3 things we learned about Arkansas’ 24-13 win over Vols

Prince Robinson
Baxter Bulletin
Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) runs the ball as Arkansas Razorbacks linebacker Zach Williams (56) defends in the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nov. 7, 2020

Arkansas is back on track.

The Razorbacks orchestrated a huge third quarter to defeat Tennessee 24-13 at home. Arkansas improved to 3-3 on the season as the Vols fall to 2-4.

Here are three things we learned about the Razorbacks:

Second-half dominance

This season, Arkansas hasn’t always been able to bounce back from their first-half woes. Versus the Vols, the Razorbacks scored 24 unanswered points after intermission, led by quarterback Feleipe Franks’ array of passes.

The run game was heavily involved as Rakeem Boyd saw more carries after the half.

Franks completed 18 of 24 attempts for 215 yards with three touchdown passes.

Suffocating defense

Arkansas’ defense makes headlines every week, but this week looms large. Vols’ quarterbacks Brian Mauer, Jarrett Guarantano and Harrison Bailey combined for just 107 yards and 11 completed passes.

Vols running back Eric Gray rushed for 123 yards but took 31 carries to do so as Tennessee tried to pound away on the ground until forced to pass after falling behind.

Arkansas intercepted two passes.

Solidified dual threat

Franks has become something the country didn’t expect. Head coach Sam Pittman has gotten Franks involved in the run game.

For the fourth consecutive game, Franks has carried the ball 10 or more times. He had 14 carries versus the Vols to gain 18 net yards (with sack yardage factored in), with a long run of 24 yards.