Arkansas will had to rely on junior walk-on quarterback A.J. Derby to beat Southern Miss after starter Brandon Allen left the game with an injury.
Per the Arkansas News, Allen injured his shoulder scoring a first-quarter rushing touchdown. He left the field, returned to the sideline without his shoulder pads after a possible X-ray, and did not return.
Bret Bielema said after the game that Allen's injury was a shoulder "bruise" and that the decision to hold him out of the final three quarters was precautionary. Bielema expects Allen to return next week.
Taking over for Allen was junior A.J. Derby, a former Iowa player who spent last season at Coffeyville Community College and earned the backup job after walking on this past offseason.
Derby attempted only two passes in the first half after taking over for Allen, hitting one for four yards. The Razorbacks led the visiting Golden Eagles 10-3 at halftime and won 24-3.
Tackle Grady Ollison and corner Jared Collins each also left the game with injuries for the Razorbacks.