Alabama football came into this game as two touchdown favorites. They covered the spread and threw a couple cherries on top of an overmatched Arkansas team. Alabama handled the Razorbacks easy on their way to a 49-30 victory.
Hurts has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) & Fitzpatrick has 3 INTs (including school record 100-yd INT TD return) as UA wins at Arkansas! #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5DHGFAMW1a
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 9, 2016
After Alabama fumbled the ball over on its first possession at the one-yard line, the Razorbacks would punt six plays and 22 yards later. Alabama would score on its next two possessions and Arkansas would be playing catch up for the rest of the game.
Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen would throw the ball 47 times in an attempt to outgun a potent Alabama offense.
The result is a surprise, not in its outcome, but in the volume of scoring. Alabama’s defense prides itself on its stinginess, but has far been exposed when facing an above average offense; they surrendered 43 to Ole Miss earlier this season. They relied on an effective rushing game as running back Damien Harris ran for 122 yards on only 13 carries, an average of 9.4 yards.
Arkansas was never really in this game and exposed themselves as a 2nd tier team in the SEC. Alabama was clearly a cut above.
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