Arkansas junior running back Alex Collins has run to the top of the school’s record books. Collins broke a 46-year-old record when he scored his 20th touchdown this season — and third of the day — in Saturday’s Liberty Bowl matchup against Kansas State.
Collins scored on a 22-yard run in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. His second came on a 13-yard run up the middle in the second quarter, and the record-breaker happened in the fourth quarter, when he took a handoff up the middle, spun, broke two tackles and lunged for the end zone to put the Hogs ahead, 38-24.
“That’s a play you keep on your highlight reel,” ESPN color analyst Ahmad Brooks said
Bill Burnett set the longstanding record of 19 in 1969.
Collins entered the game with nine 100-yard rushing games. He broke the century mark in the bowl game to tie Darren McFadden (2007) for the most in school history with 10.
His second touchdown of the game also moved him into second place on the school’s all-time rushing yards list with 3,578. McFadden’s 4,590 yards is the career best.
In the first quarter, he replaced injured receiver Dominique Reed on the kickoff return team and brought a Wildcats’ kick back 68 yards to set up a go-ahead score for the Hogs. This occurred before Reed left the game with a reported neck injury.
“With all due respect to Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry, [Collins] is the most underrated back in the SEC,” Brooks said after the 68-yard kickoff return.
This could be the last game at Arkansas for Collins, who may declare for the NFL Draft this spring.