FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney believes quarterbacks often receive too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses.
So Chaney wasn’t exactly stunned to hear quarterback Brandon Allen’s truck was covered in broken eggs when the Razorbacks returned from their 24-17 overtime loss against Mississippi State in Little Rock on Saturday night.
“You’re polarizing a little bit when you play quarterback, or you’re the head coach or you call plays,” Chaney said Monday afternoon as the Razorbacks prepared for the season finale at LSU. “Those things happen. People get upset and do things they probably ought not be doing. But at the end of the day, it comes with the territory.
“We understand that. We don’t like it, but at the end of the day, let’s play football.”
Allen’s truck was egged after he completed 10 of 17 passes for 114 yards with an interception in the loss. The game ended when Allen threw an interception on fourth-and-9 from the Mississippi State 24 during the overtime period. The Bulldogs scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 25-yard run from quarterback Damian Williams on the first play of overtime.
Tight end Austin Tate posted a picture of Allen’s egg-covered truck on his Twitter page after the Razorbacks returned to Fayetteville on Saturday night and wrote: “Thanks for the support fans..really makes us want to keep going and change the situation we’re in!” The tweet was later deleted.
The MSU loss was Arkansas’ eighth straight, which set a school record. The Arkansas offense has struggled during the skid and is ranked 13th in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (20.1 points a game), last in passing offense (145.8 yards) and 11th in total offense (356.9 yards)
Allen has completed 47.6 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 1,374 yards with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He got off to a great start in nonconference play, but missed nearly two games after suffering a shoulder injury in the first quarter of Arkansas’ 24-3 win against Southern Miss.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said he found out about the incident Saturday night and called Allen the next morning to check on his quarterback.
“I know what he’s like. He is a quarterback, but I also know he has a mentality like a lineman,” Bielema said. “I knew that I wanted to prevent anything from happening. He assured me he wasn’t going to take any retaliation, you know. …
“Unfortunately, a side to college football that is a little bit ugly at times.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau