Razorbacks Impressed By Auburn's Offense

Comments from Houston Nutt and Arkansas players are featured following Auburn's 38-20 victory over the Razorbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--After scoring 38 points against Arkansas on Saturday, the Auburn offense is in full stride seven games through the season. The Tigers scored on their first five possessions to claim a 30-0 second quarter lead and the Razorback coaches and players left Jordan-Hare impressed with what they saw.

"I just felt like they were balanced--good running attack, good passing game," said senior defensive end Jeb Huckeba. "Some teams have a better rushing attack and some teams have a better passing, but I felt they were pretty good all round.

"Jason Campbell threw very accurately today. Their receivers were good. We got pressure on (Campbell) some, but he stepped up in the pocket. We had our hands in his face, but he just made good throws."

Auburn's Devin Aromashodu drags a defender into the end zone on the third play of the game following a flea flicker pass.

Arkansas Head Coach Houston Nutt agreed with Huckeba's assessment. "I think it's a real good team," Nutt said. "Offensively, especially, now that Jason is playing his best ball. He makes good decisions and takes care of the ball, and you've got two great running backs and a good offensive line that knows what they're doing. They're not asking him to throw a bunch of hot routes and all of those things. They've got a real good plan for him."

Campbell had perhaps the best game of his career Saturday against the Razorbacks. The fifth-year senior completed an eye-popping 17 of 19 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. Campbell was not sacked during the game either.

"He's a good quarterback," said Arkansas senior quarterback Matt Jones. "They've got a real good team. With the running backs they have, it really helps give him some time to find some open receivers.

"They've got a good team," Jones added. "They've got a chance to do something special this year. If they win the SEC Championship Game, they've got a real good shot to be in the National Championship game. It's wide open this year so they've got a great chance to win it."

Coming into 2004, Auburn was expected to be a powerful running team. With Jason Campbell and the receivers stepping up under first-year coordinator Al Borges, the offense has put defenses in difficult situations with its balance.

"That's what makes it tough--when you have firepower like that with power and speed-- that combination," Nutt said. "Then you've got play action off of it, you're trying to cheat the eighth guy in there and that's where they get you over the top."

The 38-20 Auburn victory moved the Tigers to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the SEC. The 7-0 start is the best since the Tigers were 9-0 in 1994. Auburn returns to action next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when the 1-5 Kentucky Wildcats visit Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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