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Arkansas Razorbacks 73, Nicholls St. Colonels 7: Ridiculous Numbers From a Blowout

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It's been a long time since Arkansas has beaten anyone as soundly as it beat Nicholls State, so let's take a look at some of the absurd stats from the game

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There's not much you can take away from a game against an FCS team as bad as Nicholls State, or from the score that follows, except that Arkansas might actually be at least a minimally competent team on offense, which would be better than last year. But you can have fun with the stats that come from a blowout, so let's do that.

  • The 73 points was the most Arkansas has scored in what it calls "the modern era." The Razorbacks have scored as many or more points three times, the most recent in a 73-0 demolition of Texas Southwestern in 1928. Their largest score ever came in 1911, when Arkansas scored 100 points in a shutout against Southwest Missouri State.
  • Arkansas scored 118 points last year against the entire SEC West; Saturday's score was almost 61.9 percent of that total.
  • Brandon Allen was 4-of-5 for 117 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Yes, everyone of his completions went for a touchdown, with an average of 23.4 yards per attempt. Allen's passer rating was 540.56.
  • Arkansas ran for a total of 495 yards on 40 carries, for an average of 12.4 yards a rush.
  • Jonathan Williams ran the ball four times for 143 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 35.8 yards a carry.
  • The Razorbacks scored three times in their first five plays. Over the course of the game, Arkansas had scoring plays of 82, 50 and 90 yards.
  • Arkansas punted once and scored on 11 of its 13 drives. Nicholls State punted eight times and scored on one of its 14 drives. (Two came at the end of the halves.)

Next up on the schedule is a trip to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech. It seems unlikely that the Hogs will have quite as much success then.