Notes From Auburn's 10-3 Win Over Arkansas

Auburn's win moves the Tigers to 3-0 in the SEC and on top of the Western Division standings.

Fayetteville, Ark.--The Auburn players in Auburn's locker room following Saturday's 10-3 victory over Arkansas were quick to point out that it felt great to win on Homecoming at Arkansas.

Defensive end Reggie Torbor, linebacker Travis Williams and other Tigers mentioned how fired up it made them when they thought about being scheduled on a day usually reserved for cupcakes. The practice should be something welcomed by the Tigers, who are 3-0 on homecoming in Fayetteville (1993, 1997, 2003) and 0-2 against the Hogs on regular dates.

Getting "D"efensive

The three points allowed by the Tigers are the fewest given up by Auburn in an SEC game since shutting out Alabama 9-0 in 2000. For the 11th time in 12 games (USC) Auburn did not allow a first quarter touchdown. It was the eighth time in that span that the opponent was held scoreless.

Auburn held Razorback runner Cedric Cobbs to just 78 yards on 16 carries, 62 yards below his season average. It was the 13th straight game Auburn has not allowed a 100-yard rusher. It also broke a string of four straight games over the century mark by Cobbs, which had tied an Arkansas record. Saturday was the first time Arkansas has been held scoreless in the first half since last season's last-second victory over LSU.

Sophomore linebacker Travis Williams had a big day for the Tigers on defense. In addition to solo tackles of Cobbs, he also caused the fumble on Matt Jones that preserved Auburn's lead in the fourth quarter. The ball was recovered by cornerback Junior Rosegreen, his first career fumble recovery.

Offensive Notes

With a 150-yard day Saturday, junior Carnell Williams moved past Phil Gargis for 12th place on the all-time rushing list with 1,911 career yards. Williams' 44-yard run on the first offensive play for the Tigers tied Brandon Jacobs for the longest rush by an Auburn player this season.

Wide receiver Jeris McIntyre caught four passes for 55 yards against Arkansas. It was the sixth-straight game he has caught at least two passes. It's the first time a player has had multiple catches in six consecutive since Deandre Green accomplished the feat in 2001.

Miscellaneous Notes

Auburn's win marks just the second time in school history that the Tigers have defeated Top 10 opponents in back to back games. The only other time came in 1983. It's the first time in school history than an unranked Auburn team has accomplished the feat. The Tigers have now won five-straight games when they were unranked and the opposition was ranked in the Top 10.

Saturday's attendance of 74,026 was a Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium record, topping the old mark of 73,551 set last season against Alabama. The renovated stadium has quickly become one of the top places to play in the SEC and has an atmosphere to rival stadiums much larger.

Auburn captain Justin Fetsko finally won a toss on Saturday. After losing nine straight tosses, Auburn won the toss on Saturday and elected to defer its decision until the second half.


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