Peyton Barber (above) rushed gor 120 yards vs. the Razorbacks.
Fayetteville, Ark.--Auburn running back Peyton Barber admitted he was “just a little bit tired” after playing four overtimes in a 54-46 SEC football loss at Arkansas. However, he said when on the field the Tigers played with intensity from start to finish of a game that featured 167 offensive plays.
“We saw what we were made of,” he said, noting the loss was a difficult one to take, but not one that will break the Tigers.
“We are a tough team,” he said. “When we play you, we are going to give it our all. No matter what the outcome is, I still love my team.”
Barber said although the loss stings, the focus will soon turn to next week’s home game vs. Ole Miss. “You have got to have amnesia,” he said. “This isn’t something you can dwell on.”
The Tigers rallied from 14 points down and Barber helped the comeback by scoring four touchdowns with three coming in overtime. For the game he carried the ball 37 times for 120 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards.
However, for the Tigers the big story of the game statistically was the number of potential big gainers the offense gave away with dropped passes. Quarterback Sean White was accurate from start to finish. He hit 19-32 passes for 254 yards and could have easily had eight to 10 more catches if his receivers had performed better.
“There were a couple of plays that were left out there, but that is just how football is,” said Barber. “It wasn’t a play-calling thing or anything. It was us. We have to make plays. Once we started making plays, you saw what the outcome was.”
Barber gave the Tigers a chance to win in the overtime periods with his strong running. “As the game goes on I feel like I get stronger and stronger,”?he said.
In other news and notes:
*Barber has rushed for 100-plus yards in five of Auburn’s six games this season.
*White has 805 passing yards, which is the fifth highest total in Auburn history for a freshman as are his 62 completions and 97 passes. “I thought he did some good things,” Coach Gus Malzahn said. “We had some drops early. We were hoping to get off to a little bit faster start.
“He battled, he took some shots,” Malzahn added. “He is getting more comfortable each game.”
*Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said going into the contest the Razorbacks needed to control the football to win the game. “We were going to have to move the chains and be consistent on third down,” he said after improving his record to 1-2 vs. Auburn.
The Razorbacks converted 9-16 third downs and 2-2 fourth downs. Auburn’s offense converted 8-17 third downs and 2-3 fourth downs.
*Kris Frost produced the only turnover of the game on an interception in the second quarter that Auburn converted into its first touchdown. It was the second career interception for the senior linebacker. “The opportunity came to me,” said Frost, who added. “I wish I could have made more plays toward the end.”
Frost was in on five tackles. Rudy Ford led the tigers with nine stops while Justin Garrett and Carlton Davis were in on eight apiece.
“We have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for Ole Miss,” Frost said.
*Junior defensive end Gimel President had his first sack of the season and second of his career. It was just the sixth sack Arkansas has allowed this season.