No team in the Southeastern Conference has been penalized more than Arkansas.
The Razorbacks have been flagged 71 times, 10 times more than the second-most penalized team, and have lost 593 yards on those penalties, 109 yards more than any other team in the league.
“We have to quit making mistakes and having unforced penalties,” Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino said. “We need to be more disciplined and play the game better.”
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier offered a potential explanation for Arkansas’ issues.
“Obviously nobody likes a lot of penalties, but for some reason, I can remember back when I coached at Florida, we had a whole bunch of penalties at times, and it didn’t seem to bother us much because we were such a good passing team,” Spurrier said. “Maybe that goes with a good passing team, I don’t know. When you have confidence you can throw the ball up and down the field like they do it, then you can overcome a lot of small penalties.”
Arkansas leads the SEC in passing offense with 360.2 yards per game. Petrino acknowledged that pass protection sometimes comes with more penalties along the offensive line, but didn’t want to use that as an excuse. The Razorbacks have been flagged nine times for personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct.
“It’s not acceptable,” Petrino said. “We have to do a much better job.”