Alabama was able to hold off Arkansas, but Blake Sims and the Alabama offense showed us they still have a lot of problems to work out. It was a turnover nightmare again this week for the Tide, fumbling four times on special teams alone.
Coach Saban and his team appeared hungover from their loss to Ole Miss last week. On offense, Blake Sims completed just 11 of 21 passes with 161 yards in the air, his worst performance of the year. However, Sims was able to connect with T.J. Yeldon and DeAndrew White for the only two touchdowns of the game.
The Crimson Tide barely avoided a second SEC loss in a row, which hasn’t happened since Saban’s first season as the head coach. Arkansas held Alabama to just 225 total yards and out-gained them 300 yards to 145 through three quarters. The offense struggled to get into a rhythm the entire game, converting on just four of 15 third downs.
Unfortunately for Arkansas, Alabama controlled most of the second half on defense, limiting Arkansas to only five rushing yards. Going into Saturday, Arkansas led the SEC with a 316.6 average of rushing yards per game.
Jonathan Williams was the highlight of Arkansas’ offense, with 86 rushing yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Brandon Allen connected with A.J. Derby on a beautiful 54-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but the kick was blocked by Alabama.
Alabama secured the victory when Landon Collins intercepted Allen’s pass, one intended for Jonathan Williams, late in the fourth.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is still trying to secure his first SEC win. He and his Razorbacks will look for their first in-conference victory Saturday when they host the Georgia Bulldogs.
After being on the road the last two games, Alabama will take it back to Tuscaloosa and take on Texas A&M at home. In order to keep their playoff dreams alive, Alabama has to win out, with powerhouses Mississippi State and Auburn still ahead of them. This could be a long road for the Tide, as they still have a lot of improving to do on offense if they want to stay in playoff contention.
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