If any single play sums up Chad Morris‘ bumpy start in Fayetteville, it’s this one.
With just over seven minutes left in the first quarter of its game with North Texas, Arkansas’ punted the ball away from UNT’s 37-yard line on a fourth-and-10 play. The Mean Green’s Keegan Brewer received the ball at his own 10-yard line. And that’s when insanity ensued.
Arkansas’ special teams, for whatever reason, assumed Brewer, a transfer from Kansas, had called for a fair catch. What’s the old saying about the word “assume?” Instead of you and me, it made an ass of the Razorbacks as, after hesitating for a second or so, Brewer took off running and, 90 yards later, was celebrating in the end zone after scoring his first career return touchdown.
The score pushed the Mean Green’s lead to 14-0, one that was extended at one point to 17-0. At the time of this posting, the Razorbacks trail 31-10 at halftime.
After winning the opener against FCS Eastern Illinois, Arkansas coughed up an 18-point third-quarter lead in stumbling to a Week 2 loss to Colorado State. The road doesn’t get any easier for Morris & Company as they face Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama the next three weeks.