By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Alex Collins ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Arkansas capped its late-season surge with a 45-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl.
Ranked 18th to open the season, Arkansas stumbled through a 1-3 start that knocked the Razorbacks out of the Top 25. The Razorbacks (8-5) turned things around won six of their last seven games.
Collins overwhelmed Kansas State's defense in front of a sellout crowd of 61,136, the fourth-largest crowd in the game's 57-year history.
Kansas State (6-7) finished a season below .500 for the first time since Bill Snyder began his second stint as coach in 2009.
Arkansas' Brandon Allen was 20 of 26 for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Kansas State's Kody Cook, starting at quarterback for the first time, went 12 of 24 for 163 yards with a touchdown.
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