Arkansas 44, Auburn 23: Game Notes and Quotes

A report on Auburn's first loss of the season is featured from Reynolds-Razorback Stadium.

Fayetteville, Ark.--Before the game, Auburn's players and coaches said a key to beating Arkansas would be to put pressure on the SEC's leading passer, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

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:

*Ben Tate rushed for a career-high 184 yards. His previous high was 157 vs. Mississippi State this year.

*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.

*A trio of Arkansas natives served as captains for the Tigers along with senior defensive end Antonio Coleman. Adam Herring, Lee Ziemba and Kodi Burns were the game captains on Saturday.

*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.

*Starting linebacker Eltoro Freeman did not make the trip to Fayetteville. Coach Gene Chizik said that the sophomore is working through some issues and is still part of the team.

*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.


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