Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arkansas 34

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, August 31, 2013

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
ULL 0 7 7 014
ARK 7 13 14 034

Top Performers

Passing: B. Allen (ARK) - 230 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Williams (ARK) - 18 CAR, 151 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Herndon (ARK) - 3 REC, 73 YDS, 2 TD

Brandon Allen helps Arkansas open Bret Bielema era with win

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Brandon Allen made sure his new head coach made a solid first impression at Arkansas.

Allen was 15-of-22 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas opened the Bret Bielema era with a 34-14 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Allen, taking over as the starting quarterback for the Razorbacks, threw a pair of touchdown passes to Javontee Herndon and helped improve Bielema to 8-0 in his career in season openers

Sophomore Jonathan Williams rushed for 151 yards and freshman Alex Collins added 131 of his own for Arkansas (1-0), which outgained the Ragin' Cajuns (0-1) 522-274 in total yardage. Williams did so on 18 carries while Collins had 21.

Terrance Broadway was 15-of-28 passing for 171 yards and a touchdown for Louisiana-Lafayette, which fell to 0-37 against Southeastern Conference opponents.

The Ragin' Cajuns entered Saturday full of confidence, coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons that included a pair of wins in the New Orleans Bowl and a near upset of Florida last season.

However, they quickly discovered that the Razorbacks had plenty of confidence of their own under Bielema -- who has spent much of the offseason ridding Arkansas of the memories of last season's 4-8 disaster and instilling a new breed of physical football.

The power game was evident on the Razorbacks opening drive, during which they ran the ball eight times and threw it only three on their way to a touchdown. Allen capped the 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive with a 6-yard scoring pass to Herndon, who was open after a play-action fake to the other side of the field.

Arkansas finished with 292 yard rushing, surpassing the team's highest total on the ground from all of last season -- a 167-yard effort in a loss to Mississippi.

The rushing output was a mirror of the teams Bielema fielded while at Wisconsin, where he led the school to three Rose Bowls.

Williams, who left the game briefly in the first half with an apparent shoulder injury, had the highlight of the game -- in a game full of highlights -- for the Razorbacks. The sophomore put Arkansas ahead 34-14 midway through the third quarter when he took a handoff to the right and then cut back to the left, scampering 75 yards down the sideline for the score.

While the running attack controlled the action for much of the game for the Razorbacks, it was Allen who shined equally as bright in his first game as Tyler Wilson's heir at quarterback. Allen, who struggled in limited action last season while Wilson was injured -- including a start in a 52-0 loss to eventual national champion Alabama -- was 11-of-15 passing in the first half for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Allen's second touchdown was a 49-yard strike to Herndon to put Arkansas up 14-7 early in the second quarter. The pass came after a play-action fake on first down, and Herndon made a spectacular play on the ball -- making a one-handed catch with his left hand and cradling it next to his body while falling into the end zone.

Louisiana-Lafayette trailed 20-7 at halftime and appeared to grab the momentum after recovering an Arkansas fumble early in the second half. However, the Razorbacks forced a fumble on the Ragin' Cajuns first play following the turnover.

Allen followed five plays later with his third touchdown pass of the game, a 10-yard pass in the flat to fullback Kiero Small -- who avoided one defender and barreled over two more on his way into the end zone.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULL
ARK
1st Downs1924
Total Yards274522
Passing189230
Rushing85292
Penalties1-54-30
3rd Down Conversions4-127-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers21
Possession22:4837:12

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Broadway15/281716.111
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Allen15/2223010.530

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris10565.6117
McGuire3124.005
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams181518.4175
Collins211316.2017

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maxwell67712.8126
Robinson4338.3011
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry57515.0025
Herndon37324.3249

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULLARK
TD08:24Javontee Herndon 6 Yd Pass From Brandon Allen (Zach Hocker Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERULLARK
TD13:58Alonzo Harris 2 Yd Run (Stephen Brauchle Kick) 77
TD11:30Javontee Herndon 49 Yd Pass From Brandon Allen (Zach Hocker Kick) 714
FG05:18Zach Hocker 22 Yd 717
FG00:00Zach Hocker 34 Yd 720
THIRD QUARTERULLARK
TD08:39Kiero Small 10 Yd Pass From Brandon Allen (Zach Hocker Kick) 727
TD06:20Jacob Maxwell 10 Yd Pass From Terrance Broadway (Stephen Brauchle Kick) 1427
TD06:04Jonathan Williams 75 Yd Run (John Henson Kick) 1434

Research Notes

Arkansas had two 100+ yard rushers today vs ULL, (Jonathan Williams - 151 and Alex Collins - 130). It was the 1st time Arkansas has had two or more 100+ rushers in the same game since Nov. 3, 2007 (Felix Jones 166, Darren McFadden 321). Last season, Wisconsin, led by current Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, had 2 or more 100+ yard rushers four times.
Jonathan Williams (ARK): 151 rush yds... Most by a Razorback in an opener since Darren McFadden in 2007 (also 151)

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