Five Keys Review
1. Handle The Tempo
FAYETTEVILLE — Quarterback Brandon Allen’s status is unclear for Arkansas’ first road game after injuring his shoulder in the 24-3 win against Southern Miss.
But the sophomore isn’t alone. The status of Rutgers starting quarterback Gary Nova is unclear as well after he left his team’s 28-10 win against Eastern Michigan.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ starting quarterback stood on the sideline with his right arm in a black sling, protecting his injured shoulder.
Arkansas’ bend-but-don’t-break defense and grind-it-out run game made sure sophomore Brandon Allen’s absence didn’t result in a loss on the field, too.
FAYETEVILLE — Late in the first quarter, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was flushed from the pocket on third-and-goal from the Southern Miss 5-yard line. He scrambled and dove into the end zone for the Razorbacks’ first points in a 24-3 win.
But it was the last play of the day for the sophomore.
Smith Sack Leader
Senior defensive end Chris Smith sacked Southern Miss quarterback Allan Bridgford three times Saturday on his way to tying for seventh place with Jamaal Anderson on the Arkansas career sacks list with 17 1/2. Wayne Martin, who played in 1985-88, holds the Arkansas record with 25 1/2. One additional sack will put Smith ahead of Scott Long (1989-92) and at number six on the career list.
ALEX COLLINS: The freshman running back continues to impress, running for more than 100 yards in each of his first three college games. Collins is the first running back in the Southeastern Conference to do that and the first to do it in the NCAA since Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson. For the game, he had 115 yards on 25 carries. Collins entered the game leading the SEC in rushing with 151.5 yards per game. A week earlier, his 172 yards against Samford ranked first in the nation among freshman running backs.
JONATHAN WILLIAMS: The starting tailback for Arkansas rushed for over 100 yards for the third straight week. Williams carried the ball 16 times for 116 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He went into Saturday’s game tied for 12th in the country in rushing yards per game with 138.5. His highest rushing total for the season was in the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette when he had 151 yards, including a 75-yard TD run.
By the numbers:
15 — Losses in a row for Southern Mississippi, the longest losing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
FAYETTEVILLE — The production has been impressive after two games, but don’t count Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams among those surprised.
It doesn’t matter that he and freshman Alex Collins have teamed to accomplish something never done before at Arkansas. The running backs have gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in each of their first two games.
GIMME FIVE — KEYS TO TODAY’S GAME
1. Handle The Tempo
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ defense knows there will be opportunities Saturday.
The coaching staff has made it abundantly clear in preparation this week.
1. No Trouble With No-Huddle
Arkansas has prepared for another no-huddle, spread offense this week. But just like its past two games, defensive coordinator Chris Ash said he expects his group to live up to the tempo challenge against Southern Miss.
FAYETTEVILLE — The news was hard to come to grips with last Friday night, but Arkansas safety Alan Turner wouldn’t waver in his decision.
He wanted to play. He had to play. It was what his father would’ve wanted.
1. Lake Back In Fold
Arkansas linebacker Jarrett Lake didn’t travel with the team to Little Rock last week while serving a one-game suspension for an unspecified reason.
1. Assessing Allen
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was impressive in the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, completing 15 of 22 passes for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas put together two impressive touchdown drives to cap its fourth-quarter comeback against Samford last Saturday.
So with the Razorbacks back on top 31-21, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had a suggestion for his offense when it went back onto the field late in the game.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ nonconference basketball schedule will highlighted by a trip to the Maui Invitational and home games against Clemson and SMU.
The finalized scheduled was released by the Razorbacks on Monday. It came a few weeks after the SEC unveiled the 16-game conference schedule. Arkansas’ 13 nonconference games begin with the season opener SIU-Edwardsville on Nov. 8 in Bud Walton Arena and end with a home game against Texas-San Antonio on Jan. 4.
FAYETTEVILLE — Chris Ash hasn’t changed his stance after two games.
Sure, the Arkansas defense has played pretty well. The Razorbacks forced two turnovers and collected four sacks against Louisiana-Lafayette. They held Samford to 231 yards last Saturday even though three key starters weren’t on the field.
1. Collins Earns SEC Honor
Arkansas running back Alex Collins helped the Razorbacks avoid disaster last Saturday, leading a fourth quarter comeback during the 31-21 win against Samford.