Auburn beats Arkansas before largest crowd

Updated: October 11, 2003, 5:38 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The largest two crowds ever to see Arkansas play a home game have watched the Razorbacks lose to teams from Alabama.

Saturday's game, a 10-3 loss to Auburn, drew the largest crowd ever to Razorback Stadium -- 74,026. The old record was 73,551 for last year's game against Alabama, a 30-12 loss.

The expanded stadium opened in 2001 with Tennessee beating the Razorbacks 13-3 before 70,470 -- the fourth-largest crowd in Fayetteville.

Last year, Arkansas beat Ole Miss 48-28 before the third-largest crowd at Razorback Stadium.


Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said he was hopeful that his team would rebound quickly from its first lost of the season and prepare hard for Florida, which visited Fayetteville next week.

"We can't dwell on it," Nutt said after the game. "It was a devastating and tough loss, but our guys gave a lot of heart and effort.

"We've got to bounce back. We need to keep a good attitude," Nutt said.

Before the loss, Arkansas had benefited from road victories at Texas and Alabama to rise to No. 7 in the country.


Quarterback Matt Jones delivered what many might consider an understatement about a key fumble at the Auburn 9 with less than nine minutes left.

"The fumble was all my fault," Jones said. "I should have held onto the ball for the play on the fumble."

Jones, running in traffic around the 10, had the ball tucked under his right arm while running to the left side. Linebacker Travis Williams slapped at Jones, popping the ball loose. Junior Rosegreen recovered at the 9.

"No one hated that fumble more than (Matt)," Nutt said. "He felt like everything was his fault, but I told him to remember all the big plays he had to help get us down the field."

Jones would have had another big run for a highlight reel if a holding penalty hadn't called back a 78-yard run for what would have been a touchdown.


With the loss, Arkansas no longer had the Southeastern Conference's best home record since 1998 -- at least temporarily.

The Razorbacks have won 83.7 percent of their games in Fayetteville or Little Rock since Nutt took over the team.

Tennessee has won 85.3 percent of its games over the same span, but was playing at home against Georgia on Saturday night.

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