Tigers make enough big plays to win

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AUBURN, Ala. --- Jake Ricks only had to fall on the ball, and backup quarterback Kodi Burns merely had to throw it a few yards.

They still provided the biggest plays for No. 15 Auburn.

Ricks recovered a fumble in the end zone, Burns passed for a key first down to kill the clock and Auburn sent Tennessee to its worst start in 14 years with a 14-12 victory Saturday.

One of the biggest offensive plays for two sputtering teams went for all of 10 yards and no points. Burns rolled right, spotted Montez Billings open on the right sideline to convert a third-and-5 and allow Auburn (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) to kneel on the final plays of the game.

It also might have helped renew a quarterback controversy for the Tigers.

"All I knew was we had to get a first down," said Burns, who hadn't played in the last two games. "Get a first down and we win this game. I rolled out and saw that cornerback back off and open up just a little window."

It was another major blow for the Vols (0-2), who fell to 1-3 for the first time since 1994, the second full season for embattled coach Phillip Fulmer.

"I don't think this team's lost its spirit at all," Fulmer said. "I think we have good leadership and it's growing all the time. Adversity will challenge us all and we will see where we really stand. It was very disappointing to get that kind of effort out of our defense and out of our kicking game and not get the win."

Auburn's anemic offense, which only produced 226 yards a week after a last-minute loss to Louisiana State University, was bailed out when Ricks recovered a fumble in the end zone for the 14-6 lead in the second quarter after a botched handoff to Arian Foster.

Tennessee's offense, under first-year coordinator Dave Claw-son, produced just 191 yards.

TEXAS 52, ARKANSAS 10

In Austin, Texas, Colt McCoy put up five touchdowns in another near-perfect start, and Texas routed Arkansas to hand Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino an embarrassing debut in a border rivalry famous for close games.

It was the most lopsided loss in the series since a 35-point Texas victory in 1970. In the previous 10 meetings, the average margin of victory was fewer than nine points.

The Longhorns (4-0) have now outscored opponents 198-36 this season.

McCoy completed 17 of 19 passes and threw three touchdowns, pushing his season total to 14. He also ran for 84 yards and two scores, the most impressive a 35-yard bolt down the sideline before stumbling in the end zone in the second quarter.

Jordan Shipley caught two touchdown passes for Texas, Quan Crosby hauled in the other and Aaron Williams returned an interception 81 yards for a score.

Arkansas (2-2) was overwhelmed in absorbing a second blowout in as many games to a Top 10 team. No. 8 Alabama crushed the Razorbacks by 35 points last week.


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