Arkansas 38, Auburn 17 (Final)

Arkansas blanked Auburn in the second half to record its first SEC victory with a 38-17 runaway at Auburn, Ala.

Senior tailback Fred Talley gave the Hogs the lead for good with an 80-yard touchdown run late in the first half, and the Hogs romped the Tigers for their first SEC victory. Talley piled up 241 yards rushing, the second highest mark in Arkansas history and the most ever against Auburn.

Arkansas (3-2, 1-2 SEC) racked up 426 yards rushing for the game, while holding Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC) to 104 yards on the ground. The Hogs' 426 yards rushing is the 10th-highest total in school history.

"I'm so proud of the effort from our team," said Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. "What we did on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday was the reason we won the game. Our mental concentration after the long game at Tennessee made the difference.

"I'm proud of our offensive line. They did a great job of holding their blocks. We got a hat on a hat, and we worked real heard in practice on keeping our feet moving and maintaining the blocks a little longer. That made the difference. Our backs only need a crease, as you could see today.

"Matt Jones did a nice job on his reads and his execution. The defenses were set to stop him and that opened some things up. When you are trying to set things on the edge to stop Matt, then that opens up some things between the tackles."

Talley gave credit to his linemen.

"Our blocking was great," Talley said. "All I had to do was run. I made some cutbacks, but more than anything else, I just cut it up there hard straight ahead and there was no one to get me. Our linemen should receive a lot of credit for the way they blocked."

Defensively, the Hogs were solid up front with great play from Gavin Walls, Clarke Moore, Caleb Miller and Tony Bua. The Hogs held Auburn tailback Carnell Williams to 99 yards on 24 carries, reaching their goal.

"Our goal was not to allow Williams any big plays," said Dave Wommack, the Hogs' defensive coordinator. "We did that. His longest run was 11 yards. I'm proud of our effort. We tackled well. I thought Clarke Moore had a nice game. He was square and made some good tackles on their tailbacks."

Quarterback Matt Jones rambled for 66 yards including a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Jones also completed 7-of-13 pass attempts for 66 yards. His execution on option plays out of the shotgun ignited the Hogs' running game.

Fullback Mark Pierce had one of his most productive days as a Razorback, running for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Pierce had a 44-yard TD run in the third quarter on a fourth-down play.

The Razorback defense helped set the stage as it intercepted Auburn quarterback Daniel Cobb twice and recovered a fumble by the Tigers' signal caller. Cobb finished the game 13-of-23 for 225 yards and one touchdown.

The Razorbacks put the first score of the day on the board as they capitalized off an Auburn turnover. Arkansas forced Tigers' quarterback Daniel Cobb to fumble at midfield and then marched 51-yards to pay dirt.

Tailback De'Arrius Howard plunged in from four yards out to give the Hogs a 7-0 lead.

Auburn, however, answered when Cobb hit Devin Aromashodu on a 65-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.

Late in the first quarter Auburn took a 10-7 lead Damon Duval's 33-yard field goal.

Arkansas regained the lead when fullback Mark Pierce scored from the one-yard line following another Auburn turnover. Ken Hamlin set up the score when he intercepted Cobb inside the 50-yard line.

A scoring flurry took place just before halftime. Auburn took a 17-14 lead on Carnell Williams' scoring run. But the lead was short lived as Fred Tally scampered 80 yards through the Auburn defense to give the Hogs a 21-17 lead.

The 80-yard touchdown run for Talley was the second longest in his career and put him over 100 yards rushing for the game.

Arkansas tacked on a field goal with less than a minute left in the first half after blocking a Damon Duval punt.

Kicker David Carlton connected from 22-yards out to give the Hogs a 24-17 lead at intermission.

Arkansas opened the second half in strong fashion, converting a 4th-and-1 into a 44-yard touchdown burst by Mark Pierce to give the Hogs a 31-17 lead with 7:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Jones capped the scoring with his 70-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining for the final 38-17 margin.


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