Auburn, Ala. – The fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers put up 30 points in the first half and held on for a 38-20 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Arkansas dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the SEC.
Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones ran for 54 yards in the game, putting him in a first place tie with former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond for the most rushing yards by a QB in SEC history.
Auburn out gained Arkansas in total offense 522 yards to 337. The Tigers rushed for 225 yards and threw for 297 behind Jason Campbell’s 17-of-19 throwing performance.
The Hogs gained 128 yards rushing, with Jones leading the way with 54 yards on four carries. Jones also threw for 189 yards o 12-of-27 passing with two touchdowns.
Marcus Monk hauled in a team-best five receptions for 87 yards.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and needed only three plays to find the end zone. Campbell hit Devin Aromashodu on a 67-yard reverse flea-flicker to give Auburn a 7-0 lead with just under 14 minutes left in the opening quarter.
After stopping Arkansas on a fourth-down play, the Tigers took over at their 44 and quickly moved inside the Arkansas 20 before the drive stalled. John Vaughn made it a 10-0 game with a 27-yard field goal with 8:02 remaining in the first quarter.
Following the field goal, the Tigers tried a surprise onside kick, but it went out of bounds before it was recovered and the Hogs took over at the Auburn 44-yard line.
Arkansas was unable to net a first down on the drive and punted the ball back to Auburn with 6:08 left in the first quarter.
Auburn promptly took over on its 20-yard line and need seven plays to extend its lead to 17-0 when Campbell hit Courtney Taylor in the end zone for the score.
The Razorbacks started the next possession at their eight-yard line following a holding penalty on the kickoff return.
Jones gave the Hogs a first down when he scrambled for seven yards on third down. A pair of incomplete passes and a stuffed run ended the drive for the Hogs.
The Tigers made it four possessions and four scores when Brown leaped into the end zone from one yard out to cap a 53-yard drive and give Auburn a 24-0 lead.
Following the kickoff, Jones rambled for 54 yards on an option keeper to put the Hogs at the Auburn 26-yard line. The Razorbacks, however, were unable to capitalize on the momentum and turned the ball over on downs.
Auburn continued its outburst when it scored on its fifth consecutive possession. Williams ran in from two yards out to give the Tigers a 30-0 advantage with 4:36 left in the half.
With the first half winding down the Razorbacks moved into scoring territory. Jones hit Marcus Monk for 35 yards to the Auburn 20-yard line.
The Razorbacks got on the scoreboard when Jones hit Chris Baker on a 20-yard scoring strike to make it a 30-7 game at the end of the first half.
Arkansas opened the second half in strong form as Jones hit Harris on a 61-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 30-14 with 12:48 left in the third quarter.
After Auburn drove into Arkansas territory, the Hogs stopped the drive when Lerinezo Robinson forced Anthony Mix to fumble at the Arkansas 12.
The Razorbacks were unable to move the ball, however, and the Tigers took over at the Arkansas 43 after a 14-yard punt by the Hogs.
The Tigers would put points on the board on this drive as Campbell hit Aromashodu in the end zone for a 19-yard scoring strike. The Tigers converted a two-point conversion to make it 38-14 game with 3:09 left in the third quarter.
With less than four minutes on the clock, the Razorbacks intercepted an Auburn pass and returned it inside Tiger territory.
Back-up quarterback Robert Johnson hit Brandon Kennedy for a four-yard touchdown pass. The Hogs went for two, but were unsuccessful to make it 38-20 with 3:39 remaining in the game.
Auburn would run out the clock from there to seal the victory.
The Razorbacks return to action next Saturday when they host the Georgia Bulldogs at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
That game will be carried nationally by ESPN2 and will start at 6 p.m.