Hogs avoid upset with late win over LA Tech
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Austin Allen connected with tight end Jeremy Sprinkle for a fourth-down touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Arkansas rallied for a 21-20 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
The game-winning pass was from four yards out and came after the Razorbacks (1-0) trailed for much of the second half.
Making his first start at quarterback for Arkansas, Allen finished 20-of-29 passing for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns along with two interceptions. Rawleigh Williams led the Razorbacks with 96 yards rushing on 24 carries, including a touchdown.
Freshman J’Mar Smith, playing in place of suspended starter Ryan Higgins, finished 19 of 31 for 212 yards passing for the Bulldogs (0-1).
Louisiana Tech took a 20-14 lead in the third quarter after a 20-yard field goal by kicker Jonathan Barnes.
Arkansas _ after struggling to slow the Bulldogs pass rush for much of the game _ then righted itself and put together a 13-play, 67-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter. Allen capped the drive by finding Sprinkle on a throwback to the left side of the end zone on fourth down.
After opening last season 2-5, including a loss to Toledo, Arkansas had stressed the need for a faster start to the season entering Saturday’s home opener.
However, a pair of first-half turnovers by the Razorbacks led to two touchdowns by the Bulldogs _ who settled for a 14-14 tie at halftime after kicker Barnes’ 54-yard field goal attempt went wide right to end the half.