Storey shines off bench for Arkansas in win over E. Illinois

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ty Storey threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another to help Arkansas win Chad Morris' coaching debut with a 55-20 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

Storey didn't start the game after losing a preseason competition with sophomore Cole Kelley, but he put together a career-best performance after entering in the second quarter. The junior threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter alone and finished 12-of-17 passing for 261 yards overall.

Kelley started the game at quarterback for the Razorbacks and completed 9 of 12 passes for 92 yards and a 42-yard touchdown to tight end Austin Cantrell.

Jordan Jones led Arkansas with five catches and 132 yards receiving, also hauling in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Storey with less than a minute remaining in the first half. La'Michael Pettway added a pair of touchdown catches and 93 yards receiving on five receptions for the Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks forced six fumbles in their first game under defensive coordinator John Chavis, recovering five. Chevin Calloway forced one of the fumbles and recovered two for Arkansas.

Harry Woodberry threw for two touchdowns for the Panthers in their first game against a Southeastern Conference opponent. Woodberry was 9-of-15 passing for 96 yards off the bench, and starter John Brantley completed 18 of 25 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Jamal Scott rushed 12 times for 82 yards to lead Eastern Illinois.


Morris held off on naming a starting quarterback until going with Kelley earlier this week, doing so because of his desire for more consistency from both quarterbacks. After Saturday's breakout performance from the previously little-used Storey, it's hard to imagine the Razorbacks taking the field next week with anyone but the junior under center to begin the game.

After playing throughout the first quarter, Kelley didn't re-enter the game until late in the fourth quarter — after the Razorbacks played freshman Daulton Hyatt for a series at quarterback.


Eastern Illinois: The Panthers host Illinois State next week.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks travel to Colorado State.

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