No. 1 Alabama is even recovering its own fumbles for touchdowns now

Lynette Rowe
October 8, 2018

Arkansas: The Razorbacks might be able to win an SEC game this season, but it was never going to happen against Alabama.

The Crimson Tide scored a touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage, and also had two TDs in their first three plays.

But for the Razorbacks, there were some positives that came out of an eventual 65-31 loss to the undefeated Tide at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. We're obviously doing that better on offense than on defense.

Quarterback Ty Storey completed 25-of-39 passes for 230 yards and two TDs.

Smith fumbled as he got closer to the end zone. Are you really playing as well as you're capable of playing? We had lots of opportunities to get off the field on third down and we just didn't do it, which allowed them to extend drives.

At the same time, the Razorbacks needed to play practically a flawless game to have a chance to pull off the upset.

Arkansas' 31 points marks the most points an opponent has scored against Alabama since they lost 35-31 to Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game at the end of the 2016 season.

Alabama had its way on the other side of the ball.

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Despite quickly falling behind 21-0, there was actually a chance to Arkansas to make it interesting at one point early in the second quarter. Alabama racked up 41 points and 463 yards of total offense.

"I thought the story of the night was big plays", Morris said. I just felt like we didn't do a good job of that.

Tagovailoa finished the game with 334 yards and four touchdowns. It was a long catch-and-run by Irv Smith on a pass from Tua Tagovailoa.

He threw a 47-yard pass to Smith again. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs was trailing the play and fell on the ball as he rolled into the end zone.

It took all of one play for Alabama to remind fans it was the No. 1 team in the country.

Arkansas' next TD came after Alabama's 99-yard drive.

As bad as the score was, the Razorbacks actually showed signs of life on offense.

The Hogs will travel to Little Rock next Saturday to take on Ole Miss, seeking to continue a recent trend of finding ways to pull out wins against the Rebels. "This is a different team with its own identity", Saban said. "We need to prepare them better".

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