September 10, 2006

One ugly shutout

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas won an ugly game over Utah State Saturday night in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, but the Razorbacks accomplished most of what they wanted to in the 20-0 victory, though several new questions emerged.

The main areas Arkansas was looking to address in this game include to get a win - first and foremost, of course - to allow young backups to see extensive playing time, to allow true freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain to gain some experience, to test sophomore running back Darren McFadden's injured toe, to win the turnover battle and to get out of the game without any serious injuries. All those goals were accomplished except the turnovers.

"I was really proud of our defense. They played hard," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "Offensively, again, we're shooting ourselves in the foot, and that's been our theme song. Fumbled the ball down on the one-yard line, you can't do that. Couple of missed assignments, some missed throws, but those are things you can get corrected. I thought Mitch did a good job for his first start. I was proud of him. He'll keep getting better."

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