The Tigers’ domination of the Hogs was mostly found in the run game. Auburn outran Arkansas 298 yards to 52, as they were able to shove razors down the Razorbacks’ throats all day long. A 5.8-1.9 differential in YPC didn’t hurt them too much either, as it was a complete demolition in that regard.
Auburn was able to achieve this performance without even a single 100-yard rusher. Kam Martin led the charge and he had 84 yards on 10 carries. Harold Joiner followed him with 59 and they had four players with at least 48 yards and five with at least 19. They scored three rushing touchdowns, two of which coming in the first quarter from Bo Nix and Shaun Shivers, and one in the fourth by Joiner.
Nix played well enough under center to help lead Auburn to the win. He had 17 pass attempts all game versus their 51 rushing attempts, and completed 12 of them for 176 yards. He threw three touchdowns of 48 yards, 28 yards and 15 yards. Joey Gatewood threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jay Jay Wilson late in the 4th quarter when the game was well in hand, so Auburn was able to put up four passing TDs on the day. The passing touchdowns from Nix went to Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz, as Williams collected the first and third while the second got to Schwartz.
For Arkansas, this was a woeful performance. And not just on the scoreboard and not on the stat sheet. It was also embarrassing for another reason in particular. Let’s check out this fake punt attempt...
Arkansas’ points came from a Connor Limpert field goal in the third quarter and a Cheyenne O’Grady touchdown reception from Ben Hicks later in the third. Hicks passed for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Sam Loy also threw an interception, as those picks came from Javaris Davis and Chandler Wooten. It was a rather putrid performance on the ground, as they only picked up 52 yards on 28 carries. Rakeem Boyd led with 39 yards on 13 carries. O’Grady led in receptions (7) and yards (72) on 11 targets. No other receiver was able to eclipse 35 yards.
Auburn now has a huge game on the horizon next week against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. Arkansas, on the other hand, has the unenviable task of playing the Alabama Crimson Tide next on their docket.