Scores

Final

(17) Auburn 23

(5-1, 2-1 SEC)

Arkansas 44

(3-2, 1-2 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
#17AUB 0 3 20 023
ARK 6 21 7 1044

Top Performers

Passing: R. Mallett (ARK) - 274 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Tate (AUB) - 22 CAR, 184 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Childs (ARK) - 5 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Auburn's rally too little, too late as Arkansas goes hog wild

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Chris Todd flipped a short screen pass to Mario Fannin, and Arkansas' Jerico Nelson was ready. He hit Fannin immediately for a 4-yard loss.

The 17th-ranked Tigers -- and their fast-paced, powerful offense -- had been stopped in their tracks.

Fast Facts

• Arkansas capitalized on three Auburn fumbles and improved to 3-2.

• Forty four points is the most Arkansas has scored against Auburn, surpassing a previous record of 42 set in 2001. The win also ended a three-game home losing streak to the Tigers.

• Auburn lost the turnover battle 3 to 1; the Tigers had been plus-8 in turnover margin this season.

• Auburn's loss ended a 20-game win streak for Gene Chizik at Auburn. In addition to starting 5-0 this season, Chizik had won 15 straight games as Auburn's defensive coordinator from 2003-04.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Michael Smith rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, and the Razorbacks held off a late Auburn rally to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season, 44-23 Saturday. Arkansas -- which gave up 52 points on this field less than a month ago -- shut down Auburn for most of the game.

"We weren't going to play soft with these guys," Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said.

The Tigers scored three touchdowns during a quick flurry toward the end of the third quarter, but by then the Razorbacks had built a commanding lead.

"They were an undefeated team, getting a lot of hype. They were ranked," Arkansas defensive lineman Jake Bequette said. "Any time a team like that comes into our house, we have to respond."

Arkansas (3-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) started the game by holding the Tigers to their first scoreless quarter of the season. The Razorbacks led 6-0 after one, then broke the game open in the second.

Nelson's big hit came in the second quarter. When he tackled Fannin, their facemasks appeared to become tangled, and Fannin ended up losing his helmet.

Smith gave Arkansas a 13-0 lead with a 25-yard scoring run. Fannin then fumbled away the kickoff, and Ryan Mallett threw a 16-yard pass to Greg Childs for Arkansas' second touchdown in 47 seconds.

At halftime it was 27-3, a surprising score since Auburn (5-1, 2-1) came in averaging 41 points a game.

"You can't play like we did today and win in the SEC," said Gene Chizik, who lost for the first time as Auburn's coach.

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was a successful high school coach in northwest Arkansas, and he was the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator in 2006. After leaving the Hogs, he spent two years on the Tulsa staff before heading to Auburn.

Malzahn lost to his former school for the second straight year. Last season, his offense at Tulsa scored in every quarter before coming up empty in the fourth period of a November loss in Fayetteville.

"With Gus, it's like rolling the dice," Robinson said. "For the first eight plays, we didn't see anything he had done in the previous five games. Not a thing."

Whether they were surprised or not, the Razorbacks looked prepared, and their defense has come a long way since a 52-41 home loss to Georgia on Sept. 19. Meanwhile, Arkansas' offense continues to click for coach Bobby Petrino. Smith played his best game of the season before hurting his right leg in the third quarter. Mallett went 24 of 37 for 274 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.

Mallett's 4-yard touchdown run made it 34-3 in the third quarter before Auburn scored three touchdowns in just over five minutes. Ben Tate scored on a 1-yard run, and after an Arkansas punt, he broke free around the right side for a 60-yard touchdown. The Tigers then held on fourth down and took over at their own 34. Terrell Zachery immediately went 60 yards on a reverse, and Onterio McCalebb scored on a 3-yard run a short while later.

Suddenly, it was 34-23, and Auburn had rushed for 207 yards in the third quarter alone.

Dennis Johnson helped the Razorbacks regain momentum with a 70-yard kickoff return, and Broderick Green's 3-yard touchdown run made it 41-23 with 11:22 remaining.

Johnson also returned a kickoff 50 yards in the first half.

"Any time it looked like it was going to be close, Dennis changed the field position," Petrino said.

Tate ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns, but Auburn's Chris Todd was only 15 of 28 for 133 yards.

"We had no movement during the first half. It took us some time to warm up today," Todd said. "Today was an eye opener."

Arkansas was without wide receiver Joe Adams, who Petrino said had a mild stroke earlier in the week. Adams was held out of the game, although he did wear his jersey. His status going forward is unclear.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AUB
ARK
1st Downs1528
Total Yards375495
Passing133274
Rushing242221
Penalties8-565-45
3rd Down Conversions4-145-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-2
Turnovers31
Possession21:3338:27

Passing Leaders

AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Todd15/281334.800
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mallett24/372747.421

Rushing Leaders

AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tate221848.4260
Zachery16060.0060
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith181458.1133
Wingo Jr.8273.4014

Receiving Leaders

AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carr13232.0032
Zachery22512.5014
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Childs58517.0138
Williams6579.5118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAUBARK
TD08:02Broderick Green 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 06
SECOND QUARTERAUBARK
TD11:49Michael Smith 25 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 013
TD11:02Greg Childs 16 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 020
FG08:54Wes Byrum 37 Yd 320
TD01:08D.J. Williams 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 327
THIRD QUARTERAUBARK
TD07:56Ryan Mallett 4 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 334
TD05:14Ben Tate 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 1034
TD03:52Ben Tate 60 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1634
TD00:09Onterio McCalebb 3 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 2334
FOURTH QUARTERAUBARK
TD11:22Broderick Green 3 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 2341
FG04:20Alex Tejada 23 Yd 2344