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Oklahoma scored 31 unanswered points to erase a first-half deficit and beat Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The Razorbacks controlled the first half and led 19-10 at halftime, poaching a lot of Oklahoma ball in breakdowns, countering a missed kick to touch for a try and slicing the Sooner backline for another.
OU adjusted well in the second half by keeping its feet in breakdowns, getting support to the rucks faster and keeping the ball in hand. No. 8 Robin Persegol was everywhere and eventually wore the Hogs down. He scored multiple tries and stuffed opposing runs.
The Ronan brothers' tenacity was unrelenting and resulted in Logan Ronan's evasive try. Anthony Barthas delivered good ball at scrumhalf, and David Wallace called a good game at 10 in the second half, which opened up the match. He was also lethal off the tee/ Center John Lucas tackled strong all day. Manny Soto was the spark that put the game away with two huge tries in the second half, and the play of the game was Will Neff's try, splitting the centers from fullback.
"This is a team in progress. We absorbed a tenacious ball-hawking club, made some adjustments at half and stayed in pattern," said Oklahoma coach Doug Neubauer. "It was a gut check performance, and our team raised its level to wear down and outpace a good Arkansas team. The squad improved significantly since Tennessee in both set pieces and delivering aggression both offensively and defensively in the loose, but we still have work to do."
The intercollegiate friendly was OU's last before starting the 7s season in a couple of weeks. Arkansas has Tulsa and Arkansas State before beginning Heart of America conference play next month.