Gus improves to 6-1 vs Arkansas
Auburn 51, Arkansas 10
In front of a paid attendance of 54,619 on Saturday morning, the Auburn Tigers skinned the Arkansas Razorbacks by a final score of 51-10 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks were held to just 234 yards of total offense, including just 54 total yards on the ground. This was not good day for Ben Hicks, who played QB the entire game or Arkansas starting running back, Rakeem Boyd. Boyd only had 39 yards on 13 carries and three catches for 28 yards on the day.
Auburn got off to the best start Malzahn could ask for as Marlon Davis strip-sacked Ben Hicks on just the third play of the game. This gave the Tigers the ball on the Arkansas 22-yard line. It took Auburn just three plays to cover these 22 yards to take a 7-0 lead. The Tigers did not look back from that point forward.
At the end of the first quarter, things were not looking good for the Hogs with Auburn out rushing Arkansas 112-4. This was not the start Hog fans nor Chad Morris wanted after preparing not to get one dimensional.
On the Hogs fifth possession, things really started to crumble for the Razorbacks. The Hogs tried a fake punt, that was all over the internet and Sport Center, but not for the great play execution. Punter Sam Loy’s pass was intercepted by Chandler Wooten and returned to the Arkansas 37-yard line. This was early in the second quarter. Now if this play would have worked out like planned, Coach Morris had a chance to look like a genius, catching the Auburn special teams off guard. As anyone who watched the game now knows, nothing about this play was a good idea or worked like planned. The momentum was already leaning towards the Tigers, and this may have put a nail in the coffin for some.
Auburn Freshman QB Bo Nix finished with a QB rating of 215.8 after going 12-17 for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Arkansas QB Ben Hicks went 13-39 for 182 yards with a single touchdown and an interception.
“I thought our guys played extremely hard.” Arkansas head coach Chad Morris said. “Took two big hay-makers right out the gate. We talk all the time about you can’t give a great football team any help. We did that, but I will say this. I thought once we stabilized, and we went on a span there of about 32 or 33 minutes to where our defense was exceptional, and we gave up three points.” This portion of the game was the highlight of the game overall, but the Hogs were still down 17-0 as Conner Limpert missed a field goal just before the half to keep the Hogs off the scoreboard.
The highlight and HOG player of the game goes to Cheyenne O’Grady, making a 45 yard touchdown catch with 14 seconds to play in the third quarter. With a great route, as well as good movement in the pocket by Ben Hicks. O’Grady has NFL talent and we should hear his name called in the NFL draft next spring.
From this point on, the game went in favor of the Auburn Tigers with them covering the 19-point spread they were favored by and blowing out the Arkansas Razorbacks at home. This extends the SEC losing steak going for the Hogs.
Auburn 51 Arkansas 10
Arkansas travels to No.1 Alabama for a 6 pm game on ESPN on Saturday, October 26th.
For those dedicated Hog fans deciding to travel to Tuscaloosa to root on our Hogs, have faith. Alabama will not have Tua this week due to a high ankle sprain, they will see Mac Jones, the backup QB for Alabama.
Football Sports Writer for Natural State Sports
Co-Host of Thursday night live show “The Sports Junkies” along side Steve Hinson