Arkansas vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights
Arkansas 0, Alabama 52 – Final
Top-ranked Alabama jumped all over Arkansas early en route to a 52-0 win on homecoming weekend.
The Tide’s running back duo of T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake combined to rush for 192 yards and three touchdowns, and A.J. McCarron threw at least three touchdown passes for the third time this season.
Arkansas, which lost its fifth-straight game, struggled to get any offensive momentum going—with freshman tailback Alex Collins limited to 77 yards on 18 carries, and the Hogs to just 253 yards of total offense.
Alabama’s defense coerced Arkansas into a three turnovers, including one from recently reinstated safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Alabama improves to 7-0 and will get a visit from Tennessee next weekend, while Arkansas drops to 3-5 and gets a much-needed bye week before hosting Auburn on Nov. 2.
Here's a link to my postgame piece on Alabama's big win over Arkansas. Thanks to everyone who followed along with tonight's blog. Good night and see y'all again next week!
Nick Saban's club is turning the corner and starting to look more like the clubs that have been dominant en route to winning national titles.
AJ McCarron hasn't turned the ball over since the Ole Miss game, and the offensive line has paved the way for the Tide to pile up more than 500 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week. Kenyan Drake has stepped up to give T.J. Yeldon an effective running mate in the backfield, and Amari Cooper is looking healthier every week.
The defense pitched its second shutout of the season, and has only yielded one touchdown since the Texas A&M game. The return of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fortifies a secondary that has quietly built a strong resume since the debacle in College Station.
Overall, Alabama looks the part of the nation's No. 1 team, and there doesn't appear to be a clear weakness in a team that most saw as beatable earlier in the season.
Some final thoughts on this game, first for Arkansas:
Welcome to the SEC, Bret Bielema! To be fair, the Razorbacks never had a chance with the way the schedule worked out for them. Arkansas lost all five games in a gauntlet that saw them face Rutgers, Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama in succession.
I think Bielema would be better served trying to shake things up moving forward. Brandon Allen is gutty, but he hasn't played well, partly due to an injury suffered earlier in the year. When things go south like they have for his club, you have to shake things up. Maybe its time to give AJ Derby, who was solid against Rutgers, a chance to see if he can provide a spark for this team.
Bielema has a stud to build around in Alex Collins, but he's clearly a long way from competing with the big boys in the SEC.
Here are the final stats, courtesy of NCAA.com.
That wraps it up. Alabama wins 52-0. Stay glued to B/R for more postgame coverage of the Tide's big win.
Whoa. Freshman Derrick Henry just busted loose for an 80-yard touchdown run that puts an exclamation point on this one. Alabama leads 52-0.
Arkansas 0, Alabama 52 - :59 left in fourth quarter
Man, Collins just broke off an impressive run. I know it's late and we're in garbage time, but he's clearly an elite talent that Bielema can build the offense around.
"You can take Sabans record when he was at Mich St, when he was a coach in the Big 10 n put it against mine, and he can't compare." -Bielema— Tim Watts (@TimWatts_BOL) October 20, 2013
Just a friendly reminder from the Twitterverse.
Alabama's offense is unable to convert on fourth down, and Arkansas will take over hoping to finally put a dent in the scoreboard against the Tide.
Nice to see Alabama running back Dee Hart get some action. Hart has had two ACL injuries in the last two seasons.
Arkansas was able to pin Alabama deep in its own territory, and the Tide will start this drive inside their own 5-yard line.
Third quarter score.
Stats through the third quarter, per NCAA.com.
My oh my. Nick Saban is about to pop a blood vessel up 45-0. We may not get it, but I have a feeling it's those moments that are a big part of what makes him such a great coach.
You have to give Brandon Allen some credit for continuing to give great effort. He escaped a sack to pick up a first down, and paid a significant price for it after a vicious hit from Dillon Lee.
Cade Foster boots a 48-yard field goal and Alabama goes up 45-0.
Arkansas 0, Alabama 45 - 3:02 left in third quarter
Alabama has the backups in on offense, and Arkansas roughs the punter after getting a much-needed stop. Yikes.
Alabama's defense forces another 3rd-and-long and Cyrus Jones records a beautiful interception to stunt the Razorbacks drive.
Here's video evidence of Yeldon's touchdown run.
Whoa. The Arkansas defense parted like the Red Sea, and Yeldon takes a perfectly-timed draw play straight up the gut for a 24-yard touchdown run. Alabama extends the lead to 42-0.
Arkansas 0, Alabama 42 - 8:18 left in the third quarter
Oh, my. If Yeldon would've come down with that pass, it would've been up there with DeAndrew White's ridiculous catch against Georgia State.
Alabama has broken out a few of its patented screen passes tonight, with Yeldon being the main beneficiary.
Vinnie Sunseri's out of his pads on the sidelines. No crutches.— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) October 20, 2013
It appears that Vinnie Sunseri's night is indeed done.
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