On the first play of the game, the Heisman frontrunner threw a 76-yard strike to tight end Irv Smith Jr.to give Alabama a 7-0 lead just 21 seconds in. "Three of those guys are defensive backs", Saban said.
Alabama hit opponent highs against the Razorbacks with 246 rushing yards (beating Texas A&M's 176) and 393 passing yards (389 by Colorado State). Even when Alabama made mistakes the result was at times successful. He went 10-for-12 with 334 yards and four touchdowns, and he was averaging 27.8 yards per pass. He made a sliding catch on Ty Storey's rollout pass for a 17-yard touchdown with 8:58 left in the game. He is now 76-of-102 for 1,495 yards and has no interceptions on the year, and he has yet to play in a fourth quarter. He entered Week 6 having thrown for 1,161 yards with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 75 percent of his passes.
Alabama was the beneficiary of two fumbles near the north end zone in a span of 13 minutes in the first half.
Technically though, Tagovailoa still received credit for the touchdown pass, so he opened the game with a ideal completion percentage for two scores.
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.
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Alabama increased its national lead in touchdown drives of less than two minutes by adding four scores fitting that description against the Razorbacks. On the Crimson Tide's second possession, Tagovailoa hit Smith again, and the 6-foot-4 junior ripped off another big gain before he was stripped from behind by Ryan Pulley.
As bad as the score was, the Razorbacks actually showed signs of life on offense. However, the ball was fumbled but still recovered by sophomore wide receiver Henry Ruggs III for a 12-yard touchdown return.
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.
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