By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bret Bielema made his Arkansas coaching debut against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, and the Razorbacks delivered a victory for their new coach by taking care of the Ragin’ Cajuns, 34-14.
It didn’t take long for the Hogs to get the party started, as Brandon Allen connected with Javontee Herndon on a 6-yard touchdown just under seven minutes into the game. The score capped off an 11-play, 75-yard drive that would set the tone for the afternoon. Allen and Herndon connected for another score in the second quarter, which started 20-point run for the Razorbacks (1-0).
Alonzo Harris found the end zone on a 2-yard rush early in the second quarter to get the Ragin’ Cajuns (0-1) on the board, but their only other score would come in the third quarter in the form of a 10-yard pass from Terrance Broadway to Jacob Maxwell. Louisiana was limited to 273 yards of offense by Arkansas, and the Hogs claimed a pair of turnovers as well.
Bielema was known for pounding the rock at Wisconsin, and he showed the same mentality in his first game with the Razorbacks. Arkansas ran the ball 51 times throughout the game, and nearly hit the 300-yard plateau before finishing with 292. Jonathan Williams was responsible for 151 yards and a score for the Razorbacks, while Alex Collins turned in 131 yards of his own on 21 carries.
Allen ended the game with 230 yards through the air and three touchdown passes, while Herndon had 73 yards receiving to go along with his two TD receptions.
Passing – Brandon Allen, 15-for-22, 240 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Jonathan Williams, 18 car, 151 yards, TD
Receiving – Hunter Henry, 5 rec, 75 yards
Passing – Terrance Broadway, 15-for-28, 171 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Alonzo Harris, 10 car, 56 yards, TD
Receiving – Jacob Maxwell, 6 rec, 77 yards, TD
• Arkansas’ strong rushing performance in their opener was nothing new to Bret Bielema, whose Wisconsin teams averaged 233 yards on the ground in his seven openers in Madison.
• Bielema is now 8-0 as a coach in season-openers, and 6-0 in openers at home.
• Arkansas has opened its season with a win in seven consecutive seasons and 15 of the last 16 overall.
• The Razorbacks are the only team in the SEC and one of just three in the country that are replacing their leading passer, rusher, receiver and tackler from 2012.