Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ win over Southern Miss.
- Alex Collins (115 yards, TD) continues to amaze as records fall. Collins has now rushed for 100+ yards in his first three games, something no other SEC running back has ever accomplished. The last back to reach the mark was Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 100+ in his first nine games.
- You won’t see two better interceptions than the ones the Razorbacks pulled off Saturday. Defensive end Trey Flowers dropped into coverage and dived to pick off a short pass over the middle. And cornerback Will Hines made up for some missed chances in Week 1 vs. Louisiana with a deep, down-the-middle diving catch to thwart a USM second quarter drive.
- Chris Smith had a big day from his defensive end position, posting 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Smith looked fresh coming off the edge, no doubt a byproduct of defensive line coach Charlie Partridge’s regular substitutions.
- Losing starting quarterback Brandon Allen to a shoulder injury changed the mood Saturday. Allen exited after scoring the Hogs first TD, a 5-yard run where he rolled into the end zone. The injury is being called a ‘bruised AC joint’ for now. We’ll see how he progresses this week in advance of the trip to Rutgers.
- For those that were clamoring to get the backup quarterback some reps, you got your wish Saturday. A.J. Derby was shaky at best, only attempting six short passes on the day and fumbling several shotgun snaps. Which leads us to…
- Despite being 3-0, the Hogs have squandered three good chances to improve their passing game. We know, we know…the goal was to be 3-0. But with a tough SEC slate looming, getting to where we can keep defenses halfway honest should have been one of the goals as well. The Hogs currently find themselves ranked 112th nationally in Passing Offense (out of 123), averaging 141.3 YPG. They have averaged just 97.0 YPG in the last two weeks against the two weakest foes on their schedule. Not good.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?