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Malzahn's offensive prowess vs. Arkansas

Gus Malzahn and Kevin Steele first bump celebrate together after a score in the second half.
Auburn football vs Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, AK.
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Gus Malzahn and Kevin Steele first bump celebrate together after a score in the second half. Auburn football vs Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, AK. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

It is no secret that Gus Malzahn has a long history with Arkansas. Before Gus became head coach at Auburn he was the offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks in 2006, and played for them from 1984-85 before transferring to Henderson State. However, since he came to Auburn he has had no love for his former team.

Auburn's Anthiny Schwartz scores in the second half. Auburn football vs Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, AK. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics


Since Malzahn became head coach in 2013 Auburn has only lost one matchup to Arkansas, that being a 4 overtime thriller in 2015 that ended with a score of 54-46. Malzahn and the Tigers tout a 6-1 record since 2013 against the Razorbacks with the Tigers scoring a combined 319 points in those seven games. That is about 46 points per game! With Auburn breaking the fifty point barrier for three of the last four meet ups.

Auburn's Noah Igbinoghene runs back the kick for a touchdown in the second half Arkansas at Auburn football on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics


Each of those games featured a signature Malzahn stat line. Since 2013 Auburn rushed for 1,974 yards and scored 30 rushing touchdowns in their 7 matchups against Arkansas. That is 282 yards and about 4.2 rushing touchdowns per game. Most notably of which being a 543 yard outing for the Auburn Tigers in 2016 where 6 players reached at least 30 yards rushing, the most being the 192 from Kamryn Pettway. While the offense may be creeping towards a more pass heavy attack this year it is evident that Malzahn has some secret sauce when it comes to facing Arkansas. If there is anything Auburn fans have learned from Malzahn’s tenure with Auburn it is that whenever Malzahn's Tigers face the Razorbacks there is a good chance of a lot of points on the board.  

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