Austin Allen played the game of his life Saturday night, and had just enough left in his legs at the end to will himself across the goal line for the win.
The win is an impressive one for Arkansas, which barely edged Louisiana Tech at home in its season opener. Allen didn’t look great in the opener, but he really showed his stuff Saturday night, finishing with 223 yards and three touchdowns. Big running back Rawleigh Williams also had a big game for Arkansas, finishing with 137 yards on 28 carries.
I would argue that ‘shocking’ is a bit of an overstatement, but Arkansas could win a lot of games this season.
Why not throw Arkansas in that small group behind Alabama in the SEC? If the Tide somehow falter, why shouldn't we mention Arkansas in the same breathas Tennessee, Georgia, LSU or Texas A&M? Who has a better win than the Razorbacks so far?
A bad night for Frogs fans was part of an embarrassing two week stretch for the conference.
It never should have gotten to this, but the Texas heat is tricky. And now the heat is on the Big 12, which has had three disastrous losses in two weeks. First, it was Houston rolling over Oklahoma last week. Then, Oklahoma State fell in unthinkable fashion to Central Michigan on Saturday. Finally, it was No. 15 TCU losing at home to unranked Arkansas.
It’s hard to look past the scoreboard, but we would be remiss to not mention how amazing KaVontae Turpin was Saturday night.
There's no better way to describe Turpin than Trevone Boykin's "Turp's got the juice" quote from last year. The 5'9" sophomore had 295 all-purpose yards, including a 64-yard kick return to set the Frogs up for a potential game-winning field goal as time ran down in the fourth. He was a Freshman All-American returner last year, and he's gunning for the overall All-American spot this season. For good measure, he added a 57-yard catch as well.
Was it a throat-slash or sign language for ‘rising kings’? That remains to be seen. Either way, it cost TCU 15 yards and shortened Arkansas’ field on their game-tying drive.
"I don't even know why he did it. I didn't even know he did that. All I know is he got a penalty. Now I'm even more unhappy. Thanks."