Oct 13, 2012 7:28 PM by Kyle Scott
Joker Phillips took 68 players to Fayetteville for the Wildcats game against Arkansas. Forty-two of those players were either a freshman or sophomore. And that inexperience showed quickly.
On the first play from scrimmage for Arkansas, Tyler Wilson hit Jonathan Williams for a 74-yard touchdown pass. More than half of the yardage came after the catch -- Williams made a few Wildcats miss as he ran across the field and into the end zone. The catch and score were both firsts for the Arkansas true freshman.
The Razorbacks' second possession lasted a little longer. Dennis Johnson capped off an 11-play drive with a rushing touchdown from three yards out to make it a 14-0 game.
The biggest break for Kentucky may have come at the 3:32 mark in the first quarter. Lightning struck within six miles of the stadium resulting in a weather delay that last an hour and five minutes. The players went to their respective locker rooms and had a chance to re-group before the half.
However, the break didn't seem to make much of a difference. The Razorbacks resumed play the same way they started the game -- taking the ball right down the field for a touchdown. Wilson found Johnson out of the backfield for a short touchdown pass to make it a 21-0 game with 1:58 left in the first quarter.
And the Hogs were not done scoring in the first.
Arkansas would get the ball back with seconds remaining in the opening quarter and they went back to the first play of the game. Wilson hit Jonathan Williams out of the backfield for a 77-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-0 as the first quarter came to an end.
The second quarter wasn't much better. Arkansas added 14 more points while the Cats tried a little bit of everything -- Morgan Newton replaced Jalen Whitlow as the quarterback, only to be replaced by Whitlow later in the quarter.
When the first half finally came to an end, not only did Arkansas have a commanding 42-0 lead but they outgained Kentucky 444 to 88. Tyler Wilson had 331 of those yards through the air with four touchdown passes.
Wilson added one more touchdown pass in the third quarter before being taken out of the game (coach's decision).
Kentucky would put a crooked number on the board after Arkansas took a 49-0 lead. Whitlow found La'Rod King for a 61-yard touchdown play. That was the score when lightning struck again -- literally.
With 5:08 left in the third quarter, mother nature suspended the game again. This time for good.
Arkansas 49. Kentucky 7.