Oct 27, 2017
by Chase Gage
BALTIMORE — Razorback fans might as well just watch the Ravens going forward. They’re not that great, but they’re leaps and bounds better than Arkansas (relatively and realistically).
Two former Arkansas standouts put on a show on Thursday Night Football this week, as Ryan Mallett and Alex Collins led the Ravens to a 40-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins, ending a two-game losing streak. Mallett played in relief for an injured Joe Flacco, while Collins has been heading the backfield for a few weeks now.
The Ravens came into the game having lost four of their last five games after starting 2-0. They needed to turn around somehow.
They did so by taking out all their frustration on the Dolphins.
Mallett started off the night with a bang. His first pass attempt was a two-yard touchdown strike that put Baltimore up 20-0 going into the halftime locker room. From there, he had his work cut out for him. He finished the night going three-for-seven passing for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Collins was the real star of the evening. Well, besides the Baltimore defense (which scored two touchdowns and allowed zero points). The former Arkansas running back posted a career-high 118 rushing yards on only 18 attempts. He added 30 receiving yards on three catches, putting his total yardage at 148 yards on 21 touches (7.0 yards per play).
The Baltimore running back is sixth in the NFL in rushing yards with 478 and leads the league in yards per attempt (6.0). There has been no official word on Flacco, who could potentially miss time due to the injury he suffered in the second quarter. We may see this Razorback All-Star lineup once again if Flacco is unable to play going forward.
There was some controversy in the game involving Mallett. Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh claimed he was “protecting himself” when he grabbed Mallett by the throat after a play, resulting in a scuffle on the field.
Baltimore is now 4-4 on the season and sit one spot behind the Steelers in the AFC North. The Ravens travel to Nashville next week to take on the Tennessee Titans.
Regardless of how bad the Arkansas football program is now, it’s awesome to see two former stars together in the greatest football league in the world. Woo Pig.