Rating Arkansas’ road win over Auburn

Sam Pittman said earlier in the week that he thinks his team is preparing for a late season run, and that started today against Auburn.

Arkansas beat the Tigers 41-27 with solid performances on all ends. It was the type of performance the Hogs needed to salvage what was left of the season. This game was essentially a battle of who would stay off the bottom of the SEC West.

Now with two conference wins, the Hogs have some momentum to finish the rest of the season with three SEC opponents on the schedule.

While the bowl game is the primary goal, these games are very important for juniors and seniors looking to raise their draft picks.

Arkansas quarterbacks

Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) runs with the ball as the Auburn Tigers face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Arkansas Razorbacks lead Auburn Tigers 17-13 at halftime.

KJ Jefferson had some solid throws during the game, his best being a 56-yarder to Matt Landers. He finished with three total touchdowns and 279 total yards.

Grade A

Arkansas running back

Auburn Tigers wide receiver Jay Fair (5) runs with the ball as the Auburn Tigers face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Arkansas Razorbacks lead Auburn Tigers 17-13 at halftime.

The SEC’s leading rusher again eclipsed 150-plus yards on the ground for the fourth time this season. Sanders’ biggest run of the day was a 76-yarder, but he didn’t find the end zone.

Grade A-

Arkansas receivers and tight ends

October 29, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (9) runs for a catch as Auburn Tigers safety Donovan Kaufman (1) moves in during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Just 16 receptions for Arkansas receivers, led by Matt Landers’ 114 yards. Jadon Haselwood caught the only receiving touchdown from Jefferson in the third quarter. It wasn’t a great performance from the group, but they made some of the biggest plays.

Grade: B+

Arkansas offensive line

Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (9) celebrates his touchdown catch as the Auburn Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.

I seem to be repeating myself at this point. The Hogs offensive line is the best unit on this team, whether Arkansas wins or loses.

Grade: A+

Arkansas offensive coordinator

AUBURN, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 29: Wide receiver Ketron Jackson Jr. #2 of the Arkansas Razorbacks tries to catch a pass in front of cornerback DJ James #4 of the Auburn Tigers during the first half of the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo: Michael Chang/Getty Images)

I wanted to see more passing, but Kendall Briles did a great job using the ground game to set up the offense.

Grade A-

Arkansas defensive line

Auburn Tigers running back Tank Bigsby (4) slips Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Terry Hampton (99) as the Auburn Tigers face the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Arkansas Razorbacks lead at halftime Auburn Tigers 17-13.

The defense got to Robby Ashford three times and rushed him twice. Ashford still had a decent game so I can’t put the A defensive line behind this game.

Grade: B+

Arkansas Linebackers

October 29, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks linebacker Drew Sanders (42) tackles Auburn Tigers running back Tank Bigsby (4) during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Like the defensive line, the linemen didn’t make things difficult for Ashford or Auburn running back Tank Bigsby. The Tigers found the end zone twice on the ground and rushed for a total of 183 yards on the ground. Not poor, but not “A” worthy either.

Grade: B

Secondary Arkansas

Auburn Tigers running back Tank Bigsby (4) tackles Arkansas Razorbacks defensive back Myles Slusher (2) as the Auburn Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Arkansas Razorbacks defeated Auburn Tigers 41-27.

The secondary was the best defensive unit of the day. Latavious Brini led the team in tackles with two tackles for loss. Dwight McGlothern followed with seven tackles of his own. Arkansas might be in a different position if the secondary has played like this since the start of the season.

Grade A

Arkansas defensive coordinator

Auburn Tigers quarterback Robby Ashford (9) runs the ball as the Auburn Tigers face the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The Arkansas Razorbacks defeated the Auburn Tigers 41-27.

The defense allowed a team that has struggled offensively all season to score 27 points and gain 478 yards. Ashford had his best game of the season, running and throwing. Against a team like Auburn that isn’t great on offense, you want to see a defense more ready for a freshman quarterback and the ground game.

Grade: B

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire

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