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October 29, 2022 ; Auburn, Al, USA; Derick Hall (29) wraps up the quarterback for the sack during the game between Auburn and Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Scary Razorbacks Offense Too Much for Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) – The Arkansas Razorbacks snapped a six-game losing streak versus the Auburn Tigers, winning 41-27 in Jordan Hare Stadium. Head Coach Bryan Harsin and his Auburn team have now dropped four games in a row since beating Missouri at home in Week 4.

Both teams, along with Texas A&M, came into Saturday in a three-way-tie for last place in the SEC West.

Arkansas’s offensive game was too much for the Tigers, as Razorbacks quarterback K.J. Jefferson and running back Raheim Sanders dominated the Auburn defense.

Jefferson scored the first two touchdowns of the game using his legs: the first from one yard out with 3:10 left in the first quarter, and the second from 13 yards out just five minutes into the second quarter. Jefferson completed 11-of-18 passes for 174 yards passing, partnered with 33 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in just the first half.

Auburn’s answer came with 3:43 left in quarter number two, when running back Tank Bigsby took off on a 41-yard touchdown run that shrunk the Arkansas lead to just 4. Bigsby had 8 carries for 61 yards in the first half. He finished with 67 total yards rushing on just 11 attempts.

Both teams kicked field goals before the half, with Arkansas up at the break, 17-13.

The third quarter was owned by the Razorbacks. K.J. Jefferson stormed out of the gates and completed an 11-yard strike to Jadon Haselwood for a score. Arkansas’s passing attack was consistent all afternoon. Jefferson finished the game throwing 16-for-24 with 234 yards in the air. Receivers Matt Landers and Jadon Haselwood were his top two targets, with four catches for 115 yards and five catches for 61 yards respectively.

The score was 38-13 in the fourth quarter when Auburn quarterback Robby Ashford connected with true-freshman wide receiver Camden Brown for a highlight grab in the back corner of the endzone. Brown finished with four receptions for 83 yards and a score in what was a breakout game for him.

Ashford was 24-of-33 passing for 285 yards and a touchdown. The redshirt freshman quarterback’s ground game was just as impressive as his passing game, running 19 times for 102 yards.

Although most of the fans in Jordan Hare Stadium had left before then, the game ended with a rushing touchdown from Auburn running back Jarquez Hunter with four seconds remaining.

Final score from Jordan Hare Stadium, Arkansas 41 Auburn 27.

For Auburn, this loss means that the Tigers have lost eight of the last nine games against Power Five teams. For the first time in a decade, Auburn has fallen two games below .500.

For Arkansas, after an initial three-game losing streak, the Razorbacks have walked away with two wins in two weeks. Arkansas takes on Hugh Freeze and his Liberty team in Fayetteville next Saturday.

Next on the schedule for Auburn, the Tigers travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State at 6:30pm.