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.
Wrap them up, then go for the ball
Auburn wide receiver Melvin Ray (82) catches a pass and breaks away from Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines (26) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
The Arkansas defense missed an alarming number of tackles in Saturday's 45-21 loss to Auburn, including one that led to the game's first touchdown, when Melvin Ray sidestepped safety Rohan Gaines on the sideline and sprinted 49 yards.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
QB Brandon Allen
• Allen completed 18 of 31 passes for 175 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. His yardage might have been well over 200 yards if not for a deep-pass drop by Keon Hatcher and another miss by Demetrius Wilson. Allen rushed 4 times for 6 yards and completed passes to 10 different receivers.
DE Trey Flowers
• Flowers, a senior from Huntsville, Ala., once again played well in his home state, with 3 unassisted tackles and 6 assists. Two of the assists Saturday came on plays that resulted in 4 lost yards. Flowers was the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Defensive player of the week the last time Arkansas played at Auburn in 2012. Flowers had 3 1/2 sacks for 43 lost yards in Arkansas’ 24-7 victory.
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