Savage's leg injury came on the play in which Etheridge scooped up a fumble and returned the football 47 yards for his first career touchdown to give Auburn a 51-43 lead that the Tigers used as a catalyst for a 65-43 victory on Arkansas on Saturday to stay unbeaten at 7-0.
"I told him he was in my prayers," Etheridge said of his friend as he was removed from the field.
The two have overcome serious injuries to be back on the field this year. Savage was sidelined with Achilles heel in 2009 and a knee injury in 2008 before being granted a sixth year of eligibility this season. Etheridge came back from a severe neck injury last season that nearly ended his career.
As for the win over Arkansas, Etheridge is thankful the Tiger defense forced three fourth-quarter turnovers to key the victory. Auburn allowed 566 yards offense and 43 points. That's unacceptable, Etheridge said.
"Defensively, we have miles of work to do," he pointed out. "The offense did a great job putting up 65 points so you have to give it to them."
In other news and notes from Auburn's victory:
*Wes Byrum's 43-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Auburn a 10-7 lead was his longest of the season. His previous long had been from 39 yards against Clemson in overtime of the Tigers' 27-24 victory.
In addition to the overtime three-pointer against Clemson, Byrum's 24-yard field goal to gave Auburn a 37-34 win over Kentucky came as time expired. He had a 24-yard field goal on the last play of the third quarter in Auburn's opener against Arkansas State and had a 35-yarder on the final play of the first half against Clemson. His 26-yarder was successful on the last play of the half against Arkansas.
*Byrum finished three-for-three on field goals against the Razorbacks to give him 11 in 14 attempts this season. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. is 54 of 72 for his career. His 54 career field goals is the Auburn record.
*Auburn is now 11-8-1 in its series with the Razorbacks. That includes a 5-3-1 mark in Auburn.
*The combined total of 108 points by Arkansas and Auburn is also an SEC record for a non-overtime game, topping the previous mark of 104 combined points by South Carolina (56) and Mississippi State (39) in 1995. Auburn's previous combined point's record was 105 when Georgia edged the Tigers 56-49 in four overtimes at Auburn in 1998.
*The Tigers have won 61 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points. The Tigers have not lost when scoring 30 points or more since the four-overtime loss to Georgia in 1998.
*Auburn's 28 points in the final quarter are the most fourth-quarter points by the Tigers since they scored 28 in a 59-27 win against Florida State in 1985.
*The Tigers are 5-0 when having the lead at halftime and at the end of the third quarter this season.
*Craig Stevens led he Tigers in tackles with four solos and eight assists. Neiko Thorpe had 10 solo tackles. Nick Fairley had five solos and three assists and Josh Bynes ahd three solos, five assists and two interceptions.