Arkansas Football had “revenge” on its mind entering its contest with SEC West foe, Auburn.
The Razorbacks had lost six straight games to Auburn and felt that they had the talent to snap the streak. Arkansas did just that by taking down the lowly Tigers, 41-27 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Not only did the Razorbacks take care of business, one of its own was able to cross a personal goal off of his list.
Raheim Sanders was held out of the endzone on Saturday but was able to rush for 171 yards in the win. The performance was enough to lift Sanders, the SEC’s leading rusher, over the 1,000-yard mark on the season with four games remaining on the schedule.
“Rocket” is happy to reach his goal, but says that he did not do it all on his own.
“Definitely that was the goal for me. Shout out to our offensive line, the receivers, with the blocking outside, and our quarterback as well,” Sanders said following the game. “It felt good. Definitely shout out to God, I have more goals to go and achieve.”
Although he was held out of the end zone, he did set up a score. In the 3rd quarter, Sanders put Arkansas in the red zone on a 76-yard rush on the drive’s first play that started at their own six-yard line. The rush set up freshman running back Rashod Dubinion to score just six plays later. The touchdown put Arkansas up 31-13, and was seen as the “nail in the coffin.”
Sanders says that the Razorbacks prepared for the play all week in practice.
“What’s so crazy is that play happened a lot against our defense, when we practiced it and going against them,” Sanders said. “I just feel like this game, I was very patient, waiting on the catch from KJ (Jefferson), catching the ball and just reading the hole right. Before, Coach asked me about running it in the outside zone. I was like ‘yes, I feel like that inside goal is going to hit.’ With me hitting it, reading it, and striking it up, it was pretty good.”
After posting 171 yards on the ground, Sanders is now up to 1,041 yards on the season.