Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) was handed its first loss Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2, 1-2 SEC), 44-23.
Although the Tigers rushed for 242 yards, 21 yards more than the Razorbacks, they were unable to pull off a win.
“They are really good,” said head coach Gene Chizik in a press conference before Saturday’s match up. “You can’t average almost 450 yards a game and not be good at what you do. Their quarterback is very efficient, and if you follow coach Petrino, that’s a trademark. It is reminiscent of the quarterbacks he had at Louisville. They have a great overall scheme. They are well coached and play hard, but it is very similar to the things he has done in the past.”
Senior running back Ben Tate had a career game, rushing 22 times for 184 yards, scoring two touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Chris Todd completed 15 of 28 attempts for 133 yards and wasn’t intercepted.
Junior wide receiver Terrell Zachery and freshman running back Onterio McCalebb rushed for 60 and 23 yards, respectively.
McCalebb scored the third of the Tigers’ three touchdowns.
Auburn was down the entire first half, entering halftime trailing 27-3.
Tate and McCalebb answered the Razorbacks in the third quarter, rallying the Tigers to a 34-23 difference.
Auburn was unable to complete the comeback in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers return home Saturday to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (3-2, 3-0 SEC) at 6:30 p.m. The game is to be televised on ESPNU.