Welcome to the another edition of LET US DELIGHT IN, a weekly feature in which we, well, delight in the performance of a particular football player from the previous weekend. This week, we are double dipping in delight, highlighting ther performances of Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen and North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams.
That's right, we're gonna talk about two players this week. At the same damn time (AT THE SAME DAMN TIME).
Had you told me that at some point this season, we'd be talking about sparkling quarterback play from Arkansas, I would have magically transformed into a middle aged English factory worker and said "WOT, ARE YOU ON THE PISS, MATE?"
But here we are, and I am not currently on the piss.
Allen was spectacular for Arkansas in their insane 53-52 overtime win over Ole Miss. The stats were eye-popping, especially when you consider the kind of offense he exists in. 33-45 for 442 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. Those were career highs for both yards and touchdowns for Allen. He was so good, Ole Miss fans were calling the damn cops (maybe).
Asking us to kick the Arkansas QB out of the stadium is not a legit reason to dial 911. #ARKvsMISS— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) November 7, 2015
But perhaps Allen's crowning achievement of the was in overtime. After the Hogs converted a 4th and 25 by way of the little-used blind backward lateral, they tied the score when Allen found Drew Morgan from nine yards out. Well, they would've tied the game, but Bert called down the thunder and opted to go for two and win it rather than send it to double overtime. Their first attempt was a total disaster, but a facemask penalty bailed them out and allowed Allen to seal the win with a quarterback sneak.
Woo damn pig sooie.
And on the other end of the stylistic spectrum from Allen is North Carolina's Marquise Williams. For those of you that stopped paying attention to North Carolina after they lost that miserable game to South Carolina in the season opener -- which is understandable -- Williams has been playing well for a while now. But the Heels' 66-31 evisceration of Duke was far and away his best game of the year.
I mean, this was North Carolina's first offensive play.
UNC started throwing bombs early, and didn't stop until they turned Duke to a pile of dust. Williams had over 400 passing yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, and the only thing that stopped him from going over 500 yards for the game was the coaching staff pulling him well after the game was decided. He finished with a line of 23-35 for 494 yards, four touchdown passes, and zero picks, and also ran for another touchdown.
Both Allen and Williams were so nice, we're gonna delight in them twice.