The rain never quit and the temperatures on the field never rose above 45 degrees. So what better time for Brandon Allen to give his arm a rest and take a back seat to the running game?
A week after Allen threw seven touchdowns in a loss to Mississippi State, Arkansas’ senior quarterback allowed Alex Collins and Kody Walker to carry the load. Allen threw for a season-low 102 yards and no touchdowns, but Collins and Walker teamed up for 207 yards and four rushing touchdowns to help beat Missouri, 28-3.
What the win means for Arkansas: The Razorbacks started the season as a top-25 team with SEC title-game aspirations, but that dream quickly evaporated with consecutive losses to Toledo, Texas Tech and Texas A&M in September. But since then, Arkansas has played like a team with something to prove, winning six of their past eight games. Saturday’s win against Missouri was only the latest indication of how far the Hogs have come, dominating both sides of the football and converting six of 14 third downs while also limiting the Tigers to just one conversion on 13 third-down attempts.
What the loss means for Missouri: Gary Pinkel may have coached his final game at Missouri. With the loss to Arkansas, the Tigers dropped to 5-7 and are not bowl eligible. Even though there may be some five-win teams called upon to play in bowl games this year, CBS reported that Pinkel said he would prefer not to accept a bowl bid if they didn’t reach six wins. Pinkel, who is tied for fourth among active head coaches in wins (191), announced earlier this month that he would resign at the end of the season due to health reasons.
How the game was won: It was sloppy early, but Arkansas eventually found its footing, putting the game away with three consecutive scoring drives late in the first quarter and on into halftime. The drives, which all ended in Collins rushing touchdowns, averaged 10 plays, 72 yards and lasted roughly six minutes.
Player of the game: Collins was a nightmare to stop, darting and spinning through the Missouri defense on his way to 130 yards and three rushing touchdowns. With that, Collins became only the third player in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, joining the likes of Georgia great Herschel Walker and fellow Razorback Darren McFadden.