Chad Morris danced to victory Saturday afternoon inside Razorback Stadium. Nick Starkel, in his first career start for the Hogs, completed 20/35 passing for 305 yards with 3 touchdowns in the 55-34 victory. This was the first 300 yards passing under Chad Morris and the first since Austin Allen against Missouri in Bret Bielema’s last game at Arkansas. Razorback Stadium had 55,583 in paid ticket sales for this “redemption” non-conference game. Freshmen wide receivers Trey Knox and Treylon Burks totaled 182 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, proving they are as talented as expected.
Rakeem Boyd had another day at the office, rushing for 122 yards and two more scores, as the hogs totaled 520 yards of offense against the Rams.
This offense is what Razorbacks fans want to see to bring confidence in their young and talented team before the meat of the SEC schedule comes in play. The highlight of the game was Cheyenne O’Grady shedding 5 tacklers on his way to a 62 yard touchdown, many of which thought he’d be stopped around the CSU 45 yard line. This great play earned the #2 spot on Saturday’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays.
The Razorbacks forced the game’s first turnover when Sosa Agim forced a fumble, showing how much this defense is focused on forcing turnovers. Agim will need to keep up this kind of play leading into SEC play, especially with others getting injured.
Grant Morgan and Hayden Henry both provided solid play from the linebacker position while Joe Foucha made his presence known in this game with big hits. The scoop and score from Bishop was the final nail in the coffin for the Rams, pushing the Arkansas lead to 21 points, 55-34. Overall, our defense will continue to grow with all of the young players that are getting experience. However, we may have to attempt to outscore teams right now until they get better.
Football Sports Writer for Natural State Sports
Co-Host of Thursday night live show “The Sports Junkies” along side Steve Hinson