Part One: AU 35, Ark 17: News, Notes & Quotes

Comments from players and notes on Auburn's SEC football victory over Arkansas are featured.

Fayetteville, Ark.-Carrying the load with 32 runs for 168 yards and four touchdowns vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks, Tre Mason moved into 14th place in Auburn history on a night he scored a personal-best four touchdowns in Auburn's 35-17 victory.

The junior became the first Tiger to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Cam Newton did it in 2010 vs. Kentucky.

The 32 carries were a career-high for Mason and the most for an Auburn back since Michael Dyer carried the football 30 times vs. Samford in 2011.

Mason now has 2,084 yards, moving into a tie on the Auburn all-time rushing list with James Bostic (1991-93). In the process Mason passed Secdrick McIntyre (1,916 from 1973-76) and Lionel James (2,068 from 1980-83).

The junior topped the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season and seventh time as an Auburn football player.

Mason scored on runs of nine, four, five and 12 yards as the Tigers were a perfect 4-4 on red zone scoring opportunities as they improved their record to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC.

"We try to be the best offense in America," he said. "Every time we touch the ball we try to score. I know every time we get down toward the end zone we are going to play hard-nosed football and punch it.

"We have been pretty consistent at that and we are going to continue to do it," Mason added.

Although Coach Gus Malzahn said it was just another game for him personally and other coaches on the AU staff with connections to Arkansas, Mason has a different opinion on that subject.

"You know our coaching staff has a lot of ties with Arkansas so it was a statement game--we had to make a statement for the coaches with our play," the running back said.

For Mason it was his fourth 100-yard rushing game this season and seventh of his career. His 13 rushing TDs rank seventh on the AU all-time single-season list and are the most for a running back since Kenny Irons finished with 13 in 2005. They are the most for any player since Cam Newton finished with 20 rushing scores in 2010.

Mason, who has scored a rushing touchdown in six consecutive games for the Tigers, said, "We just continue to get better every week." He now has 23 career rushing TDs.

Center Reese Dismukes said he was impressed by what he saw from Mason. "He is a really great back and we are glad that we have him," the junior said.

In other news and notes:

*Chris Davis and Reese Dismukes continued their role as game captains. Davis and fellow starting cornerback Jonathon Mincy were both shaken up during the game and had to leave, but both returned to action.

*Cassanova McKinzy came up with the 10th interception of the season for the Tigers. It was the sophomore's first as a college linebacker.

*Kris Frost's first quarter fumble recovery was the sophomore linebacker's first as an Auburn player and Gabe Wright's fumble recovery on the last Arkansas play of the game was the first at Auburn for the junior tackle.

*Mason's 168 rushing yards are the third most in a game by the junior while his 32 carries are a career-high.

*Auburn's first-quarter time of possession of 3:38 was the second lowest quarter of the season next to the 3:04 for the opening quarter vs. Ole Miss.


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