LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sports Network) - Ryan Mallett threw three touchdowns and ran one in to lead 14th-ranked Arkansas to a 31-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe at War Memorial Stadium.
Mallett went 28-for-43 with 400 yards and an interception while Greg Childs caught 12 passes for 146 yards and two scores for the Razorbacks (2-0), who opener their season last Saturday with a 44-3 win over Tennessee Tech.
Kolton Browning was 7-for-17 for 74 yards, one touchdown and one pick for the Warhawks (0-1), who failed to win in the debut of head coach Todd Berry after a 6-6 2009 campaign. Luther Ambrose hauled in the TD toss.
Mallett fumbled on Arkansas' first possession, but held the Warhawks to a three-and-out and promptly took the lead as Mallett found Childs in the back of the end zone from 19 yards out for a 7-0 advantage with 5:48 left in the first.
On their first touch of the second quarter, the Warhawks got across midfield for the first time. Facing a 3rd-and-7 at the Arkansas 36, Kolton Browning was sacked for seven yards and the team was forced to punt.
Arkansas later got the ball into Warhawks territory, but Mallett was picked off by Alex Ibe as Louisiana-Monroe kept it a one-score game at the break.
After an exchange of possessions to start the second half, Arkansas added to its lead.
Starting at the Warhawks' 33 after pinning Louisiana-Monroe deep and holding them to a three-and-out, Mallett completed an 11-yard pass to Childs to get the ball to the 22. Six plays later, Mallett took the ball into the end zone himself from a yard out for a 14-0 lead with 6:12 left in the third.
After an exchange of turnovers, Rudell Crim picked off Browning to give Arkansas the ball at midfield late in the third. The Razorbacks ate up five minutes of the clock over the next 10 plays and a 26-yard field goal from Zach Hocker made it a 17-0 game with 12:53 to play.
The next Razorbacks series saw Mallett and Childs connect on an 18-yard touchdown for a 24-0 lead with 8:46 left in the game.
Louisiana-Monroe finally got on the board on its next touch as Browning found Ambrose over the middle and he took it into the end zone from 25 yards out to make it a 24-7 contest with 5:12 to play.
The Razorbacks, though, responded less than two minutes later when Mallett and Ronnie Wingo Jr. got together on a 35-yard touchdown to account for the final score.