Cobb Gets First SEC Start vs. Razorbacks

Daniel Cobb's first career start was worth the wait. Now the senior looks to turn in a more consistent performance when No. 17 Auburn takes on SEC rival Arkansas on Saturday.

Cobb watched freshman Joe Campbell start Auburn's first five games before taking over last week, and the senior led the Tigers to a 48-41 overtime victory over Louisiana Tech. Cobb set a school record with five touchdown passes, including a 5-yard score in the extra period, but also had four interceptions.

Now Cobb will try to help the Tigers (6-1, 4-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the SEC when they face the Razorbacks (3-3, 1-3).

Arkansas averages only 15.3 points per game, and Cobb and Auburn will look to further limit the Razorbacks' scoring opportunities by cutting down on turnovers.

Cobb threw two interceptions in the first nine minutes and one late in the fourth quarter that set up the tying touchdown for Louisiana Tech.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville knew his team was lucky to win a game that featured eight touchdown passes, both teams gaining more than 500 yards and both quarterbacks throwing for nearly 400 yards.

"We knew what we were in for. Fortunately they turned the ball over early and let us get the lead," Tuberville said. "Games like that you have to have for a miracle season."

Cobb had success throwing to wide receivers Deandre Green and Tim Carter last week, and the Tigers will rely on running backs Carnell Williams, Casinious Moore and Ronnie Brown to establish an effective ground game and open up the Tigers' passing attack against Arkansas.

Auburn's Damon Duval is trying to become the first player in SEC history to lead the conference in punting and field goals made. The junior averages 44.5 yards per punt and has converted 14 of 19 field-goal attempts.

Duval missed a 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation last week, but has made game-winning kicks against Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Florida this season.

The Razorbacks are coming off a bye week after they held for a 10-7 upset of then-No. 9 South Carolina on Oct. 13, the Gamecocks' first loss of the season.

Auburn plays three of its four remaining conference games on the road.


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