Razorbacks open season with Win over Portland State

August 31, 2019


FAYETTEVILLE — The Razorbacks (1-0) beat Portland State (0-1), 20-13, at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium Saturday. Touchdowns on the ground from Devwah Whaley and Rakeem Boyd, along with three Hog interceptions, were enough to grab a win in the season opener.

Big Plays

Arkansas 3 – Portland State 3

Following a six-play, 42-yard drive, senior K Connor Limpert knocked through a 34-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 9:40 left in the first quarter.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 3

​Senior RB Devwah Whaley scored Arkansas’ first touchdown of the 2019 season, punching it in from one yard out with 3:19 left to play in the first quarter. It was Whaley’s 13th-career touchdown, and his first since Arkansas played at Colorado State (9/8/18) last season.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

On third and long, Arkansas forced its first turnover on the young season, as junior SS Kamren Curl continued his excellent day by nabbing his first-career interception. Curl also had two sacks in the first half. ​​

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

Junior QB Nick Starkel connects with ​​freshman WR Trey Knox for 38 yards, the Razorbacks longest reception of the game. It was also the longest reception by a true freshman since Devwah Whaley hauled in a 43-yard pass against Florida back in 2016.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

Sophomore CB Jarques McClellion nabbed his first-career interception playing with 7:25 to go in the third period. The second INT of the day for the Hogs shifted second half momentum back to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

Sophomore WR Mike Woods put him on SKATES! The 15-yard reception was the long on the day for the second-year player, and drew quite the reaction from the Razorback faithful.

Arkansas 17 – Portland State 6

Junior RB Rakeem Boyd scored Arkansas’ second touchdown on the day, breaking through from two yards out with 2:20 left to go in the third quarter. The score would give the Hogs an 11-point cushion over Portland State as the two teams headed down the stretch.

Arkansas 20 – Portland State 13

Sophomore FS Joe Foucha sealed Arkansas’ opening day win, intercepting Portland State for the third time in the game. It was Arkansas’ first three interception performance since 2014, when they picked off Ole Miss three times.

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