Alex Collins with the Lambeau Leap at War Memorial Saturday night got the freshman running back phenom a fat penalty.
It was the kid’s first college touchdown, give him a break. That was the immediate response we got on Twitter after the 15-yard excessive celebration penalty was assessed against Collins, in a dog-fight of a game against FCS-level Samford.
True enough. It was Collins’ first touchdown, but all offseason, his head coach, Bret Bielema, said discipline, no turnovers, no penalties – those are the keys to success. #1-0 and all that.
Immediately after the game in a radio interview with the voice of the Razorbacks, Chuck Barrett, Bielema said he was going to have a talk with “Mr. Collins about his antics.”
In the press conference after the game, Bielema said, Alex Collins wouldn’t do what he did (the Lambeau Leap) again and continue to be a Razorback.
Collins rushed for 172 yards and one touchdown, while Jonathan Williams had 126 yards and one touchdown of his own, as the Razorback duo marked the first time in school history that Arkansas had two 100-yard rushers in the first two games of the season.
It was a day filled with landmarks for Collins, who not only scored his first-career touchdown on a 2-yard run to put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter, but also became the first Arkansas freshman to rush for 100 yards in each of the first two games of his career.
Below is audio of Collins discussing his game and the play that got him the penalty.