October 19, 2014

Auburn 45, Arkansas 21

Jonathan Williams (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

ESPN.com: Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

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  • steve_uno

    Where are the pictures of our vastly improved defense? Missed tackles, people laying around on the ground like there hurt and zero hustle. On balance a poor showing.

  • Hawgfan100

    Well…that didn’t take long.

  • soupdhog

    I thought this was a great game, and it is clear we are improved in every category except pass defense. However, we were able to make adjustments and come back from being behind by 14 points to tie it up at halftime.

    What did not make sense to me in the second half was why we gave up running the ball – we clearly had them on the ropes in the first half, and went to a passing game in the second half….which is why we lost the game. We had too many 3 and outs that put our defense on the field too long. Which allowed Auburn to do to us exactly what we did to them in the second quarter.

    So this one is on the coaches. But I like what I see out of this team – they are nastier, stronger, our linebackers are better – now if we can find a secondary that can cover the middle of the field we’ll be in good shape.

    We will be better this year – I can’t wait to see how much we improve week after week!

    • http://www.razorbloggers.net/ Walking on Sunshine

      We abandoned the run because Auburn stacked the line and dared us to throw. We didn’t show a credible passing threat when we need to. Thus, the goose egg in the second half. Long way to go.

  • Hogwild28

    I was encouraged. Our defense hit and hit hard. However, their lack of depth showed. The more we recruit that side of the ball the better. Running game looks sharp. Receivers can’t drop open tds. And 1st down catches to extend drives. We still lack a play maker at WR for now. Robinson may develop into that.

  • GonzoHog

    I’m a little worried about the pass defense, but I will say this. Arkansas likely won’t see another team the rest of the season that lines up on offense like Auburn. Gus knows exactly what do with offensive formations.
    On the other hand, I’m very encouraged by what I saw as a whole from this team. They’re obviously getting better and fully expect this team to win at least 6 games this season.

  • Roadhog

    In the first half the Hogs showed the kind of improvement I was hoping for, especially in the running game. Then in the second half our guys met their worst nemesis, a mobile quarterback. After Marshall scampered into the end zone half the air went out of the Razorbacks. The rest went out when B. Allen threw the pick. We saw that repeatedly last year. Competitive for a half, or less, then a turnover, then disintegration. Bielema said before the game he wanted to see how his team would respond after getting hit in the mouth. I’m guessing he didn’t like what he saw.

    The team is certainly getting better, stronger, but so is the competition. We are unfortunate this year that the weaker teams in our division are stronger than ever, and some say we have the toughest schedule in the nation. This game revealed the wisdom of the pundits, who accurately described the strengths and weaknesses of this team. We may not win any conference games this year, but I think we are headed in the right direction.