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Arkansas runs away with upset of Auburn

The Razorbacks rush for 279 yards behind 100-yard games from Darren McFadden and Felix Jones for a 27-10 victory.

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 8, 2006


AUBURN, Ala. - Arkansas made the first major upset of the season look easy. With a swarming defense and potent tailbacks, the Razorbacks knocked off No. 2 Auburn 27-10 on Saturday.

"We want people to respect us," said Darren McFadden, who ran for 145 yards and a 63-yard touchdown against a team that hadn't allowed a rushing touchdown all season. "We came out here with the mentality that we were going to earn that respect."

Auburn, the first Top 10 team to lose to an unranked opponent this season, allowed 279 rushing yards and had just 213 total. It was ugly enough for Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville to say, "We're not that bad a football team." But is Arkansas, a team whose only loss came in its opener, 50-14 to Southern Cal, that good?

"I thought we could compete for four quarters," coach Houston Nutt said. "To say we were going to be up 10-0, I don't know about that. To say we were going to win by 17 points - no way."

The Razorbacks sacked Brandon Cox five times, one by Jamaal Anderson and Keith Jackson on fourth and 9 from the Arkansas 39 on the final play of the third with Arkansas up 24-10. Auburn didn't threaten again.

"They came in here and pretty much dominated on the ground," Auburn safety Eric Brock said. "We really have no excuses. I'm pretty much shocked by our performance."

The Razorbacks used two big plays to take a 17-10 halftime lead. First, Marcus Monk reached over a falling Jonathan Wilhite for a pass and ran into the end zone for a 50-yard score. Later, after Auburn failed on fourth and 5, McFadden burst through the middle and outran the defense for a 63-yard score

Arkansas capitalized on an Auburn mistake to push its lead to 14. The drive began at the Auburn 34 after Kody Bliss's 19-yard punt. Reggie Fish's 25-yard run set up a 1-yard score by Felix Jones, who ran for 104 yards.

"I told our guys, 'You won't know how big (this win) is until down the line,' " Nutt said. "To go on the road and win a game like this against a team the caliber of Auburn, I am really proud of them. We have to build on this and keep going."