1. What we learned
Arkansas was on a mission to break its two-plus year 17 game Southeastern Conference losing streak, while LSU still looked brokenhearted from last week’s 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama. The Tigers could never mount any semblance of an offense, shut out in the regular season for the first time in Les Miles’ 10-year tenure. It’s just the second two-game losing streak ever for LSU under Miles as well. It was a matter of effort and execution on the Razorbacks’ part that the Tigers were simply unable to match from the start.
2. Trending now
LSU’s offense. No doubt criticism will arise of Miles’ unwillingness to sub quarterback Brandon Harris for starter Anthony Jennings, who was just 12 of 22 passing for 87 yards. Jennings was ineffective, but the Tigers’ offensive woes weren’t all his doing. LSU was missing pounding running back Kenny Hilliard (shoulder) and starting left guard Vadal Alexander (hand) didn’t make the trip. Losing center Elliott Porter (ankle) in the second quarter didn’t help anything. LSU had trouble run-blocking and protecting Jennings.
3. Final thoughts
LSU’s injuries aside, this game was in large part about Arkansas’ desire being greater than anything the Tigers could muster after being gut-punched by Alabama. Now, the Tigers have their second open date to figure out some way to inject life into a regressing offense before going to Texas A&M for the regular-season finale, a game in which LSU is certain to have to score a decent number of points to win. What was a resurrected season after the Ole Miss win is now derailed again.