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State and Nation

October 6, 2012

Arkansas snaps 4-game skid, 24-7 over Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Dennis Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and the Arkansas defense had eight sacks to help the Razorbacks snap a four-game skid with a 24-7 victory over Auburn on Saturday.

Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) had been blasted by a combined score of 110-10 in its first two league games.

The Tigers (1-4, 0-3) were left at the bottom of the SEC West after a second-half quarterback change failed to provide much of a spark to an offense that committed five turnovers.

Tyler Wilson completed 20 of 27 passes for 216 yards. The Razorbacks scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away before Auburn scored again in the final minutes.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik replaced struggling starter Kiehl Frazier with Clint Moseley in the second half, seeking a spark for a sputtering offense. Moseley threw a pair of interceptions in the end zone during the fourth.

Auburn was shut down by the nation's 116th-rated defense until late in the third quarter. Then Moseley found a wide open Emory Blake, who stretched it across the goal line for a 21-yard touchdown with 33 seconds left to make it 10-7.

The Razorbacks then pushed it back to a two-score margin with some trickery. Receiver and former backup quarterback Brandon Mitchell fired a 26-yard touchdown on a reverse pass to Javontee Herndon with 13:30 left.

Johnson then ran for his second 2-yard touchdown midway through the fourth. That was too much for Auburn to overcome.

Frazier was 9-of-14 passing for 118 yards with an interception late in the first half with Auburn driving.

Moseley completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards with the two picks. They were sacked four times apiece by a defense that had collected seven sacks in the first five games combined.

Johnson had 17 carries for 76 yards for Arkansas as both offenses often plodded along. Arkansas outgained Auburn 372-321 in total yards but held the Tigers to 40 yards on 32 rushes, thanks largely to the sacks.

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