FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas turned in one of its worst performances of the season last Saturday, struggling in the first half of what became its third straight loss.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas turned in one of its worst performances of the season last Saturday, struggling in the first half of what became its third straight loss.


One mistake turned into two. Then there was another. And another. Before the Razorbacks could stop the slide, they trailed 38-6 at halftime.


But Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman said he and the rest of the Razorbacks’ recognized something promising amid the disappointment. They remembered ugly losses against South Carolina (52-7) and Alabama last season (52-0) as Arkansas recovered to outscore the Bulldogs 26-7 in the second half.


"I think if you look back last year, that game was South Carolina, Alabama where the game got totally out of whack," Pittman said. "We actually had a chance in this one. We came back and it says a lot about our players."


The second-half recovery wasn’t enough for Arkansas to collect its first SEC win under coach Bret Bielema, but did give the Razorbacks confidence the disappointment won’t be remembered as the breaking point of the 2014 season.


The Razorbacks (3-4, 0-4 in SEC) will have chance to prove it today, when they play their final nonconference game against Alabama-Birmingham (4-3, 2-2 in Conference-USA) in Razorback Stadium at 11 a.m.


Arkansas isn’t getting another crack at an SEC opponent after losing three straight in conference play. But the Blazers do present an intriguing challenge after giving top-ranked Mississippi State an early-season test in a 47-34 loss in September.


So Bielema said the Blazers, who have had success under first-year coach Bill Clark, will test Arkansas’ resolve as it tries to end a three-game slide. He believes it remains strong after watching Arkansas’ response to a terrible first half last week.


"Obviously it wasn’t enough to get it done," Bielema said. "But I thought our guys showed them some response, showed some resolve that I was happy to see. Because there were points when we have been here that that hasn’t happened."


The Razorbacks were disappointed they couldn’t get one against Georgia. They’re frustrated the SEC losing streak has been extended to 16 games as well. But Arkansas also realizes it can only blame itself for the losses the past few weeks.


Turnovers and penalties played a big role in Arkansas’ second-quarter collapse in the latest. The Razorbacks turned the ball over three times, had four in the game and Georgia scored 21 points off the mistakes. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen — who threw two interceptions and lost one fumble — said the impact was obvious.


"You always look at stats and teams that don’t turn the ball over in games against teams that do turn it over," Allen said. "The record is ridiculous. We know if we don’t turn the ball over, we have a much better chance of winning."


Defensively, Arkansas hurt itself with a personal foul penalty that kept one drive alive and eventually led to a touchdown. A targeting penalty in the second quarter also ended linebacker Braylon Mitchell’s game and set Georgia up for another score.


There were mistakes in pass coverage in the opening minutes and Arkansas struggled to slow running back Nick Chubb, too. Safety Alan Turner said it was a frustrating effort, especially after the Hogs were stout against Alabama.


"Last week the first quarter we played all right, then the second quarter we went downhill," Turner said. "And then after halftime we came back and we did some things that were good, but we know we’ve got to stay mentally focused at all times. We can’t have letdowns. We’ve got to put all four quarters together."


Arkansas will try to get it done against the Blazers, who are off to a solid start after going just 5-19 under former coach and Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee in 2012 and 2013. Clark has UAB on track to enjoy its first winning season since 2004, which is also the last time the Blazers beat an SEC opponent.


Arkansas has no intentions of becoming UAB’s next victim, though. Not after suffering through its share of losses the past few weeks.


"Losing those games definitely hurt," Arkansas left guard Seastian Tretola said. "And losing them how we lost them, I mean, it really makes you mad. It just kind of shows you you’ve got to get it right. Because if you do get it right, it’s going to be a great."


Bielema said it was clear in the Razorbacks’ second-half performance against Georgia. Arkansas didn’t win, but Bielema believes the response to the frustrating first half was an indication his team hasn’t given up on reaching its goals.


"We did enough positive things to make me feel that this team is continuing to take steps in the right direction," Bielema said about the Georgia loss. "But we’ve got to get a win. We’ve got to get a win as many times as possible with our five remaining opportunities to get where we need to be."