Alabama present analysis: Tide rolls past Arkansas


Alabama’s latest diversion kicked off during 11:02 a.m. After 26 mins lapsed in genuine time, it had already been decided.

The Crimson Tide piled adult 21 points in discerning conform scorched another foe in clinical fashion, defeating a Razorbacks, 65-31, Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

It was a fifth time this deteriorate Alabama scored some-more than 50 points, and Arkansas — a group that now has mislaid 5 of a initial 6 games — offering small resistance.

Once again Alabama sophomore prodigy Tua Tagovailoa spearheaded a latest demolition, throwing 4 touchdown passes and completing 10 of his 13 throws for 334 yards before exiting a diversion in a third quarter.

By then, a Tide led 48-17 and had a latest feat in hand.

Tua Tagovailoa has both a Midas hold and a knockout punch

In brief time, Tua Tagovailoa has turn a Mike Tyson of college football with his knack for delivering harmful knockout blows seconds after a opening bell. It took all of 50 seconds for Tagovailoa to chuck a touchdown pass in a feat over Texas AM final month. On Saturday, reduction time elapsed before Tagovailoa singed Arkansas. On a game’s initial play from scrimmage, Tagovailoa delivered a 76-yard scoring strike to Irv Smith Jr., who found a splinter of a opening along a sideline and raced all a approach to a finish zone.

Twenty-one seconds had lapsed and Alabama already led 7-0. The lead would bloat to 14 points not prolonged afterward when disaster remade into delight — providing a latest justification of Tagovailoa’s Midas touch. His second pass of a diversion landed in a hands of Smith once again and a parsimonious finish dragged a few defenders by a center of a margin before fumbling in a area of Arkansas’ 15-yard line. As fitness would have it, receiver Henry Ruggs III was in a closeness of Smith and he grabbed a bounding round before diving opposite a idea line to finish a 47-yard touchdown play.

Less than 5 mins into a game, Tagovailoa had a 997 passer rating and a Tide hold a 14-0 lead.

Tagovailoa wouldn’t go on to chuck a touchdown pass on each attempt. As it incited out, he even was noted down for  — gasp!–  3 incompletions.

But Tagovailoa was dang nearby perfect. He connected on 10 of his 13 passes for 334 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions Saturday, and in a routine continued to qualification a same kind of fabulous persona Tyson hold in his prime.

Defense shows some holes

In a universe of Alabama football, there is a bent to nitpick. After all, there aren’t many issues of grave regard with a group a runs roughshod over a competition. And on Saturday Alabama’s opening didn’t aver many complaints. But a Tide did uncover some disadvantage on defense, as Arkansas came adult with a few crafty plays that burnt Alabama. At a opening of a game, a Razorbacks found a hole in a center of a margin that non-stop adult as a Tide sent mixed defenders after quarterback Ty Storey.

The Razorbacks’ parsimonious ends took advantage, throwing 6 of Storey’s initial 12 completions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Cheyenne O’Grady was a categorical beneficiary, as he done 4 catches and scored once in a initial quarter.

But as is so mostly a box with Nick Saban’s bunch, a Tide adjusted. Alabama usually authorised 4 receptions and 18 receiving yards to a parsimonious ends a rest of a game.

Those numbers are some-more revelation than a final statistics, that were lopsided by a fact Alabama was personification a pot in a fourth entertain — when it conceded 112 of a 405 yards it surrendered Saturday.

Ground conflict shows some teeth

Although Tagovailoa has revolutionized Alabama’s offense and brought a flitting diversion to a fore, a Tide’s belligerent conflict continues to be formidable. The No. 1 group in a land averaged 6.2 yards per lift opposite an Arkansas invulnerability that was surrendering roughly half that normal in a initial 5 games. The descent line customarily non-stop adult yawning holes and authorised a using backs easy pathways to a second level. 

Only once did Alabama demeanour overmatched during a line of scrimmage, when Damien Harris was pressed during Alabama’s 43-yard line on a 4th-and-1 play that resulted in a turnover on downs. Yet Harris would redeem himself early in a second half when he scored in a identical conditions by leaping over a idea line and concealment a Tide’s seventh touchdown to make a score, 48-14. It was a exclamation indicate on a opening by Harris that featured 6 runs of 10 yards or some-more and finished with a comparison concealment 111 yards on a ground. 

Odds and ends

— Alabama forced 3 fumbles — one some-more than it did in a 5 prior games. And a Tide mixed a round lax from Ty Storey’s hands twice. In a initial quarter, Isaiah Buggs sacked a Arkansas quarterback and caused a turnover that led to a score. Later, Dylan Moses denied Storey a touchdown when he punched a round out nearby a idea line before Deionte Thompson recovered it during Alabama’s 1-yard line. It was a defensive play of a game, deliberation Arkansas was on a fork of shred a necessity to 7 points in a second quarter. 

— Joseph Bulovas missed his initial additional indicate of a season, unwell to modify a try after Alabama’s fifth touchdown when he kicked a round into a left upright. The erring try didn’t have vital consequences, though it came on a heels of Bulovas’ dual missed margin goals opposite Louisiana final Saturday.   Bulovas warranted a magnitude of emancipation in a fourth quarter, when he converted a 27-yard try to give Alabama a 51-17 lead.

— Alabama ran an engaging play in a initial quarter, bringing on backup quarterback Jalen Hurts for an shortened cameo and bursting Tua Tagovailoa out far-reaching as a receiver. Hurts would take a snap and run 27 yards. They also executed a prior play in that Hurts lined adult in a container and Tagovailoa was during quarterback. Hurts perceived a handoff on an finish around and gained 5 yards. 

— Shyheim Carter now has constructed as as many points as DeVonta Smith. The defensive behind intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in a fourth quarter. It was his second touchdown of a season.

Rainer Sabin is an Alabama kick author for a Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin

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