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New Mexico State vs. Arkansas 2017 final score: Hogs handle Aggies with ease

Arkansas breezed to a much-needed win on Saturday.

New Mexico State v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Arkansas Razorbacks got back to the .500 mark with their 42-24 win over the New Mexico State Aggies.

The Hogs’ second victory came with relative ease. They jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in the second quarter. After NMSU put their first points on the board, Arkansas responded with another TD and went into the half up 28-10.

They were challenged a bit once NMSU got on the board in the third quarter, but the Razorbacks responded with 14 consecutive points. From there, the lead was far too insurmountable for the Aggies to overcome.

Arkansas’ run defense will certainly look great this week

Coming into the game, run D wasn’t exactly the Razorbacks’ speciality. They rank 89th in the nation in Rushing Success Rate, 84th in Rushing IsoPPP and near the bottom in Power Success Rate and Stuff Rate.

Well... they allowed only 11 yards on the ground this week. The Aggies rushers were far too overmatched against the Hogs. So, they’ll have that to build off as they head into next week’s matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks. If nothing else, their confidence was surely boosted.

Arkansas’ rushers, meanwhile, looked solid enough

Devwah Whaley and Chase Hayden were both pretty great in the win. Whaley and Hayden combined for 115 yards on 28 carries on the day. More importantly, a combined three touchdowns were scored by the duo, with two coming from the freshman.

Hayden is now up to 246 yards on the season with four touchdowns after his two-TD performance. Whaley, meanwhile, has racked up 249 yards and two TDs on the year. Whaley and Hayden are proving to be a stout tailback tandem for the Hogs. They’ll hope to continue that trend as the season marches on.