AU vs. Arkansas: News, Notes, Quotes, Part 1

A report on the Arkansas at Auburn football game is featured with news, notes and quotes.

Auburn, Ala.--Inconsistency has plagued the Auburn offense during the Tigers' disappointing 1-4 start. That same problem emerged Saturday in Auburn's 24-7 loss to 2-4 Arkansas, a team came into Jordan-Hare Stadium allowing 40.6 points a game.

For the first time this season, Auburn made a change at quarterback by inserting Clint Moseley for the second half in favor of Kiehl Frazier who started Saturday for the fifth straight time.

While Moseley did connect with wide receiver Emory Blake on a 21-yard pass for Auburn's only touchdown of the day, inconsistent offensive play continued.

"It's like we have all the pieces to the puzzle, but we can't put them together," says sophomore running back Tre Mason, who rushed for 32 yards on six carries against the Razorbacks.

"We didn't play up to our expectations. Our own expectations for us are really high and we didn't meet them. We should have come out with a W. That's our game plan every week, but everything didn't go as planned."

Five turnovers on three interceptions and two fumbles to go with eight sacks of Auburn quarterbacks proved to be impossible to overcome.

"Arkansas showed a good defense today, but we killed ourselves on offense," Mason points out. "We tried to attack the perimeter. We put Clint Moseley in the game and got things rolling some with the short passing game, but we have always had the same mindset as a running back group—just go get it. If it's not there, make it there. We need to rally together as a team, figure out our errors and correct them."

In other news and notes:

*Members Auburn's 1972 team known as "The Amazins" celebrated their 40th anniversary in pre-game activities. That team finished fifth in the nation with a 10-1 record, including the famous Punt Bama Punt 17-16 victory to cap the regular season at Legion Field.

*Auburn captains against Arkansas were junior Corey Lenoir and seniors Onterio McCalebb, Emory Blake and Daren Bates.

*Junior placekicker Cody Parkey's streak of consecutive field goals ended at nine Saturday when he was wide right on a 49-yard effort in the second quarter. Parkey's streak dated back to last season. He was 7-for-7 this year before the miss that came following a sack to quarterback Kiehl Frazier that added nine yards to the attempt. That was Auburn's only scoring opportunity of a scoreless first half against the Razorbacks who came into the game allowing 40.6 points a game.

*Entering Saturday's contest with Arkansas, Tiger linebacker Daren Bates was leading the SEC with 11.7 tackles a game. Bates led Auburn in tackles as a junior with 104 and has 276 career stops. He recorded seven tackles against the Razorbacks, including Auburn's only sack of the game. Bates also recovered a fumble, the third of his career.

*The senior Bates started his 40th straight game for the Tigers Saturday. There's a large gap between Bates and the next Tiger on the career starts list. Second to Bates is Nosa Equae with 24 starts, but he hasn't started a game this year and is listed third team at defensive end behind Dee Ford and Craig Sanders.

*Prior to the Arkansas game, senior running back Onterio McCalebb was the SEC leader and ranked third nationally in kickoff returns with an average of 36.83 a return. Auburn led the SEC with a return average of 31.5. Those averages took a dip after McCalebb returned a kickoff only seven yards after the ball bounced off his chest and back on the field of play where he picked it up on the one and was quickly swarmed under by Razorback defenders. McCalebb returned one other kickoff for 17 yards, giving him 24 yards in returns for the game.


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