It has not been an easy season for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who faced their third consecutive ranked opponent in a row last Saturday.
The Razorbacks traveled to Oxford to take on the #17 Ole Miss Rebels, and there was some worry from Arkansas fans that the offense wouldn't be able to keep up the scoring pace with their opponents.
The Razorbacks' offense, led by sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson, showed they can.
In a game that featured a potential shootout from both teams, it was Jefferson that had one of the best performances of the game. Jefferson threw for 326 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a quarterback rating of 80 on 25 completions (out of 35 passing attempts). He also rushed for 85 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry.
The entire offense of the Razorbacks outgained the high-power offense of the Rebels 676 yard to 611 yards, as well as first downs accounted for, 39-to-22.
Arkansas turned the ball over two times to the Rebels' defense, which couldn't find an answer to stopping the dynamic abilities of Jefferson. The sophomore quarterback has been calm and poised finding the right passing opportunities to his receivers. Star wide receiver Treylon Burks caught seven receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. Warren Thompson and Trey Knox each caught touchdowns from Jefferson.
After the touchdown pass from Jefferson to Thompson with no time left in the game, Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman decided to go for a two-point conversion to win the game instead of tying it and potentially going into overtime. College football analysts felt that the decision was right, but the play-call, which was an RPO rollout that had Ole Miss creating too much pressure on Jefferson to throw the ball to the receiver, was not good.
Pittman felt confident that Jefferson could win them the game and get them to 5-1 overall with a win over a dangerous Ole Miss. Arkansas has plenty left to play for as they will now get ready to host the Auburn Tigers, 4-2, in Fayetteville.
One thing is for certain: the Razorbacks are confident they can beat any team. Their confidence in quarterback KJ Jefferson is growing even more.