Razorbacks overcome early deficit to beat Volunteers at Neyland Stadium

The Razorbacks overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to beat Tennessee 24-20 Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Arkansas snapped a three-game losing streak and won its first SEC road game since October 2012.

Arkansas finally has a road win in conference play.

The Razorbacks overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to beat Tennessee 24-20 Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Arkansas snapped a three-game losing streak and won its first SEC road game since October 2012.

"I thought our guys came over here with the idea to win a game," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "We kind of talked about it all week, about enough is enough. At some point in your life as a man you just kind of have to finally take what the world wants to give you and you can't keep giving it away. Our guys really played well today."

Alex Collins and Rawleigh Williams each rushed for 100 yards. Collins scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score on third-and-1 early in the third quarter.

Collins finished with 154 rushing yards on 27 carries. He rushed for at least 100 yards for the fourth time this season and passed Fred Talley for seventh on the Razorbacks' career rushing list.

Williams rushed for 100 yards on 14 carries. He and Collins became the first Arkansas duo to rush for 100 yards in the same game since Darren McFadden and Felix Jones did so against South Carolina in 2007.

“Both of them have been really hard at practice, really practicing well," Bielema said. "We’re not hitting them much. Those guys have been giving us so much on Saturdays, we’re not touching them really during practice. Alex is playing as good of football as I’ve seen out of him and it’s because he’s preparing well.”

Cole Hedlund's 26-yard field goal tied the game 17-17 as time expired in the first half. Hedlund had a chance to extend the lead in the third quarter, but had a 22-yard attempt blocked.

It was the first of two consecutive drives that Arkansas failed to score from inside the Tennessee 10. The Razorbacks faked a field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, but Adam McFain was tackled short of a first down.

“There was no explanation on what happened with that first one, with that botched field goal, so I thought we’ve been running that fake and it looked good," Bielema said. "They normally had rushed that wide outside corner almost every snap, they pulled him out on that play for whatever reason and they made a good play.”

Tennessee started strong. Evan Berry returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and Josh Dobbs capped an 11-play, 89-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run on the next possession.

Arkansas got back into the game on its ensuing drive when Brandon Allen hit Drew Morgan for 52 yards. Collins scored three plays later to cut Tennessee's lead to 14-7.

Allen threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Reed early in the second quarter to tie the game.

"We weren't going to back down," Allen said. "I don't think we have all year. They got two quick touchdowns in the first quarter. The biggest thing is for our defense. We showed that we could get on the board and give them confidence. They really stepped up big for us late in the game."

Allen completed 11 of 24 passes for 219 yards. Morgan had five catches for 110 yards.

Tennessee (1-4, 0-2 SEC) blew a double-digit lead for the fourth time this season. The Volunteers had a punt return touchdown called back in the second quarter because of a hold.

"Really at the end of the day, what it takes to play winning football, we just weren't able to make big plays at big moments of the game," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "I give [Arkansas] credit. They were able to do that."

Arkansas (2-3, 1-1) snapped a six-game losing streak at Neyland Stadium. The Razorbacks last won there in 1992.

Bielema won a game decided by seven points or less for the first time in his Arkansas tenure. The Razorbacks had lost nine straight such games under Bielema, including last week against Texas A&M.

"It feels really good to win," Allen said. "It's nice to have that feeling back and see the smile on a bunch of the guys faces after the game. It's great to get this one."

Arkansas is scheduled to travel to No. 13 Alabama next Saturday.

Brandon Allen celebrates with Arkansas fans.

Arkansas freshman tailback Rawleigh Williams rushed for a career-high 100 yards.

Deatrich Wise pressures Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.


Alex Collins and Josh Liddell celebrate after the win.

Dan Skipper lifts up Alex Collins after he scored.

Drew Morgan races away from defenders after a big catch that set up the Razorbacks' first touchdown.

Dominque Reed celebrates after the first touchdown of his Arkansas career.

Alex Collins rushed for 154 yards on 27 carries - his third straight game of over 150 yards rushing.

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen looks for a receiver downfield.

Collins picks up more yardage in the first half.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema discusses things with the refs.

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