It was an impressive performance all around for Auburn football Saturday, but the defense especially played well against Arkansas.
Auburn football played their second straight complete game by dominating Arkansas on offense and defense at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night with a 56-3 win.
It’s not that surprising to see that Auburn ran all over Arkansas as the Razorbacks have been terrible stopping the run all season.
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What was most impressive to me about the huge win Saturday night was the play of the defense.
I guess I shouldn’t have been that surprised considering the Auburn defense has been dominant all year, but this was their best performance yet.
They set the tone from the very beginning by getting to Austin Allen. I didn’t think our defensive line could get to him along, but Carl Lawson and Marlon Davidson proved to be enough.
They were constantly in the backfield harassing Austin Allen and bringing him down.
The defense did a good job of shutting down their run game early, and Arkansas had to abandon it once Auburn took a big lead.
I really can’t say enough how impressed I was with the defense in this game. They played 10 times better then I think anyone expected.
Oct 22, 2016; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver Eli Stove (12) gets past Arkansas Razorbacks defensive back Jared Collins (29) and scores a touchdown during the first quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
As for the offense, hello Stanton Truitt and Eli Stove. Those two showed an explosiveness in the run game that we haven’t seen before this season.
They combined for 11 carries for 172 and three touchdowns. Truitt also had a touchdown catch for 45 yards, while Stove had one catch for 12 yards.
While it wasn’t surprising, it was still impressive to see Kamryn Pettway rush for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries.