5 takeaways from Arkansas' win over Southern Miss
Arkansas handed Southern Miss its 15th consecutive loss on Saturday. There were several things that stood out in the game. Here are the five things I am taking away from Saturday.
1. Alex Collins makes history
There have been some great running backs to come through the SEC, but true freshman Alex Collins did something that none of them accomplished: rush for 100 yards in each of their first three games as a freshman. Collins finished with 115 yards and a touchdown to accomplish the feat.
2. Brandon Allen proves his worth to the Arkansas offense
Brandon Allen scored a five-yard touchdown late in the first quarter for Arkansas’ first score of the game. That head first dive into the end zone would be the last we would see of Brandon Allen on the day as he hurt his shoulder on the play. X-Rays were negative and the initial thought is Allen won’t miss any time. Allen proved his worth to this team when he was out. The offense was out of sorts with AJ Derby at the helm. As a result, the Razorbacks ran the ball 56 times and only dialed up 11 passing plays. Now, Southern Miss couldn’t do anything about this as the Golden Eagles were a three-touchdown dog riding a 14-game losing streak. Against SEC competition Arkansas will need at least the illusion of being able to pass and Allen gives them their best chance to do that.
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3. When your starting quarterback comes up favoring his shoulder, don’t jump on him
It is just good advice.
4. Arkansas should make it two D-Lineman awards in three weeks
Trey Flowers won the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week award to open the season, but fellow end Chris Smith has a good shot at it this week. The defense had to step up for the Razorbacks until the offense could get going and Smith led the way. He had three sacks at key moments and showed great leadership when Arkansas needed it most.
5. Johnathan Williams is kind of good too
In the post-game press conference the buzz was about Alex Collins and his feat, but Williams has been right there with him every step of the way this season also with three 100-yard games. Williams also busted off the biggest play of the game with a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to get the offense its confidence back and put the Razorbacks up two scores. This margin allowed Arkansas to relax a bit on both sides of the ball.