Rakeem Boyd credits Nick Starkel for career highs vs. Colorado State

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Razorbacks running back Rakeem Boyd achieved career highs in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in the 55-34 win over the Colorado State Rams Saturday afternoon at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The junior rushed for 122 yards and scored two touchdowns on 20 carries. His longest run of the game was a 59-yard touchdown that pushed the Hogs ahead 21-7 with 5:59 to go in the first quarter.

Though it would be easy to accept much of the credit for the performance, the Stratford, Texas, product attributes his career highs to junior quarterback Nick Starkel, who was making his first career start for the Razorbacks.

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“I thought the offense ran well,” Boyd said. “I thought Nick passing the ball opened it up for me running the ball as well. The offense was crisp today. There was a few things we have to  work on, but just finish.”

The Hogs produced 215 rushing yards on 35 carries. Senior Devwah Whaley carried nine times for 81 yards and a touchdown, proving to be a nice tandem with Boyd.

“I thought we ran the ball well,” coach Chad Morris said of Boyd’s career highs. “I think a great complement is he and Devwah. Devwah rushed for 80-something yards.”

Morris emphasized that the passing game from Starkel, who provided 305 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-35 attempts, helped open up things on the ground for Boyd and the rest of the Razorbacks running game.

“When you’re able to throw the football and throw it effective, it backs people off,” Morris explained. “It allows your run game to open up. I thought there from probably a majority of the game we were pretty balanced in our yardage. I thought that was a credit to our ability to throw the football on early downs and move the chains.

Arkansas stays at home to host the San Diego State Aztecs on Sept. 21. The Hogs have matched their previous year’s win total with two, though they hope to build upon their 2-1 record and not let it slip to another 2-10 finish.