Arkansas football opened the 2017 season in rollicking fashion Thursday night with a 49-7 victory against Florida A&M at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock., Ark.
Starting quarterback Austin Allen threw for 135 yards on 14-of-19 passing with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Freshman running back Chase Hayden ran for 120 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore Devwah Whaley rumbled for 60 yards and a score. Former South Carolina running back David Williams rushed for a pair of touchdowns in his Razorbacks debut.
Backup quarterback Cole Kelley, the 6-foot-7, 268-pound redshirt freshman from Lafayette, La., saw his first collegiate action and threw for 44 yards and a touchdown on 2-of-3 passing.
Notably, starting cornerback Ryan Pulley sustained a pectoral injury, the extent of which isn’t yet known.
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Pregame score predictions
Arkansas 59, Florida A&M 6
The Rattlers took a bus ride of more than 10 hours from their campus in Tallahassee, Fla., to Little Rock just four days after playing their season opener. This game is nothing more than a $750,000 paycheck for them. For Arkansas, it’s a chance to find reason for feeling good about itself heading into a marquee matchup with TCU in Week 2. — Trent Shadid
Arkansas 52, Florida A&M 6
This one should be very similar to the last time the Hogs played in Little Rock. A blowout of an FCS opponent that teaches us little to nothing about how good or bad Arkansas may be this season. — Eric Bolin
Players to watch
QB Cole Kelley
Starting quarterback Austin Allen isn’t going to be around forever. With only 12 guaranteed games left in his college career, the Hogs need to find a replacement they have confidence in. Kelley, a redshirt freshman, has the best chance to be that guy. He beat out sophomore Ty Storey during preseason camp to earn the No. 2 spot behind Allen in the quarterback pecking order. That also perceivably gives him the inside track to replace Allen after the 2017 season. He should get plenty of snaps to prove his worth and provide some hope for the future of the position. — Trent Shadid
LB Dre Greenlaw
How healthy is the broken foot he suffered last year? How in-shape is he after missing most of the last calendar year? Arkansas needs him to be a rock in the middle of the defense and needs it by next week. Is he there yet? — Eric Bolin
Next on the schedule
The Razorbacks will play host to Texas Christian in Fayetteville on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.