Arkansas at Auburn

No. 21 Auburn runs over No. 17 Arkansas, 56-3

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) From the first snap, Auburn's running game couldn't be stopped.

The result was an unexpected rout that made the Tigers look like SEC contenders and left Arkansas coach Bret Bielema searching for answers.

Eli Stove broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on Auburn's first play, giving the No. 21 Tigers momentum they never lost in a dominant 56-3 victory over No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday night.

Even with starting running back Kerryon Johnson held out with an ankle injury, Auburn ran for 543 yards, a school record for a Southeastern Conference regular-season game. With former Auburn star Bo Jackson watching, Kamryn Pettway had 192 yards rushing with two touchdowns.

''We played a complete game,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

The Arkansas defense was overmatched, even against Auburn's backups. Freshman Kam Martin had a 51-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter.

Auburn (5-2, 3-1) has won four straight.

''It seemed like every play we were calling was just working,'' said Auburn quarterback Sean White, who ran for 61 yards, including a 41-yarder. ''... Everybody was contributing. It was just a fun day.''

Auburn's fun produced shock and embarrassment for Arkansas.

''I am just at a loss for words at what happened,'' said Razorbacks receiver Keon Hatcher. ''I don't know what to tell you. We had a great week of practice. Everyone seemed prepared.''

The Tigers held Arkansas (5-3, 1-3) to 215 total yards, including 25 yards rushing. Rawleigh Williams ran for only 22 yards one week after he set a career high with 180 yards in a 34-30 win over No. 23 Mississippi.

Bielema said he and his staff ''have got to take a really serious look at some of the things we're doing, how we are making guys play and what we are asking them to do. ... Tomorrow's gonna be a long day, and it won't be one that will be a lot of fun but it's got to happen.''

Auburn provided strong evidence it can avoid a repeat of last season's disappointing finish that included a four-overtime loss to Arkansas.

Stanton Truitt had scoring runs of 20 and 31 yards and added a 45-yard touchdown catch.

Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen was helped off the field with an apparent right knee injury in the second quarter. He returned with a black sleeve on his knee on the next possession.

Bielema said Allen was pulled late in the game after ''it started swelling up on him and getting a little tight.''

Adam McFain kicked a 54-yard field goal for Arkansas, the longest of his career, to close the first half.

Johnson joined pregame warmups but ''wasn't 100 percent,'' according to Malzahn, after hurting his right ankle against Mississippi State on Oct. 8.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The impressive win could send the Tigers close to the top 15. The Razorbacks could take a sharp fall in the next Top 25 poll.

UNBROKEN CIRCLE

There was confusion on the field before the game when it appeared Arkansas players didn't want to move away from the midfield AU logo so Auburn players could make a circle for their prayer.

''We've never had that happen before in our prayer circle,'' Malzahn said, adding he didn't think it gave his players added incentive. ''We were already plenty motivated.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: The Razorbacks showed the effects of their eighth straight game, including third in a row against a ranked opponent, without an off week. It was added embarrassment for Bielema that the Razorbacks were even overwhelmed by Auburn's backups.

Auburn: The Tigers made a case to be Alabama's top competition in the SEC West. The strong defensive performance is especially encouraging to Auburn's hopes of recovering from early season losses to Clemson and Texas A&M.

UP NEXT

Arkansas: The Razorbacks finally have a week off before their fourth straight game against a Top 25 team when they play No. 15 Florida on Nov. 5.

Auburn: The Tigers will visit No. 23 Mississippi on Saturday in another important SEC West game.

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Scoreboard
Arkansas #17  (5-3)03003
Auburn #21  (5-2) «217141456
Players of the Game
Razorbacks

K. Hatcher
Rec 7
Yds 81
Avg 11.6
TD 0
Tigers

K. Pettway
Rush 27
Yds 192
Avg 7.1
TD 2
Scoring Summary
AUBURNEli Stove 78 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
AUBURNKamryn Pettway 9 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
AUBURNStanton Truitt 20 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
AUBURNStanton Truitt 45 yd pass from Sean White (Daniel Carlson kick)
ARKAdam McFain 54 yd FG
AUBURNSean White 1 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
AUBURNKamryn Pettway 23 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
AUBURNStanton Truitt 31 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
AUBURNKam Martin 51 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
 
Team Stats
 ARKAUBURN
First Downs1426
Third Down Efficiency3-157-12
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-2
Plays-Net Yards64-21569-632
Rushes-Yds31-2557-543
Passing Yds19089
Kick Return Yds290
Punt Return Yds011
Passes18-33-17-12-0
Punts10-4153-119
Fumbles-Lost1-10-0
Penalties-Yds4-292-10
Time of Poss.32:3727:23
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ARK: Rawleigh Williams III 13-22, Devwah Whaley 8-11, Damon Mitchell 1-4, T.J. Hammonds 4-2, Austin Allen 4--4, Ty Storey 1--10
AUBURN: Kamryn Pettway 27-192, Eli Stove 3-94, Kam Martin 7-80, Stanton Truitt 8-78, Sean White 4-61, John Franklin III 7-39, Team 1--1
PASSING
ARK: Austin Allen 17-30-187-1, Ty Storey 1-3-3-0
AUBURN: Sean White 6-11-77-0, John Franklin III 1-1-12-0
RECEIVING
ARK: Keon Hatcher 7-81, Drew Morgan 4-42, Rawleigh Williams III 2-19, Jared Cornelius 2-17, Austin Cantrell 2-15, Jeremy Sprinkle 1-16
AUBURN: Ryan Davis 3-15, Stanton Truitt 1-45, Eli Stove 1-12, Nate Craig-Myers 1-10, Chandler Cox 1-7
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Arkansas5th SEC West3-57-6
Auburn2nd SEC West5-38-5

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