Auburn, Ala. – Razorback tailback Fred Talley torched the Auburn defense for 241 yards rushing as Arkansas earned its first conference victory with a 38-17 victory over the Tigers Saturday afternoon.Talley’s rushing effort was second highest mark in Arkansas history, trailing on Dickey Morton’s 271 yards against Baylor in 1973.
Arkansas (3-2, 1-2 SEC) racked up 426 yards rushing for the game, while holding Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC) to 104 yards on the ground. The Hogs’ 426 yards rushing is the 10th-highest total in school history.
Quarterback Matt Jones rambled for 66 yards including a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Jones also completed 7-of-13 pass attempts for 66 yards.
Fullback Mark Pierce had one of his most productive days as a Razorback, running for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Razorback defense helped set the stage as it intercepted Auburn quarterback Daniel Cobb twice and recovered a fumble by the Tigers’ signal caller. Cobb finished the game 13-of-23 for 225 yards and one touchdown.
The Razorbacks put the first score of the day on the board as they capitalized off an Auburn turnover. Arkansas forced Tigers’ quarterback Daniel Cobb to fumble at midfield and then marched 51-yards to pay dirt.
Tailback De’Arrius Howard plunged in from four yards out to give the Hogs a 7-0 lead.
Auburn, however, answered when Cobb hit Devin Aromashodu on a 65-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.
Late in the first quarter Auburn took a 10-7 lead Damon Duval’s 33-yard field goal.
Arkansas regained the lead when fullback Mark Pierce scored from the one-yard line following another Auburn turnover. Ken Hamlin set up the score when he intercepted Cobb inside the 50-yard line.
A scoring flurry took place just before halftime. Auburn took a 17-14 lead on Carnell Williams’ scoring run. But the lead was short lived as Fred Tally scampered 80 yards through the Auburn defense to give the Hogs a 21-17 lead.
The 80-yard touchdown run for Talley was the second longest in his career and put him over 100 yards rushing for the game.
Arkansas tacked on a field goal with less than a minute left in the first half after blocking a Damon Duval punt.
Kicker David Carlton connected from 22-yards out to give the Hogs a 24-17 lead at intermission.
Arkansas opened the second half in strong fashion, converting a 4th-and-1 into a 44-yard touchdown burst by Mark Pierce to give the Hogs a 31-17 lead with 7:44 remaining in the third quarter.
Jones capped the scoring with his 70-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining for the final 38-17 margin.
The Razorbacks return home next Saturday to face the Kentucky Wildcats at 1 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.