AUBURN, Ala. – Arkansas football fell to No. 6 Auburn 45-21, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, Saturday evening.
Auburn’s (1-0, 1-0 SEC) win extends its series lead over Arkansas (0-1, 0-1 SEC) to 13-10-1.
The Razorback offense was led by sophomore running back Alex Collins, who totaled 68 yards on 10 carries. Senior wide out Demetrius Wilson led the receiving corps with 55 yards, while senior tight end AJ Derby collected 40 yards and a touchdown. A newly appointed tight end, Derby’s touchdown catch was the first catch of his career. The Razorbacks collected 328 total yards with 175 in the air from junior quarterback Brandon Allen.
On the other side of the ball, Arkansas defensive end Tevin Beanum forced his first fumble as a Razorback in the third quarter while sophomore defensive tackle Taiwan Johnson recorded his first sack and quarterback hurry of his career. Senior safety Alan Turner led the team in tackles (10) and senior Martrell Spaight picked up his first fumble recovery as a Razorback.
Auburn capitalized on its first drive of the game to snag an early lead. The Razorbacks answered on their next drive. With 6:44 on the clock, Allen found sophomore tight end Hunter Henry in the end zone from 14 yards out and senior John Henson’s extra point tied up the game, 7-7. Arkansas’ 75-yard drive lasted six plays and a time of 2:53.
Following the Razorbacks first touchdown, the Tigers produced two of their own to push the score to 21-7.
Arkansas answered again as Derby made a leaping catch in the end zone to collect the Razorbacks’ second touchdown of the game and the first catch of his career. The 75-yard drive lasted seven plays and is the longest scoring drive since
With the momentum flipped, Arkansas forced Auburn three-and-out in the next drive to gain possession. The Razorbacks then marched down the field 93 yards until junior running back Johnathan Williams scampered into the end zone from six yards out for a touchdown to tie the game, 21-21. The 93-yard scoring drive is the longest since a 13-play, 95-yard drive against Ole Miss.
In the second half, Auburn posted two more touchdowns before the game was suspended due to a lightning storm with 9:55 remaining in the game.
After an hour and 28 minutes, the teams returned to the field in pouring rain, where the Tigers scored their final touchdown to seal their win, 45-21.
The Razorbacks return to the field Saturday, Sept. 6, to take on Nicholls in the home opener at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.