All Auburn, Mason Against Arkansas
By Dan Harralson
It was all Auburn, all Tre Mason on Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark.
Auburn won, 35-17, behind the junior running back, who ran for 168 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn won in his return to his home state and old stomping grounds of Arkansas. The former state champion high school coach and Arkansas offensive coordinator did not show any condolences. It was merely a business trip.
"Just to be honest, it's just about getting our eighth win," Malzahn said. "I've got a lot of friends, a lot of family and this is a special place, but you separate that and you've got a job to do.
"I'm very proud of our team coming in here and getting the victory."
How's That For Normal American Football?
In July, Bret Bielema cited his displeasure of the spread offense at SEC media days.
On the field, Malzahn showed Bielema that there are plenty of ways to run the football. Auburn threw the ball only nine times and threw only one incomplete pass.
"We wanted to come in here and run the ball. We got the lead and we just kept doing it," Malzahn said.
You would think Bielema's team would be the one to throw only nine passes, but Arkansas threw 27.
Why Malzahn Was The Best Hire For Auburn
Auburn went 3-9 last year when Malzahn was away coaching Arkansas State and the Tigers were unsure what the future held for Gene Chizik.
Auburn had to get rid of Chizik and bring in someone new. It just so happened they were able to bring Malzahn back.
It's been a perfect fit. Most first-year head coaches do not have the luxury of working with their own players. Malzahn does. It's a head coach's dream to have his guys running the schemes that he wants to call. Malzahn recruited most of these players, and that has given Auburn the chance to win instantly.