On the heels of an impressive road win over TCU in Fort Worth, the Arkansas Razorbacks returned home for a Saturday night nonconference game against the Texas State Bobcats. The Razorbacks were fixing to get off to their first 3-0 start since the 2013 season and with it are hoping for better results, as that season ended with nine consecutive losses during Bret Bielema’s first year as head coach.
Time will tell how this season plays out but Arkansas definitely didn’t look like a team that is going to go 3-9 this season. The Razorbacks sliced and diced the Bobcats in Fayetteville, winning 42-3 to capture their third victory of the season and second win at home on the year. The Hogs were barely tested, scoring 35 points before Texas State even got on the board and while neither team scored any points in the fourth quarter, that did little to change the thoughts on Arkansas’ performance.
Here’s what we learned:
1. Austin Allen continues to be ‘the guy’: It’s looking more and more like Arkansas has found their man under center. The brother of accomplished Arkansas passer Brandon Allen looked sharp again and had his best performance to date. Austin went 16-for-21, throwing for 241 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His yards per attempt was a spectacular 11.5 as the Bobcats defense could do almost nothing to stop him. Allen spread the wealth to seven different receivers and looked comfortable as Arkansas’ signal caller. We’ll see how he fares against some of the tougher defenses in the country but for now, Hog fans have to be pleased with what they’ve seen so far.
2. Rawleigh Wililams did indeed have a big day: Our own Will Marshall speculated that the Razorbacks running back would run all over the Bobcats defense. On Saturday night, that’s exactly what went down. Williams scampered for 121 yards on just 19 carries while picking up two touchdowns on the night to boot. Williams is out to a fast start this year, totaling up 354 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. His next test will be tougher in the form of Texas A&M, as the Aggies defense is only allowing 78.5 yards per game on the ground, but let’s bask in RW3’s performances for the moment.
3. A big test will lie ahead for the Hogs next week: The aforementioned Aggies await the Razorbacks next week at JerryWorld. Both A&M and Arkansas go into this matchup unbeaten and given how things played out this weekend, it’s entirely possible that this is a Top 20 showdown in Arlington. Arkansas looks ready for whatever awaits them next week, and with a victory and Alcorn State waiting on October 1, the Hogs will be unbeaten when the Alabama Crimson Tide come to Fayetteville. That certainly sounds intriguing, no?