FAYETTEVILLE -University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino met the media Monday in the Broyles Center adjacent to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas turned away Texas A&M by a score of 24-17 inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this past weekend. The Razorbacks, ranked 12th in the latest AP poll, kick off against seventh-ranked Auburn at 2:30 p.m., Saturday on CBS.
Coach Petrino, off to his best start at UA with a 4-1 (1-1, SEC) record, outlined the week’s plans for the upcoming game at Auburn (6-0, 3-0, SEC).
"We’re looking forward to the Auburn game," Coach Petrino said. "Obviously, it’s a big game for us. It’s another game we want to be in, and we’ve got to go down there and come away with a victory. They’re very good. They do a great job of running the ball and throwing it deep offensively, and they’re very sound and physical on defense. So, we’re just looking forward to the preparation and going down there and having a great game."
The Razorback offense has performed at a high level this season, averaging 354.0 passing yards per game to rank first in the Southeastern Conference and third in the country. The exemplary play of Arkansas’ defense has made an impact, ranking second in the SEC in sacks (3.40) and scoring defense (15.0).
Coach Petrino admitted the Arkansas defense has taken the initiative this season in its game preparation and performance.
"It speaks a lot about how far we’ve come," Coach Petrino said. "We felt like we were there at the beginning of the year, but it was always a test. Like I said earlier in the season, we need to have a couple of games where we go out and dominate on defense and have big performances so our confidence level goes up. I think that’s where we are now. I think our players are confident and they should be, because they’re doing a good job of playing."
Coach Petrino made note of how winning tough football games requires character. The Razorbacks preparations for this weekend’s matchup between top 15 ranked teams will begin on the practice fields.
"We’ve practiced hard and executed well in practice," Coach Petrino said. "It’s a hard game, football, and we’re playing against good football teams. You’ve got to just hang in there and find ways to win the game."
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