It might not have been as exciting as some Hog fans would like, but the Hogs accomplished their stated goal, they open the season 1-0 after beating Florida A&M University, 49-7.
“I think our defense made some adjustments, changed our game plan a little bit based on what they’ve seen offensively,” said head coach Bret Bielema. “We had so many new guys, we had a new lineup with Ty Clary in there. We had three running backs that really haven’t played a lot. Wide receiver, had a lot of new faces. And then obviously (senior center) Frank (Ragnow) and (senior quarterback) Austin (Allen) returning playing really good football. It was a little bit of everything.”
Chase Hayden stole the spotlight in the 1st half, racking 49 yards on just 6 carries for an 8.2 yard per carry average. He finished the game with 14 carries for 125 yards, which is 8.6 yards per carry, and 1 touchdown. Hayden is the 1st running back to rush for over 100 yards since Alex Collins in 2013.
“I kind of reserved saying anything about him. His level of competition in high school was a little bit different,” said Bielema. “As soon as he came to campus the ability that he has to learn, regurgitate the game and understand the way that we play here was quick. We could see right away, that he was going to have an impact and we were going to play him. I thought he was a little loose on the ball when he first started repping. He can make a lot of things happen in a short amount of space. He’s dynamic. I think the combination of him, Devwah (Whaley) and David (Williams), who are three unique players at that position, will present a preparation nightmare.”
Devwah Whaley gained 60 yards on 12 carries with 1 touchdown.
Austin Allen completed 14 passes on 19 attempts for 135 yards with 1 touchdown & 1 interception. Cole Kelley completed his 1st career touchdown pass with 2:20 left in the game on a 7yd pass to Cheyenne O’Grady. Kelley finished 2 for 3 for 44 yards and the 1 touchdown.
Randy Ramsey made an early impact, recorded the team’s 1st sack of the season on the defenses 2nd drive of the game. Overall, the defense allowed just 175 yards.
The Rattlers lost a timeout at the start of every quarter due to “a uniform violation.”
The announced attendance for the game was 36,055.
Next week, the Razorbacks return to action against BIg 12 opponent TCU at Razorback Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30pm on CBS.