Auburn Previews the Arkansas Game

Auburn returns to Southeastern Conference action with a road trip to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Tigers are ranked 17th in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls this week after defeating Louisiana Tech last weekend. Auburn made its debut in the 2001 polls after upsetting top-ranked Florida on Oct. 13.

Auburn was last ranked 17th in the AP poll on Dec. 2, 2001, when the Tigers fell to seventh-ranked Florida, 28-6, in the 2000 Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta, Ga.

The Tigers have been ranked in at least one poll by the Associated Press in 20 of the last 23 seasons.

Auburn leads the all-time series, 6-3-1 ... The winner of the nine games has scored at least 21 points ... The two teams have combined to score 40 or more points eight times ... Six of the 10 games have been decided by seven points or less ... Former Tiger tailback Stephen Davis rushed for 246 yards against the Razorbacks in 1994, as Auburn won 31-14 ... Patrick Nix's 387 passing yards in the 1995 meeting are the third most in a single game by a Tiger signal caller.

Although Auburn does not have a player on its roster from Arkansas, head coach Tommy Tuberville hails from the state. A native of Camden, Ark., Tuberville graduated from Harmony Grove High School in Camden, and went on to play free safety at Southern Arkansas University.

After graduating from SAU in 1976, Tuberville was an assistant coach at Hermitage High School in Hermitage for two seasons before serving as head coach at Hermitage from 1978-79. From 1980-84, Tuberville was a defensive ends and linebackers coach at Arkansas State University.

Rudi Johnson rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and Ben Leard threw for 240 yards as 25th-ranked Auburn improved to 7-2 with a 21-19 victory over Arkansas in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Oct. 28, 2000. After a scoreless first quarter, both teams combined for 28 points and a 14-14 halftime tie.

Clifton Robinson's 13-yard touchdown run with 1:39 in the third quarter gave Auburn the lead for good. Arkansas added a field goal with 4:20 remaining and tacked on two points with three seconds left in the game compliments of an intentional safety by Auburn.

Auburn's defense intercepted two Razorback passes in the final three minutes to help the Tigers hold on to the victory.

Auburn's win over Florida was its seventh-consecutive win in Southeastern Conference action dating back to last season. The Tigers concluded the 2000 conference season with wins over Arkansas, Georgia, and Alabama, and have defeated Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and Florida in 2001.

The last time Auburn won seven straight SEC games was during the 1993-94 seasons when the Tigers won 14 in a row.

With a 6-2 record in the SEC last year and a 4-0 mark this season, Auburn has a 10-2 mark in its last 12 conference games which is tied for best in the SEC with Florida. The Tigers last run of at least 10 victories in 12 conference games was during the 1993 and ‘94 seasons when they won 14 consecutive.

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