Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman has no regrets on 2-point conversion decision vs. Ole Miss

Nick Gray
Fort Smith Times Record

Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman doesn't regret going for a 2-point conversion with no time left in Saturday's 52-51 loss to Ole Miss.

In fact, he'd go for it again.

KJ Jefferson, who had a tremendous day, threw an incomplete pass on the try, which sealed the win for Ole Miss. The decision wasn't the issue, but the result was not the desired one for the Razorbacks.

"I think I'd do it probably 100% of the time in the situation that we were in," Pittman said after the game. "Ole Miss was just scoring; we were too, but they were just scoring easily. We had to work for a little bit of ours, but theirs were coming in bunches, and a bunch of yards.

"So I thought that was what I wanted to do, and we just didn't convert it."

The play itself was pretty well covered by Ole Miss' defense, as Jefferson could not get to the right pylon with his legs or find his option in the flat. By the time Jefferson tossed the ball into the end zone, there were no good options.

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Regardless of the bad taste left in the mouths of the Razorbacks offense, it was a historic effort. Arkansas scored the most points it ever had in a loss and piled up 676 total yards, including 350 rushing. But it was the last three yards that it needed to secure the victory.

"I liked the grit and the fight that they had offensively coming back to score there at the end of the game," Pittman said. "And I had told them on the last drive if we score with little to no time left on the clock that we're going to go for 2 and make it. I love the play call; we had three options there on the play, and we just didn't convert it."

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) passes against Mississippi during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)