Don’t step on the AU. Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks had to learn that one the hard way. After pregame festivities turned hostile, Auburn’s offense turned it up a notch en route to over 500 yards rushing and a blowout win.
After forcing a defensive stop on Arkansas’ first drive, Auburn didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. On Auburn’s first offensive play, true freshman receiver Eli Stove took an end-around 78 yards for the game’s first points. From there, the running game took over, keeping Arkansas at bay for the rest of the game.
In total, Auburn rushed for 543 yards, a new record for rushing yards in an SEC game. And this was without Kerryon Johnson, who sat out the game with an injury. Kamryn Pettway built off his monster performance against Mississippi State with another dominating effort. Pettway carried the ball 27 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns. After the game, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made sure to call out his running back for the second straight week.
“Offensively, we just carried over from the Mississippi State, physicality up front, getting a push,” Malzahn said. “Kamryn Pettway once again had a big time game.”
Another breakout performer in the rushing game was Stanton Truitt. The converted wide receiver saw an increase in reps with the injury to Kerryon Johnson. He carried the ball eight times for 78 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a 45 yard touchdown through the air. Up to this point, his time at Auburn had been hampered by a pair of shoulder injuries that kept him off the field. In his post game interview, Truitt discussed the feeling of finally meeting the high expectations thrust on him when he arrived at Auburn.
“It meant a lot, especially after everything that I’ve been through,” Truitt said. “It definitely means a lot. My teammates, they’re proud of me. My coaches also, so it’s been a big night.
On defense, Kevin Steele’s unit put together one of the most complete games against an SEC opponent in Auburn history. On the game, they gave up just three points, those three on a 54 yard field goal to end the first half. They held Rawleigh Williams III and Arkansas’ rushing attack to just 25 yards on 31 carries. And Arkansas’ star quarterback Austin Allen had just 187 yards passing and two turnovers. The Auburn defensive line also racked up four sacks. All in all, an unbelievable effort against a top 25 team.
Up next, Auburn travels to Oxford to take on Ole Miss. The Rebels are coming off back to back losses to Arkansas and LSU. If Auburn can maintain the success the found against Mississippi State and Arkansas, they should have no trouble extending the win streak.