AUBURN -- Josh Bynes came off the field fuming.
Bynes finished with eight tackles.
Arkansas had just scored a touchdown to go up 43-37 in the first minute of the fourth quarter as Arkansas backup quarterback Tyler Wilson completed a 23-yard pass to Greg Childs just over the hands of Bynes.
“I was upset because it was my play to make and if I didn’t make the play it was going to be a touchdown and that’s what happened,” Bynes said.
“I was very upset and (defensive coordinator Ted Roof) knew I was. I was off the charts.”
But Roof wasn’t mad with Bynes. He knew the senior linebacker would get more opportunities to make plays.
“I talked to him about what type of leader he is and what leaders do in those situations,” Roof said. “Then he stepped up and made two very big plays for us.”
Bynes made two huge interceptions in the fourth quarter.
The first came a play after Zac Etheridge returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown to put Auburn up 51-43. Bynes dropped back into coverage and snatched Wilson’s pass out of the air at the Arkansas 40-yard line and then rumbled 33 yards to set up Auburn’s offense at the 7-yard line.
Bynes added his second interception on the next drive. Two plays later, Mike Dyer scooted 38 yards and Auburn had put the game away 65-43.
It was redemption for Bynes and an Auburn defense that gave up 566 yards against a potent Razorback offense.
“They were executing very well and just killing us defensively. We were getting our heads down a little bit sometimes,” Bynes said. “But we had to pick it up in the fourth quarter and find a way to win this game. That’s what we’ve been doing all year.
“We knew if we didn’t stop them, they were going to win the game. We made some key turnovers at the end and that was the key.”