ALEX COLLINS — Collins finished with 131 yards on 20 carries, including a 50-yard touchdown giving Arkansas a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. He broke into open space and planted hard in front of the last defender before juking away and scampering untouched to the end zone.
Key numbers in Texas A&M’s 35-28 overtime win against Arkansas:
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas ended its frustration in emphatic fashion earlier this month, snapping a 10-game losing streak with a 73-7 win against Nicholls State.
FIVE KEYS TO TODAY’S GAME
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight didn’t see his teammate.
1. Not Satisfied: Arkansas put together a 212-yard rushing performance in the 52-14 win against NIU, finding success against a rushing defense that had allowed 81 yards a game.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas recorded its most important win under Bret Bielema two weeks ago, traveling to Lubbock, Texas, to beat Texas Tech 49-28.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas didn’t win last year’s game against Texas A&M, but running backs coach Joel Thomas still took a fond memory away from the night.
1. Ellis, Gaines Ready: Arkansas is preparing to face one of the nation’s most explosive offenses Saturday.
DUMAS — The gasp was audible — if only for a split second — on Tuesday morning inside the Dumas High School Gym.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen saw the pressure coming from the right side of the offensive line Saturday, but didn’t lose his cool.
1. Third-Down Success: Arkansas wants its offense to stay on the field against up-tempo teams by putting together long drives that eat clock and produce points.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith hadn’t started breaking down film of Texas A&M’s offense when he met with the media Sunday.
1. Difficult Division: The SEC West continues to cement its title as the most difficult division in college football with six teams ranked in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll.
Grading the Five Keys
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas was confident its punishing ground game would produce against Northern Illinois, but knew it needed contributions in other areas against an opponent that had won 17-straight road games.
FAYETTEVILLE — Korliss Marshall wasn’t necessarily on Bret Bielema’s bad side entering Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois. He had, however, found himself starting to slip farther down the coach’s list of options.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pass defense turned in an impressive performance in defending Texas Tech’s Air Raid offense last Saturday, breaking up 11 passes and intercepting two more in the road win.
Five players who starred in Arkansas’ third-straight win.
Key Numbers from Arkansas’ 52-14 win against Northern Illinois