AUBURN, Ala. -

Jeremy Johnson tossed two touchdowns in the first half and fellow quarterback Nick Marshall rushed for another as the fifth-ranked Tigers defeated the visiting Southeastern Conference-rival Razorbacks in the season opener for both teams.

Duke Williams reeled in nine receptions for 154 yards and a score and Johnson finished 13-for-17 for 243 yards for Auburn, which was looking to rebound after falling in last season's national championship game. Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 178 yards on 26 carries as the Tigers rolled up 302 of their 595 total yards on the ground.

Brandon Allen went 18-for-31 for 175 yards with a pair of touchdown passes for Arkansas, which has dropped 12 consecutive conference games dating back to the 2012 season. Tight end Hunter Henry had a 14-yard touchdown catch and Alex Collins keyed a productive rushing attack with 68 yards on 10 carries.After sitting out the first half, Marshall gave Auburn's offense a jolt by scampering 19 yards up the middle for a score on his team's first drive of the third and give the Tigers a 28-21 advantage.

Auburn kept up the momentum as Allen was drilled by a blitzing Robinson Therezie, leading to Jermaine Whitehead's interception and 33-yard return for a score later in the quarter.Ominous clouds forced a lightning delay and the evacuation of Jordan-Hare Stadium early in the fourth quarter. The game resumed after a 1-hour, 28-minute break, and Auburn relied on its ground game before Corey Grant rushed in from 3 yards out to give the Tigers a 45-21 lead.