Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen has fought through more adversity and change than most players will ever see. He’s also had a bit of an issue in the 4th quarter of games, particularly in the beginning of the 2015 season. Allen has been ridiculed and bashed for his sub-par performances throughout the season, but many of those ridiculers and bashers are changing their tune after Allen’s signature game that could define his tenure as a Razorback.
After the early losses to Toledo and Texas Tech, a lot of Hog fans had already closed the book on BA. “Talented, but a victim of coaching changes and his own un-dependability” was the common theme when discussing the current reigning national player of the week. The the BYE week happened. Allen came out on a mission against Auburn, UT-Martin, and then had the game of his career on the road against #18 Ole Miss.
Allen was on the money with his throws, made the big 3rd down completions when it counted most, and was mentally and physically tough. For the game, Allen was 33 of 45, going for 442 yard, 6 touchdowns, which is a career high, and ZERO interceptions. Add all that together, and Allen had a QBR of 94.7. Who would have thought the run first Razorbacks would win a game with Brandon Allen’s arm? Not me! Not the majority of Razorback fans even a few weeks ago. But now? Now Allen is the highest rated QB in the SEC. He has set school and conference records, and has the Hogs poised to go to a bowl game.
The implications of the Ole Miss win add to the magnitude of Allen’s performance. Was it the greatest performance by an Arkansas Razorback, given the magnitude and meaning of the moment? What about the time when Darren McFadden torched the South Carolina defense and forced Steve Spurrier to get a new visor? What about Matt Jones’ performances? Which one was the best? It’s time for another Top 5 Razorbacks Edition, where this time we rank the Top 5 Single Game Performances by players that grace the colors of the Arkansas Razorbacks!
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