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               === Alabama routs Arkansas to stay undefeated ===
 
 Tuscaloosa,  AL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  A.J.  McCarron  threw three  touchdown
 passes  and Kenyan  Drake had  a pair  of scoring  runs as  top-ranked Alabama
 breezed to a 52-0 victory over Arkansas to remain undefeated.
 
 McCarron  completed 15-of-21  throws  for 180  yards  without an  interception
 before  being pulled  with the  Crimson  Tide (7-0,  4-0 SEC)  up 42-0  midway
 through  the  third quarter. Drake amassed  104 yards on just eight carries to
 help  Alabama  pile up 352  yards on the ground,  96 more than the overmatched
 Razorbacks totaled on offense for the game.
 
 Derrick  Henry  added 111 yards on  only six rushes, which included an 80-yard
 touchdown in the final minute that put the finishing touches on the rout, with
 T.J. Yeldon contributing 88 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts.
 
 "We were able to run the ball, and we had pretty good balance out there," said
 Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. "I'm really pleased with the progress that
 we made."
 
 Arkansas  (3-5,  0-4), coming off a  52-7 throttling at home by South Carolina
 last  week,  wasn't competitive  either  in  its  showdown with  the  two-time
 defending BCS champions and was dealt its fifth consecutive defeat overall.
 
 "Obviously  this  is getting a  little old,"  Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema
 said afterward. "Nothing that we did out there can give us any indication that
 the things that we need to do are that far away. It's a long way to go. We are
 at a point where we have to take a look at ourselves offensively, defensively,
 and special teams, all the things we are asking our kids to do."
 
 Razorbacks  quarterback Brandon  Allen hit on just 7-of-25 passes for 91 yards
 and was intercepted twice by Alabama's fierce defense, which has surrendered a
 mere 16 points over its last five outings.
 
 McCarron  set  the tone for the  blowout win with a razor-sharp performance on
 the game's opening drive. The senior signal-caller engineered a methodical 12-
 play,  68-yard march  that consumed nearly six minutes, finishing the sequence
 by  finding  fullback Jalston Fowler  uncovered in the  left flat for a 4-yard
 score.
 
 Alabama  began its  second possession at the opposing 38-yard line, the result
 of  a 22-yard  shank by Razorbacks' punter Sam Irwin-Hill. Amari Cooper hauled
 in a 22-yard catch on the following play, and Drake powered in from a yard out
 shortly afterward to put Arkansas in a 14-0 first-quarter hole.
 
 "I  was really  proud of the way our  guys came out and competed and played in
 this  game," said  Saban. We came out  right off the bat offensively and had a
 really  good first drive and scored the first couple of times we had the ball,
 and got them stopped a couple of times on defense."
 
 The margin doubled by halftime after the Tide tacked on two more touchdowns in
 the second quarter. Drake ripped off a 46-yard run for his second score of the
 night,  then broke  off  a 23-yard  scamper on  Alabama's  next series  before
 McCarron  hit  Cooper on a deep  route for a  30-yard touchdown that made it a
 28-0 cushion 1:07 prior to the break.
 
 Arkansas  did cross  the 50-yard line on  two occasions in the first half, but
 came up empty both times. Allen found tight end Hunter Henry down the seam for
 a  25-yard  gain to  the Alabama 40  on the Razorbacks'  second drive, but was
 intercepted  by  the recently  reinstated Ha-Ha Clinton  Dix on the subsequent
 play.  Catches  of 20  and 22  yards by  Javontee Herndon  moved the ball into
 scoring  range late in the second quarter, but Zach Hocker had a 41-yard field
 goal try blocked by the Tide's Chris Smith to keep Arkansas off the board.
 
 The  Razorbacks' troubles  continued after the break. Keon Hatcher fumbled the
 opening  kickoff  of the second half  and Alabama's Eddie Jackson recovered at
 the Arkansas 30, setting up McCarron's 17-yard touchdown strike to O.J. Howard
 on a crossing pattern that came just 1:32 into the third quarter.
 
 Alabama  moved  down the field  with ease on its  next offensive trip as well,
 with  Yeldon ending the 8-play, 72-yard trek by bursting through a gaping hole
 and shaking off a defender en route to a 24-yard score near the midway mark of
 the period.
 
 With  McCarron lifted  in  favor of  Blake Sims,  the  Tide's next  possession
 resulted  in a  Cade  Foster 48-yard  field  goal that  was  made possible  by
 the Razorbacks roughing punter Cody Mandell.
 
 Henry  capped  the scoring by breaking  containment down the left sideline and
 outracing  the  defense for an 80-yard  touchdown with 59 seconds on the final
 clock.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Arkansas'  current losing  streak is  the longest  of Bielema's  career, which
 began  with  a successful seven-year  stint at  Wisconsin prior to taking over
 the  Razorbacks in  December ...  Arkansas lost  52-0 to  the Crimson  Tide in
 Fayetteville  last  season and  has now  dropped seven  straight in the series
 ...  Clinton-Dix  served a  two-game suspension  for accepting  a loan from an
 Alabama  athletic  staff member before being  reinstated by the NCAA on Friday
 ... Drake rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in last week's
 48-7  win at  Kentucky  ... The  Crimson Tide  extended  their winning  streak
 against non-ranked opponents at home to 28 games.
 
 10/20 01:14:14 ET

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