Arkansas stifled by No. 23 TCU's defense in 28-7 loss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) —
Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown and No. 23 TCU's defense dominated once again in a 28-7 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
Anderson had 15 carries to help the Horned Frogs (2-0) win in Fayetteville for the first time since 1984 when both schools were in the Southwest Conference. The sophomore's previous rushing best was 103 yards in a victory over Texas last season.
Kenny Hill was 21-of-31 passing for 166 yards for TCU, and the Horned Frogs held the Razorbacks (1-1) to 267 yards of total offense a week after allowing only 65 yards in a 63-0 victory over Jackson State.
"It's only two ballgames, but we're really excited about where we're at right now," TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
Arkansas' Austin Allen was 9 of 23 for 138 yards, a year after accounting for four touchdowns in the Razorbacks' double-overtime win at TCU.
Arkansas has lost three of its last four games to fall to 26-27 under fifth-year coach Bret Bielema.
"I wish I had words to describe the way I feel and the way our guys feel," Bielema said. "... We've got to be the most-improved team in the country and get a lot better at the details."
TCU: The Horned Frogs had lost 31 of their last 34 games to Arkansas dating to 1959, and they felt as if they let a win slip away in Fort Worth last season . It looked like they might let the game get away once again on Saturday, particularly after a second-half fumble deep close to the goal line. However, the defense held time and again and TCU scored two touchdowns within 14 seconds of each other to put the game away in the fourth quarter capped by Sewo Olonilua's second score of the game.
"We came here not to think about last year, we came here to win," Patterson said.
ARKANSAS: The list of concerns is substantial for the Razorbacks, from their struggles in the passing game to special teams. Allen was out of sync for much of Saturday and threw for a career low in yards as a starter, completing only 4 of 13 passes for 31 yards in the second half. Also, junior Cole Hedlund missed field goals of 23 and 20 yards and is 14 of 24 for his career.
TCU: The Horned Frogs finish up their nonconference schedule by hosting SMU next week.
ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks have their lone off week of the season next week before returning against Texas A&M in AT&T Stadium on Sept. 23.