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Tre Mason powers Auburn past Arkansas

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Arkansas (3-6, 0-5 SEC) wasted early opportunities and Tre Mason dominated on the ground as No. 8 Auburn (8-1, 4-1 SEC) put away Arkansas and continued to remain a factor in the SEC West. Mason rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns as Auburn left Arkansas with a 35-17 victory.

Mason had two touchdowns in the first half to give the Tigers a 14-3 lead while the Razorbacks sputtered inside the red zone and Mason added two more touchdown runs in the second half. Auburn’s Nick Marshall did little in the passing game in the first half but provided one of the big plays of the game with an 88-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates midway through the third quarter to extend Auburn’s lead to 28-3.

Arkansas put up nearly 200 yards on the ground against Auburn, with Jonathan Williams rushing for 104 yards and Alex Collins rushing for 84 yards but turnovers doomed the Razorbacks early. Turnovers killed two red zone possessions for Arkansas as the Razorbacks dropped their sixth straight game after starting the year with a 3-0 start. One more loss for Arkansas, with games against Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU remaining, the Razorbacks will be ineligible for postseason play for the second straight year.

On the other hand, Auburn is rolling and could very well be heading in to The Iron Bowl as Alabama’s biggest threat to a BCS championship run. Auburn must still get by a road game at Tennessee next week and a home game against Georgia first. Auburn then hosts Alabama on November 30.

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18 Responses to “Tre Mason powers Auburn past Arkansas”
  1. irishdodger says: Nov 2, 2013 9:23 PM

    Is Auburn really ranked #8? That’s hilarious. I like Gus & it’s his first year, but their D can’t stop air. Wow….#8?

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 2, 2013 9:31 PM

    I wonder what Bielema will whine about this week? He will probably fire off a letter to the NCAA complaining about how all the SEC schools score too much against him.

  3. afrancis55 says: Nov 2, 2013 9:38 PM

    I decided to check out this game tonight until the FSU/Miami started since I’m intrigued by Malzhans turnaround, and Auburn’s D looked VERY weak. Whoever #5 is on defense has no business being on the field. That being said the rushing attack Auburn has is very impressive. Tre Mason is a stud, that’s for sure.

  4. dkhhuey says: Nov 2, 2013 9:39 PM

    Ah, another late night in Burt’s office with his face buried in another meat lover’s doughnut stuff crust XXXXL pizza and drinking tear drop flavored Zima!

  5. rcpecook says: Nov 2, 2013 9:56 PM

    One game closer to Boleima’ s firing.

    One day closer to his escort wife filing for her half.

  6. Deb says: Nov 2, 2013 10:00 PM

    Glad to see people who actually watched this game had issues with Auburn’s defense … because they were starting to scare the beejeebus out of me. Thanks, fellas. Now I can go back to being scared of LSU as usual and wait a couple of weeks to worry about Auburn ;)

  7. zoellner25 says: Nov 2, 2013 10:16 PM

    Hey Hogs fans, you still like your Bielema hire? The Badgers are laughing all the way to the bank. You got jobbed!

  8. wde2010 says: Nov 2, 2013 10:43 PM

    I totally agree that Auburn’s defense was awful tonight. This is not an excuse but, we have been bitten by the injury bug. And to me it was one of their worse efforts all year. Maybe it was that they where trying to hard for the coaches since quite a number of them are from there. I do know with out a doubt they will be better next week.WDE!!

  9. irishdodger says: Nov 3, 2013 12:55 AM

    @wde:

    Look I like Malzahn & think he’s the real deal. I’m betting Arkansas wishes they had pulled the trigger on him as their hire but I understand timing is everything.

    Anyway, it’s well over the half-way point in the season, so EVERY team is dealing w/ injuries…not just SEC schools. If I hear another commentator whine about Georgia or Florida losing games b/c they are riddled w/ key injuries, I’m gonna puke. Hey UGA? Your key injuries have been on the offensive side of the ball…so that’s hardly an excuse for your poor defense…let’s just admit the Dawgs were overrated. Same with UF only on the offensive side of the ball. Great D Muschamp, but changing OCs every year is hardly going to give your offense a chance to gel.

  10. musiccitymiracle2 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:07 AM

    Wouldn’t be interesting if Missouri and Auburn win out and meet in Atlanta…check out this preseason prediction…JT had them both picked for last…

    John Taylor‘s prediction:

    East
    1. Georgia
    2. South Carolina
    3. Florida
    4. Tennessee
    5. Vanderbilt
    6. Kentucky
    7. Missouri

    West
    1. Alabama
    2. LSU
    3. Texas A&M
    4. Ole Miss
    5. Mississippi State
    6. Arkansas
    7. Auburn
    Ben’s SEC champ: Alabama
    John’s SEC champ: Alabama

  11. onbucky96 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:29 AM

    That pudgy befuddled look. That pear shapped physique. That 6 game losing streak. Congatulations Arkansas, you are now irrelevant in the SEC, thanks to Mr and Mrs Bielama. What’s that word.. ah yes, #KARMA

  12. leywhite says: Nov 3, 2013 9:16 AM

    Hey Deb don’t get too comfortable with using this as a guide for the iron bowl. The whole game was a jab at Bilema. Gus decided to run no hurry up, no trickery and play simplistic. He said we are in your stadium and going to run 3 plays. Try to stop us. He couldn’t. It was a jab at Bilema. Beat him at his own game.

  13. siraubie1 says: Nov 3, 2013 9:38 AM

    @irishdodger: I take it you’re for ND. If this is the case, I understand your frustration and I can only hope (doubtful) that your team continues to win and they get to play AU in a bowl game. But for now act like Teó and pretend you’re #8. Have a blissfully delusional day!

  14. southernpatriots says: Nov 3, 2013 11:11 AM

    Gus had a gutsy and good game plan. Gus is a winner and making his team feel like they can win every game as well. The defense needs improvement and that is important to go on to the next level.

    siraubie1: Ha. Keep that sense of humor. This is football after all. Great entertainment, but entertainment. That is funny, though.

  15. danielsamani says: Nov 3, 2013 12:46 PM

    War Damn Eagle!!!

  16. 24pointlead says: Nov 3, 2013 12:47 PM

    Okay, I get it – Auburn ranks 68 nationally in total defense, but 12th in red zone defense. Not bad, considering last year’s performance. My guess is that they may be a little lazy in the middle of the field.

  17. Deb says: Nov 3, 2013 2:08 PM

    @leywhite …

    I’d never get too comfortable where Auburn is concerned! Just meant that maybe I can put them on the back burner for now and direct all my jitters on LSU. Heaven knows, those Tigers are more than enough to worry about for one week. But no matter what happens with the Bayou Bengals, I’ll still have plenty of butterflies left in my stomach when the Iron Bowl comes around :)

  18. dean112263 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:30 PM

    Dear Razorback fans,

    THANK YOU for taking Bret Bielema. Barry Alvarez had him groomed to take over the program and treated him like a son. Then Bielema never talks to Alvarez about being disgruntled and says he’s leaving for ARK. Backstabber.

    That and his incessant whining and filing grievances makes him look like a petty whiner.

    Good luck with the SEC, Bret. It’ll chew you up and spit you out within 1 more season. The Hog fanbase won’t stand for being a Kentucky-like doormat in the SEC.

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