Arkansas 31, Samford 21 — Key Performers


ALEX COLLINS: The heralded freshman led all rushers Saturday and his 55-yard run in the fourth quarter set up Arkansas’ go-ahead touchdown. Collins rushed for 172 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. He got in hot water with Coach Bret Bielema for an excessive celebration following his 2-yard TD run. Bielema said he planned to talk to Collins and that it wouldn’t happen again or Collins would not be playing for the Razorbacks.

JAVONTEE HERNDON: Wide receiver Javontee Herndon caught his third touchdown pass of the season before the first quarter ended Saturday. That made three TDs in five quarters in 2013. At the start of the season, the senior from Jacksonville, Fla., had caught three TD passes in 37 quarters. He did have a miscue Saturday on a punt return though, fumbling after faking out at least two would-be tacklers. Samford could not take advantage of the turnover, going three and out. Herndon ended the night with five receptions for 70 yards.

ZACH HOCKER: The senior placekicker split the uprights from 53 yards in the second quarter Saturday against Samford to break his career record of 51 yards against South Carolina in 2010. Hocker became the all-time leading scorer for Arkansas in the season opener. He had 296 points going into the Samford game and added to the record with a field goal and four PATS. Hocker also forced touchbacks on all but one kickoff and punted once from the Razorback end zone — a 39-yarder.

— Arkansas News Bureau