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No. 8 Arkansas (1-0) looks to improve on the lackluster defensive effort put forth in last Saturday's victory over Jacksonville State. The Hogs gave up 322 offensive yards (227 passing; 95 rushing) and allowed the Gamecocks to score 24 points.
"We did a lot of things that we can hang our hats on, but, at the same time we know that we can get better each week," said Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith of the Hogs defense. "There shouldn't be a week after any game that we come in completely satisfied. There are things in the game that we can get better at each week."
On the other side of the ball, the Hogs offense looked to be in mid-season form, as they gained 564 total yards. Tyler Wilson completed 19 of 27 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
"Offensively there is a lot that's positive," Arkansas head coach John L. Smith said. "I know we played decent run defense the first half, and the second half the positive would be that we didn't allow a touchdown. Obviously, we are going to have to build on that."
Wilson also broke Casey Dick's record (318 yards) for passing yards in a season opener set in 2008 against Western Illinois. Arkansas also ran the ball for 164 yards on the ground led by Knile Davis. Davis ran for 85 yards and one touchdown.
"I think he [Wilson] handled the offense well," Smith said. "One negative is he dropped one ball early, but that happens from time to time. I thought Tyler did a great job spreading the ball around on the offense. It was good to see him in command like he was."
UP NEXT: ULM
WHERE: Little Rock
WHEN: Saturday, September 8
TIME: 6 p.m.
LAST MEETING: No. 14 Arkansas defeated Louisiana-Monroe 31-7 at War Memorial Stadium in 2010. Ryan Mallett threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, while Greg Childs pulled down 12 receptions for 146 yards and two TDs.
NOTEWORTHY: Arkansas is 7-0 against ULM since the 1999 season.