Razorbacks Handle New Mexico State 42-24

Final Score: Arkansas 42 – New Mexico State 24

Arkansas’ first drive of the day went 80-yards on nine plays capped off by a 38-yard touchdown pass from Austin Allen to sophomore Deon Stewart. The reception was the longest of Stewart’s career and marked his second touchdown of the season.

Senior Kevin Richardson intercepted his first pass of the season off of a deflection from redshirt freshman Grant Morgan to keep New Mexico State out of the endzone in the first quarter. It was Richardson’s first interception since November 21, 2016 against Mississippi State.

With time running out in the first quarter, sophomore Devwah Whaley capped an 80-yard eight play drive with a touchdown from 3-yards out to give the Razorbacks a 14-0 lead. It was Whaley’s first touchdown since week 1 against Florida A&M.

For the third-consecutive game, junior Jonathan Nance split double coverage to score off a 31-yard touchdown pass from Austin Allen. It is the third long touchdown from Allen in as many games for Nance, after scoring on a 49-yard touchdown against TCU and a 44-yard touchdown against Texas A&M.

A penalty against the New Mexico State defense gave the Razorbacks the ball at the two-yard line and freshman Chase Hayden barreled his was into the endzone on the next play for his first touchdown of the afternoon.

Jonathan Nance’s second touchdown of the day came late in the third quarter off a three-yard pass from Austin Allen. Nance’s two touchdowns are the most for an Arkansas receiver since Keon Hatcher had two against Mississippi State November 21, 2016.

Redshirt Freshman Micahh Smith forced a fumble on the kickoff following Nance’s touchdown and was recovered by De’Vion Warren to give Arkansas the ball at the Aggies 22-yard line.

The first play of the fourth quarter saw Chase Hayden score from 1-yard out to give Arkansas a commanding 42-17 lead.


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