Hogs Handle Florida A&M In Season Opener
Final Score: Arkansas 49, Florida A&M 7
Arkansas put together a dominant performance against Florida A&M Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium, rushing for 236 yards while holding the Rattlers to 7 points.
Sophomore running back Devwah Whaley began Arkansas’ scoring late in the first quarter with a 5-yard touchdown to give the Razorbacks a 7-0 lead. Whaley tallied 60 yards on the ground in his first career start in which he only played the first half.
Austin Allen’s first touchdown of the 2017 campaign came in the second quarter on a 16-yard pass to sophomore Deon Stewart. It was Stewart’s first start of his career and his first career touchdown.
Allen finished the night 14-of-19 with 135 yards.
Graduate transfer running back David Williams went untouched to give Arkansas a 21-point lead before halftime with this 4-yard touchdown run. It was the first of two scores for Williams, who finished with 23 yards on the ground. It’s the second time Williams has had a multi-touchdown game in his career.
Outside linebacker Gabe Richardson forced a fumble to start the second half in his career defensive snap as a Razorback and senior defensive back Henre’ Toliver was there for the 18-yard scoop and score to make it 28-0 in favor of Arkansas. It marked the second straight year Toliver has scored a defensive TD in Little Rock. It was the first time since the 2014 Texas Bowl that an Arkansas player recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Freshman Chase Hayden became the first Arkansas true freshman to rush for 100+ yards in his first career game since Alex Collins in 2013. Hayden’s first career touchdown came on a 5-yard run that made it 35-0. The Memphis native rushed 14 times for 120 yards on the night.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Cole Kelley’s first career drive ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Cheyenne O’Grady. Kelly went 2-for-3 with 44 yards in his only drive of the night while it marked the second straight game dating back to last year that O’Grady has scored.
Arkansas returns to face TCU Saturday Sept. 9 in Fayetteville. The game is schedule for a 2:30 kickoff on CBS.