FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas was blown out by Auburn, 52-20, Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Razorbacks (2-5 overall, 0-4 SEC) trailed 17-6 at halftime. The Tigers (6-2, 4-1) scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Arkansas will face Ole Miss on the road next Saturday.
But before we turn the page, here’s what the Tigers had to say about the Hogs following Saturday’s game:
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
- On scoring 28 points in the third quarter: “I think the third quarter we had one of best quarters of the year. We had some explosive plays and we got some tempo running.”
- On defending Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley: “That quarterback is a big man. I mean, he’s really big. He falls forward for a couple yards and he’s hard to get to, too. I thought our defense did a good job. For us to put the pressure on and knock the ball out a couple times was a big key to the game.”
- On the adjustments made on offense: “We had a little success running and then they walked an extra guy down. We hit a pass play or two. I thought [offensive coordinator] Chip [Lindsey] did a very good job and his offensive staff did a very good job of keeping them off balance and taking what they give them.”
- On how his teams have been able to put up so many points and yards against Arkansas in recent years: “I don’t know specifically. For this year, we were balanced, I felt like. I think probably the big thing was we were able to get the tempo going. That was a big factor.”
- On forcing Arkansas to go three-and-out on consecutive possessions to end the first half: “That was one of the key things to the whole game. If we would’ve gave them any momentum right there, it would’ve got the crowd into it. That was huge right there.”
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham
- On if he knew Arkansas only had nine players on the field when he scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter: “I did not. I mean, I knew we were going really fast and I knew they weren’t set up, lined up, but I was just locked in on my read. And it just kinda came at the right time.”
Auburn DL Derrick Brown
- On playing against Kelley: “He is huge. Definitely got to keep getting shots on him. And once you’re getting shots on somebody like that, they kind of become hesitant.”