Auburn Riding Hot Defense

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Like many defenders, Number 18 Auburn's Evan Brock was left shaking his head after an evening spent trying to stop Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, Arkansas' terrific tailback duo.

Broken tackles? Brutal stiff-arms? Improbable touchdown runs? That wasn't what surprised Brock. The Tigers' safety said he didn't expect it to be that easy.

It's hardly an easy task, but Auburn's feisty but short-handed defense made it look that way. In the process they spoiled another night for a Heisman Trophy contender and continued to carry the team back into the Southeastern Conference Western Division hunt leading up to Saturday night's game at Number Five LSU.

McFadden had 43 yards. Jones had 42. And the Razorbacks had zero points in the first 58 minutes of Auburn's 9-7 win.

That performance came a few weeks after Auburn battered Florida's Tim Tebow -- who still put up decent numbers -- in another road win.

The Tigers have done all this with a speedy, swarming defense. Their fiery defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, also keeps the Tigers going with his enthusiastic but intense hollering on the sidelines.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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