Arkansas Too Powerful for Miners in Fayetteville
POSTED: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 7:14pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 10:37pm
Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record five touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas beat Texas-El Paso 58-21 on Saturday.
Knile Davis added a career-best 182 yards rushing on just 11 carries for the No. 14 Razorbacks (8-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), including a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Arkansas ran for 326 yards in the win on its way to a season-high 577 total yards.
In what could be his final home game at Razorback Stadium, Mallett tied the school record for touchdown passes for the fourth time in his career. The junior finished 19 of 26 passing for 215 yards and has now set or tied 35 school or stadium records at Arkansas in less than two full seasons at the school.
The Miners (6-5, 3-4 Conference USA) took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter after Marlon McClure's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Razorbacks then took control, scoring 45 unanswered points to take a 52-14 lead.
Davis started the onslaught with his long touchdown run. The sophomore faked a reverse to receiver Cobi Hamilton before keeping the ball and darting around the right side of the Arkansas offensive line.
Mallett followed with five straight touchdown throws for the Razorbacks, two to tight end D.J. Williams. The quarterback now has 24 touchdown passes this season and 54 in his Arkansas career, moving him ahead of Matt Jones and into second place in Arkansas history. Clint Stoerner holds the school record with 57 career touchdown passes.
Mallett also got in on the rushing fun, scrambling for a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. His six total touchdowns tied the school record, which was set in 1995 by Madre Hill against South Carolina.
Leilyon Myers put UTEP ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, breaking through the middle of the Arkansas defense for a 51-yard touchdown run. The Miners gained 355 yards in the loss but were plagued by three turnovers.