“That has to be the best 1-9 team I’ve ever played against,” said a very relieved Coach Fife. “They made us very aware that we are still vulnerable.” When asked for a response to the ‘best 1-9 team’ comments made by Fife, Coach Petrino seemed distant and unconcerned while watching the last coverage of the New York Jets coaching search. “I’m not too concerned with that Coach Fife said, but did you hear that the Jets have the head coaching position open? Anybody know who they’re planning to interview? I can be made available. Seriously, I love Arkansas but I’ve always dreamed of coaching the Jets! I do great interviews. I’ve had lots of practice!”
The game started out horrendous for Kentucky. Arkansas punched in 3 straight touchdowns on the Cats. The one positive play was a missed extra point by the Razorbacks kicker which kept the lead at 20-0. Two scores were contributed by Arkansas offense lead by ex-Michgan quarterback Ryan Mallet. The other score was given to Arkansas by UK’s own Mike Hartline.
“It was a simple miscommunication with the receiver. He went to a post route when I thought he was running a slant,” said Hartline. The simple miscommunication sent the Arkansas faithful into a frenzy. UK ended the first half down 3-20.
“I made sure every player in that locker room knew that the game was not over. It was, I’ll admit, a little bit of damage control,” said Fife. “The boys play hard until the final whistle. I’m really proud them.” That final whistle didn’t sound until overtime where Kentucky came roaring back behind Mike Hartline, Alfonso Smith, Lones Seiber, and Demareo Ford.