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