AP: Tyler Wilson Solid In First Start As No. 15 Arkansas Has Easy Time With Missouri State

by Kurt Voigt, The Associated Press  on Saturday, Sep. 3, 2011 9:54 pm  

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 18 of 24 passes for 260 yards with two touchdowns in his first college start. Wilson helped the Razorbacks to a 51-7 victory. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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"It was a lot of fun," Adams said. "Both time my group set it up well, and I just tried to do the best on the return. I didn't think the second one was going to go. I did a lot of shaking and baking. I was tired at the end."

Arkansas' offense didn't need much help as it began the Wilson era. Making his first start since his senior season in high school in 2007, Wilson led the Razorbacks on touchdown drives of 80 and 70 yards in the first half. After Mitchell saw action on two first-half possessions, Wilson then closed out the first half by directing a 10-play, 63-yard drive that resulted in a 32-yard field goal by Zach Hocker that put Arkansas up 30-0 at halftime.

Wilson continued his efficient play on his one possession of the second half, leading the Razorbacks on a 10-play, 90-yard drive. He finished the drive off with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Wright, who led Arkansas with 6 catches for 108 yards and planted one foot just inside the edge of the end zone to put the Razorbacks up 37-0.

The Razorbacks rushed for only 102 yards total in the absence of Knile Davis, who is out for the season after breaking an ankle during fall camp. Ronnie Wingo led the way with 43 yards on 11 carries, while freshman Kody Walker had 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 9 carries.

Mitchell also played well during his time under center for Arkansas, completing 10 of 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown pass to Chris Gragg, but Wilson showed why coach Bobby Petrino selected him as the starter last week.

"It's the way we're supposed to start," Petrino said. "It's what you'd say mission accomplished."

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