Hogs battle, but No. 1 Tide roll in 65-31 rout


It's the second straight year the Crimson Tide have scored on their first play against the Razorbacks and once again they were off to the races in a 65-31 blowout Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. A ideal example was the 32-yard running play by Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas' biggest rushing play of the game. No. 1 Alabama led the way followed by No. 2 Georgia, No. 12 LSU, No. 16 Florida, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 21 Auburn and No. 22 Texas A&M.

Over the weekend, the Alabama Crimson Tide handled business when they destroyed Louisiana-Lafayette at home during Week 5 just as they were supposed to, winning the game 56-14 and pushing their record to 5-0. "This is a different team with its own identity", Saban said.

In case you haven't heard, Tua Tagovailoa is really good at football. Against Arkansas, sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 10-of-13 passes for 334 yard and four touchdowns and Damien Harris ran for 111 yards and two scores for Alabama, who didn't cover as 35-point favorites. "This offense continues to get better, and it's the best we've played against the best team we've played". He attempted only one pass in the second half. Tagovailoa hit Jerry Jeudy for scoring strikes of 42 and 60 yards in the second quarter.

This is the most points Alabama has allowed in the first half.

Defensively, Saban said the Tide has a lot of work to do to meet the level of play the offensive is playing at. "We didn't play very well as a unit".

"I think the line's playing really well; they come in every day, keep working hard and they're giving us time back there", Storey said.

Early in the second quarter, Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey took a 4-yard gain to the 1 before linebacker Dylan Moses put a helmet on the ball and safety Deionte Thompson recovered as Arkansas was trying to pull within 21-14. "Had lots of opportunities to get off the field on third down and just didn't do it".