Story and photos by Mike Price
Nick Starkel, in his first start for the Hogs, earned the win with 2 solid touchdown drives in the 4th quarter to help put Colorado State away, 55-34.
This game was off to a fast and furious start as both teams traded quick touchdowns. By the end of the first quarter, the Hogs were up 24-14 behind 2 touchdown passes from Starkel to Trey Knox and Chase Harrell along with a 59 yard touchdown run by Rakeem Boyd and a 54 yard field goal by Connor Limpert.
Limpert added another field goal in the 2nd from 22 yards out. Colorado State kept it close with a Colin Hill 1 yard touchdown run and then a field goal with 4 seconds left in the half to get within 3 at 27-24.
Arkansas RB Boyd added his 2nd touchdown of the day from 4 yards out in the 3rd but Colorado State would not go away quietly. They responded with a 22 yard field goal and a 75 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 34.
The fourth quarter belonged entirely to the Hogs. RB Devwah Whaley scored on a 5 yard touchdown. The defense then held the Rams to a 3 and out. The next drive, Starkel hit TE Cheyenne O’Grady where he broke multiple tackles and ended up with a 62 yard touchdown. On the Rams next possession, the Hogs forced a fumble, scooped it up and returned it 25 yards for the final score of the day.
The Hogs improved to 2-1 and are home again next Saturday vs San Jose State (1-1), their 2nd straight Mountain West opponent. Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM and will be available on the SEC Network.