No. 1 Alabama Football Puts Up Huge Numbers in 65-31
Victory at Arkansas
October 6, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 1 Alabama football team
poured on the points in its 65-31 victory over
Arkansas Saturday afternoon at Donald W. Reynolds
Alabama running back Damien Harris (34) rushes for
111 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns against
Arkansas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Fayettevill, AR.
Photo Credit - Rolltide.com
The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) netted 639 yards of
total offense against the Razorbacks (1-5, 0-3 SEC) in
On offense, sophomore Tua Tagovailoa finished the game
going 10-for-13 with 334 passing yards and four
touchdowns. Sophomore wide out Jerry Jeudy ended the
game with four catches for 135 yards and two scores,
while junior tight end Irv Smith Jr. had two catches
for 123 yards and a touchdown. In the running game,
senior Damien Harris used 15 carries to pick up 111
yards, while finding the end zone twice.
On defense, sophomore linebacker Dylan Moses ended the
afternoon with 10 tackles, including two
tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and a quarterback
hurry. Junior defensive back Deionte Thompson had nine
tackles and a pass breakup.
Alabama needed just one play to get on the scoreboard.
Tagovailoa connected with Smith Jr. who streaked up
the sideline for a 76-yard score. Following redshirt
freshmen Joseph Bulovas' extra point, the Tide led
7-0 just 21 seconds into the game. The touchdown
marked the sixth-straight game UA has found the end
zone on its opening drive.
On the next Crimson Tide offensive drive, Tagovailoa
found Smith Jr. once again for a 47-yard reception
when Smith Jr. fumbled forward and sophomore wide out
Henry Ruggs III picked up the ball and scored from 12
yards out. Bulovas' point after attempt was good and
Alabama took the 14-0 edge with 10:01 left in the
Following an Arkansas three-and-out, the Tide put
together a methodical, eight-play, 76-yard scoring
drive, finished off by junior running back Josh Jacobs
punching it in from one-yard out. Bulovas' extra point
made it 21-0 with 5:38 remaining in the first.
Arkansas responded with a long drive of its own, going
75 yards on 11 plays, capped by an eight-yard
pitch-and-catch, to make it 21-7 heading into the
After Moses forced a fumble at the UA one-yard line,
Alabama drove 99 yards for another score. The Tide
scored for the fourth time on the afternoon when
Tagovailoa found Jeudy for a 42-yard touchdown
reception to cap the five-play, 99-yard drive.
Bulovas' extra point pushed the lead to 28-7 with
12:07 left before halftime.
The Razorbacks had an answer on their next drive,
going 75 yards in seven plays and finding the end
zone to cut the lead to 28-14 with just over six
minutes remaining in the half.
Alabama used a heavy dose of Harris on its next
possession. He carried the ball five times on the
eight-play, 75-yard drive, including a two-yard
touchdown scamper. After the missed extra point, the
Tide held the 34-14 advantage.
UA added another touchdown before the half when
Tagovailoa hooked up with Jeudy again, this time on a
quick slant that went 60 yards to the house. The
Bulovas' extra point made it 41-14 going into the
In the first half, Alabama put up 463 yards of
offense, giving the Tide more than 340 first-half
yardage for the fifth time in six games this season.
Tagovailoa went 10-for-12 through the air with 334
yards and four touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide defense stopped the Razorbacks on
fourth down to open the second half, taking over at
the Arkansas 44-yard line. Harris rolled up all 44
yards on the Alabama scoring drive, finishing with
the senior stretching the ball out over the goal line
for his second touchdown of the game, converting a
fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Bulovas' extra
point was true and UA led 48-14 with 8:47 left in the
On the next Arkansas possession, the Razorbacks
finished their drive with a 41-yard field goal to cut
into the Alabama lead, 48-17 with 3:21 remaining in
the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Alabama answered back with a
field goal of its own, after junior quarterback Jalen
Hurts led the offense down the field. Bulovas
converted the 27-yard attempt to finish off the
10-play, 58-yard drive, giving the Tide a 51-17 lead
with 13:37 left in the game.
On the ensuing Razorback drive, junior defensive back
Shyheim Carter picked off a deflected pass and took
it back for his second pick-six touchdown of the
season. Alabama led 58-17 with 12:15 left.
Arkansas then added a touchdown to make it 58-24 with
8:58 remaining in the game.
Sophomore running back Brian Robinson Jr. added a late
touchdown for the Tide after charging in from five
yards out to finish the 11-play, 72-yard drive.
Bulovas' extra point pushed the lead to 65-24 with
With 14 seconds left in the game, the Razorbacks
scored a one-yard touchdown to make it 65-31, the
Alabama returns home next Saturday, Oct. 13, for an
SEC matchup against Missouri at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Kickoff for the Crimson Tide's homecoming game against
the Tigers is set for 6 p.m. CT with the game airing
live on ESPN.
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