Hogs, Allen make quick work of Alcorn St. in 52-10 win
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Austin Allen completed 13 of 18 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns as No. 20 Arkansas won for the 10th time in 12 games with a 52-10 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday.
Following a loss to No. 9 Texas A&M last week, the Razorbacks (4-1) led 24-0 after the first quarter and had few struggles afterward again the Football Championship Subdivision Braves (1-3).
Running backs Devwah Whaley and Rawleigh Williams each topped the 100-yard rushing mark for Arkansas, with Whaley finishing with a career-high 135 yards on nine carries and Williams 126 on 13 carries.
Jared Cornelius added a pair of touchdown catches and finished with four catches for 106 yards, his second straight week to top the 100-yard mark.
Noah Johnson threw for 158 yards and rushed for 55 more for Alcorn State, which has lost three straight games.
Arkansas entered Saturday 1-5 in its last six games in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium, including a shocking loss to Toledo a year ago.
However, the Razorbacks appeared right at home early against the back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Braves -- taking a 24-0 lead late in the first quarter after Allen's second touchdown to Cornelius.
"I've always liked Little Rock, even going back to high school I always liked Little Rock," Allen said. "So, coming here and playing well and getting the win is something the whole program really needed."
The junior quarterback, in his first season as the starter, now has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last four games.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks did what they had to against an inferior opponent, but there are concerns -- particularly during a scoreless second quarter -- heading into the toughest part of their schedule. Arkansas' defense struggled at times to slow Alcorn State, though interceptions by Toliver and Josh Liddell aided its cause. Toliver returned his interception 70 yards for a touchdown, the third time this season the Razorbacks have scored after an interception.
While the Razorbacks are unlikely to make a big move up in the polls following a convincing win over an FCS opponent, they're not likely to fall much either. Their best chances moving up will come from here out, with seven straight Southeastern Conference games to end the regular season.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks begin their most difficult two-game stretch of the season, first by hosting No. 1 Alabama before following that up against No. 16 Mississippi -- also at home.