It was just a few weeks ago that Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema lamnted the fact that his quarterback Brandon Allen was getting far too much criticism for the Razorbacks' struggling start.
He had the chance at this Monday's press conference to rave about Allen, who was named the SEC's Player of the Week after leading the Razorbacks to a 53-52 win at Ole Miss in overtime on Saturday.
Allen was 33-of-45 for 442 yards and school-record six touchdowns and also scored on the game-winning two-point coversion that took down the No. 19 Rebels in their home stadium.
"To have him play the way he did, to have a school record of six touchdowns, to have him perservere though so many things through the course of that game that a lot of people would have shut it down or not able to make the throws that he made, the runs that he made, the decision that he made, the results of what happened, just a phenomenal effort by him," Bielema said, "and truly rewarding and fun to see him get rewarded because of that."
Allen is completing 64.9 percent (164-of-278) of his passes this season for 2,476 yards with 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Allen's fifth touchdown pass was to Dominique Reed with 53 seconds left to tie the game and then his sixth went to Drew Morgan to set up the opportunity for the game-winning two-point conversion.
His teammates carried him off the field after he got up from being hit in the end zone.
"It might be surprising to the outside world, but not to anybody that knows him," Bielema said. "BA is the same guy everyday. I think people always ask me as a head coach what do I look for most in players or coaches and it is really that - I want the same guy every day.
"Not the guys that is here one day and not here the other. BA puts a lot on himself. It is fun to see that smile. It is fun to see our team grab him and treated him the way that they did."
Bielema knows how much criticism that Allen has gone through during his time at Arkansas.
"I think - and we have said it - that the quarterback gets way too much blame when there is failure and way too much credit when they are sucessful, but I think we should give him as much as we can right now to make up for lost time," Bielema said.
Bielema talked about just finishing up filiming a segment of the game on the SEC Film Room, which will air on the SEC Network later this week.
"I think the greatest difference right now is just the confidence in the throws," Bielema said. "We just had a fillming session with the SEC Film Room and David Green, who hosts it, he commented about just the acccuracy that he is throwing with. During the game you were like 'whew, that was a tight throw' and you go back and look at the window and that was just a huge throw.
"Then you get the chance to sit down and watch the wide angle and the rear angle view, the tighness of the spiral and the window he is throwing through and the timeliness of the route. I tell you what I give (Arkansas receivers coach) Michael Smith a lot of credit. We kind of thinned that room out and got a little concerned, but it is the best thing that we have ever done.
"The guys in that room now, the maturity, the level of confidence, the structue that they are practicing with just shows how much of a difference that can make in a room."
Arkansas has now scored 50 points in each of his last three games.
"It was fun to watch that, an offense that gained over 600 yards in today's world...a huddle team that is not an up-tempo one and all that brings," Bielema said. "It is truly amazing to score 50 points in three straight games.
"I can't say enough about Coach Enos, our offensive coaches, our players and the faith they showed and to get them where they are," Bielema said.
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Arkansas released a list of the Top 10 BA Notes You Need To Know
1. Ranks ninth in the nation and leads the SEC in quarterback efficiency at 164.7.
2. One of six FBS quarterbacks with 20-plus touchdowns and five or less interceptions … also accomplished the feat in 2014 to bring his two-year total (2014, 15) to 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
3. In Arkansas’ last 10 quarters and five overtime periods, Allen is 59-of-81 for 825 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
4. Owns the top two passing performances (yards) in the SEC this season and is just the second player in Arkansas history with two 400-yard passing games in the same season.
5. Ranks in the top three in the SEC in yards per attempt (9.24/1st), passing yards (2,476/2nd), passing touchdowns (21/2nd) and completion percentage (.649/3rd).
6. One of three FBS quarterbacks to throw six touchdowns and no interceptions in a game this season.
7. Led Arkansas to points in 15 of his last 20 possessions under center, including 14 touchdowns, and no three-and-outs in his last 23 possessions.
8. Leads the nation with three touchdown passes in overtime this season, all of which have been thrown to Drew Morgan.
9. In the fourth quarter and overtime of the last two SEC wins against Auburn and at Ole Miss, Allen is 20-of-30 for 238 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
10. Sits just eight touchdown passes away from breaking Ryan Mallett’s program record for career touchdowns of 62.