Auburn's Peyton Barber finds running room against Arkansas
By Charles Goldberg
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Auburn knows the shortest distance from here to there involves Peyton Barber.
Barber rushed for four touchdowns Saturday to bring his TD total in the last three games to a dizzying 11, though none of that stopped Arkansas from winning 54-46 in a four-overtime game in Razorback Stadium.
Barber scored on a 1-yard run in regulation and on runs of 2, 2 and 1 yard in overtime. He finished with 120 yards on a yeoman 37 carries.
Barber has 770 yards rushing through seven games, putting him well on his way to become the third different Auburn running back to pass the 1,000-yard mark in three consecutive seasons.
"As the game goes on, I feel like I get stronger and stronger," Barber said.
Auburn's offense started slowly, but came through at the end of regulation and scored touchdowns in each of the first three overtimes.
"We really saw what we were made of," Barber said. "We're a tough team. When we play, we're going to give it our all."
The Tigers had only 15 yards in the first quarter, but things picked up from there. Auburn finished with 416 yards.
"With our offense," said offensive lineman Alex Kozan, "as soon as we make a first down we can kind of get on a roll, make a big play and the next thing you know we're in the red zone. I thought today, especially, we really finished our drives in the red zone."
Still, it wasn't enough.
"This locker room has a lot of guys who are close together, the Auburn family, and will hang tough and get better tomorrow," Kozan said.
"This," said running back Kerryon Johnson, "isn't the end of the season."
Linebacker Kris Frost tried to turn the tables. He intercepted a pass to turn away one potential Arkansas touchdown that set the stage for a 96-yard scoring drive for the Tigers.
"I felt the momentum shift, but, at the same time, the momentum shifted a whole lot in this game. It was a constant ebb and flow," Frost said.
And now Ole Miss comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday.
"Like always, you have to get back, keep pushing," Frost said.
• Quarterback Sean White played and talked a good game. Read that here.
(White also moved to fifth in the Auburn record book for most yards passing by a freshman in a season, with 805; to fifth in freshman pass completions, with 62; and freshman attempts, with 97.)
• Gus Malzahn liked Auburn's comeback effort. Read that here.
• The game story. Read that here.
• Gray King's receptions in the second quarter were the sophomore's first career catches.
• Kerryon Johnson's 19-yard rush in the second quarter was a career long for the true freshman.
• Jason Smith scored the first touchdown of his Auburn career with a 9-yard run in the third quarter, his first career carry. His 46-yard reception from Sean White was a career long for both.
• Kamryn Pettway's 12-yard reception was his first career catch.
• Daniel Carlson now has 10 field goals this season.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine