Arkansas coach Bret Bielema all but issued a direct challenge to his defensive coaches and players last week following a 49-30 loss to No. 1 Alabama, a game in which the No. 17 Razorbacks allowed an average of 10.1 yards per play.
It was a challenge Arkansas (5-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) answered in a 34-30 win over No. 23 Mississippi on Saturday, putting together its best all-around defensive performance of the season while winning its third straight over the Rebels.
The Razorbacks held an Ole Miss offense that had topped 500 yards in each of its previous three times to 403, a much-more manageable 5.8 yards per play than a week earlier again the Crimson Tide.