Mayhem Breaks Out During Arkansas/Missouri Game


Friday’s Arkansas RazorbacksMissouri Tigers game in Fayetteville really got out of hand fast, despite a lopsided final score.

Missouri ran roughshod over the Razorbacks to the tune of a 48-14 final score, but even more notable than the dominant Tigers’ win was the massive brawl that broke out late in the second quarter.

With Missouri up 10-0, Tigers offensive lineman Cam’Ron Johnson kept pushing Arkansas lineman Zach Williams on the ground after the whistle, leading to a significant Razorbacks response from John Morgan III.

Both benches were held back as a circle of players fought and brawled their way across most of the field. Punches were also thrown, leading to several player ejections.

CBS Sports analyst Gene Steratore said he believed there could have easily been more than three players ejected after the fight.

“Look, there are probably more than just the amount they announced that could be ejected and quite frankly should be ejected,” Steratore said on the broadcast. “It’s a really tough place to be at as an official.”

Nov 24, 2023; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Missouri Tigers tight end Brett Norfleet (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Missouri won 48-14. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas Razorbacks Going Down Fighting

The fight didn’t start in a vacuum. One play earlier, Arkansas was called for a late hit penalty after showing Missouri quarterback Brady Cook out of bounds.

After the game, Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz was, unsurprisingly, critical of the Razorbacks, saying “We were here to play football. They were here to fight.”

It’s an ignominious end to the season for Arkansas, closing out a disappointing 4-8 campaign with a 1-7 conference record. Head coach Sam Pittman likely isn’t quite ready for the official hot seat treatment, but it’s rapidly getting there.

The fight obviously wasn’t his fault, but the Razorbacks were never really competitive in Friday’s game. Or for much of the season, for that matter. It’s never a great sign for a program when the most exciting part of the game for the home fans is a fight, but that’s the kind of year it’s been in Fayetteville.

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