SEC Digital Network
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – Arkansas took on Southern Miss this weekend, and the Razorbacks took to the ground once again en route to a 24-3 win over the Golden Eagles.
Arkansas (3-0) came into the weekend as the only team in the Southeastern Conference averaging over 300 yards per game on the ground, and the Hogs churned out 258 more rushing yards in this one. Both Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams crossed the century-mark, as Collins ran for 115 yards and a touchdown to complement Williams 116 yards and one touchdown of his own.
As a team, the Razorbacks imposed their will on the Golden Eagles (0-3), averaging 4.6 yards every time they ran the ball. The Hogs achieved so much success on the ground that passing the ball was not a priority; Arkansas finished the game with just 11 passing attempts between quarterbacks AJ Derby and Brandon Allen.
Defensively, the Razorbacks forced a pair of turnovers and forced USM into 10 penalties. Southern Miss only controlled the ball for 24:37 seconds due to the strong rushing attack of their counterparts, and the Golden Eagles were ultimately held out of the end zone.
For the first time this season, the Razorbacks failed to score on their opening drive of the game, but they have still yet to surrender points on an opponents’ first drive.
Passing – AJ Derby, 4-for-6, 36 yards
Rushing – Jonathan Williams, 16 car, 116 yards, TD
Receiving – Julian Horton, 2 rec, 25 yards
Passing – Allan Brigford, 17-for-33, 133 yards, 2 INT
Rushing – Jalen Richard, 14 car, 94 yards
Receiving – Marquise Ricard, 2 rec, 35 yards
• This was the first meeting between the two schools historically.
• Arkansas is leading the SEC in rushing for the first time since the end of the 2007 season.