Preview: Texas State at Arkansas

When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 17, 2016
Where: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Arkansas played a pair of tight games to open the season and pulled out the victory in each, including a thriller in double-overtime last week that raised expectations for the team. The 24th-ranked Razorbacks will hope for an easier time and a 3-0 start when they host Texas State on Saturday.

Arkansas squandered a 20-7 lead and fell behind by eight points before forcing overtime on Austin Allen's touchdown pass and a two-point conversion at the end of regulation, and winning it on Allen's TD run in the second extra session. Allen finished with 223 yards passing, three touchdown strikes and the rushing score in a breakout performance as the Razorbacks knocked off a ranked TCU team 41-38. "For four years, we've gone through a lot of things, man," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told reporters. "Those scars are being remembered in a great way right now. We are a very, very good football team, and hopefully people will take notice of that now." The Bobcats earned their own thrilling victory with a 56-54, triple-overtime triumph at Ohio on Sept. 3.

7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Arkansas -31

ABOUT TEXAS STATE (1-0): The Bobcats will go into Arkansas with plenty of confidence after beating Ohio on the road in Week 1 and having Week 2 off to prepare for the battle with an SEC titan. The Sun Belt Conference team put up 546 yards of total offense in the opener - led by a school-record 440 passing yards - and Tyler Jones added a rushing score to his total of four passing touchdowns. The Bobcats are about to endure one of the tougher back-to-backs in the nation with a home date against No. 7 Houston scheduled for next week.

ABOUT ARKANSAS (2-0): Allen, a junior, is in his first season as the Razorbacks starting quarterback and proved himself cool under pressure with his two-minute drill to send the game into overtime last week. "I thought I was gonna have to loosen him up," Bielema told reporters of his conversation with Allen before the start of the final drive. "...He just smiled and said, 'I got you coach.' Just that moment, I walked away. He was smiling, I was smiling. I'm like, 'That bro don't have no problems right now.'" Allen, who also led a game-winning drive in the opener against Louisiana Tech, was named SEC Player of the Week.


1. Arkansas RB Rawleigh Williams III ran for 233 yards and a score in the first two contests.

2. Bobcats K Marcus Ripley was named Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after nailing six extra points and a pair of field goals in the Ohio victory.

3. Razorbacks LB Brooks Ellis recorded 13 tackles and an interception against TCU.

PREDICTION: Arkansas 48, Texas State 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas State 1-0 W1 56.0 54.0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Arkansas 2-0 W2 31.0 29.0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Texas State Arkansas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TDs Player TD
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TXST T. Jones 72.7 418 4 2
ARK A. Allen 63.8 414 5 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TXST S. Mayberry 17 79 4.6 1
ARK R. Williams III 52 233 4.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TXST E. Luna 10 90 9.0 1
ARK D. Morgan 12 140 11.7 1
TDs Player TD
TXST T. Jones 2
ARK J. Sprinkle 2

Quickchart Matchup

Texas State Off vs  Arkansas Def
546 yards
431.5 yards
2.5 yards/rush
5 yards/rush
7.9 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt
Arkansas Off vs  Texas State Def
350 yards
630 yards
3.4 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
8.4 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Texas State Overall Arkansas
1-0-0 W/L 2-0-0
1-0-0 ATS 1-1-0
1-0-0 O/U 1-1-0
56.0 Pts For 31.0
54.0 Pts Against 29.0
Texas State A/H Arkansas
1-0 W/L 1-0
1-0-0 ATS 0-1-0
1-0-0 O/U 0-1-0
56.0 Pts For 21.0
54.0 Pts Against 20.0