Auburn earns 38-23 road win at No. 17 Arkansas

Football By: Jeff Shearer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bo Nix accounted for three touchdowns and Auburn took the lead on a defensive score in the third quarter to help the Tigers beat Arkansas 38-23 Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Leading 31-23, the Tigers put the game away with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 6 minutes 11 seconds, culminating on Nix’s 23-yard touchdown run with 2:30 to play. 

Arkansas claimed a 17-14 lead on the opening drive of the second half on KJ Jefferson’s second touchdown pass to Treylon Burks, a 30-yarder.

After Oscar Champion’s 57-yard punt pinned the Razorbacks at their 9-yard-line, Colby Wooden’s second sack set up third-and-15 at the Arkansas 6. Derick Hall sacked Jefferson in the end zone, forcing a fumble that Marcus Harris recovered for a touchdown to give Auburn a 21-17 lead. 

Harris made another huge play on the next drive, stopping Jefferson short of a first down on fourth-and-3 at Auburn’s 29-yard-line.

The Tigers scored on the next play when Bo Nix connected with Demetris Robertson for a 71-yard touchdown pass to put Auburn ahead 28-17 with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter.

The Razorbacks drove 75 yards in 13 plays, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter.

Roger McCreary broke up the Razorbacks’ pass on a 2-point attempt, preserving Auburn’s 28-23 lead as the fourth quarter commenced.

After Anders Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 31-23 lead with 10:35 to play, Auburn forced a three-and-out, giving Auburn possession at its 25-yard-line with 8:41 to play.

Auburn marched 75 yards on six plays on the game’s opening drive with Nix completing all five of his pass attempts for 72 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pass to ja’Varrius Johnson for a 7-0 Tigers lead.

After Arkansas kicked a field goal to trim Auburn’s lead to 7-3 after the first quarter, the Tigers made it 14-3 with 9:59 left in the half on Tank Bigsby’s 1-yard touchdown run. Nix was 3-for-3 on the drive for 36 yards, including a 19-yard completion to Landen King on third-and-4. 

Bigsby rushed for 17 yards to the Razorbacks’ 1-yard line before scoring two plays later.

Late in the half, the Razorbacks drove 84 yards on 12 plays, scoring on KJ Jefferson’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Treylon Burks with 18 seconds left to trail 14-10 at halftime before 73, 370 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

After an open date next week, the Tigers (5-2, 2-1) return to Jordan-Hare Stadium to host Ole Miss on Oct. 30. 

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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