Dominant rushing attack helps Arkansas knock off Texas Tech 49-28
Arkansas beat a team from a Power Five conference for the first time since October 13, 2012 – the first in Bret Bielema’s tenure – in a dominant 49-28 road win over Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders knew the run was coming, but the Razorbacks’ powerful ground game could not be stopped. Of Arkansas’ 499 total yards of offense, a whopping 438 came via the run.
The backfield duo of sophomore Alex Collins and junior Jonathan Williams racked up yards at ease, collectively averaging 7.3 yards per carry. On 27 carries, Collins gained 211 yards and scored twice (including one from 84 yards) while Williams racked up 146 yards and four scores on 22 carries.
Neither defense could muster many stops in the first half, and a Williams 12-yard score with 1:30 left in the second quarter gave the Razorbacks a 28-21 lead at half. Arkansas received the second half kickoff and methodically executed a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock. The team’s next drive covered 82 yards on 13 plays in 6:43, exhausting the Texas Tech defense and giving Arkansas a lead it would never relinquish.
Brandon Allen attempted just 12 passes for the Hogs – completing six of them for just 61 yards – but he also ran for a shifty 5-yard touchdown scramble on a third-and-goal in the third quarter.
Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb threw for 252 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. The fact is, it could have been a lot worse for Webb. He threw into double and triple coverage on multiple occasion and had a handful of passes deflected that could have resulted in a few more turnovers.
Though Texas Tech hasn’t been great this season, this is a pretty big win for Bret Bielema’s program. There’s no doubt that the Hogs have been steadily improving under his watch, despite last season’s 3-9 record. Several conference games went down to the wire for Arkansas down the stretch last season, and Bielema’s team managed to keep things relatively close with Auburn for much of the season opener.
Now 2-1, Arkansas will welcome Northern Illinois to Fayetteville next Saturday before three consecutive SEC games against Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia.
It won’t be easy for Bielema to get his first SEC win, that’s for sure.
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