Scores

Final

Samford 21

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Arkansas 31

(2-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 7, 2013

War Memorial Stadium, LITTLE ROCK, AR

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 7 0 14 021
ARK 14 3 0 1431

Top Performers

Passing: B. Allen (ARK) - 125 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Collins (ARK) - 24 CAR, 172 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Herndon (ARK) - 5 REC, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Arkansas pulls away from Samford, 31-21

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was able to placidly take a knee at the end of a 31-21 victory over Samford on Friday night, an ending that stood in contrast to two heartbreaking last-play losses in Little Rock last season.

Allen threw for two touchdowns on 9 of 17 passing for 125 yards. But the Arkansas running game was what allowed the Razorbacks (2-0) to overcome a third-quarter 21-17 lead by Samford (1-1).

Tailback Alex Collins rushed for 172 yards on 24 carries while Jonathan Williams added 126 yards on 17 carries. Each of the two freshmen scored touchdowns.

Fullback Kiero Small did his part blocking for Collins and Williams, but he also had a key first down with 2:01 to play that enabled the Razorbacks to run out the clock.

Williams scored on a 1-yard run to give Arkansas a 24-21 lead with 13:38 left in the fourth quarter. Collins put the game away with a 2-yard run on a drive in which he broke loose for 55 yards.

A year ago against Louisiana-Monroe, Allen made his unexpected debut after starter Tyler Wilson was hurt in the first half. Louisiana-Monroe went on to win in overtime and the loss set the tone for what turned into a 4-8 season under interim coach John L. Smith.

Allen showed his composure Saturday and would have had better numbers if not for a couple of drops as he had an interception-free night.

New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said after last week's blowout of Louisiana-Lafayette that his young team wasn't ready to beat Southeastern Conference opponents. It was all the Razorbacks could do to beat Samford on Saturday, a team from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Samford QB Andy Summerlin threw for 117 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 28 passing. Tailback Fabian Truss finished with 103 yards on 16 carries. Summerlin hit Kelsey Pope three times for 29 yards as he spread the ball around to nine receivers. He threw to 10 players if counting a batted pass Summerlin caught on the rebound for 1-yard loss.

Samford moved the ball effectively for three quarters, but Arkansas outgained the Bulldogs 458-231 in total yards. Arkansas gained 333 yards on the ground to 114 for Samford.

Arkansas hurt itself with two lost fumbles and a couple of untimely penalties. Samford didn't have a turnover.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
ARK
1st Downs1322
Total Yards231458
Passing117125
Rushing114333
Penalties4-206-65
3rd Down Conversions3-116-12
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers02
Possession24:1335:47

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Summerlin19/281174.210
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Allen9/171257.420

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss161036.4119
Bledsoe3113.708
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Collins241727.2155
Williams171267.4146

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pope3299.7015
Philpot22110.5015
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Herndon57014.0135
Loewen12424.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMARK
TD12:02Mitchell Loewen 24 Yd Pass From Brandon Allen (Zach Hocker Kick)
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07
TD07:36Javontee Herndon 7 Yd Pass From Brandon Allen (Zach Hocker Kick)
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014
TD01:36Kelsey Pope 2 Yd Run (Warren Handrahan Kick)
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714
SECOND QUARTERSAMARK
FG11:54Zach Hocker 53 Yd
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717
THIRD QUARTERSAMARK
TD11:22Zeke Walters 2 Yd Pass From Andy Summerlin (Warren Handrahan Kick)
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1417
TD05:09Fabian Truss 16 Yd Run (Warren Handrahan Kick)
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2117
FOURTH QUARTERSAMARK
TD13:38Jonathan Williams 1 Yd Run (Zach Hocker Kick)
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2124
TD09:04Alex Collins 2 Yd Run (Zach Hocker Kick)
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2131