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Bo Nix leads Auburn 38-23 against Arkansas No.17

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Bo Nix threw for 292 yards and scored three touchdowns, Auburn’s defense contributed a score and a key fourth down save in the third quarter and the Tigers beat Arkansas No.17 38 -23 Saturday.

Auburn (5-2, 2-1 SEC) won their sixth straight loss in the series and handed Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) their third straight loss.

The Tigers took a third-quarter lead when Derick Hall sacked and defeated Arkansas’ KJ Jefferson in the end zone and Marcus Harris pounced on for the touchdown. In the next series, Harris pissed off Jefferson on a fourth down conversion attempt at the Auburn 29. A game later, Nix found Demetris Robertson for 71 yards.

Auburn turned a three-point deficit to an 11-point lead in just over three minutes.

“It was huge. Obviously the game of the game. Those back to backs were important, ”Nix said. “It kept us going through the game until the fourth quarter when we had the chance to throw the ball.”

Jefferson had 21 of 35 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 66 yards on 18 carries, but was sacked three times. The two killer assists went to Treylon Burks, who finished with nine catches for 109 yards.

Nix completed passes to 10 different receivers, dropping 21 for 26 with an interception.

Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) came close in the end of the third quarter on Dominique Johnson’s 20-yard run, but Auburn responded with Daniel Carlson’s field goal.

After Auburn forced his second three-and-outs, Nix topped a 12-play, 75-yard run with a 23-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes to seal things.

“This is definitely how we would like to end the game,” Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said. “You want to convert, you want to stay on the pitch, you want to be able to make it work at the end of the game. It was conduct of which I was very proud.

Johnson ran six times for 42 yards. Tank Bigsby led Auburn on the ground, rushing 18 times for 68 yards and a touchdown, the second of the game.

Take it away

Arkansas: The Razorbacks didn’t have three defensive starters and the news got worse after the game. Preseason All-American safety Jalen Catalon will be missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, coach Sam Pittman said.

“Mentally you could see he wasn’t playing his type of ball,” Pittman said. “I think it’s time for him to fix that shoulder. I think it’s better for the child.

Cornerback LaDarrius Bishop (hamstring) and defensive tackle Markell Utsey (undisclosed injury) also missed the game. Pittman said he anticipates Utsey’s return in two weeks.

Auburn: The Tigers’ winning streak is the longest for both teams in the series. The Razorbacks haven’t won since a quadruple overtime victory in 2015 when Bret Bielema and Gus Malzahn were the teams’ respective coaches.

SURVEY IMPLICATIONS

Auburn: The Tigers entered the week leading the votes outside the Top 25. After beating Arkansas, they’ll almost certainly end up with a number next to their name next week.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks started 4-0 with a Texas blowout, but could be unranked when the poll was released on Sunday.

FOLLOWING

Auburn: The Tigers have an open date before they host Ole Miss the night before Halloween.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks are heading to their second home in Little Rock to play FCS Arkansas-Pine Bluff next week.

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