The Arkansas football program stumbled out of the gate in 2016, narrowly edging Louisiana Tech in the season-opener. However, the Razorbacks were able to bounce back in a big way in Week 2 by taking down TCU, 41-38, in double-overtime.
As a result of the big road victory, the Football Writer’s Association (FWAA) has named Arkansas the FWAA National Team of the Week. The win snapped a 14-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs.
Week 2 honrable mentions were Central Michigan, who defeated Oklahoma State with a hail mary on the final play of the game, and Pittsburgh, who took down in-state rival Penn State on Saturday.
The news was announced on Monday’s edition of “Playbook,” hosted by Chris Carlin and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Sports Nation.” It is the first time the Razorbacks have received the honor since 2006 and their third time overall.
“We want to keep you in your seats for four quarters and some,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said after the game. “For college football, I think this is everything you could ask for when you talk about the environment we had here tonight, and the competition that was on the field. We wanted to play our type of football. I think the part I stressed to our guys all week was code red. Being able to play at a heightened awareness on the road. They bought into it all week and persevered.”
Arkanas has now hauled off four straight wins and eight of their last nine, including road wins over No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 9 LSU and No. 15 TCU.
Bielema and the Razorbacks will look to keep things rolling at home this weekend against Texas State.