Part 2, AU 35, Ark. 17: News, Notes & Quotes

Comments from senior Dee Ford plus notes from Auburn's victory over Arkansas are featured.

Fayetteville, Ark.--It wasn't always pretty, but like the Auburn defense Dee Ford got the job done on Saturday night as his Tigers stayed alive in their quest to win the SEC West.

Ford, who had a pair of tackles for lost yardage plus Auburn's only sack in a 35-17 victory over Arkansas, gave his teammates a scare late in the game when he took a blow on his problem knee that caused him to miss two games this season.

In fact, teammates Carl Lawson and LaDarius Owens carried Ford to the Auburn locker room after the game. Fortunately for Ford and the Tigers, the senior end looks like he will be fine.

"It was the same knee as before, but it is all good," he said. "It is alright."

Ford noted the knee got twisted in a scrum for the second lost Arkansas fumble of what the senior defensive end said was a rough and tumble game.

"It was very physical and is going to be like that these next three weeks,"?he said. "It is go time now."

The senior pointed out that Auburn made some minor adjustments that helped the Tigers contain the Arkansas running game in the second half. "We made better fits and were more technically sound," he said.

"It really wasn't much that we did. We just had to calm down. We didn't really change anything. We took a few calls out, but it wasn't anything major."

Ford said the Tigers expected a big effort from the Razorbacks with two weeks for the home team to prepare for the game and he fact the Razorbacks were trying to end a five-game losing streak. "They came out fighting like we knew they would," he said.

For the Tigers it was the first win at Arkansas since the 2007 season, a fact that Ford said he was aware of going into the game. However, like head coach Gus Malzahn pointed out after the victory, Ford said the Tigers are still a work in progress.

"It is kind of bittersweet," he said of Auburn's 18-point win at Fayetteville, Auburn's largest margin of victory in a game at Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium. "There is so much we have got to get better and we know that.

"I am going to enjoy the win, but at the end of the day we have a lot to get better,"?he added. "The competition is going to get better and better and better"

In other news and notes:

Auburn has now won 84 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.

*The 88-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Sammie Coates was Auburn's longest play from scrimmage this season and the third longest pass play in AU history. The record is a 94-yarder from Cam Newton to Emory Blake vs. ULM?in 2010.

*Auburn threw just nine passes with Marshall playing with a bruised shoulder. Coates made three catches for 102 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season. He has gained at least 100 yards in each of his team's SEC road games this season.

*The Tigers ended a two-game losing streak to Arkansas. It was Auburn's first win at Reynolds Razorback Stadium since Tommy Tuberville's team took a decision in 2007.

*The 35 points were the most for the Tigers vs. the Razorbacks in the nine games Auburn has played in Fayetteville. Auburn improved its record to 5-4 in games played in on the Arkansas campus.


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