Bahn: Adams' Big Play Allows No. 10 Razorbacks To Relax In Second Half

by Chris Bahn  on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 9:30 am  

Joes Adams' 92-yard run helped Arkansas to a 38-14 victory against Auburn Tigers. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Not only could Auburn not stop the Arkansas offense, the defending national champions couldn’t get out of their own way.

“I think it was pretty obvious what happened tonight,” Auburn’s Gene Chizik said. “We did all the classic things you cannot do to win games on the road.”

Failing to stop Adams was near the top of that list. As we’ve seen throughout the first half of the season, opponents are going to have a difficult time with the Razorbacks when their most explosive playmaker is making big plays.

Beyond that, play calling was actually conservative enough at times to draw boos from the crowd at one point in the third quarter. Arkansas did manage a field goal from Zach Hocker and an 18-yard pass to Dennis Johnson that grew the lead, part of 31 unanswered points.

With the defense playing the way it was — Auburn was an awful 9 of 25 for 104 passing yards with three interceptions — Arkansas didn’t have to do a whole lot when it had the ball. In fact, the final touchdown drive covered a modest 16 yards.

Once Adams scored, Petrino admitted he and the team went into “clock-watching mode” once the lead grew to two touchdowns. Essentially the Razorbacks just wanted to get the game over with and get to a much-needed bye week.

“We were looking at that clock wanting it to run out,” Petrino said. “It was a good win for us and we get a week off and get ready for the next one.”

 

 

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