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Bill’s Blog: ECU Gameday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Bill’s Blog: ECU Gameday

8:15 p.m. — This closes out the live blog from the game. We will be back later tonight with additional posts and video from the press conferences. Game story is on-line, and will be written through as quotes arrive. Good night for now from Memphis.

8:08 p.m. — IT IS GOOOOD. Tejada wins the game in overtime for the Razorbacks, 20-17.

8:07 p.m. — Huge Hog Call fills the stadium.

8:06 p.m. — Arkansas is 0-13 3rd down; Tejada for the 37-yard attempt. ECU takes a time out.

8:05 p.m. — Mallett misses Childs.

8:04 p.m. — Green bulls forward to the 20 yard line, third down.

8:03 p.m. — Reverse screen for two yards to Green. Second and eight.

8:02 p.m. — HARTMAN MISSES HIS THIRD STRAIGHT FG.

8:02 p.m. — Pinkney went over the middle, it bounces up high and a late bat away prevents a miracle reception by ECU; Hartman is on for FG attempt.

8:00 p.m. — Lindsay off left tackle for five to open the overtime. Lindsay again to the three and the 17. 3rd and 3 yards to go.

7:58 p.m. — The overtime will be played in the south end zone for the Pirates.

7:57 p.m. — The e-coin toss. Arkansas wins the toss. We will play defense first.

7:56 p.m. — This is the first overtime game in Liberty Bowl history.

7:55 p.m. — Hartman on for 39 yard attempt. UA calls its final time out. Wind is up, IT IS WIDE RIGHT — WE GO TO OVERTIME.

7:52 p.m. — Lindsay takes the handoff and gets to the 22 yard line. ECU calls time out. Winds are NE at 8-10 MPH. Hartman kicked from this same spot and hit the upright.

7:51 p.m. — Pinkney drops back, runs from the pocket. Gets to the 30 and out of bounds.

7:51 p.m. — Pinkney’s QB sneak gets the ball to the 37 yard line. ECU calls time out. 15 seconds left. It is a 54-yd FG now. ECU 2 TOs left.

7:50 p.m. — Pinkney complete but in bounds and 3rd and 1 at the 41. Clock at 20 seconds, now ruled out of bounds. Pinkney’s QB sneak gets the ball to the 37 yard line.

7:48 p.m. — Arkansas calls a timeout before the ball can be snapped. The full moon begins to peak out behind the west stands.

7:47 p.m. — Breeding’s punt is shanked, but makes it out to the 50 yard line. ECU takes back over with 34 seconds left.

7:46 p.m. — Mallett goes deep up field for the long gain, Childs breaks up the interception and UA must punt.

7:45 p.m. — Mallett fumbles shotgun snap, looks trapped, gets away, rifles a shot off the down marker once he’s outside of the box.

7:44 p.m. — Mallett overthrows swing pass to Green.

7:44 p.m. — Hartman’s 39 yard field goal attempt, wind at his back, 1:03 left to play and HE HITS THE LEFT UPRIGHT.

7:43 p.m. — Handoff to LIndsay, out of bounds at 22, takes ball out of middle.

7:42 p.m. — Pinkney goes for the TD and nearly has it picked. Now third and 8.

7:42 p.m. — Arkansas takes a timeout, ECU now at the UA 28 and field goal range for the win. Clock at 1:20.

7:39 p.m. — Lindsay gets 8 to the UA 35 yard line; clock winds under two minutes. Packs on another five for the first down at the 30.

7:38 p.m. — Pass broken up to Cobi Hamilton. Arkansas now 0-for-11 on third down. Punt a little short, returned to the UA 43.

7:37 p.m. — Finds Childs on the near sideline for six. 3rd and 4.

7:36 p.m. — Perfect screen set by Mallett, soft pass and a bobbled drop by Wingo.

7:36 p.m. — Purple fans chanting ECU, ECU.

7:35 p.m. — Punter comes on, fair catch at the UA 14 yard line. Hogs now have 3:33 to break this 17-17 tie. TV timeout on the field.

7:33 p.m. — Lindsay takes back over, moves it to third and two. ECU might be 7-of-15 on third, but that stuff by Hogs is huge; will ECU go for it, 4th and two.

7:32 p.m. — Ruffin gets the first down to the 46 out of the double-tight for ECU. Ruffin again, pushing forward to the 48. Clock runs with under 5. Lindsay takes back over, moves it to third and two.

7:30 p.m. — Lindsay negates the field position with a 16-yard run to the 34. That puts him over 100 yards for the game.

7:28 p.m. — Razorbacks are now 0-for-10 on third down.

7:26 p.m. — Mallett fakes left, rolls right. Has Williams past the marker, Crawford deep. Stops and then lofts for Crawford. He lays out but can’t bring it in. Breeding’s punt gets past ECU and rolls to be downed at the ECU 17 yard line.

7:24 p.m. — Mallett goes incomplete to Hamilton. 2nd and 15. Wright scoops in the hook pattern, reverses on the defender and leaves him for a 14 yard gain.

7:24 p.m. — ECU jumps across the line, but two Razorbacks flinch to cause the flag. Now 1st and 15.

7:22 p.m. — Mysterious 10 yard penalty assessed to Hogs. Announced as delay of game, but we were in a TV time out. Delay of game is five yards. Nevertheless, we start at the 22.

7:19 p.m. — Pinkney stripped but covers his own fumble. Punt to the UA 27, return it to the 32.

7:16 p.m. — Back to the ground for ECU, Lindsay gets one to the 27. On second down, again to the 32. 3rd and 4.

7:15 p.m. — Green gets stuffed for no gain, Hogs now 0-of-9 on third down. Tejada on for a 43 yard attempt, it is wide right; score stands 17-17 with 10:17 left.

7:14 p.m. — Mallett to the left flat for Crawford. 2nd and four. Check at line, hand to Green out of I, to the 25 for third down.

7:13 p.m. — Green again for another first down to the ECU 33, a 13 yard gain.

7:13 p.m. — Green breaks through the middle to the ECU 46 yard line, a 12 yard gain; looks like UA ground game starting to wear down ECU.

7:12 p.m. — Childs in the right flat, UA has had that spot a lot today. 2nd and 3 at the 37.

7:11 p.m. — Hogs go for the return and Norton gets 12 and one tackle away from a big gain; UA sets up shop on own 35 yard line.

7:09 p.m. — 3rd and 18 from the 16 for the Pirates. Pinkney goes underneath to Harris, but only gets to the 29; needed the 34.

7:08 p.m. — Play clock is repaired; played most of the third quarter without it and the clock kept on the field.

7:08 p.m. — But, Arkansas has yet to convert a third down — 0-of-8.

7:07 p.m. — Quick stats: UA 8 first downs to 19 for ECU; 38 plays for 217 yards for UA to 65-284 for ECU; defensive points 10 for UA, 0 for ECU.

7:06 p.m. — Pinkney scrambles against pressure, has no open receivers for his screen, rifles it at the feet of his lineman and didn’t escape the tackle box. Very very late grounding penalty ends the third quarter.

7:05 p.m. — Pinkney checks into one-yard gain running play for Ruffin. Pirates likely to let the quarter run out.

7:03 p.m. — Lindsay scratches out the first down at the 24 yard line. Pirates again taking time off the clock.

7:02 p.m. — Freeney pulls in the catch, but almost picked again by UA. 2nd and 3 at 21.

6:59 p.m. — Incomplete and a rush sets third down, Mallett scrambles for first down marker but receives a very tough spot. Breeding’s punt fair catch at ECU 13.

6:58 p.m. — Pinkney throws poorly into double coverage and out of bounds. ECU to punt. Only the third punt and a partial block by Seth Armburst. This is his second block — the only Razorback with a block.

6:58 p.m. — Same double tight, two wide out formation, this time stuffed for a 2 yard loss. Pinkney has Ruffin wide open in flat and he drops it. 3 and 12.

6:56 p.m. — ECU gets the return out to the 32 yard line. Pinkney to Lindsay on the counter draw for seven yards to the 40. Lindsay again, this time the first down at the ECU 48.

6:53 p.m. — Mallett drops back, takes a little off and Jarius Wright scoops it in for the 41-yd TD; the PAT is good and we are tied again, 17-17, 5:16. That would be a two-play, 36-second touchdown drive.

6:51 p.m. — Hogs return the kickoff to their own 40, Mallett works from under center, hands to Green for a 19 yard gain to the ECU 41 yard line.

6:48 p.m. — First crossing pattern we remember and Harris stretches out for the final yard, ECU TD; PAT is good, Pirates back up, 17-10, 5:52.

6:47 p.m. — Pinkney finds the AutoZone banner wide open in the deep right corner of the end zone, 3rd and 9 at the UA 14.

6:46 p.m. — Pinkney whips it out to the two wide outs, and they execute the pick block and catch to move it down to the 14; 13 yard reception. Back to Ruffin for a yard up the middle.

6:45 p.m. — Ruffin pushes down to the 27 for the first down. ECU staying pretty consistantly in double tight ends, one back, only two wide outs. Powering ahead to eat clock.

6:43 p.m. — ECU gets a solid kickoff return, and a carry by Lindsay puts the Pirates back into UA territory. Pirates keeping it on the ground for 1st down.

6:41 p.m. — ECU is officially in deja vu. Last year, they led Kentucky 16-3 at half before a defensive touchdown opened the rally gates for the SEC team.

6:40 p.m. — Attendance annouced. Attendance is 62,742, the second highest attendance at the Liberty Bowl history. Due to ADA reconfigure since the largest crowd — just over 63K for the 2007 bowl, this would be the largest crowd in the current configuration of the bowl.

6:37 p.m. — Ruffin dropped for a loss by Adrian Davis. Pinkney then picked by Tramain Thomas for a 37-yard touchdown; he now is tied for the team lead with three interceptions; PAT is good, 10-10

6:37 p.m. — Pinkney out of the gun, locks in on his receiver but still makes a 13 yard gain, 1st and 10 at the 31.

6:36 p.m. — ECU breaks the huddle with 12, five yard penalty. Hand off for only three, 2nd and 12 for ECU.

6:35 p.m. — Tejada catches the north wind and rides it five yards deep into the end zone. ECU will down it and start at their own 20.

6:29 p.m. — Mallett goes incomplete to the camera operator behind the endzone, very high. Tejada for a 25-yard field goal attempt; good, ECU 10, UA 3, 10:41 of the third quarter.

6:28 p.m. — Green for nothing on first down. 2nd and goal at the 8. Hand off to Davis, fumbles, UA recovers for 3rd at the 8. Oxner recovers.

6:28 p.m. — Mallett to Williams to the 8 yard line, and the Razorback nation rises in huge excitement.

6:27 p.m. — Pickney picked on third down by Jerry Franklin, returned to the ECU 20 yard line. Deja vu all over again for ECU. Franklin’s team 3rd which leads the team.

6:24 p.m. — Pinkney rolls out aggressively to his right, rockets it on the run 13 yards up field for the first down at the ECU 46. Quick mini huddle near line of scrimmage. Ruffin with the handoff for three, ECU acting slightly no-huddle, but also taking as much time as possible off the game clock.

6:23 p.m. — Pinkney under center, hands off to Lindsay, to the left side and run out of bounds for short three yards.

6:23 p.m. — Kickoff and second half underway, ECU 10, UA 0; Pirates return it to the 32 to start the third quarter.

6:21 p.m. — ECU heads onto field at clock rests for 15 minutes. Neither team is going to have a lot of warm-up time, but that’s understandable with the chill. No one would want to get back on the field quickly.

6:20 p.m. — Razorbacks fighting their way out of the north tunnel as the Eddie Money crew heads off the field; about 30 seconds left on the clock.

6:16 p.m. — Weather now is 28 degrees , wind is 8 mph out of NE, wind chill of 20; halftime ECU 10-0; wind chill suspected much lower in UA locker room. Upon further review, might actually be a lot warmer.

6:12 p.m. — Eddie Money is on the field for the halftime entertainment.

6:00 p.m. — UA quick first half stats — 5 first downs, 10-22 rushing, 8-19-0 for 114 yds passing; 28-136 total yards.

6:00 p.m. — Instead of another hail mary heave, Hogs set up for Mallett to go to the far sideline, set up for a block and run. Gets up field but knocked out of bounds. Hogs end 2 qt with less than 4 min

5:59 p.m. — Mallett completes near side, and now has nine seconds left on third down, lofts this one to Crawford at the 25, ball hits on the ECU 20.

5:57 p.m. — Mallett goes deeeep to Childs, bounces off his hands at the 50 and almost pick out of the air by Joe Adams at the 45

5:54 p.m. — ECU quick first half stats: 11 FD, 22-54 yds rushing; 10-17-0 128 yds pass; 39-182 total yards.

5:53 p.m. — The 33 yard field goal is good, ECU 10, UA 0. An 11-play drive for Pirates. Two scoring drives combine for over 11 minutes of time in the 2nd quarter.

5:52 p.m. — ECU is 6-of-9 on third down until that play, now 4th down and ECU brings on the field goal unit.

5:51 p.m. — Pinkney goes for Bryant in the corner of the endzone, Broadway breaks it up for 3rd and 10.

5:50 p.m. — Two yards for Lindsey to keep the drive moving. Pinkney whips the ball to the near side, loss on the play.

5:49 p.m. — ECU grinding out time with ground game, ball to the Razorback 20 with only 2:20 left in first half. 3rd and long 1 yard.

5:48 p.m. — Pinkney lobs pass to Dewayne Harris, who somehow manages to scoop it over the back of Broadway. 37 yard catch.

5:45 p.m. — Pirates go to the ground after the failed 4th down by UA, now face own 3rd and short at ECU 35. Ruffin gets the first down and more out to the 42.

5:44 p.m. — Media time out. Razorbacks are 0-for-4 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down in the first half.

5:43 p.m. — Mallett looks for DJ Williams over the middle, think it’s the first pass to DJ today, ball pops lose and momentarily thought to be fumble by crowd. Instead, line judge says incomplete. Ball on downs to ECU at 26.

5:42 p.m. — 3rd and 7, Mallett sits in the pocket, incomplete; going on fourth down.

5:41 p.m. — Knile Davis to the 27, Mallett goes deep to Childs in the end zone, just over his finger tips at the back of the end zone.

5:40 p.m. — Mallett drops deep, looks, finds wide open Jarius Wright for the first down to the 29 yard line of ECU.

5:40 p.m. — Another squib kick for ECU, taken by the up man and returned to the 44 yard line, 19 on the carry.

5:38 p.m. — Since that 99-yard touchdown run happened in 1962 when the bowl was still in Philadelphia, that makes this the longest drive here in Liberty Bowl Stadium.

5:37 p.m. — Pinkney was 5-of-5 on the drive on passes; the 99-yard drive ties the Liberty Bowl record (but that was a 1 play drive from back in the day). Media time out for the score.

5:35 p.m. — Lindsey takes in in over the left side, first bouncing into the line, then popping wide for the score untouched. The 99-yard touchdown drive took 13 plays and just over six and a half minutes. PAT is good, 7-0 ECU.

5:34 p.m. — Perfect execution of a pick and pass to Freeney, the block opens space for him to sprint toward the end zone. Game saving tackle by the Hogs at the three.

5:34 p.m. — Ruffin breaks off the left guard for 8 yards. This is the 11th play of the drive, the longest sustained drive for either team.

5:33 p.m. — Lindsey hit in the backfield, but stumbles his way to the UA 49 for the first down.

5:32 p.m. — Pinkney evades solo pressure, slings one to his under receiver and gets it out to the 49. 3rd and one.

5:32 p.m. — Lindsey up the middle for a long yard. 2nd and two at the 42.

5:31 p.m. — Naked wide "screen" to Freeney, he beats the first tackler and gets the ball out to the 40 for a 1st down for ECU.

5:30 p.m. — Ruffin goes again, and grinds out the first down.

5:29 p.m. — ECU stacks heavy to the near side, Pinkney turns and focuses on his sole receiver to the wide side. Manages get a few. Another rush, now 3rd and 1.

5:28 p.m. — Crowd comes to life, Pinkney works from gun, into end zone, finds Freeney open on the near sideline for the first down at the 17.

5:27 p.m. — Pinkney works from his endzone and a loud crowd noise. Hands to Ruffin to the four. Another couple on second down.

5:27 p.m. — Breeding gets off a perfect punt and it is downed right on the one yard line.

5:26 p.m. — Shotgun on 3rd and long, Mallett steps up, rushes ahead, throws at the line of scrimmage and it’s incomplete; 4th down.

5:23 p.m. — Johnson with 28 net yards was leading all after the first quarter, the 7 yard loss will drop him back behind Lindsay who has 20.

5:22 p.m. — Johnson caught behind the line and tries to reverse field to escape, no good and a seven yard loss; 3rd and 15. Arkansas now calls its final time out of the half.

5:21 p.m. — Two teams have combined for only 110 yards of offense on a frosty Liberty Bowl 1st quarter.

5:17 p.m. — First quarter quick stats: UA 3 FD, 8-26 rush, 59 yd pass, 5-10-0; 18 plays, 85 total yards; ECU 3 FD, 8-1 yd rush; 3-8-0 for 24 yd pass, 16 plays 25 total yds.

5:17 p.m. — Dennis Johnson works for extra yardage on the toss sweep to the left side. Fans want flags for contact near the boundry. Seven yard gain sets a 2nd and 8 as the first quarter ends. No score.

5:15 p.m. — First penalty of the game on UA, motion, 1st and 15 now at the 45 of ECU. Right at the snap, UA bench calls a time out; second of the game.

5:15 p.m. — Mallett rolls out to his left, Childs climbs the ladder to bring down the pass that sailed with the wind for a 19-yard first down at the 40.

5:14 p.m. — Green on first down scratches out a yard to the 41.

5:13 p.m. — Mallett finds Joe Adams — guess where, the right flat — Adams makes a move to gain the first down out to the 40.

5:12 p.m. — Wingo, Jr., loses three to the 25 on first down as ECU going hard for the ground stop on first down.

5:12 pm. — Pirate’s Hartman goes for 45 yard attempt, comes up just short of the crossbar, may have been touched; UA 0, ECU 0, 3:02

5:11 p.m. — Lindsey goes again, little gain, 3rd 5 at 20; no backs, Pinkney is CRUSHED on the blitz from the edge by Jerico Nelson, loss to the 28.

5:09 p.m. — Wishbone-like wildcat direct snap to Lindsey, UA not fooled but a five yard gain.

5:09 p.m. — Pinkney incomplete on first down, finds Bowman on the near sideline for 11 and a first down at the UA 26; big hit at the boundry from Ford.

5:07 p.m. — Pinkney on the keeper to the 38 for the first down. First third down conversion of the day for ECU.

5:06 p.m. — Harris takes the catch in the left flat, ECU into UA territory at the 42 yard line for the first time today.

5:05 p.m. — Mallett drops into end zone, evades the safety, delivers to Johnson who wriggles through traffic, but only gets to the 9. 4th down. Breeding’s punt is fair caught by Simmons at the 50.

5:04 p.m. — Short drop by Mallett, gets it to Childs but it dangerously bounces up in the air; no Pirate can pull it in.

5:03 p.m. — From the UA 7, I-formation for Mallett, he turns and tells his own fans to quiet down in the end zone behind him. Green takes the hand-off, no gain as ECU again crowds the line.

5:02 p.m. — As Ryan Mallett comes out for his third possession of the day, we’re at 8:49 on the first quarter clock. The sun is just about down, and the chill has to be really setting in.

5:01 p.m. — And another media timeout.

4:59 p.m. — Pinkney faces some pressure, steps up as he throws and bounces the completion to his tight end. Fourth down and Dodge to punt. Somehow, he gets the punt away against the Arkansas rush. It skips past Norton, who slips and falls; rolls down to the UA seven yard line for a 61 yard punt.

4:59 p.m. — Pinkney fakes, drops deep, rocks off back foot and heaves to a lot of open turf; 3rd and 14 for ECU.

4:58 p.m. — First penalty of the game, false start on ECU, 1-15 now from the 29. Handoff up the middle by Lindsey, hits a wall of Razorback and picks up a single yard. 2nd and 14.

4:56 p.m. — Thus far, a defensive battle as neither offense can stay on track, and the opportunistic defenses have created one turnover each. All the play — except for the kickoff — has taken place on the north 50 yards of the field.

4:55 p.m. — Incomplete to Childs at the 10 yard line for Mallett on fourth down and we go to a media timeout.

4:54 p.m. — 3rd and five, ECU brings blitz, man-to-man, Mallett too low and hard to Wright; 4th down, we are going for it

4:53 p.m. — Ronnie Wingo, Jr., up the middle for the 34, third down.

4:52 p.m. — Incomplete to Cobi Hamilton from Mallett, ECU DB seemed more intent on getting the hit than breaking up or picking the ball.

4:51 p.m. — No backs, Mallett from gun, draw to Johnson and he speeds up field but trips on an lineman’s foot and only gets to the 31; 4th and 6. Punt is high, and mishandled by ECU. Bounces at the receiver’s feet, and caroms wide. Covered by the Razorbacks at the 38 yard line by Jerico Nelson.

4:50 p.m. — ECU crowds the line and stuffs Green for a four yard loss.

4:49 p.m. — First and 10 from the 28, second possession for Razorbacks; Childs incomplete in the right flat; ECU sitting back and UA open.

4:47 p.m. — Apologies to all — the internet remains spotty and we may have gaps today. Media time out.

4:46 p.m. — Hogs take over at their own 28 after the punt.

4:43 p.m. — Pinkney crushed by Freddie Burton, and a flag on the play for intentional grounding. Short gain but third and 18 now for ECU. On third, Pinkney throws into the middle of nowhere and the Pirates punt.

4:42 p.m. — Review stands, UA charged for time out. Pinkney on first down challenges the UA CBs, Ford breaks up as incomplete.

4:39 p.m. — Now we are under review.

4:39 p.m. — Handoff deep into ECU territory, fumble and Pirate ball Dennis Johnson fumbles and ECU on their own 33.

4:37 p.m. — Mallett same play, this time to Jarius Wright. Gets 8 yards for 2nd and 2 at the ECU 42.

4:37 p.m. — Quick hitch to Crawford for 11 yards, first down Razorbacks.

4:37 p.m. — Dennis Johnson is deep for Arkansas, short squib kick taken at the 26, Terrell Williams moves it to the 35.

4:35 p.m. — Clock set to 15 and here we go. Dennis Johnson is deep for the Razorbacks.

4:31 p.m. — Razorback captains are DeMarcus Love, Malcolm Sheppard, Adrian Davis with Michael Smith in street clothes; Virtual coin toss, from midfield on the scoreboard. ECU wins the toss, defers, UA takes the ball.4:30 p.m. — ECU comes out in the middle of a big purple cloud, they run the length of the field after their entry.4:30 p.m. — Official weather from the Memphis NWS — 29 degrees4:29 p.m. — ECU is in the tunnel, the honorary captains from the Liberty Bowl are lining the field.4:25 p.m. — Looks like the Golden Knights are jumping in the game ball.

4:24 p.m. — Flip chart starters for ECU offense, Smith, Scott, OT; Campbell, Dowless, OG; Allen, C; Lindsay, TE; Freeney, Harris, WR; Lindsay, TB; Ruffin, FB; Pinkney, QB.

4:19 p.m. — Liberty Bowl national anthem, with the military tie in, a much more elaborate production than most games.

4:10 p.m. — Razorback marching band takes the field, forms the UofA and gets a huge roar from the almost all Cardinal crowd.

4:03 p.m. — Suddenly, a big internet outage. We’ll keep typing off-line for later.

4:00 p.m. — ECU band opens up the pregame festivities.

3:51 p.m. — To repeat, the Liberty Bowl retains internet rights and we cannot carry any of the RSN radio on RazorVision today. Thus no pregame audio or video and no game audio through RazorVision. We’re sorry, but that’s the way it is.

3:45 p.m. — Ryan Mallett is going from line to line to line of teammates, slapping shoulders, pumping up team, clapping, hopping — generally showing that he is way fired up for this game. Razorback band takes that cue to fire up the fight song, the Red and White pom-poms are going.

3:44 p.m. — Clock has stopped at 52:46, now restarted; rest of the Razorbacks entering the field now.

3:38 p.m. — ECU comes in from the south endzone, they are met by the first Hog Call we’ve picked up through the press box windows.

3:36 p.m. — Making their entrance into the stadium to a huge roar for warm-ups, these are your Arkansas Raaaaazzzzooooorbaaaaacks.

3:34 p.m. — The game clock just started the 60 minute countdown, the crowd is starting to really come in, and it is Cardinal.

3:30 p.m. — We are 60 minutes to kickoff, sort of. Published start is 4:30, and with other bowl games underway, always chance for a five minute slide

3:26 p.m. — The Razorbacks have taken the field and there is a big roar. The Razorbacks are wearing all white today.

3:25 p.m. — ECU clears the field.

3:22 p.m. — You know it is a cold day when the bowl queen is covered in a huge coat — perhaps a snow queen today.

3:20 p.m. — ECU team has left for the most part, except for the QBs, centers and nose guards. They continue to take shotgun snaps in the end zone.

3:10 p.m. — ECU specialists have hit the field, another roar from their corner of the stadium.

3:00 p.m. — 90 minutes to kickoff and the stands are beginning to fill, whole lot of Cardinal fleece filling up the seats.

2:59 p.m. — ECU’s kickers and punters have entered, roar from the ECU band located to our lower left. The Pirates are going with the all-purple uniform, white numbers, no stripes.

2:50 p.m. — As predicted, Cardinal is outnumbering Purple and Yellow, probably 10:1 among the early arrivers.

2:45 p.m. — Razorback band has entered the statdium and is starting their warm-ups, players from both teams have left the field.

2:30 p.m. — Two hours to kickoff and the gates are opening at the Liberty Bowl; traffic is still very tight.

2:25 p.m. — Shadow starting to move across the field, ECU quarterbacks and receivers out; hand full of Arkansas.

2:13 p.m. — We’re about 17 minutes from the doors opening at Liberty Bowl. Fortunately, the wind has died down for the fans, but it remains a brisk

2:10 p.m. — Both sides specialists are walking the turf, hard to separate the two as Arkansas’ bowl warm-ups are black, ECU’s bowl warm-ups are black.

2:05 p.m. — Officials today are from the ACC, and have stepped on the field to do their walkthrough, handful of ECU players now on the field.

2:03 p.m. — Answering a few questions from the Twitter mentions — shuttles run from locations given by Liberty Bowl, we have a story linked here; for our Canadian fans, glad to have you on the feed, but have you checked if ESPN360 goes over the border.

2:00 p.m. — Razorback managers are on the field awaiting the arrival of our specialists, handful of East Carolina folks are huddled around the 15.

1:45 p.m. — If you are not heading toward the Liberty Bowl, we highly recommend you do now — traffic is already tough; or consider one of the shuttles.

1:30 p.m. — Somebody pulled the fire alarm last night at East Carolina’s hotel in the middle of the night, sending the team down the stairwells at about 2:30 in the morning.

1:25 p.m. — Great early minutes here during set-up visiting with Tom McClellan and Sarah Fetters from ECU and some of our Razorback media members.

1:00 p.m. — Parked, set-up and ready for today. The high school bands are on the field rehersing. The Razorback end zone is the north end zone today. It is clear, almost cloudless but cold — really cold — as predicted, and that north wind is gusting to stand up the flags.

12:00 p.m. — Heading out to the Liberty Bowl.

9:00 a.m. — Good morning from Memphis as we close out a week of on-site blogs with today’s gameday coverage. Here are some very important notes until we start the regular updates this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

First, we do not know exactly what type of connectivity we will have at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium press box. This may impact the frequency of updates.

Next — there is no live streaming from ArkansasRazorbacks.com today for the bowl game. Liberty Bowl retains its streaming rights for audio, so we apologize to our regular RazorVision members who are accustomed to listening.

The game video stream is provided from ESPN360. Take a moment this morning to check your availability AND your plug-ins. If it has been a while since you have used ESPN360, there may be changes in drivers for your browser.

If you are in-country with us, remember to check the Liberty Bowl’s parking map, parking lot and shuttle information they issued on Thursday. We have moved that story back up to the front page today in case.



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