Jason Smith (above) runs into the end zone for the Tigers.
Fayetteville, Ark.--Jason Smith scored his first Auburn touchdown and caught the longest pass of the game, but that was no consolation to the first-year Tiger after his team lost 54-46 in four overtimes to the Arkansas Razorbacks.
“The touchdown felt good, but the win is what I want,” the wide receiver said. “It was what everyone wanted.”
Smith scored on a nine-yard end-around run in the third quarter to tie the contest at 14-14. It was the first time he had run the football as an Auburn player. He also caught two passes, including a 46-yarder from quarterback Sean White.
A redshirt sophomore, who transferred to Auburn from junior college in January, Smith made the move from quarterback to wide receiver in the spring. “I am happy to contribute however the team needs me, “ he said. “The coaches called on me today and I am glad I?had a chance to be a part of this team.”
Asked how he expects the Tigers will deal with losing in four overtimes in a game they certainly had multiple chances to win, Smith said, “It is tough, no doubt about it. The only thing we can do is work to get better and I think we will go back to practice with a lot of focus and do that.”
He said the Tigers were their own worst enemies early in the contest with a lot of dropped passes. “If we were to start the game just a little better, I think we would have had a better outcome,” the wide receiver said.
In other news and notes:
*Wide receiver Gray King had his first and second career receptions. The walk-on said he believes his performance vs. the Razorbacks will give him more opportunities to catch more passes the rest of the season.
*Redshirt freshman fullback Kamryn Pettway made his first college catch, a 12-yard reception. He also had several dominating blocks on runs by Peyton Barber.
*Ricardo Louis caught six passes for 79 yards despite having a tough day with dropped passes. He extended his streak to 23 games with at least one catch. He also had a run for eight yards.
*Jeremy Johnson’s one-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper on fourth down was his third rushing score of the season and fourth as a Tiger.
*Freshman Kerryon Johnson’s 19-yard run was his longest of the season.
*With four touchdown runs Peyton Barber has 12 for the season with 11 in the last three games.