Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn saw a stark difference in his team with QB Nick Marshall vs. his team without QB Nick Marshall.
The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-21 after scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half.
Auburn struck first in the game with a 49-yard TD pass from Jeremy Johnson – subbing in for Nick Marshall in the first half due to his suspension – to Melvin Ray. Following an Arkansas TD in the middle of the first quarter, the Tigers recorded two straight TDs to make the score 21-7. But the Razorbacks came back with two TDs to tie it up going into half-time.
In the second half, QB Nick Marshall, having completed his suspension, began led the Tigers on 3 unanswered second-half scoring drives, beginning with a 19-yard TD run early in the 3rd quarter. An INT-TD by Auburn defender Jermaine Whitehead made the score 35-21 to end the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter the Tigers dominated with an early FG and a late TD by RB Corey Grant to finish the game.
RBs Cameron Artis-Payne led the Tigers with 177 rushing yards and a TD, while Grant added another 87 yards. The leading receiver in the game was D’haquille Williams who had 9 receptions for 154 yards and a TD.
With the win over the Razorbacks, the Tigers start the season with a win over an SEC rival as they try to compete for the SEC title again.