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Nicholls overwhelmed by Razorbacks

Nicholls overwhelmed by Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema enjoyed the little things like singing the fight song with the Arkansas student section and addressing his team following a win.

It had been far too long for the Razorbacks and their second-year coach.

Led by four touchdown passes from Brandon Allen, Arkansas (1-1) overwhelmed Football Championship Subdivision opponent Nicholls State in a 73-7 win on Saturday.

Arkansas entered Saturday having lost 10 straight games, with its last win coming in the third game of last season against Southern Mississippi. The Razorbacks looked perfectly comfortable in returning to their winning ways, leading 56-0 at halftime and outgaining the Colonels 684-282 in total yardage.

The loss was the eighth straight for Nicholls State (0-2), which opened the season with a loss at Air Force and was facing a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time.

Kale Henderson completed 12 of 30 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, but the Colonels gained only 34 yards rushing on 28 attempts and were unable to sustain any kind of threat to Arkansas.

"They're, of course, a very good team," Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs said. "There were so many mismatches out there unfortunately. We basically had no answer to some of the physical talent out there. I tried to prepare our kids the best I could."

Arkansas' 73 points are tied for the third most in school history, trailing only a 100-point effort in 1911 and 82 in 1916. The Razorbacks also scored 73 points in a win over Southwestern in 1928.

Nicholls State's only touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Henderson to Keenan Canty in the third quarter.

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