No. 1 Alabama Football Rolls to 57-7 Victory Over
Arkansas State in Home Opener
September 8, 2018
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The top-ranked Alabama football
team cruised to a 57-7 win over Arkansas State in the
Crimson Tide's home opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium
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Alabama threw five touchdown passes in the first half
with sophomore Tua Tagovailoa completing three and
junior Jalen Hurts connecting for two scores. For the
game Tagovailoa completed 13-for-19 passing attempts
for a career-high 228 yards and four touchdowns, while
Hurts went seven-for-nine for 93 yards and two scores.
The six scoring tosses equals the second most in a
game for UA school history. Tagovailoa's four
touchdown passes also ranks second on the individual
single-game touchdown passes list.
Sophomore running back Najee Harris eclipsed the
100-yard mark for the first time in his career after
running for 135 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Five different receivers caught touchdown passes,
including two by sophomore Jerry Jeudy.
Offensively, the Tide finished with 599 yards of
total offense – 321 through the air and 278 on the
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore defensive
back Xavier McKinney paced the Tide with a career-high
seven tackles as Alabama limited the Red Wolves to a
single third quarter touchdown. Junior defensive back
Savion Smith posted the Tide's third non-offensive
touchdown of the season with a 38-yard interception
return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
It took Alabama less than two minutes to get on the
board after Tagovailoa found Jeudy over the middle for
a 58-yard touchdown pass. Senior kicker Austin Jones'
extra point gave Alabama a 7-0 lead with 13:19
remaining in the opening quarter.
The Tide struck again moments later, when Tagovailoa
hooked up with sophomore receiver Henry Ruggs III for
a 31-yard strike to make it 13-0 Alabama following a
missed PAT with 11:30 left in the first.
Later in the quarter, Tagovailoa completed his third
touchdown pass of the game, when he connected with a
wide-open DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard score. The three
passing scores were the most in a single quarter by an
Alabama quarterback since AJ McCarron threw three in
the second quarter against Auburn on Nov. 24, 2012.
After another missed extra point, UA held a 19-0
advantage with three minutes to go in the first frame.
In the second quarter, it was Hurts who led the Tide
to its next touchdown with a 10-yard pitch-and-catch
to junior tight end Irv Smith Jr. to cap a seven-play,
63-yard drive. Following the extra point from redshirt
freshman Joseph Bulovas, Alabama led 26-0 with 8:52
left in the half.
Just a little over a minute later, the Crimson Tide
once again found the end zone when Hurts hit Jeudy
for a seven-yard score. After the Bulovas extra point,
UA pushed the lead to 33-0.
On the ensuing Arkansas State drive, Saivion Smith
intercepted a Justice Hansen pass and returned it 38
yards for a touchdown. The Tide led 40-0 with 6:44
left before halftime following Bulovas' extra point.
Alabama carried the 40-0 lead into the halftime break,
outgaining Arkansas State 396-163.
The Red Wolves began the second half with an
eight-play, 75-yard drive, finishing it off with a
23-yard touchdown pass to make it 40-7 with 12:28
left in the third quarter.
Alabama responded on the next drive by going 23 yards
down the field to set up Bulovas' first career field
goal attempt from 39 yards out. The Mandeville, La.,
native split the uprights to give UA the 43-7
advantage with 9:46 to go in the third.
The Tide hit the 50-point mark with 1:30 left in the
third quarter when Tagovailoa threaded the needle to
redshirt senior receiver Derek Kief who toe-tapped for
a 14-yard score. Bulovas' point after pushed the lead
In the fourth, Alabama continued to build its lead
when Najee Harris punched it in from one-yard out to
cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. Bulovas' extra point
was true, furthering the advantage to the 57-7 final
score with 12:06 remaining in the game.
Alabama returns to action Saturday, Sept. 15, with
its Southeastern Conference opener against Ole Miss
in Oxford, Miss. Kickoff between the Crimson Tide and
Rebels is set for 6 p.m. CT with the game airing live
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