Fayetteville — The Arkansas Razorbacks lost their 6 straight game in an unexpected 51-14 loss to a bye week. The loss puts Arkansas at 3-6 on the season, and is the 3rd straight week where opponents have scored over 50 points on the Razorbacks.
Arkansas got off to a hot start with a 87 yard scoring drive that ended in a 29 yard touchdown run by Alex Collins. They were then able to hold off the Bye Week’s drive with a quick 3 and out. On the following drive the Razorbacks’ offense stalled on the 40 yard line when they failed a 4th down conversion.
The Bye Week scored 6 straight touchdowns to go up 42-7, and put the game out of reach. In that stretch Arkansas turned the ball over 8 times including 6 interceptions by Brandon Allen that were returned for touchdowns.
Arkansas scored again at the start of the 4th quarter on a 74 yard run by Collins making the score 42-14. On the next Arkansas drive Brandon Allen fell down in his own end zone, resulting in a safety and re-injuring his shoulder. Derby threw an interception on his only pass in the final seconds of the 4th quarter that was returned for a touchdown.
“This loss is heartbreaking, I didn’t even know you could lose in a bye week. I knew better than to coach a game without my windbreaker,” Head Coach Bret Bielema said in his post-game press conference. “I really feel like we are beating ourselves in these games. There really is no other explanation. Especially when there is not even another opponent on the field and you get the same result.”
Arkansas finished the game with 917 total yards that included 6 passing yards and 911 rushing yards. Despite losing, Collins was named the player of the game for his 641 yard rushing performance. Allen went 2 for 46 for 6 yards and 6 interceptions. The Bye week did not account for any yardage, but was credited with 10 turnovers.
Arkansas plays Auburn next week in Fayetteville in Gus Malzahn’s first return to Razorback Stadium as a head coach. Arkansas is currently 0-1 against former Arkansas State coaches in the SEC.