Cam Newton Leads No. 7 Auburn Past No. 12 Arkansas 65-43

October 17, 2010 – By Scott

As expected, a high scoring game took place in college football action on Saturday as No. 7 Auburn hosted No. 12 Arkansas. Both schools were led on offense by two Heisman hopefuls at quarterback who produced points on a weekly basis. However, Ryan Mallet left the game in the first half with a concussion and the Tigers and quarterback Cam Newton took over as Auburn raced by Arkansas 65-43.

The two teams combined for a record for points scored in a Southeastern Conference game that did not go into overtime in their offensive shootout. Not surprisingly, Newton wondered how many points it would take to win as the two teams traded scores on what seemed like every possession.

“I’m sitting there on the sideline saying, ‘Wow, we have this many points, and they have that many points,'” Auburn’s do-it-all quarterback said. “At one point, we didn’t want to score too fast because it was like a heavyweight boxing match.”

The two teams combined for 1,036 yards for the game and both had different means of amassing their yardage. Auburn was dominant on the ground and pounded out 330 yards rushing. They were led by Newton’s 188 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. It appeared as though the Razorbacks would be in trouble when Mallett went out, but back up Tyler Wilson played well and passed for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns, but had two costly interceptions.

After a first quarter that finished with the game tied at 7, the two teams would combine for 34 points in the second and Auburn carried a 27-21 lead into halftime. Auburn would get the first points of the second half as Wes Byrum connected on his third field goal of the game to put the Tigers up by 9. But the Razorbacks would respond as Wilson tossed his second touchdown pass of the game to bring Arkansas within 2. As things had gone all game, Auburn would answer as Newton scored from 1 yard out to give them a two possession lead.

Arkansas would follow with a touchdown late in the period and then to open up the fourth to give the Razorbacks a 43-37 lead. Auburn would close the game scoring four unanswered touchdowns in just over a five minute span to give them their 65-43 win.

The loss for Arkansas ( 4-2, 1-2 SEC) might have caused their SEC title hopes to fade away. As for Auburn, Newton only improved his chances for the Heisman with his performance. For the game he hit 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Next week doesn’t get any easier for Auburn. They will host another highly ranked team in LSU in a matchup of two undefeated teams. Arkansas will host Mississippi also next Saturday.

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