Auburn Slips By Razorbacks, 21-19

Arkansas competed at a higher level, but couldn't take advantage of late Auburn mistakes in a 21-19 loss Saturday in Southeastern Conference football at Jordan-Hare Stadium. A fumble gave Arkansas possession at the Auburn 34 inside the final two minutes.

A Rudi Johnson fumble gave Arkansas possession at the Auburn 34 inside the final two minutes, but freshman quarterback Zac Clark was intercepted on the next play.
 
The Hogs lost their eighth straight SEC road game to slip to 4-3 on the season. They are 1-3 in the SEC ahead of next week's home date with Ole Miss.
 
Sophomore tailback Fred Talley gave the Hogs a boost with 26 carries for 161 yards, and one reception for another 41 yards. He raced 80 yards for the Hogs' first touchdown. His 41-yard reception set up the Hogs' fourth-quarter field goal.
 
The Hogs outyarded the Tigers, 370 to 353, enjoyed a solid effort in the kicking game, but couldn't make enough plays in the secondary in the second half. They dropped several interceptions. Two of those plays could have been Arkansas touchdowns. Correy Harris, the Hogs' rover, had one slip through his fingers when he dearted in front of an Auburn receiver in the flats with nine minutes to go. He could have walked in for the TD.
 
Arkansas was three and out on its first possession. Talley made 5 yards on first down, sweeping around his left end. Hampton's first two passes, both for Michael Snowden in the flats, gained only 2 yards.
 
Leard completed four straight passes to move the Tigers to the Arkansas 31. Quinton Caver's blitz forced Leard to pass early and his attempt at a throw away was intercepted by De'Andre Berry near the goal line.
 
The Hogs marched to midfield before stalling. Richie Butler's 58-yard punt was field at the goal line and the Hogs pinned the Tigers at their own 7-yard line. The Hogs smashed Rudi Johnson on two straight runs and held the Tigers three and out.
 
The Hogs marched to the Tigers' 21-yard line, but came away empty when Brennan O'Donohoe's 36-yard field goal was wide right. Hampton had several receivers open for TDs, but couldn't make connection. He overthrew fullback Adam Daily behind the Auburn defense.
 
Auburn then drover 80 yards in 10 plays for the game's first touchdown. The Tigers converted two fourth downs in the drive. The first was a fourth and one that Heath Evans made by inches at the Arkansas 45. On fourth and two at the 37, Leard appeared to be trapped trying to pass. He escaped Carlos Hall to find Tim Carter in the right flats. Carter escaped tackle after tackle (D'Andre Berry and Ken Hamlin had the best chances) for the 37-yard TD pass.
 
The Hogs answered in a flash. Fred Talley found a huge hole behind Kenny Sandlin and outraced the safeties for an 80-yard TD gallop. It was 7-7 at 10:04 of the second quarter. Talley was never touched in silencing the roars of the 83,642 partisan fans at Jodan-Hare Stadium.
 
Arkansas stuffed Auburn's next three plays and got the ball back at the Hogs' 47-yard line. The Hogs moved to the 30 before stalling. Hampton had Snowden open in the end zone, but the senior receiver seemed to let up and then couldn't reach the pass at the back of the end zone. The Hogs tried a fake punt, but Butler was intercepted at the 5-yard line.
 
The Tigers marched 95 yards in nine plays with Johnson doing most of the damage. He had five carries for 44 yards the drive. He covered the final 23, breaking four tackles. Caver had him slip out of his grasp at the line of scrimmage. Four other Hogs tried to knock him over with shoulder hits, but never tried to tackle him. It was 14-7 at 2:26 of the second quarter.
 
Again, the Hogs answered. Hampton's passing sharped as he guided them 80 yards in nine plays, beating the halftime clock by 29 seconds. He completed five of six in the march. The only incompletion was a smart throw away after he was flushed from the pocket.
 
Hampton hit Sparky Hamilton for 10 to erase third and 8. And, with the clock running, he hurried his team to the line, audibled for a lob down the left sideline that the 6-5 Hamilton hauled in over a 5-9 cornerback. He was knocked out of bounds at the 3-yard line. Tailback Brandon Holmes went over on the next play, finding a huge hole over his left guard. It was 14-14 with 0:29 left in the half.
 
Arkansas' offense did not have a turnover and finished the half with a 241 to 208 edge in total yards. Hampton was 13 of 23 for 128 passing yards at the half.
 
Both teams went three and out to open the second half. Auburn made one first down on its second try. Arkansas moved the chains twice on its next try.
 
Auburn turned to the air to march 93 yards on seven plays. Leard's receivers beat what seemed like tight coverage for three catches on the drive. His passes were nothing more than jump balls twice during the drive. Marcel Willis beat Eddie Jackson and Ken Hamlin for a 25-yarder when it looked like the Razorbacks had a shot at an interception. Clifford Robinson circled the Hogs' left flank on a lateral for the final 13 yards to give the Tigers a 21-14 lead at 1:39 of the third quarter.
 
This time, the Hogs didn't answer. They were three and out with Hampton missing Poydras in the flats and sailing a third down try high out of bounds.
 
After Butler hit another majestic punt, this one for 51, the Hogs got the ball back on the next play. With J. J. Jones pressuring Leard, Hamlin intercepted a duck down the sideline at the Hogs' 49-yard line.
 
Talley made 10 and Hampton found Boo Williams for 10, but Hampton's roll out produced nothing on fourth-and-2 at the Auburn 26. He passed high for Poydras.
 
Damon Duvall shanked a punt 17 yards to the 50 to setup the Hogs with a golden chance. That's when the Hogs signaled for backup Zac Clark. The freshman quarterback couldn't move the Hogs. He was low for Richard Smith. Then, Williams couldn't hold Clark's strike near the sideline when a defender flashed past him.
 
Steadman Campbell's 15-yard punt return through would-be tacklers gave the Hogs possession at the Auburn 49 with 6:22 left. Clark found Talley over the middle for 41 to the Auburn 9. But, after Holmes made 2 yards in the middle. Clark was incomplete twice. O'Donohoe made it 21-17 with 4:21 to play with a 24-yard field goal.
 
The Hogs got two more chances. Both ended with Clark interceptions. The second came after Johnson fumbled it back to the Hogs at the Auburn 38-yard line with 1:38 to go. He was looking for Boo Williams on the sideline, but missed the pass to the inside.
 
From there, the Tigers ran off all but the final three seconds, taking an intentional safety on a fourth-down play snapped with the clock at 0:09. The Hogs tried to keep the ball alive on the kickoff with a series of laterals, but didn't make it back to midfield.

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