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Razorbacks not too weary to upset Auburn

10/12/2002

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- It seemed like everyone trying to tackle
Fred Talley was running in slow motion.

Talley ran for 241 yards, including an 80-yard score, as Arkansas gained 426 yards on the ground to
earn a 38-17 victory Saturday over Auburn (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP)

"Sometimes, I was feeling like they blew the play dead or
something,'' said Talley, who started because of Cedric Cobbs'
injured toe. "I could hesitate and make moves without anybody in
my way.''

His 241 yards were the most ever given up by Auburn. The
previous high was 233, by Alabama's Bobby Marlow in 1951.

The Razorbacks (3-2, 1-2 SEC) looked fresh enough after a
six-overtime loss at Tennessee, just as coach Houston Nutt had
predicted during the week.

"All this week, I loved the team's attitude,'' Nutt said. "And
I know how much hurt they had. But Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
won the game.''

Talley helped, too.

He spearheaded Arkansas' first 400-yard rushing game since the
team gained 412 against LSU in 1994. Talley's 241 yards was the
second-best performance in school history, behind Dickey Morton's
271.

He did it against an unlikely opponent.

Auburn (4-2, 2-1) had not given up more than 350 yards since LSU
piled up 377 five years ago. The Tigers hadn't allowed a 200-yard
rusher since Cecil Collins gained 232 in the same game.

Talley, who came in with just 123 yards in the first four games,
gained 179 yards in the first half alone.

"At times, they had eight people (on the line),'' he said.
"There still wasn't any penetration, hardly.''

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville agreed with Talley's assessment,
but the coach took the blame several times for the loss.

"We just made it easy for them,'' said Tuberville, whose team
was coming off an idle week. "I take full responsibility for
today. It is my fault. We had two weeks to get ready for this game,
and they were coming off of a six-overtime game.''

It seemed the other way around.

Fullback Mark Pierce gave the Razorbacks a 31-17 lead with 7:44
left in the third quarter, rambling 44 yards on fourth-and-1 for
his second touchdown. Matt Jones added a 70-yard touchdown run late
in the fourth quarter.

Pierce, who had 15 yards all season, finished with 62 on five
carries.

Third-team tailback De'Arrius Howard also ran for a TD.

Auburn's Carnell "Cadillac'' Williams gained 99 yards on 24
carries and become the first player in school history to run for a
touchdown in six consecutive games. But the Tigers couldn't
overcome three first-half turnovers, and he couldn't break any long
runs.

"We gave the Cadillac a flat tire,'' Arkansas defensive tackle
Jermaine Brooks said. "We had signs about Cadillac in our locker
room all week that we had to stare at.

"We just got sick and tired of it. If you stop him, you stop
Auburn.''

Quarterback Daniel Cobb was benched for Jason Campbell after
three quarters, throwing a pair of first-half interceptions and
losing one of his two fumbles.

Cobb had Auburn's only big plays, throwing for a 65-yard score
to Devin Aromashodu and setting up another score with a 41-yarder
to Silas Daniels.

He was 13-of-23 for 225 yards.

Auburn, which came in behind only Arkansas in the SEC in rushing
yardage, was shut out in the second half. The Tigers had 40 carries
for 104 yards.

The Razorbacks used a 10-point scoring flurry to close the first
half with a 24-17 lead.

The Tigers took a 17-14 lead on Williams' 9-yard run, but Talley
went up the middle for his 80-yard score with 1:34 left before
halftime.

After Auburn failed to move the ball or run out the clock, Bo
Mosley blocked Duval's punt at the Tigers' 12 with 25 seconds left.

Arkansas, which had no timeouts left, threw three incompletions
and settled for David Carlton's 22-yard field goal with 5 seconds
remaining.