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Auburn keeps Arkansas down, 35-17


Arkansas fought to try to stay in the game, but they couldn't hang on with the Tigers as Auburn won, 35-17.

Auburn made the first score in the game after recovering an Arkansas fumble halfway through the first quarter. Tiger Kris Frost grabbed the fumble at the Arkansas 29. Two rushes by Tre Mason covered the distance and gained the touchdown. Cody Parkey's extra point was good.

Arkansas was next to score with a field goal capping off a 12-play drive. The Razorbacks found themselves facing 4th and 4 on the Auburn 17 and called in Zach Hocker for a 34-yard kick.

The Tigers widened their lead on their next possession with another touchdown. On on-side kick by Arkansas' John Henson gave Auburn position at the Arkansas 43. It took Auburn 6 plays to find the endzone with a steady drive. Tre Mason got his second touchdown of the night with a 4-yard rush. Parkey's kick set the score at 14-3.

Mason wasn't done for the night, as the Tigers were able to score again on the opening drive of the second half. The 11-play drive covered 65 yards. Mason rushed 5 yards for the score this time and Parkey's kick was good.

Mason stepped aside on his scoring streak for the next Auburn possession. Auburn found themselves facing 3rd and 7 on their own 12 when Nick Marshall passed to Sammie Coates. Coates decided he wanted more than the 3rd down conversion and went a whopping 88 yards for the touchdown. Parkey's kick set the score at 28-3.

The Razorbacks found their opportunity while the Tigers were still stunned from Coates' run. The kickoff was returned by Korliss Marshall for 87 yards to the Auburn 13. Two plays later, Brandon Allen connected with Keon Hatcher to cover the remaining 13 yards and get the score. Zach Hocker's extra point was good and set the score at 28-10.

Arkansas added another touchdown at the start of the 4th quarter. In 10-plays they covered 73 yards. Two pass interference penalties on Auburn moved the offense 30 yards down the field during the drive. Kiero Small made the touchdown with a 2-yard rush. Hocker added the extra point, bringing the score to a closer 28-17.

The Tigers felt the score to be too close and put another TD on the board. The 9-play drive covered 73 yards and featured a rushing Mason in most of the plays. Mason got his 4th touchdown of the night with a 12-yard rush. Parkey's kick put the score at 35-17. This was the last score of the game, giving Auburn an 8-1 record.

Next week, Auburn travels to Knoxville to take on Tennessee. Kickoff is at noon.

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