That seldom happened on Saturday and goes a long way toward explaining Auburn's 44-23 loss to the Razorbacks. Mallett was sacked just once and did not have to make many passes under pressure.
"We knew he was a good quarterback," Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. "He throws the deep ball as well as anybody and he certainly proved that today."
Mallett hit 24-37 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He outdueled Auburn quarterback Chris Todd, who completed 15-28 passes for 133 yards and no scores.
"We came out of the gates hot, and played that way pretty much the entire first half," Mallett said. "I thought we were a little sluggish coming out of the break, but we got it going agains late and we were able to put the game out of reach."
In other news and notes:
*Tate now has nine 100-yard games as a Tiger and has 2,683 career rushing yards.
*Tate, who rushed for a pair of touchdowns, scored on a 60-yarder, which is his longest as a collegian.
*Auburn's three-game winning streak in Reynolds-Razorback Stadium was snapped. The Tigers lead the all-time series 10-8-1.
*The Tigers have scored 230 points this season, which surpasses the total of 207 in 12 games last season.
*Byron Isom returned from a two-game suspension and started at guard for the Tigers for the fourth time this season.
*Joe Adams, who came into the game as the leading receiver for Arkansas, did not play on Saturday due to an injury suffered in practice.