A total of 438 rushing yards propelled Arkansas football (2-1) past the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1), 49-28, Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium. Seven rushing touchdowns highlighted the Razorbacks’ offensive efforts.
The Razorback offense produced 499 total yards with 438 coming from the ground. Sophomore running back Alex Collins tallied a career-high 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Jonathan Williams accumulated 145 yards and four touchdowns for the Razorbacks.
On the defensive side, senior Martrell Spaight led the Razorbacks with 11 total tackles, and one interception. Sophomore linebacker Brooks Ellis collected a career-high four pass break-ups, shattering his previous record of one, and collected eight tackles. Tevin Mitchell made his return from an injury to record two pass breakups in the first series of the game. As a team, the Razorbacks recorded 11 breakups on the day.
Arkansas held the Red Raider offense to a three-and-out in their first drive, the second consecutive game the Razorback defense has held the opposing team in the opening drive.
Following a Red Raider touchdown, Arkansas sophomore linebacker Brooks Ellis tallied his first career forced-fumble that was recovered by sophomore tackle Taiwan Johnson on Texas Tech’s 13 yard line. Jonathan Williams punched in a six yard rushing touchdown to tie the game, 7-7, on a drive that lasted two plays, 13 yards and 37 seconds.
On Arkansas’ next possession, junior quarterback Brandon Allen excited the Arkansas bench with a 21-yard rush to place the Razorbacks on the Red Raiders 13 yard line. Williams completed Arkansas’ scoring drive with a 13-yard touchdown to put the Razorbacks ahead 14-7 going into the second quarter.
Following a Texas Tech touchdown, Arkansas retaliated on the next drive. Sophomore running back Alex Collins rushed 15 yards and tiptoed into the Red Raiders’ end zone to place the Razorbacks back in the lead, 21-14.
Spaight then snagged his first interception of the season at Texas Tech’s 42 with a return of 30 yards. Williams punched in a touchdown for a drive that lasted one play, 12 yards and six seconds.
To open the second half, Arkansas successfully completed a fourth down conversation on a 21-yard rush from Williams. The rush placed the Razorbacks in position at Texas Tech’s 18-yard line. Brandon Allen then spun away from a sack and responded quickly under pressure, scampering in a five-yard touchdown and making the score, 35-21.
In exclamation-point fashion, Collins and Williams widened Arkansas’ lead in the fourth quarter. Williams tacked on his fourth trip to the end zone for the day from seven yards out. He became the first Arkansas player since Darren McFadden in 2007 against Florida International to rush for four touchdowns in a game. Collins capped Arkansas’ scoring when he broke free from the line of scrimmage with 10:56 remaining for a career-long 84-yard sprint for his second touchdown of the day and made the final score, 49-28.
The Razorbacks will head home to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. The match-up will be broadcasted on ESPNU.