LUBBOCK, Texas — Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams was looking forward to playing in his home state for the second time in his collegiate career.

LUBBOCK, Texas — Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams was looking forward to playing in his home state for the second time in his collegiate career.


He made the most of it Saturday, enjoying his best game as a Razorback.


Williams led Arkansas to a 49-28 win at Texas Tech by rushing for 145 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 22 carries in Jones AT&T Stadium. The junior teamed with Alex Collins, who ran for a career-high 212 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 attempts, to power Arkansas’ dominant run game Saturday.


"It’s just a different feeling when you come back to the state of Texas," Williams said. "You always want to play well."


Williams enjoyed a big start, scoring three touchdowns in the first half to help the Hogs take a 28-21 lead into the locker room. Then he tacked on the fourth early in the fourth quarter, which gave Arkansas a 14-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish.


It helped Williams became the first Razorback to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Darren McFadden in a 2007 win against Florida International.


Williams has rushed four six touchdowns in Arkansas’ first three games, eclipsing his 2013 total of four rushing touchdowns. He also topped the 100-yard mark for the second straight week and the sixth time in his career.


So did Collins, who took over the team’s rushing lead Saturday with an 84-yard touchdown run early later in the fourth quarter.


Williams and Collins combined to run for 357 yards and six touchdowns against the Red Raiders on Saturday. Collins and Williams have now combined for 11 rushing touchdowns in three games. They had eight in 12 games last season.


"J-Will was awesome," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "I think him and Alex really continued to roll."


Two First Downs


Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has often said the Razorbacks want their quarterback to pick up two first downs with his feet every game.


Brandon Allen accomplished it at Texas Tech.


Allen’s 22-yard scramble on second-and-9 from the Texas Tech 35 led to Williams’ 13-yard touchdown run that gave the Razorbacks a 14-7. He helped Arkansas build a two-touchdown lead early in the second half by turning a busted play into a five-yard touchdown run that made it 35-21.


"Well, one part broke down," Allen said of the run. "It was supposed to be like a read screen and when I dropped back for the screen, the screen was kind of covered. I kept drifting, drifting and they kind of let me go so I decided to run."


Allen finished with 27 rushing yards on three rushing attempts Saturday.


Tricky mistake


Arkansas reached into its bag of tricks late in the second half at Texas Tech.


But the play led to a turnover inside the red zone with the score tied 21-21.


Collins tried to pitch the ball to receiver Keon Hatcher, who was coming across the field on a reverse. But Collins was wrapped up as he tried to pitch the football and it squirted out of his hands and was recovered by Texas Tech.


"I came around and the D-tackle, I saw him coming up, and I thought I could get the pitch out before he hit me," Collins said. "But I guess him hitting me caused me to pitch the ball a little bit too high. He basically just ruined the play."


The mistake didn’t prove costly. Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight intercepted a Davis Webb pass three plays later. The Razorbacks scored on their next play to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.


Mitchel’s Return


Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel made his season debut Saturday, starting as the third cornerback in the Razorbacks’ nickel defense.


The senior — who was sidelined by a hamstring injury for the Auburn and Nicholls State games — made an early impact as well. He broke up two passes on Texas Tech’s first drive, forcing the Red Raiders to punt.


Mitchel was beaten for a touchdown early in the second half, but finished with five tackles and two pass break ups Saturday. Arkansas broke up 11 passes.


"It felt amazing," said Mitchel, who is a Texas native. "Being back in Texas and getting a win. It felt great. Me and my teammates, we’re just excited and hungry."


First-Time Starters


The Razorbacks had three first-time starters at Texas Tech.


Guard Sebastian Tretola started at left guard, replacing senior Luke Charpentier in the lineup. He gave the Razorbacks more heft along its offensive front.


"I just thought Sebastian really played well and practiced well," Bielema said. "We really wanted to mosh them inside and he’s obviously a big body."


Offensive tackle Cameron Jefferson also started at tight end after making his debut at the position last week. He was in the Razorbacks’ Heavy 12 package.


Defensively, the Razorbacks started cornerback Henre’ Toliver as part of its nickel defense. Toliver became the first true freshman to start a game this season and also grabbed an interception late, collecting Arkansas’ third takeaway in the win.