SEC roundup: Arkansas runs over Florida – STLtoday.com
Losing is one thing for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema. Losing in the fashion the Razorbacks did two weeks earlier to Auburn — allowing 543 yards rushing in a 56-3 loss — is another completely.
With a week off to put that humiliation behind it, unranked Arkansas (6-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) bounced back with a dominating 31-10 win over No. 10 Florida on Saturday. And it was the defense that was trampled by the Tigers that led the way, holding the visiting Gators (6-3, 4-2, No. 11 in the playoff rankings) to a season-low 12 yards rushing — on 14 carries.
“To come out of that game and realize we couldn’t stop the run, I just said, ‘I don’t care what we do, we’re going to stop the run on defense,’” Bielema said. “I don’t care if we played with 11 guys or had to play with 12. I’ll take the penalty; we ain’t going to have someone run the ball on us.”
While Arkansas’ defense had its way with a reeling Florida offense, Rawleigh Williams did his best to lead the Razorbacks on offense — rushing for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns, on 26 carries. It was the fifth time this season Williams has topped the 100-yard mark.
The win is the first over the Gators for Arkansas since the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl, and it’s the Razorbacks’ first Southeastern Conference victory over Florida. Arkansas had lost nine straight games to the Gators since joining the league in 1992, but it outgained Florida 466-241 in total yardage on Saturday in its comfortable victory.
The Gators’ only touchdown came on an interception return by Duke Dawson in the first half. Luke Del Rio finished 19 of 37 passing for 229 yards and was intercepted twice. Florida now has failed to