No. 7 Alabama Beats Arkansas, 14-13
- Rolltide.com
Oct. 11, 2014


 
Alabama punter JK Scott (15) punts during the third quarter of the Alabama at Arkansas football game, Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
Photo Credit - Vasha Hunt/al.com
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Defensive end Jonathan Allen blocked an extra point to make the difference in the game as the 7th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1 overall; 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference) defeated the unranked Arkansas Razorbacks (3-3 overall; 0-3 in the SEC), 14-13, before a sellout crowd of 72,337 Saturday night on Frank Broyles Field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (capacity: 72,000).

Allen's deflection of the extra-point attempt by Arkansas placekicker John Henson in the second quarter protected what was a 7-6 lead by the Tide at the time. The Razorbacks stormed back on a touchdown drive after Alabama broke out on top via a 22-yard pass from quarterback Blake Sims to running back T.J. Yeldon earlier in the second period.

Alabama won despite being limited to 227 yards of total offense, including only 66 rushing yards, losing two fumbles. Arkansas held possession of the ball for 34:13 of game time while outgaining Alabama 335-227, but the Hogs could not capitalize on early opportunities after two Alabama turnovers deep in Crimson Tide territory on punts in the first period. The first scoring chance was squandered when Tide linebacker Trey DePriest caused a fumble that went out of the end zone on an apparent 6-yard touchdown pass by Arkansas. The second chance ended when the Tide defense forced a punt on three downs after the Hogs gained possession at the Tide 40, but Arkansas only gained 2 yards on the ensuing march.

Running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for a team-high 45 yards on 16 attempts. Sims completed 11 of 21 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception. DeAndrew White caught four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Yeldon had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland led the Tide with a game-high 12 tackles (seven solos) and broke up a pass and shared a tackle for loss. Safety Landon Collins had eight tackles, an interception and broke up two passes. Xzavier Dickson also had eight stops, including a quarterback sack. Defensive lineman Jarran Reed had five tackles, one for a loss, and broke up two passes. DePriest had six tackles, shared a tackle for loss, and forced a fumble.

Freshman punter JK Scott had eight punts in the game for 354 yards, an average of 44.2 yards per punt. Seven of his eight punts were inside the 20, including a 58-yarder.



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