2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas Razorbacks logo
Texas Bowl champion
Texas Bowl, W 31–7 vs. Texas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2014 record7–6 (2–6 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorRobb Smith (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumDonald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)
War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 53,955)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 14 Missouri x   7 1     11 3  
No. 9 Georgia   6 2     10 3  
Florida   4 4     7 5  
Tennessee   3 5     7 6  
South Carolina   3 5     7 6  
Kentucky   2 6     5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8     3 9  
Western Division
No. 4 Alabama x$^   7 1     12 2  
No. 11 Mississippi State   6 2     10 3  
No. 22 Auburn   4 4     8 5  
LSU   4 4     8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5     8 5  
Arkansas   2 6     7 6  
No. 17 Ole Miss*   0 3     1 4  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ole Miss vacated all wins (except for Presbyterian) due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Razorbacks played their home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. They competed as a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by second year head coach Bret Bielema. They finished the season 7–6, 2–6 in SEC play to finish in last place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Texas Bowl where they defeated Texas.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Arkansas
Alma Mater
Bret Bielema Head Coach 2 Iowa (1992)
Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2 Central Missouri State (1985)
Sam Pittman Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator 2 Pittsburg State (1986)
Barry Lunney Jr. Tight ends 2 Arkansas (1996)
Michael Smith Wide receivers 2 Kansas State (1991)
Joel Thomas Running backs 2 Idaho (1998)
Robb Smith Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 1 Allegheny College (1997)
Randy Shannon Senior Associate Head Coach/Linebackers 2 Miami (FL) (1989)
Clay Jennings Secondary 1 North Texas (1996)
Rory Segrest Defensive Line/Specialists 1 Alabama (1996)
Ernest "E.K." Franks Director of Recruitng 1 Kansas State (2002) Reference:[1]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 303:00 p.m.at No. 6 AuburnSECNL 21–4587,451
September 63:00 p.m.Nicholls State*SECNW 73–763,108
September 132:30 p.m.at Texas Tech*ABCW 49–2860,277
September 206:00 p.m.Northern Illinois*
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ESPNUW 52–1467,204
September 272:30 p.m.vs. No. 6 Texas A&MCBSL 28–35 OT68,113
October 115:00 p.m.No. 7 Alabama
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR (SEC Nation)
ESPNL 13–1472,337
October 183:00 p.m.No. 10 GeorgiaSECNL 32–4554,959
October 2511:00 a.m.UAB*dagger
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
SECNW 45–1761,800
November 16:15 p.m.at No. 1 Mississippi StateESPN2L 10–1763,207
November 157:00 p.m.No. 17 LSU
ESPN2W 17–070,165
November 222:30 p.m.No. 8 Ole Miss
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR (rivalry)
CBSW 30–064,510
November 281:00 p.m.at No. 17 MissouriCBSL 14–2171,168
December 298:00 p.m.vs. Texas*ESPNW 31–771,115
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries[edit]

at No. 6 Auburn[edit]

Arkansas at Auburn
1 234Total
Razorbacks 7 1400 21
No. 6 Tigers 14 71410 45
      
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 18/31, 175 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing Alex Collins 10 carries, 68 yards
Receiving Demetrius Wilson 4 receptions, 55 yards
Auburn Passing Jeremy Johnson 12/16, 243 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Cameron Artis-Payne 26 carries, 177 yards, TD
Receiving D'Haquille Williams 9 receptions, 154 yards, TD

Nicholls State[edit]

Arkansas vs. Nicholls State
1 234Total
Colonels 0 070 7
Razorbacks 35 21710 73
        
Arkansas drives toward the end zone
Team Category Player Statistics
Nicholls State Passing Kalen Henderson 12/30, 105 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Tobias Lofton 5 carries, 36 yards
Receiving Xavier Marcus 5 receptions, 59 yards
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 4/5, 117 yards, 4 TD
Rushing Jonathan Williams 4 carries, 143 yards, TD
Receiving Jared Cornelius 2 receptions, 51 yards, TD

With the 73–7 victory over the Colonels, the Razorbacks managed to end their 10-game losing streak, the longest in school history.[3] Arkansas scored 63 unanswered points before Nicholls State scored a touchdown in the third quarter. The 73 points scored are tied for the third most in school history.

at Texas Tech[edit]

Arkansas at Texas Tech
1 234Total
Razorbacks 14 14714 49
Red Raiders 7 1470 28
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 6/12, 61 yards
Rushing Alex Collins 27 carries, 212 yards, 2 TD
Receiving Keon Hatcher 2 receptions, 22 yards
Texas Tech Passing Davis Webb 27/45, 252 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Deandre Washington 8 carries, 51 yards
Receiving Jakeem Grant 6 receptions, 85 yards, TD

The win against the Red Raiders gave Arkansas their first back-to-back wins since September 2013. The Razorbacks had 31 first downs during the game, only punting the ball once, while racking up 438 rushing yards on 68 carries.[4]

Northern Illinois[edit]

Arkansas vs. Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Huskies 0 707 14
Razorbacks 21 7717 52
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CST
  • Television network: ESPNU
Team Category Player Statistics
Northern Illinois Passing Drew Hare 18/29, 179 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Cameron Stingly 10 carries, 49 yards
Receiving Joel Bouagnon 5 receptions, 71 yards, TD
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 15/22, 199 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Alex Collins 15 carries, 79 yards
Receiving Keon Hatcher 6 receptions, 107 yards, TD

The Razorbacks got their first score of the game when Korliss Marshall returned the opening kick 97 yards for a touchdown; this was the first time since 2009 vs Missouri State that Arkansas returned the opening kick for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Marshall would be dismissed from the team later in the season.[5] With the win, Arkansas had outscored their previous three opponents 174-49.

at No. 6 Texas A&M[edit]

Southwest Classic
1 234OTTotal
Razorbacks 7 14700 28
No. 6 Aggies 7 70147 35
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 15/27, 199 yards, TD
Rushing Alex Collins 21 carries, 131 yards, TD
Receiving A. J. Derby 3 receptions, 58 yards, TD
Texas A&M Passing Kenny Hill 21/41, 386 yards, 4 TD, INT
Rushing Tra Carson 8 carries, 55 yards
Receiving Edward Pope 4 receptions, 151 yards, 2 TD

The Aggies scored a touchdown and extra point in the first minute of the game, but the Razorbacks quickly overtook them, maintaining a lead that was not broken until the Aggies scored in overtime. The Aggies lagged for much of the game but came back in the final quarter, sending the game into overtime tied at 28. The Aggies won the coin toss and quickly threw a 25-yard touchdown and converted the extra point. The Razorbacks were unable to convert a first down and lost 35-28.

vs No. 7 Alabama[edit]

An early Crimson Tide drive
Arkansas vs. Alabama
1 234Total
No. 7 Crimson Tide 0 707 14
Razorbacks 0 607 13
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 5:00 PM CST
  • Television network: ESPN
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Blake Sims 11/21, 161 yards, 2 TD
Rushing T. J. Yeldon 16 carries, 45 yards
Receiving O. J. Howard 1 reception, 47 yards
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 21/40, 246 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Jonathan Williams 20 carries, 83 yards, TD
Receiving A. J. Derby 4 receptions, 77 yards, TD

vs No. 10 Georgia[edit]

Arkansas vs. Georgia
1 234Total
No. 10 Bulldogs 7 3107 45
Razorbacks 6 01313 32
The opening Arkansas drive
Team Category Player Statistics
Georgia Passing Hutson Mason 10/17, 179 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Nick Chubb 30 carries, 202 yards, 2 TD
Receiving Chris Conley 5 receptions, 128 yards, TD
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 28/45, 296 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Jonathan Williams 18 carries, 108 yards
Receiving Hunter Henry 5 receptions, 92 yards

vs UAB[edit]

Arkansas vs. UAB
1 234Total
Blazers 0 0107 17
Razorbacks 14 21100 45
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 11:00 CST
  • Television network: SECN
Team Category Player Statistics
UAB Passing Jeremiah Briscoe 6/18, 62 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Jordan Howard 19 carries, 90 yards
Receiving Nyiakki Height 1 reception, 33 yards, TD
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 15/24, 205 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Jonathan Williams 18 carries, 153 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Drew Morgan 1 reception, 44 yards

at No. 1 Mississippi State[edit]

Arkansas at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Razorbacks 3 700 10
No. 1 Bulldogs 0 737 17
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 22/43, 238 yards, INT
Rushing Alex Collins 16 carries, 93 yards, TD
Receiving Hunter Henry 7 receptions, 110 yards
Mississippi State Passing Dak Prescott 18/27, 331 yards, TD, 2 INT
Rushing Josh Robinson 19 carries, 64 yards, TD
Receiving Josh Robinson 6 receptions, 110 yards

vs. No. 20 LSU[edit]

Battle for the Golden Boot
1 234Total
No. 20 LSU 0 000 0
Razorbacks 3 707 17
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 7:00 CST
  • Television network: ESPN2
Team Category Player Statistics
LSU Passing Anthony Jennings 12/22, 87 yards
Rushing Terrence Magee 7 carries, 24 yards
Receiving Travin Dural 5 receptions, 46 yards
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 16/27, 169 yards
Rushing Jonathan Williams 18 carries, 55 yards, TD
Receiving Hunter Henry 4 receptions, 54 yards

This was the first win in SEC play since October 13, 2012, when the Razorbacks beat Kentucky 49-7 and their first win over LSU since 2010. It was the first time Arkansas shut out LSU in a conference game. The Hogs also took home the Golden Boot, a trophy which goes to the winner of each game and remains at that school until the following years contest.

vs. No. 8 Ole Miss[edit]

Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
1 234Total
No. 8 Ole Miss 0 000 0
Razorbacks 17 0103 30
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Game start: 2:30 CST
  • Television network: CBS
Team Category Player Statistics
Ole Miss Passing Bo Wallace 16/31, 235 yards, 2 INT
Rushing Jaylen Walton 7 carries, 37 yards
Receiving Quincy Adeboyejo 6 receptions, 73 yards
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 5/10, 87 yards, TD
Rushing Jonathan Williams 20 carries, 81 yards
Receiving Keon Hatcher 2 receptions, 58 yards, TD

Arkansas dominated the Rebels in this matchup as they became the first unranked team ever to shut out two ranked opponents in consecutive games, and got bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.

at No. 17 Missouri[edit]

Arkansas at Missouri
1 234Total
Arkansas 7 700 14
No. 17 Missouri 0 6015 21
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 13/30, 133 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Jonathan Williams 13 carries, 72 yards
Receiving Hunter Henry 4 receptions, 48 yards
Missouri Passing Maty Mauk 25/42, 265 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Russell Hansbrough 20 carries, 91 yards
Receiving Bud Sasser 9 receptions, 127 yards

In the first annual "Battle Line Rivalry" game between these two schools, Missouri overcame an Arkansas lead in the fourth quarter to win this inaugural contest.

vs. Texas–Texas Bowl[edit]

This matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals was only the fifth time the Hogs and Horns have met since Arkansas left the old SWC following the 1991 season. The Razorbacks beat Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl, and in 2003 in Austin. The Longhorns defeated Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2004, and in Austin in 2008. Texas is coached by native-Arkansan Charlie Strong.

Texas Bowl
1 234Total
Razorbacks 3 2107 31
Longhorns 0 700 7
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Brandon Allen 12/23, 160 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Jonathan Williams 23 carries, 105 yards, TD
Receiving Demetrius Wilson 2 receptions, 52 yards, TD
Texas Passing Tyrone Swoopes 13/25, 57 yards, INT
Rushing Malcolm Brown 7 carries, 25 yards
Receiving John Harris 4 receptions, 36 yards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football – 2014 Coaches". Arkansas Athletics. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "2014 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Arkansas Snaps Streak with 73–7 Win Over Nicholls". ESPN. September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Arkansas Runs for 7 TDs, Beats Texas Tech 49–28". ESPN. September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Arkansas Extends Streak, Downs NIU 52–14". ESPN. September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.