Saturday, October 16, 2010
Auburn outlasts Arkansas in SEC shootout
The top two offensive teams in the SEC didn't disappoint on Saturday afternoon, as Auburn and Arkansas combined for an conference-record 108 points in the Tigers 65-43 win over the Razorbacks. The teams compiled more than 1,000 total yards, 54 first downs and only five punts during the game.
Auburn outscored Arkansas 28-8 in the fourth quarter as they improve to 4-0 in the SEC and a perfect 7-0 overall, notching their first double-digit win for Auburn against a BCS AQ-conference team. The Tigers have now outscored their opponents 72-21 in the fourth quarter and overtime this season.
Arkansas starting quarterback Ryan Mallett left in the first half with a reported head injury, but backup Tyler Wilson kept the game close, throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns, after entering the game with just three career touchdowns to his name.
The Tigers put their undefeated record on the line next Saturday when they host the LSU Tigers in a key SEC West showdown.
In other action around the nation...
Texas avoided its first three-game win streak since 1999 as they beat Nebraska 20-13 in Lincoln, its ninth win in 10 meetings since joining the Big 12. Despite quarterback Garrett Gilbert completing only 4-of-16 passes for 62 yards, the Longhorns improve to 13-0 in the game following the Red River Rivalry since Mack Brown became head coach.
Nebraska was one of two teams in the nation that hadn’t trailed yet this season, but soon found itself down 10-0 after the first quarter and never recovered. The Texas defense held Nebraska to just 202 yards of total offense, including only 125 yards on the ground. Heisman hopeful Taylor Martinez struggled, running for 21 yards on 13 carries, after averaging more than 147 yards per game on the ground and nearly 11 yards per carry in his first five games this season.
Iowa wins for the first time in Ann Arbor since 2002, handing the Wolverines their second straight loss after a 5-0 start. With the win, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz evens his record vs. Michigan at 4-4 and now has a losing record against only two Big Ten teams (Ohio State, Northwestern).
On the other sideline, Rich Rodriguez falls to 2-8 against AP top 25 teams as Michigan coach. Iowa entered the game riding a streak of 21 straight quarters without allowing a rushing touchdown, dating back to the Orange Bowl vs Georgia Tech – but Tate Forcier ended that streak at 24 quarters with a fourth-quarter three-yard scamper into the endzone.