(1) Alabama - 41, Arkansas - 9
October 14, 2017
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The top-ranked University of Alabama football team
amassed 308 yards and four scores on the ground en route to its
convincing, 41-9, Homecoming-game win over Arkansas Saturday night at
Alabama running back Damien Harris (34) breaks loose for a touchdown
on the game's first play from scrimmage during the first half of the
Alabama vs. Arkansas SEC football game, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at
Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntemail@example.com
The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) top-ranked rushing defense was on
display, as the defensive unit held the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3 SEC) to
just 27 yards on the ground in the win.
On the offensive side of the ball, junior running back Damien Harris
earned his seventh career 100-yard game and his third of the season,
after rushing for a game-high 125 yards and two scores on just nine
attempts. Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts and freshman running back
Najee Harris also had rushing touchdowns in the win. Hurts went
12-of-19 for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
On defense, junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison led the way with 10
tackles and one pass breakup, while senior linebacker Rashaan Evans
tied a career-high with two sacks to go along with six tackles.
Alabama jumped on Arkansas early, scoring on the first play from
scrimmage. Damien Harris burst through a hole and sprinted 75 yards
to the end zone. The 75-yard streak tied Harris' career long that he
set last week at Texas A&M. Following senior placekicker Andy
Pappanastos' kick, the Tide led 7-0, just 15 seconds into the game.
The Crimson Tide added to its lead after the Razorbacks' first series
ended in a bad snap on the punt attempt, giving Alabama the ball on the
Arkansas 25-yard line. Three plays later, Pappanastos split the
uprights from 39 yards out to put the Tide up 10-0 with 11:36 left in
the opening quarter.
The Alabama scoring continued after another Razorback three-and-out.
The Tide rumbled 65 yards in eight plays, capped by Damien Harris
bouncing off four different Arkansas defenders for his second touchdown
of the quarter from four yards out. After the Pappanastos PAT, UA
led 17-0 with 7:24 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, after an Alabama muffed punt that set up
Arkansas at the UA 32-yard line, the stingy Tide defense knocked the
Razorbacks offense back eight yards on the drive and forced another
The two teams held each other in check until Alabama took over at its
own 25-yard line with 4:39 left in the half. The Tide methodically
drove down the field in nine plays, netting 75 yards, capped by Hurts
accelerating up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown run. Following
Pappanastos' kick, the Crimson Tide held the 24-0 advantage with 1:20
left in the half.
The Razorbacks responded by driving 76 yards down the field, setting
up a final play from the UA three-yard line with three seconds on the
clock. The shutout was kept intact as Harrison batted the pass attempt
away in the end zone to end the half.
Alabama outgained Arkansas 275-111 in the first half, including 181-8
on the ground.
The Arkansas offense capitalized on an interception midway through the
third quarter, going 48 yards on 13 plays to set up a 30-yard field
goal attempt, which trimmed the UA lead to 24-3 with 4:16 left in the
The Tide responded with a heavy dose of the ground game, running five
straight running plays for 58 yards before Hurts found freshman wide
receiver Henry Ruggs III for a 20-yard touchdown. Ruggs' fourth
reception of the year, all of which have gone for touchdowns, put the
Tide up 31-3 following Pappanastos' kick, with 1:25 remaining in the
In the fourth quarter, Alabama continued to pour on the points, using
a short field to go 35 yards on five plays, capped off by Najee Harris
finding the end zone from four yards out. Pappanastos' extra point
extended the lead to 38-3 with 12:29 left in the game.
Following the Tide touchdown, the Razorbacks possessed the ball at
their own 28-yard line when senior defensive back Hootie Jones tipped
a pass attempt and sophomore linebacker Mack Wilson came flying in to
intercept the batted ball at the Arkansas 40-yard line.
Alabama used another short field to put points on the board, driving
37 yards on five plays, finishing with a Pappanastos 21-yard field goal
to further the advantage to 41-3 with 8:55 remaining in the game.
Arkansas then drove down the field, totaling 75 yards on 13 plays,
finishing the drive with a three-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch. The
point after was no good, giving Alabama the 41-9 lead with 3:03 left
in the game.
Alabama returns to action Saturday, Oct. 21, against Tennessee at
Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will air
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