The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 3-0 on the season, and 1-0 in the SEC, thanks to a 52-0 rout of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Due in large measure to five Arkansas turnovers; Alabama was able to offer a balanced offensive attack which simply overwhelmed the Razorback defense.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron completed 11-of-16 passes on the afternoon for 189 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper.
In respect to the ‘Bama running game, Eddie Lacy appeared to be healthy, and looked like the player Tide fans fell in love with in 2011. Lacy, who has battled toe and ankle issues, rushed for 55 yards, including three touchdowns.
Highly-touted Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson did not play due to the concussion he sustained against Louisiana-Monroe. In lieu of Wilson, Arkansas used a mixed bag which included pocket-passer Brandon Allen, and former wide receiver Brandon Mitchell. Needless to say, neither man fared well against the stifling Alabama defense.
Allen completed 10-of-18 passes on the afternoon for only 60 yards, and threw two critical interceptions. Vinnie Sunseri was on the receiving end of one Allen interception, while Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix intercepted an Allen pass thanks to a deflection by the intended Arkansas receiver.
The contest in Fayetteville was simply the textbook definition of a rout. In the second half of play, Alabama virtually emptied the bench and allowed anyone who could physically play, to enter the game. Due to the annihilation that was taking place, walk-on running back Ben Howell played respectable minutes and garnered 18 yards on six carries.
While scattered showers left fans with less than ideal viewing conditions, the real "thunderstorm" was Alabama…who simply rained on Arkansas' parade.
The 52-0 loss at the hands of the top-ranked Crimson Tide was Arkansas’ worst defeat in Fayetteville since 1966.
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