Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
GAME WEEK: ARKANSAS AT NO. 6 AUBURN:
UA won't be in awe at Auburn
Arkansas has had success on Plains
University of Arkansas running back Alex Collins is taken down by Auburn defenders Robenson Therezie and Jermain Whitehead during the second quarter of Saturday night's game at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Arkansas jogged off the field victorious the last time it visited Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Arkansas vs. Auburn
• A look at Arkansas’ past five games against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.:
ARKANSAS 24, AUBURN 7
The Razorbacks won the battle between two teams going nowhere, with Trey Flowers racking up 3 1/2 of Arkansas’ 8 sacks. Brandon Mitchell threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Javontee Herndon off a reverse in one of the few daring decisions made by John L. Smith’s staff during a 4-8 season. Current Razorbacks Alan Turner and Will Hines had interceptions among the Hogs’ five takeaways.
NO. 7 AUBURN 65, NO. 12 ARKANSAS 43
Cam Newton, who accounted for four touchdowns and 328 total yards, was almost unstoppable for the Tigers, who would go on to win the BCS national championship. The Razorbacks, who lost quarterback Ryan Mallett to a concussion in the first quarter, were feisty. Tyler Wilson led Arkansas on a 22-7 run midway through the game to take a 43-37 lead early in the fourth quarter. If not for a pair of controversial officiating decisions — a Mario Fannin touchdown run in which it appeared the Auburn runner fumbled before reaching the goal line, and a Tigers fumble return for a touchdown on which Arkansas’ Broderick Green was essentially on his back when the ball came loose — the Hogs might have had a chance.
ARKANSAS 25, NO. 20 AUBURN 22
Coach Bobby Petrino’s first team shocked the Tigers the week after Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville, a Camden native, gave offensive coordinator Tony Franklin his walking papers, a precursor to the end of the Tuberville era. Michael Smith had a 63-yard touchdown as part of his 176 rushing yards and quarterback Casey Dick had a fourth-down touchdown run and a 6-yard throwback pass touchdown from Joe Adams. The Razorbacks dominated Auburn 416-193 in total yardage but still needed a goal-line stand with three consecutive incomplete passes by Auburn quarterback Kodi Burns, a Fort Smith native, from the Arkansas 4 late in the game.
ARKANSAS 27, NO. 2 AUBURN 10
The unranked Razorbacks upset the No. 2 Tigers, outgaining Auburn 366-213 in total yardage to gain the upper hand in the SEC West race, which the Razorbacks would go on to win. Darren McFadden rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and Felix Jones added 104 yards and a score. Quarterback Mitch Mustain completed 7 of 10 passes for 87 yards, including a 50-yard TD strike to Marcus Monk. The game’s most notable play was receiver Reggie Fish’s 28-yard run on a misdirection play that Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn named “Woody” for Chris Wood, now the coach at Springdale Har-Ber, that set up Jones’ 1-yard score and a 24-10 lead.
NO. 4 AUBURN 38, ARKANSAS 20
Jason Campbell passed for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers notched victory No. 7 en route to a 13-0 season and a No. 2 final ranking for Tommy Tuberville’s team. Auburn scored on its first five possessions for a 30-0 lead. The Razorbacks, who had won 38-17 in their last visit to the Plains in 2002, put up 20 points, the most allowed by the Tigers until Tennessee scored 28 in the SEC Championship Game.
Arkansas has the second-best winning percentage among SEC teams that have played more than one game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, where Auburn has a 297-74-7 record (.795).
NOTE Texas A&M is 1-0 at Jordan Hare; Missouri has not played there.
Research: Tom Murphy
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