Gus Malzahn’s Offense Throttles Arkansas in Return to Fayetteville
Gus Malzahn proved he is among the hottest coaching commodities Saturday night as Auburn beat Arkansas at Razorback Stadium, 35-17, on senior night. The Tigers’ offense racked up 362 yards, including 230 rushing yards.
The Auburn offense could not be slowed down all night, scoring touchdowns on four straight drives in the second and third quarter.
Auburn led 14-3 at the half, but Arkansas had dominated the stat lines to that point, outgaining the Tigers 199 to 124, with five more first downs.
The Tigers scored on the first possession of the second half on a Tre Mason five-yard run, making it 21-3. They extended the lead to 28-3 on the next drive on a Nick Marshall 88-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates.
Arkansas answered with two straight touchdowns to make it 28-17, including a Brandon Allen 13-yard TD pass to Keon Hatcher, but the Auburn running game continued to be unstoppable. After Arkansas cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth, the Tigers went on a nine-play 76 yard drive to go up, 35-17, putting the game out of reach.
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen left the game early in the first quarter after injuring his right leg. Backup A.J. Derby then turned the ball over two times in eight plays, which allowed Auburn to take a 7-3 lead.
Allen returned to the game a few series later and finished with 112 yards passing and one touchdown.
The Hogs have now lost six straight games, five in a row to Top 25 teams, and fall to 3-6. Arkansas needs to win its remaining three games to become bowl eligible.
Malzahn was hired as the new Auburn head coach in the offseason and has take the Tigers from an unranked team to No. 11 in the BCS in just three weeks. Malzahn got his coaching start in Arkansas, leading both Shiloh Christian and Springdale to State Championships in the early 2000s. Auburn finished with a 3-9 record in 2012.