No. 1 Alabama steamrolls struggling Arkansas, 52-0

AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed
for 104 yards and two scores to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 52-0
victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a
28-0 halftime lead and easily avoided catching the upset bug that
struck other SEC powers. Alabama has won by the same margin over
Arkansas two years running.

It’s the first time Alabama has shut out an SEC opponent two
years in a row since wins over Mississippi State in 1973-74.

The Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4) have dropped five straight games -the
longest losing streak of Bret Bielema’s head coaching career – and
were coming off a 52-7 loss to No. 11 South Carolina.

The Tide outgained Arkansas 532-256 in total yards, getting 352
on the ground.

McCarron was 15-of-21 passing for 180 yards in three quarters,
including touchdowns of 4, 30 and 17 yards.

Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the
second straight week. T.J. Yeldon had 88 yards and a 24-yard
touchdown on 12 carries. Yeldon caught four passes for 45

Freshman Derrick Henry ran for 111 yards on six carries, all in
the fourth quarter and most of it on an 80-yard touchdown in the
final minute. The Razorbacks had allowed only eight rushing
touchdowns in the first seven games, but gave up four Saturday.

Arkansas’ Brandon Allen continued to struggle in the team’s
fourth consecutive game against a ranked team. He completed 7 of 25
passes for 91 yards with two interceptions.

The Tide also managed to contain Alex Collins and Jonathan
Williams, who both came in ranked among the SEC’s top seven
rushers. Collins ran for 77 yards on 18 carries and Williams had 13
rushes for 48 yards.

Alabama has allowed just one touchdown and 16 points in its last
five games.

The offense pounded away at Arkansas but also produced some big
plays, especially in the first half.

Drake bounced off tight end Brian Vogler at the line and burst
outside for a 46-yard touchdown.

Amari Cooper, easily the Tide’s best receiver as a freshman,
caught his first touchdown pass of the season. He dropped one ball
on the sideline then caught a near-perfect throw from McCarron on
the next play for the TD.

Freshman tight end O.J. Howard added a 17-yard catch for his
first career touchdown in the third quarter.

Defensively, Alabama got one veteran safety back but might have
lost another.

Vinnie Sunseri left the game with an apparent leg injury in the
first quarter. He limped off the field after helping cover a kick,
headed to the locker room and didn’t return to the game.

Free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned from a two-game
suspension and picked off a tipped pass for his first interception
of the season after Arkansas moved into Alabama territory on its
second drive.

Clinton-Dix was reinstated by the NCAA on Friday after
reportedly accepting a short-term loan from an assistant strength
and conditioning coach.