AUBURN, Ala. — Few people expected an outcome as lopsided as what took place in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
Auburn entered the game as a favorite — heavier than what most anticipated — but the Tigers were even able to blow past the 10-point spread set against the Razorbacks. Auburn scored on its opening offensive play of the game, a 78-yard touchdown run by freshman wide receiver Eli Stove.
The Tigers coasted from there, defeating Arkansas 56-3 in the SEC West matchup.
Here’s what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had to say following the big victory.
- “First off, just very excited for our team … We played a complete game,” Malzahn said.
- “Holding that team to 25 yards rushing is something … Our defense, I can’t say enough about them,” Malzahn said.
- “The crowd was unbelievable once again.”
- “Our defensive front, they’ve been very good all year. The week off really helped us. We got healthier up front … Offensively, we carried over from the Mississippi State game,” Malzahn said.
- Malzahn said it was good to be able to rest Kerryon Johnson who wasn’t 100 percent but still dressed out and went through pregame warmups.
- “It feels great. We were clicking. Rhett really had it going … When we get tempo going, we’re at our best,” Malzahn said.
- Austin Golson is at center. Darius James is at left tackle. Xavier Dampeeer may still get reps.
- “We had a lot of young guys out there that really made that next step,” Malzahn said. Eli Stove, specifically, took the first play of the game 78 yards.
- Stanton Truitt played one of his best games. Malzahn: “It really says a lot about him.”
- “Like I was saying earlier, a week off really made them fresh. We were able to get healthy. You could see they were fresher.”
- Malzahn on Eli Stove play: “We were able to get two touchdowns on that same type of look,” referring to Stove’s TD and the Stanton Truitt wheel route touchdown.
- Sean White able to get some yards on the ground. “Anytime you have Kamryn Pettway running down here, all it takes is one time … He’s got some speed,” Malzahn said.
- There was a little pregame beef at midfield. It appears to have motivated players who have taken to Twitter. Malzahn: “I don’t know. We’ve never had that happen before in our prayer circle.”
- “Here’s what we’re doing. We’re taking one week at a time. We’re going to Ole Miss next week. That’s all we’re thinking about. We’re playing good football right now.”
- Penalties have been limited. “We’ve got to continue to build upon that … We’ve got to continue that,” Malzahn said.
- “Eli can run.”
- “It’s just one game.”
- “If you look at it, we lost to two pretty good teams. I wish we would’ve played better,” Malzahn said.