Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

Auburn Nick Marshall, Josh Liddell
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs in for a touchdown as he is hit by Arkansas safety Josh Liddell (28) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Melvin Ray, Jeremy Johnson Auburn
Auburn wide receiver Melvin Ray (82) celebrates with quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) after he scored a touchdown against Arkansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

The Tigers scored the final 24 points after the Razorbacks managed to force a halftime deadlock. The game was delayed 1 hour, 28 minutes due to lightning in the area during the fourth quarter.

Marshall, who led Auburn to the SEC title last season and national championship game, started the second half after serving his punishment for getting ticketed in July for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Junior college transfer D’haquille Williams supplied the most electrifying performance with nine catches for 154 yards in his debut.

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for a career-high 177 yards. Jermaine Whitehead returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown.

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