Auburn avoids same mistake against Arkansas it made against LSU

Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema shake hands after the game in 2013

Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema shake hands after the game in 2013

Auburn tailback Kamryn Pettway, playing nearly exclusively in the second half, ran for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 carries. Auburn scored the first 21 points in the third-quarter. "We just kept killing ourselves. He was really tough to tackle".

- No. 21 Auburn came into Saturday night's game reeling after of losing a 20-0 lead and the game at LSU the week before. It was the Tigers highest-scoring quarter of football this season, and it marked its best period of play since the third quarter against ULM on October 1 of last season, when Auburn also scored 28 points in a blowout win. Paid attendance has remained consistent this season in Razorback Stadium, with an announced crowd of 71,961 on Saturday, but the school's students have largely left after halftime in each of the past two home games - and no more than a few thousand fans were left in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's loss. Arkansas could only muster 334 with their new up-tempo offense - 171 rushing and 163 passing.

It was a concerted effort for Auburn after it went into the locker room with a 17-6 lead.

After posting its fifth 500-yard output of the season, Auburn's offense will recharge before making the season's final road trip to Texas A&M, the start of what the Tigers hope will be a November to remember.

Malzahn's Assistant Tim Horton was a three-year starter at Arkansas and also served on the Razorback Coaching Staff. The drive stalled at the Auburn 20, and Limpert came on for a 38-yard field goal to make it 17-6 at halftime. The Razorbacks are having a rough year and could be without starting quarterback Austin Allen yet again, but I don't know why this line is inflated.

After a week in which Gus Malzahn and the offensive play calling was under fire, the Tigers offense put up more than 600 yards of total offense in a game that was never in question. Pettway was dominant in his time in the Auburn backfield, and he and the rest of the Tigers were able to run all over the Razorbacks for 345 yards.

Things didn't get easier for Arkansas at the start of the third quarter, as the country's top returning rusher Kamryn Pettway found the endzone to give Auburn a 24-6 advantage.

"I can't worry about anything but the day in front of me", Bielema said when asked if he expects to return next season. "I was just happy to see us execute and move the ball down the field". The Hogs added a late touchdown on a 2-yard run by Devwah Whaley. He would go on to play in just two of the Tigers' next four games, rushing five times for 6 yards against Mississippi State and four times for 7 yards.

"We had some explosive plays and we got some tempo", Malzahn said. "Pettway played well, you can tell he's getting closer to 100 percent".

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