Bobby Petrino turned heads on his return to Arkansas with Missouri State on Saturday as the Bears took a 24-17 lead over the No. 10 Razorbacks in the fourth quarter. Petrino, who coached Arkansas from 2008-11, is in his third season with the FCS program after his hiatus at Western Kentucky and Louisville – his second stint with the Cardinals – following his unofficial departure from Arkansas.
The Bears took a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter after taking advantage of the Arkansas team’s weakness. But even with the help of the Razorbacks’ mistakes, Missouri State moved football well. Arkansas eventually returned to tie the game at 17 in the third quarter before a big gamble from Petrino paid off to give Missouri the top spot once again.
Showing a fourth and a 1 at Arkansas 47 late in the third quarter, Petrino maintained his offensive on the field. The fake action game worked perfectly with quarterback Jason Shelley hitting Ty Scott wide for a touchdown that put the Bears forward. The Razorbacks had their best season since Petrino’s departure in 2021 under head coach Sam Pittman, who is now in his third season, and the loss would be a stunning result for a program that just reached the top 10 in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time. time since 2012.
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