The Arkansas Razorbacks returned to the .500 mark for the season with a victory on homecoming.
Alex Collins rushed for five touchdowns to lead the Hogs (4-4, 2-2) to a 63-21 victory over the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (5-3, 4-2). The win closes out the Razorbacks non-conference schedule for the season.
"I was really proud of how our guys handled the preparation, playing a non-SEC (Southeastern Conference) school," said Bielema. "Alex responded really well to last week, five touchdowns today."
Arkansas' gained 591 total yards of offense. But the Skyhawks also gobbled up yards too, gaining 519 yards on the Hogs defense.
"We were not 100% in our communication and our execution, said Arkansas defensive lineman Taiwan Johnson. "Those are things we have to fix moving onto next week. A win is a win."
The Razorbacks started the scoring on the first drive of the game. Alex Collins capped a ten-play, 75-yard drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown. Collins scored twice more in the second-quarter as the Hogs built a 21-0 lead.
Jaimiee Bowe put the Skyhawks on the board with a 26-yard run for a touchdown. The Hogs answered on the next drive. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen found Damon Mitchell for a 49-yard touchdown pass. That quick answer needed only three-plays for 75-yards. The two schools traded touchdowns just before the half for a 35-14 Razorbacks lead.
The Skyhawks added more pressure onto the Razorbacks defense to begin the second-half. Trent Garland's one-yard run cut the lead to 35-21.
The Hogs offense took over from there. Allen threw a deep pass to Dominique Reed for 71 yards to build the lead to 42-21. On the following possession, Allen trotted into the endzone on third-down and goal from the three-yard line for a 49-21 lead.
Collins added a 63-yard touchdown run late in the third-quarter. Austin Allen hit tight-end Jeremy Sprinkle for a 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth-quarter to end the scoring.
"We felt like we could have our way with them," said Hogs receiver Mitchell. "It was overall a good win for our guys."
Jarod Neal hit Ben Axline for a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Skyhawks late in the game.
"I give credit to UT-Martin, their quarterback, a senior really understands the game," said Bielema. "At times, it was a little frustrating."
Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan left the game in the third-quarter with a shoulder injury. Arkansas sophomore receiver Jared Cornelius returned to action after breaking his arm in the Toledo loss in Week 2 of the season. He had four catches for 33 yards. He added another 33 yards on punt returns.
"I give a lot of credit to Jared, he's a pretty quiet kid, lines up goes to work everyday," said Bielema. "He healed very, very fast."
Attendance was 64,206 on the dreary, wet weather day.
Arkansas returns to Southeastern Conference play next Saturday at Ole Miss. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.
A multi-vehicle crash in Pulaski County tied up traffic for about three hours on Interstate 44 Saturday afternoon.
VIDEO: Video of crash scene on I-44 near Waynesville
The crash involving a tractor trailer occurred at mile marker 159 and completely blocked the westbound lane. The Missouri Department of Transportation began routing traffic around the crash scene, instructing west bound drivers to get off at exit 161 and take the Business Route to re-enter the highway at exit 156.
The crash occurred just before noon, and tied up traffic until about 3 p.m.
The patrol says a tractor-trailer lost control, slid on wet pavement and left the highway. It caused several secondary crashes, however, only two minor injuries were reported.
People in Strafford gathered to remember a man hit by a semi truck earlier this month.
John Freelove, 69, was walking from his apartment to the McDonald's across a busy bridge that crosses I-44 when he was hit by a semi truck exiting the interstate. John died later at a Springfield hospital.
Saturday, dozens of friends and loved ones walked the route John walked daily, in celebration of his life. They say Freelove was well-known and loved in the community and that many others walk this busy area.
So they also want to send a message to drivers.
Be more aware of pedestrians.
They also want MODOT and the City of Strafford to come up with a solution to make this area safer for pedestrians.
“How many people have to lose their lives or be in accidents or get hurt by them not taking action sooner rather than later?"”
The truck driver who hit Freelove was not charged in the investigation because authorities ruled it an accident.
The rain has come to an end but fog will develop after midnight. Sunday will be warmer with more sunshine.
The University of Arkansas celebrated homecoming against the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says her office will help distribute information cards to abuse victims and help develop courses for students on dating violence as she ramps up a focus on domestic violence during the coming months. Rutledge said her office is working to help enforce two new laws intended to reduce abuse in Arkansas. Rutledge says cards that police are required to provide to domestic violence victims will also be printed and distributed by her office. The cards include information about victim's rights, available assistance and officers' contact information. Her office is also organizing "train the trainer" programs for school officials to implement a law requiring dating violence courses in health curricula.
A man from Willow Springs died after a crash between two pickups in Howell County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Kenneth Ginn, 50, died Friday afternoon after his pickup was rear-ended on U.S. 63 south of Willow Springs. The impact forced Ginn’s truck across the median. It overturned and threw him from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in Ginn’s pickup suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a West Plains hospital.
The other driver was not injured, but troopers arrested Chad Arnold, 50, on a charge of felony involuntary manslaughter.
The Kansas City Royals finished the 2015 postseason 0-for-3 in Game 3s. But manager Ned Yost is confident the Royals will remain perfect in Game 4s on Saturday.
The Royals' hopes of sweeping the World Series vanished Friday night, when the New York Mets cruised to a 9-3 win in Game 3 at Citi Field. Kansas City ended up being outscored 24-13 in losing Game 3s to the Houston Astros (American League Division Series), Toronto Blue Jays (AL Championship Series) and the Mets.
But the Royals came back in their first two Game 4s to beat the Astros and Blue Jays by a combined margin of 23-8. On Saturday, Kansas City will send to the mound right-hander Chris Young, who earned the win in Game 1 on Tuesday by tossing three hitless innings in the 5-4, 14-inning victory.
"We've got a lot of confidence in our group," Yost said. "We've got Chris Young going tomorrow and we feel good about that. He's the ultimate competitor. Nothing is going to mess with him -- the weather, nothing is going to faze him.
"He's going to go out and execute pitches and keep us in the ballgame until we get to our pen."
A short start Friday by right-hander Yordano Ventura (3 1/3 innings) meant the Royals bullpen got plenty of usage. But Yost only used two of his late-inning relievers: Right-handers Kelvin Herrera and Ryan Madson combined to allow two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
In addition, right-hander Kris Medlen, the long man, threw one inning Friday and would be available if Young, who only lasted 4 2/3 innings in Game 4 of the ALCS, makes an early exit.
"Our pen is in great shape," Yost said. "We're swinging the bats good. So we're all really confident."
A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who criticized the agency for its investigation into the drowning death of an Iowa man no longer faces an internal complaint filed against him in March. The Kansas City Star reports former special prosecutor Amanda Grellner withdrew her complaint against Sgt. Randy Henry Friday. The specifics of the complaint were never made public. After Friday's announcement, Henry resigned from the patrol. Grellner said in a statement that she no longer wanted to be involved in proceedings involving Henry and the patrol. She didn't elaborate on her reasons. Henry had complained about the patrol's investigation into the drowning of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson, of Des Moines, Iowa. Ellingson drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks in May 2014 while in the custody of a patrol trooper.
Arkansans who use natural gas will be paying less for the product starting in November. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the three gas utilities in the state reported in filings with the state Public Service Commission that prices will be from 19 percent to 23 percent lower than last winter. CenterPoint Energy said its prices will be 19 percent lower than last year; Arkansas-Oklahoma Gas customers will see a 21 percent decrease in price; and SourceGas Arkansas said its reducing its prices by 23 percent. The companies say the drop is primarily due to falling natural gas prices and that the new rates will begin during November and will remain in effect through March 31.
After a marathon, four-overtime victory over Auburn last week, Arkansas looks to keep its momentum going when it welcomes non-conference foe UT Martin to Fayetteville for a homecoming game Saturday.
Following a 1-3 start, coach Bret Bielema's squad has won two of three, with the lone loss coming at Alabama.But the FCS member Skyhawks of the Ohio Valley Conference might not be pushovers as they come into the contest with a 5-2 mark, with the only losses coming to Ole Miss and Jacksonville State, which nearly upset Auburn earlier this season. Still, the Razorbacks have looked good the last few weeks, especially offensively, averaging 30.6 points in their last three outings.
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen runs the show, ranking third in the SEC with 1,769 yards passing and fourth with 13 touchdown passes. But any Bielema-coached team has to run the ball as well, and the Razorbacks do that, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 182.4 rushing yards per game.
ABOUT UT MARTIN (5-2): The Skyhawks will be looking to fly past the Razorbacks' defense behind the play of senior quarterback Jarod Neal, who has passed for 1,893 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Neal led UT Martin from behind last week in a 52-45 shootout win over Murray State, finding senior wide receiver Rod Wright six times for 143 yards and three scores. That air attack has to be clicking for the Skyhawks to have a chance against an Arkansas team that allows only 114.9 rushing yards per contest.
ABOUT ARKANSAS (3-4): There are co-No. 1 tailbacks on the Arkansas depth chart this week as Alex Collins and Kody Walker are expected to split time at the position. While Walker excelled in overtime against Auburn with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion catch, Collins - who has rushed for 100 yards five times this year - was late for the pregame breakfast and fumbled twice in the win over Auburn. "Two fumbles is unacceptable," running backs coach Jemal Singleton told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. "We can't win with that. He's got to take care of the football or he can't play. He's got to show he can do that."
1. Arkansas RB Rawleigh Williams will miss the rest of the 2015 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a neck injury suffered against Auburn.
2. The UT Martin offensive line has had the same five starters all season long and has given up only four sacks.
3. Razorbacks WR Jared Cornelius is expected to make his return to the lineup this weekend after he missed four games following multiple breaks in his arm suffered against Texas Tech on Sept. 19.
The St. Louis Rams hope to put two wins together when they host the struggling San Francisco 49ers Sunday.
The Rams are 3-3, but have at least one loss sandwiched between each of their wins this season. The 49ers are coming off a loss to Seattle, and have suffered some lopsided losses early in the season.
Keys to the game: Rams rookie Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 2.65 yards after contact per carry, and the running back has made a number of players look sluggish or silly in the open field when his line does plow a clear path. Using Gurley as a first option is a great crutch for QB Nick Foles, who has completed 66 percent of his passes in three home games, but his only touchdown pass at the dome came in Week 1 and on a play in which Seahawks S Dion Bailey fell down. San Francisco has been hit for 12 touchdown passes and the secondary is a weak link. The 49ers gave up 176 rushing yards to the Seahawks last week, so anchoring their hopes on shutting Gurley down would be unrealistic. Limiting his big plays is the Niners' goal.
Greater is the concern for the offense to keep pace with the Rams on the scoreboard; the 49ers have just one touchdown in the past eight quarters. QB Colin Kaepernick has as many turnover as touchdowns (six), has been sacked 25 times and reports surfaced this week that he "isolated" himself from the rest of the locker room. Confidence and morale aren't high. The way to turn that around is for Kaepernick to jolt the offense with his athletic ability, but he will need to pick the right route out of trouble facing this fearsome Rams front.
Matchup to watch - Gurley vs. 49ers ILB NaVorro Bowman: Second in the NFL in tackles and tenacious in pursuit, Bowman is the heart of 49ers' defense and key to the team limiting Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Packers RB Eddie Lacy and Justin Forsett of the Ravens to a total of 184 yards.
Player spotlight - Rams WLB Mark Barron: An all-state linebacker who switched to safety and was an All-American first-round pick out of Alabama, Barron looked like a natural at weak-side 'backer last week with 19 tackles, two forced fumbles and two tackles for loss.
Fast facts: Foles has gone 10 consecutive starts without completing 20 passes in a game. ... The 49ers have 45 fourth-quarter points in 2015 and 58 total points in quarters 1-3.
The Detroit Lions were unable to build on the momentum from their first victory following a long skid, and they hope to stop the Kansas City Chiefs from doing so on Sunday. The Chiefs aim for their second straight victory while the Lions attempt to pick up their second of the season when the struggling teams clash in the latest installment of the NFL International Series in London.
The Lions lost five straight before breaking through for a 37-34 overtime win over Chicago two weeks ago, but they took another step back in a 28-19 home loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Detroit decided to shake up the coaching staff Monday, firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and promoting quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter to try to spark an offense that ranks 29th in scoring and 32nd in rushing. Kansas City hasn't resorted to such drastic measures, but it needs to improve on its third-down conversion rate (33 percent) and red-zone efficiency (scores on 41.7 percent of trips), both of which rank 27th in the league. The Chiefs have won four of the last six meetings, but Detroit clobbered Kansas City 48-3 in the most recent matchup in 2011 behind four touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford.
LINE: Chiefs -4. O/U: 45
ABOUT THE LIONS (1-6): Turnovers have been the downfall of the Lions, who are minus-7 thanks to a whopping 18 giveaways - including nine interceptions by Stafford. It doesn't help that the running game has been non-existent, averaging only 68 yards on the ground and allowing opponents to focus on the passing game. The Lions haven't been much better on the other side of the ball, allowing 28.6 points per game (29th in the NFL) and 392.3 total yards per contest (27th).
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (2-5): Kansas City got its running game going last week despite the loss of star Jamaal Charles, as Charcandrick West rolled up 110 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs also might have stumbled onto a playmaker in rookie receiver Chris Conley, who hauled in six passes for 63 yards and his first career TD last week with Jeremy Maclin (concussion) sidelined. Kansas City's defense has played better of late, holding three straight opponents under 340 total yards and forcing six turnovers over that span.
1. Stafford passed for 325 yards and two TDs in a 22-21 over Atlanta at Wembley Stadium last season, hooking up with WR Golden Tate seven times for 151 yards and a score.
2. Chiefs QB Alex Smith is 4-0 against the Lions with 717 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
3. Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who is questionable with an ankle injury, has topped 100 yards receiving only once this season but has caught TD passes in consecutive games.
It was a tale of two cities, Missouri edition: While homicides in St. Louis rose dramatically in 2014, killings in Kansas City declined sharply, a turnaround so startling that St. Louis leaders looked to their western counterparts for advice. But Kansas City killings have risen again. Both of Missouri's big cities topped 2014 homicide totals by mid-October - evidence, experts say, of the uphill battle to make urban streets safe. An effort dubbed the "No Violence Alliance" launched three years ago in Kansas City focuses on identifying the most violent criminals. Law enforcement leaders stand by the program despite the recent surge in homicides. St. Louis leaders believe in it, too, and have formed a similar alliance called "Mission Save" that has adopted some of the Kansas City ideas.
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If you need to get somewhere on time: beware!
A traffic warning if you are trying to get somewhere on time either today, or tomorrow morning.
The streets of Springfield will be filled with runners on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as part of Bass Pro's Outdoor Fitness Festival.
There is one race on Halloween morning, and four races, including a marathon, on Sunday.
Saturday's race begins at 9:00 a.m. Sunday's events kick off at 7:00 in the morning.
Close to four-thousand runners from 40 states are expected to participate, and another 5-thousand are expected to attend.
The race course covers a large part of Springfield.
KY3's Futurecast maps where to expect the heaviest rain through Saturday evening in the Ozarks.
Fall color season is slowing coming to an end. The leaves have turned colors and are starting to fall off, but that doesn't mean you still can't find some beautiful places to enjoy the sights. In our final look at fall hiking in the Ozarks, we take you to the most photographed spot in all of Arkansas: the iconic Hawksbill Crag at Whitaker Point. Photos by KY3 Photojournalist Thomas Leonard.
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