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Stephen Davis’ 53-Yard TD Run Kept Auburn’s Winning Streak Alive
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Stephen Davis was one of those running backs that made linebackers shake in their cleats.

All 6-feet and 220 pounds of him bursted through holes like a firecracker on the Fourth of July.

This style is what made the two-time All-SEC back an Auburn University legend.

The Arkansas Razorbacks had a front row seat to the power and speed of Davis back in October 1994, when he had a record-setting day.

Stephen Davis’ 53-Yard TD Run vs. Arkansas

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The Auburn Tigers were on a roll. New head coach Terry Bowden had the team on a 18-game win streak that was extended with a 36-33 win over top-ranked Florida.

Call it a big win hangover, or call it a regular college football Saturday in the SEC, the Tigers got off to a slow start the next week against Arkansas.

The Razborbacks, who were 3-4, went into the locker room at half with a 7-3 lead. Davis had 10 carries for 57 yards.

Bowden decided to make an adjustment: feed his star running back

And he did. 17 times.

Spartanburg, South Carolina’s native son more than took advantage of the opportunity. In the second half alone, he ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns. The three scores all came in the final quarter of action.

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The first was a one-yard punch-in that completed a nine-play, 80-yard drive. The second was a 24-yard scamper, and the third was a 53-yard bomb that took away any confidence the Hogs had from the first half.

Let’s talk about the final score of the hat trick.

Davis takes a sweep from quarterback Patrick Nix (the father of current Tigers QB Bo Nix) and evaluates his options. He sees a hole on the right side and accelerates. Goodbye. Sayonara. See you later. Bye-bye Stephen.

The star running back went untouched into the end zone.

Thanks to Davis’ second-half performance, Auburn shrugged off the scare with a 31-14 victory. He finished the game with 27 carries for 246 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

The stat line ranks as the seventh-most single-game rushing yards in school history.

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Davis displayed his power and speed in the NFL as a member of the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, and St. Louis Rams. It was that Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium where Arkansas learned firsthand.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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