It was a less than stellar start to the season for Coach Kingsbury and his football team, beating Central Arkansas 42-35, showing some of the same warts that plagued them a season ago.
15 penalties for 114 yards were chief among the issues for the Red Raiders. They also struggled against the run at times during the game, particularly on 4th down. UCA converted all six of their 4th down tries, and five of them were two yards or less and all five of those times Central Arkansas was able to run for the first down, that’s the bad news. The good news is these problems look fixable to the coaching staff.
"All these new faces, haven't been through this,” Matt Wallerstedt said. “I know the expectations are high and we'll continue to squeeze and put pressure on our guys, because they know what the standards are and we're never gonna lay off of that. Regroup have a good week of practice and go down there and perform."
Coach Kingsbury was disappointed in some of the young starters but, all is not lost for the Red Raiders.
“It's all fixable,” he said. “I thought the effort at times was good. I think a lot of our younger new players that we're counting on had the deer in the headlights look, which is disappointing, but it's all fixable. It's fixable and we'll attack it this week.”