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Arkansas falls to Texas Tech 35-24

2476 days ago
Associated Press
Photo: Samantha Baker | AP

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Patrick Mahomes accounted for three touchdowns as Texas Tech remained unbeaten with a 35-24 nonconference win over Arkansas on Saturday night.

The win improves the Red Raiders (3-0) to 9-1 in nonconference action under coach Kliff Kingsbury, and it makes amends for a 49-28 loss to the Razorbacks a year ago.

Mahomes finished 26-of-30 passing for 243 yards and a score, and he also rushed for 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns -- leading a Texas Tech offense that finished with 486 total yards. Reginald Davis caught a pair of touchdowns, finishing with five catches for 115 yards.

Alex Collins had 170 yards rushing on 28 carries to lead Arkansas (1-2), which is now 0-9 under coach Bret Bielema in games decided by fewer than 10 points.

The Razorbacks gained 424 yards of total offense, including a 16-of-21 passing performance for 196 yards from quarterback Brandon Allen, but they were unable to rebound from last week's crushing loss to Toledo.

Texas Tech, meanwhile, never punted while scoring touchdowns on five of its nine possessions. Its only four non-scoring drives ended with a pair of interceptions thrown by Mahomes, a missed 22-yard field goal and the game-ending series of kneel downs.

The Red Raiders averaged 8.4 yards per play against an Arkansas defense that finished last season ranked 10th in the nation, and DeAndre Washington led the Texas Tech rushing attack with 75 carries on 11 carries.

Arkansas rushed 68 times for 438 yards in a dominating 49-28 win at Texas Tech a year ago, but the Razorbacks entered Saturday struggling to establish their once-dominant running attack -- particularly in a 16-12 loss to Toledo a week ago.

Led by Collins, Arkansas once again had its way with the Red Raiders 120th-ranked rushing defense in the first half. Collins had 92 of the Razorbacks 130 yards rushing in the half, helping a short-handed Arkansas offense hold the ball for 22:35 compared to just 7:25 for Texas Tech.

The Razorbacks entered the game without injured wide receiver Keon Hatcher and Cody Hollister with foot injuries, and they lost another starter in the first quarter when Jared Cornelius appeared to break his left arm during a 34-yard catch and run.

Despite the attrition, Allen threw a pair of touchdowns in the half -- including a 24-yard strike to Drew Morgan late in the half to tie the game at 21-all.

Texas Tech, meanwhile, made the most of its limited possession.

The Red Raiders gained nearly 10 yards per play in the half -- 243 on 25 plays -- including a 72-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Jakeem Grant to Davis to go up 21-14 in the second quarter.

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