A fourth quarter comeback in the season opener followed by a double overtime win at No. 15 TCU that snapped the nation’s third-longest home win streak. Those were the first two starts of Arkansas junior quarterback Austin Allen’s career. Not bad.
With Arkansas off to its first 3-0 start since coach Bret Bielema’s first season and owning top 20 ranking in both national polls, Allen’s play has helped the Razorback offense pick up where it left off last season. In week two at No. 15 TCU, Allen delivered three touchdown passes in the second half and first overtime frame before scoring on a designed run from five yards out in the second overtime to clinch Arkansas’ third straight top 25 road win.
Allen was named the SEC Player of the Week after the win at TCU and after dominating the fan vote for the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week by over 6,000 votes, it was clear that Razorback nation believed in QB1.
The Fayetteville product is just the fourth Razorback quarterback to go 3-0 in his first three starts since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992. He currently leads the SEC in completion percentage (67.1) and passer rating (160.91).
Below is a look at the numbers from Arkansas’ quarterbacks first three starts since 1992.
|2012, 2013||Brandon Allen||34||57||415||5||2||0.596||2-1|
|1992||Barry Lunney Jr||32||71||406||1||2||0.451||1-1-1|