Auburn plots its course for late first-half touchdown at Arkansas
By Charles Goldberg
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Auburn played comeback football late in first half this Saturday, mounting its longest touchdown drive of the season to close the gap on Arkansas in Razorback Stadium.
Peyton Barber scored on a 1-yard run with 30 seconds left in the half to cut Arkansas' lead to 14-7. The Tigers woke up for that 96-yard, 12-play drive after a sleepy start.
The touchdown drive started after a Kris Frost interception.
Arkansas controlled the clock before then, and still enjoyed a 5½ minute advantage. But it was far more lopsided than that before the touchdown drive.
Kerryon Johnson mixed things up by taking direct snaps out of the Wildcat formation. Sean White completed passes on the drive. Some of his on-target passes were not caught before that.
White was 6-of-12 passing for 49 yards. Barber had 10 carries for 37 yards.
Arkansas had 213 yards. Auburn had 112.
The Razorbacks were ball hogs from the beginning, controlling the ball for 11:27 in the first quarter.
It started this way: Dominque Reed scored on an 11-yard end-around for a 7-0 lead early. Then Brandon Allen threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Sprinkle for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
Hey, Sprinkle's brother, Daniel, is on the Auburn baseball team.
Auburn was set to receive the ball to start the second half.