Arkansas–Auburn football rivalry
|First meeting||December 27, 1984|
Auburn 21, Arkansas 15
|Latest meeting||October 16, 2021|
Auburn 38, Arkansas 23
|Next meeting||October 29, 2022|
|All-time series||Auburn leads 19–11–1|
|Largest victory||Auburn, 56–3 (2016)|
|Longest win streak||Auburn, 6 (2016–Present)|
|Current win streak||Auburn, 6 (2016–Present)|
The Arkansas–Auburn football rivalry, is an American college football rivalry between the University of Arkansas and Auburn University. The first game in the series was played in 1984 in the Liberty Bowl. The game has been played annually since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992.
The first game between both schools was in 1984 in the Liberty Bowl. In 1992 Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference, both teams have met on the field every year since. The rivalry got heated when Gus Malzahn (former offensive coordinator at Arkansas) became Auburn head coach. In 2016 Auburn defeated Arkansas, 56–3, making it the largest win in the series. The Tigers lead the rivalry, 19–11–1.
2010: In 2010, the eventual national championships, #7 Auburn defeated #12 Arkansas in a shootout game. Cam Newton had a total of 328 yards, and led the team to a 65–43 victory.
2015: In the first overtime game in the series, the Razorbacks defeated the Tigers, 54–46, in four overtimes. With 0:04 left in the game, Auburn made a 41-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson to tie the game 24–24. By the fourth overtime, Auburn needed to convert a fourth down to tie the game once again (including a two point-conversion attempt.) But the pass was incomplete, broken up by Arkansas using all downs, sealing a victory.
2016: In 2016, #21 Auburn defeated #17 Arkansas, 56–3, making it the largest win in the series. Auburn's leading rusher Kamryn Pettway had 192 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
2020: In arguably the most controversial installment of the series, unranked Arkansas travelled to Jordan Hare to take on #13 Auburn. After coming back from down 17 early, with 1:59 remaining, Arkansas led 28-27. On Auburn’s final drive of the game, quarterback Bo Nix attempted to spike the ball to stop the clock. Arkansas argued that since Nix had picked up the ball and spiked it backwards, it should have been ruled a fumble. Since the referees had blown the play dead and it was not a reviewable call, Nix was issued an intentional grounding penalty and Auburn retained possession. Soon after, Daniel Carlson hit a game winning field goal with 0:07 remaining and Auburn was victorious for the fifth year in a row 30-28.
|Arkansas victories||Auburn victories||Tie games|
- List of NCAA college football rivalry games
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