Mallett throws three TDs to drive Arkansas' rout of Eastern Michigan

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Ryan Mallett went 14 of 16 for 249 yards and three touchdowns, and Broderick Green added a 99-yard touchdown run to lead Arkansas to a 63-27 rout of Eastern Michigan on Saturday night.

The Razorbacks scored 50 points for the first time under coach Bobby Petrino, who took over before last season.

Arkansas (4-4) led 42-0 at halftime and held the Eagles (0-8) without a first down until their second possession of the third quarter.

The easy victory was exactly what the Razorbacks needed after two straight losses. Since Arkansas' open date came after its first game, the Hogs are in the middle of a stretch of 11 games in 11 weeks. Their starters had plenty of time to rest against Eastern Michigan.

Backup quarterback Tyler Wilson played in the second quarter and again toward the end of the game. Michael Smith, Arkansas' top running back, sat out while still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Green rushed for 134 yards, most of them on his long touchdown in the second quarter. On first down from the Arkansas 1, Green found a hole and out ran the defense to the left sideline. He appeared to run out of steam a bit at the Eastern Michigan 40, but a couple defenders came up empty trying to tackle him.

Green's touchdown made it 35-0.

Eastern Michigan entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in the nation against the pass and dead last against the run. That didn't seem to faze Mallett, who completed all 10 of his passes in the first half and threw for a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to Joe Adams. Adams, back after missing three games because of a mild stroke, caught three passes for 109 yards.

Knile Davis opened the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown run, and Green made it 14-0 later in the first quarter with a 3-yard run. Freddy Burton returned an interception 50 yards for another touchdown.

Arkansas outgained Eastern Michigan 390-39 in the first half, and the Homecoming crowd thinned out a bit before the third quarter. Those that remained saw Seth Armbrust block a punt, pick up the loose ball and score a touchdown for a 49-0 lead.

From there, it was a sloppy finish for the Razorbacks. Kyle McMahon threw three touchdown passes for the Eagles, who finally began moving the ball long after the outcome was decided.

Arkansas was coming off losses to Florida and Mississippi. This was the first of four straight home games for the Razorbacks.