Five players who starred in Arkansas’ third-straight win.

Five players who starred in Arkansas’ third-straight win.

KORLISS MARSHALL – Marshall wasn’t touched as he returned the game’s opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. It was Arkansas’ first kickoff-return touchdown since Dennis Johnson’s 98-yarder against South Carolina in 2011 and first to open a game since Johnson did it against Missouri State in 2009. He added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter and led all Arkansas players with 137 total yards and two scores.

DARIUS PHILON – Philon was rewarded as the first player to pressure Northern Illinois quarterback Drew Hare, picking up the ball when Trey Flowers finished the sack and forced a fumble in the first quarter. Philon scooped the ball around the 3 and fell into the end zone to give Arkansas a 14-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. He finished with only two tackles, but hassled Hare most of the game.

TREY FLOWERS – The senior’s first quarter alone was enough to call him one of the best five Razorbacks on Saturday. He had four tackles — two solo and two for losses — a sack and a forced fumble in the opening 12 minutes. He added another five tackles in the final three quarters.

BRANDON ALLEN – A slow start didn’t matter much as Allen crisply led Arkansas’ fourth scoring drive in the waning minutes of the first half. Allen went 6-of-7 for 58 yards and a touchdown, capped with a 10-yard strike to Jared Cornelius after he was flushed from the pocket and had to throw on the run. He finished 15-of-22 for 199 yards and added both a second passing touchdown and another on the ground.

JONATHAN WILLIAMS – Arkansas’ bruising running back didn’t put up his typically huge numbers, but his touchdown was vintage Williams. He rammed over a defender and shook off the arms of another on his 15-yard scamper to the end zone that put the Razorbacks ahead 21-0 in the first quarter. He finished his night with 69 yards on 15 carries.

— Eric W. Bolin • Times Record