Arkansas coach Bret Bielema voiced his opinion on the strength of the SEC this week, but his team has its hands full against against Toledo on Saturday.
Arkansas had a chance to take the lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter after driving the ball to Toledo’s 7-yard line. On a fourth down try, Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen threw a ball high to tight end Hunter Harvey and Arkansas turned the ball over on downs.
Toledo’s punter ran the ball into the back of the end zone for a safety with 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter rather than forcing a punt and giving Arkansas good field position. The decision brought the score to 16-12.
Toledo’s defense held stout on the game’s last possession, and upset the Razorbacks 16-12.
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The Razorbacks trailed 16-10 in the fourth quarter in Little Rock, Ark. Here’s how it happened:
1. Razorbacks can’t run the ball
Arkansas is extremely dependent on it’s rushing attack, but it has been stalled on Saturday. Junior running back Alex Collins has been held to just 44 yards on 18 rushes, and no other Razorbacks running back has more than 23 rushing yards. Arkansas hasn’t given up on the run, however, with 29 rushing attempts on the day.
2. Toledo’s Phillip Ely having a big day
Toledo’s signal-caller has been lighting up Arkansas’ secondary on Saturday. He’s passed for 228 yards and a touchdown while completing 20-of-35 passes. His favorite target has been wide receiver Corey Jones who has brought in seven catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. The Razorbacks secondary has not been able to cause any turnovers in the passing game.
3. Brandon Allen throws big interception
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen hadn’t thrown an interception in 134 consecutive passes, but that streak ended on Saturday when he threw a costly interception in the end zone with Toledo leading 9-7 in the third quarter. It seemed to stall any momentum the Razorbacks had, and they’ve struggled to regain it.