The offense struggled early and didn't move into high gear into the third quarter. "We weren't moving the ball a lot in the first half, but made some adjustments in the second half," Todd said. "We got a run going, but we needed to keep it going a little bit longer to get help our defense out a little bit.
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino noted that his team's defense set the tone for the victory. "We came out and hit them in the mouth early and didn't look back,"? he said. "Our guys never hesitated and set the tone early. I?think a lot of what the offense did came from the energy the defense gave us early on."
Auburn rushed for just 12 yards on four carries in the first quarter and hit 3-7 passes for 17 yards in the period. It was the first quarter this season that the Tigers haven't scored. Auburn's offense didn't move into Arkansas territory until the 10:40 mark of the second quarter.
"Arkansas played really well today," Todd said. "They changed themselves over on us. We thought they were going to come out in one thing, but they did some different covers. All day long they played us good. We came out flat. We got some things going, but we also made some mistakes, myself included. We have to fix that."
Commenting on why the Tigers struggled, Todd said, "I think it was a combination of things. Our week of practice wasn't as good as it should have been. They were a good football team. We didn't do what we needed to do to prepare for the game. We came out flat today."
In other news and notes from the 44-23 Arkansas victory:
*Wes Byrum made his only field goal attempt, a 37-yarder, and now has 39 for his career. That puts him fifth, by himself, on Auburn's career field goals list.
*Senior cornerback Walt McFadden got the fifth interception of his career in the second quarter. However, he re-injured his knee on the play and did not return to action.
*Wide receiver Quindarius Carr's 32-yard catch in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career.
*Wide receiver Terrell Zachery's 60-yard run in the third quarter was his third play this season of 60 yards or more. He had receptions of 93 and 65 coming into the game.