern Michigan tape and offered up a scouting report.
"They are struggling," Petrino said. "Defensively they have given up a lot of rushing yards and teams have ran the ball very well against them. They are a new staff, first time there.
"Offensively, they're primarily going to line up in one-back sets with either three wide receivers or two tight ends," Petrino added. "They have a quick passing game and like to mix the play-action game, runs and quick passing game."
The UA coach made it clear that he plans to run the ball more this week and that he should have done that more at Ole Miss.
"We need to run it better," Petrino said. "We needed to run it more. We needed to be more patient. That's my fault. When we got down, we took one drive and were pretty patient. What hurts is the number of opportunities. I think we had 58 plays to their 80-something."
Petrino made it clear that it was more about Arkansas getting better this week in practice than who the team it was facing this week or what schemes are brought to the table.
He also stressed that there was only one acceptable finish to the season.
"We have to really worry about ourselves preparing this week in practice to get better for the stretch run," Petrino said. "We've got five games left. We have to make a good run and we have to get into a bowl game."