Recap: Arkansas vs. Northern Ill
Fayetteville, AR (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Allen produced three total touchdowns to lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 52-14 victory of the Northern Illinois Huskies in a non-conference matchup at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Allen completed 15-of-22 passes for 199 yards and two scores while under center for the Razorbacks (3-1), who picked up their third consecutive win and improved to 2-0 at home. Alex Collins paced Arkansas on the ground with 79 yards on 15 attempts, while Josh Williams contributed 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 totes. Keon Hatcher was also impressive, tallying 107 yards and a score on six receptions.
For NIU (3-1), Drew Hare finished 18-of-29 passing for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Joel Bouagnon reeled in five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Cameron Stingily led the Huskies in rushing with 49 yards.
Arkansas wasted no time putting points on the board, as Korliss Marshall returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. The Razorbacks' defense then added to the lead, as Trey Flowers jarred the ball loose when sacking Hare and Darius Philon returned the fumble 14 yards for a score.
Arkansas went ahead 21-0 as time winded down in the first frame, when Williams dashed 45 yards for a touchdown to conclude a drive that lasted over six minutes.
NIU ended the run with 3:29 remaining before the intermission, as Hare completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Aregoros Turner. Arkansas quickly responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Jared Cornelius which sent the Razorbacks into halftime with a 28-7 lead.
The only points of the third quarter came courtesy of a two-yard touchdown run by Allen, which gave Arkansas a four-touchdown lead.
The Razorbacks continued their run into the final period, as John Henson converted a 21-yard field goal attempt with 13 minutes left in regulation.
The Huskies ended their drought with 10 minutes left to play, when Hare completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Bouagnon. Allen answered on the first play of the next drive by completing a 44-yard touchdown pass to Hatcher which gave Arkansas a commanding, 45-14 lead.
The Razorbacks added another touchdown to their lead with 3:33 remaining before the final whistle, as Marshall rushed 27 yards for a touchdown.
The loss snapped NIU's 10-game winning streak versus non-conference opponents in regular season games.
Arkansas outgained the Huskies, 427-303, in total yards of offense.Game Notes