Arkansas 25, Auburn 22: Game Notes

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes on Auburn's 25-22 SEC football loss to Arkansas are featured.

Auburn's offensive woes continued against Arkansas after a second half in the 14-13 loss to Vanderbilt previous week that produced only two first downs and 57 yards.

In the first half against the Razorbacks, Auburn totaled 53 yards and four first downs. That gave the Tigers a total of 110 yards and six first downs in back-to-back halves. It got worse in the third quarter when Auburn had only 30 yards offense and one first down. The difference was that Auburn managed 20 points in the three quarters against the Hogs with Tristan Davis' 97-yard kickoff return and two field goals from Wes Byrum set up via interceptions by Neiko Thorpe and Josh Bynes.

After three quarters, Arkansas had outgained the Tigers 337 to 83. Auburn's only offensive touchdown of the night came after a hit by Davis forced a fumble recovered by Chris Evans when Arkansas returned the second-half kickoff. The Tigers' offense moved 24 yards for the TD by quarterback Kodi Burns on a thee-yard keeper. The Tigers had not scored a touchdown since the first quarter of the Vanderbilt loss. Auburn gained 110 of its 193 total yards against Arkansas in the fourth quarter.

*Interception returns by Neiko Thorpe and Josh Bynes for 59 and 31 yards in the first half against Arkansas provided more yardage--90 to 53--than the Tiger offense managed the first 30 minutes against the Razorbacks.

*Arkansas dominated time of possession in the first quarter, keeping the ball 11:03 to only 3:57 for the Tigers. The final time of possession numbers showed Hogs with a 35:02 to 24:58 advantage.

*One noticeable improvement by the Tigers against Arkansas was a reduction in penalties after being whistled for 11, including 10 in the second half, for 81 yards against Vanderbilt. The Tigers didn't have a penalty in the first half and finished the game with only two penalties for five yards. One the penalties was a five-yarder for a sideline infraction after Thorpe's interception.

*Auburn's defense came into the Arkansas game ranked seventh nationally in total defense, allowing 248 yards a game. The Razorbacks almost matched that in the first half with 244 yards before finishing the night with 416 yards total offense.

*Auburn's streak of four straight sellouts to start the 2008 season ended against the Razorbacks. The Tigers had drawn capacity crowds of 87,451 against Louisiana Monroe, Southern Mississippi, LSU and Tennessee. The crowd for Arkansas was 85,782.

*The blocked PAT by Sen'Derrick Marks was the fourth blocked kick of the junior defensive tackle's career. *Michael Smith had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season vs. the Tigers with 176 yards on 35 carries. He also caught two passes for 46 yards.

*With 17 completions Casey Dick has 383 for his career, which is fourth in Arkansas history. He needs 35 more to pass Matt Jones on the all-time list.


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