ARK-AUB PFF story

Sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson runs around an Auburn defender during Saturday's game. Jefferson's Razorbacks received underwhelming Pro Football Focus grades in their third consecutive losing effort.

The Arkansas football team received low grades from Pro Football Focus after a 38-23 loss to the Auburn Tigers on Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Auburn played better than the Razorbacks in every aspect and outperformed the Hogs, Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said.

“They out-physicaled us on both sides of the ball,” Pittman said in the postgame press conference. “They out-played us. They out-coached me. (Bryan Harsin) out-coached me and had his team ready and obviously I didn’t have ours (ready).”

The Razorback defense allowed 427 total yards — 292 passing and 135 rushing — and PFF gave the coverage a 52.8 for allowing 11.2 yards per pass attempt. The Hogs were without sophomore safety Jalen Catalon, who will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.

Arkansas failed to convert on fourth down halfway through the third quarter while down 21-17, and Auburn junior quarterback Bo Nix connected with senior wide receiver Demetris Robinson on the next play for a 71-yard touchdown.

Senior linebacker Bumper Pool acknowledged that sequence and said it was a disappointing way to lose after a week’s worth of preparation.

“I’m very frustrated, just because I thought we had a great week of preparation,” Pool said. “We didn’t go out there and do it. Hats off to Auburn. They played well. But we just left too many plays out there.”

As for the offense, the Hogs received a grade of 65.6, despite beating the Tigers in total yards, time of possession and first downs.

Almost half of Arkansas’ offensive snaps were in Auburn territory and nine of its 12 possessions ended on the Tigers’ side of the field. However, the Hogs were only able to put up 23 points.

Junior wide receiver Treylon Burks had a stellar game with his fourth 100-yard receiving performance of the year. Burks hauled in nine passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns and earned a team-high 81.3 in 75 snaps.

The Razorbacks fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since Week 2 and are on a three-game losing streak. Pittman said it is disappointing after going 4-0 to start the season.

“I have great belief in our football team,” Pittman said. “That we can win games and turn it around and things of that nature. I’m looking forward to Monday and tomorrow. Looking at the tape and getting the kids in, seeing who’s healthy and who’s not. And going on next week and try to get to 5-3.”

Arkansas fell to last place in the Southeastern Conference West Division with the loss.

The Hogs will face off against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at 11 a.m. Saturday inside War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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