October 11, 2008

Davis provides special team spark

Auburn needed someone to step up on offense Saturday against Arkansas.

Instead, they got Tristan Davis, who stepped up in a big way on special teams scoring one touchdown and setting up another, but it wasn't quite enough in AU's 25-22 loss to the Hawgs.

Davis struck midway in the first quarter following a 27-yard field goal that gave the Hawgs a 3-0 lead. Davis fielding the ensuing kickoff at the 3-yard line, made a quick cut and took off down the left sidelines for a 97-yard touchdown.

Davis, who was sprung by big blocks from Adam Herring and Eric Smith, finished with 182 yards on five kickoff returns.

"I knew that I had to deliver some kind of spark to the team," Davis said. "I haven't been that spark lately but I knew that it was coming. When we got down 3-0, I knew I had to get field position since our offense has been struggling a little bit."

Davis also forced a fumble by Dennis Johnson on a kickoff return to open the second half, which was recovered by Chris Evans at the 24-yard line, and turned into a 3-yard touchdown run by Kodi Burns five plays later.

But Davis would certainly trade the return and the caused fumble for a win.

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