FAYETTEVILLE - Brandon Allen threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns in his return at quarterback for the University of Arkansas football team, but the Razorbacks (3-2, 0-1 SEC) came up short in a 45-33 loss to No. 10 Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday.
"I told our guys after the game that nobody can take away the way they prepared and the way they competed," head coach Bret Bielema said. "We knew it was going to be a fourth quarter game. We knew we had to basically score every time we had it and monopolize the football. I thought Brandon Allen was great."
Trailing just 24-20 at halftime and pulling to within 38-33 late in the third quarter, Allen and the Razorbacks were held scoreless in the fourth quarter and unable to complete a comeback bid in their SEC opener against the Aggies.
In his SEC debut, Collins recorded his fourth 100-yard game of the season after rushing for 123 yards on just 14 carries, leaving him just one short of tying the Arkansas freshman record for 100-yard rushing games in a season (five, Darren McFadden).
Fellow freshman Hunter Henry had a career-high 109 yards receiving on four catches, including a career-long reception of 52 yards.
Zach Hocker added a pair of field goals--39 yards and 28 yards--to round out Razorback scoring, which moved him into 13th on the SEC career-scoring list at 324 points on his career.
Pacing the Razorbacks defensively was Alan Turner, as the junior safety recorded a career-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, and added a pass breakup.
The game quickly turned into a shootout between the two teams, with a combined 24 points scored in the first quarter and 44 points by halftime. Texas A&M tallied 523 total yards of offense and
The Razorbacks proved opportunistic with their scoring chances, going 5-of-6 on red zone scoring trips.
"I'm excited about this group," Coach Bielema said. "If they give me the effort they did this week in practice and in this game tonight we'll win some games."