Unhappy Homecoming For Arkansas Tigers

Auburn's Michael Dyer and Kiehl Frazier discuss the loss to Arkansas and the play of the offense.

Fayetteville, Ark.—For Auburn sophomore Michael Dyer and freshman Kiehl Frazier, Saturday night was an opportunity to have a happy homecoming on the road at Arkansas, but instead it was the Razorbacks that celebrated a 38-14 victory. Making plays on both sides of the ball to get the win, Arkansas got the last laugh in a game that saw Auburn first the first shot courtesy of Dyer.

Finishing with 112 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, Dyer exploded from 55 yards out for the first score of the game to give the Auburn offense a spark right away. After that it was Frazier's turn to shine as he came in and delivered on the ground with several nice runs that included a seven-yard score with just two seconds left in the first quarter.

Riding high with a 14-7 lead and the offense clicking, things went downhill in a hurry for the Tigers as Arkansas put more and more defenders in the box to try to take away the running game. That was bad news for an offense missing receivers Emory Blake and Trovon Reed as they couldn't stretch the field enough to make anything happen the rest of the game.

"They probably brought down the safety and had a little more blitz going on to confuse us," Dyer said. "Their defensive line was scheming and it was hard for us to figure out. We just have to learn from it and get better.

"I think we worked on everything they came out and did tonight," Dyer added. "I think they came out tonight and executed better than we did."

While Dyer wound up with a solid night, for Frazier it was truly a learning experience. While he did run for 54 yards on 13 carries, he also threw a pair of interceptions that proved costly to his team. He said he's getting better at dealing with things on the road, but just made two mistakes at the wrong time.

"I'm definitely getting more comfortable on the road," Frazier said. "I didn't play like I wanted to today though. I made some bad decisions. Hopefully we can go back in the film room Tuesday and fix those.

"We came out and tried to execute our gameplan. We didn't do like we should have. Like when I threw those interceptions, whenever you don't do what you're supposed to do against a good defense they capitalize on it. They did that all night. Props to them."

Auburn must regroup in a hurry with an angry Florida team coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday night. It will be a long week in the offensive film room for the Tigers, but Dyer said they'll work hard to get things going again.

"We just have to come back together as a team and focus on offense," Dyer said. "We have to focus on the things we do right and go back to the drawing board, do the things we do well, and go with it."

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