FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Tyler Wilson threw for 262 yards on Saturday night, completing 19 straight passes at one point, leading No. 10 Arkansas to a 38-14 win over No. 15 Auburn.
Wilson, who set a school record with 510 passing yards in a win over Texas A&M last week, ended the first half against the Tigers by completing 18 straight passes. That included a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright in the second quarter that gave the Razorbacks (5-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) their first lead at 21-14.
Wilson extended his streak to 19 in the third quarter before an incompletion ended the streak, which is the third longest in SEC history.
Joe Adams also had a 92-yard touchdown run on Arkansas’ first play of the second half to push the lead to 28-14.
Michael Dyer led Auburn (4-2, 2-1) with 112 rushing yards, including a 55-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter.
However, Dyer had just 30 of those yards after the first quarter as the Tigers’ run-heavy offense stalled time and again without the threat of a passing game. Auburn gained 395 yards in the loss, but it had just 104 yards passing — with senior quarterback Barrett Trotter finishing 6 of 19 passing for 81 yards.
Freshman Kiehl Frazier did provide the Tigers a lift at quarterback, but most of his impact also came in the run game. Frazier had 54 yards rushing, including a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but he also threw a pair of second-half interceptions for an Auburn team playing without leading receiver Emory Blake.
Still, his performance was likely enough to continue the clamor from Auburn fans for the freshman to see more time at quarterback.
Arkansas, on the other hands, had no such questions at quarterback.
After the Razorbacks failed to score in its first two possessions, Wilson led Arkansas on an 8-play, 71-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 7-7. He set up Broderick Green’s 6-yard scoring run with consecutive completions of 24 and 22 yards to Dennis Johnson and Joe Adams, respectively.
Wilson later ran for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal to tie the game at 14-14. He then capped the first-half scoring with a perfectly thrown pass over Auburn cornerback T’Sharvan Bell and into the hands of Wright to put the Razorbacks up 21-14.
The junior finished the game 24 of 36 passing with a pair of touchdown passes.
Tramain Thomas had two of Arkansas’ three interceptions, helping the Razorbacks hold the Tigers scoreless in the second half. Senior linebacker Jerry Franklin led Arkansas with 15 tackles, while Alonzo Highsmith added 12 and Jerico Nelson 10.
Adams led the Razorbacks in rushing with all of his 92 yards coming on his one touchdown carry. The senior took a pitch from Wilson on the play before hurdling one Auburn defender, finding his way behind the block of tight end Chris Gragg and then exploding down the left sideline for the score.
Dennis Johnson, who had 97 yards of total offense — 49 receiving and 48 rushing — scored Arkansas’ final touchdown on an 18-yard pass from Wilson in the fourth quarter.