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Upset of No. 2 Auburn Yields Four Hogwired.com Players of the Week

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Upset of No. 2 Auburn Yields Four Hogwired.com Players of the Week

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ biggest road win in 42 years netted four Hogwired.com Player of the Week honorees following the Razorbacks’ 27-10 upset of No. 2 Auburn last weekend. Sophomores Darren McFadden and Felix Jones shared the offensive honors while junior defensive end Jamaal Anderson netted defensive recognition. Sophomore Jeremy Davis earned his first special teams’ award after helping the Hogs to their biggest road victory since Arkansas upset No. 1 Texas 14-13 in 1964.

It is only fitting that Arkansas’ dynamic tailback duo of McFadden and Jones shared offensive player of the week honors. The two sophomores punished the Auburn defense with a mix of power and speed in helping the Hogs rack up 297 yards rushing on the afternoon.

McFadden rushed for a team-high 145 yards on 28 carries including a 63-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The long-play touchdown was the first rushing score allowed by Auburn’s defense this season. Against the Tigers, McFadden tallied his second-consecutive and eighth career 100-yard rushing game in his 16-game Razorback career.

Jones racked up 104 yards and a touchdown on only 13 rushing attempts against No. 2 Auburn. The Tulsa, Okla., product earned his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the third of his career in the upset. He scored the Razorbacks’ final touchdown on a one-yard run on third-down and goal to help ice the win.

Anderson help lead a dominating defensive performance by the Hogs. The Little Rock, Ark., native racked up a career-high 11 tackles and four quarterback hurries against the Tigers. Anderson was a constant in the Auburn offensive backfield tallying 2.5 tackles for loss (-18) and 1.5 sacks (-16) on the day. Arkansas earned a total of six sacks against the Tigers and allowed only 60 net rushing yards to a team that averaged more than 172 yards a game entering the contest.

Davis earned the first special teams’ honor of his Razorback career after a solid outing against Auburn. He accounted for nine of Arkansas’ 27 points, connecting on two field goals and three extra points in the win. Davis nailed a career-long 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and added a 22-yard effort to polish off the scoring late in the fourth quarter. The sophomore from Fort Smith, Ark., is perfect on all three of his field goal attempts this season.

Following each game this season, Hogwired.com will recognize an offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week. Recipients are chosen by the UA football coaching staff.



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