Alabama Gets 18th Straight Victory
Alabama pulled out a 24-20 win against Arkansas, but the Crimson Tide trailed by 17-7 at the half and faced a 13-point deficit in the third quarter.
Arkansas led Alabama at the half, 17-7, marking the first halftime deficit for Alabama since the Crimson Tide trailed, 7-3, vs. LSU at the half on November 7, 2009, in an eventual 24-15 Alabama victory in Tuscaloosa. With the win over Arkansas, the Tide is 3-5 under Coach Nick Saban when trailing at halftime. Before the win over Arkansas, the two wins when trailing at the half came in a 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech on Sept. 5, 2009, in Atlanta and the win over No. 9 LSU last year in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama trailed Arkansas by 13 points in the third quarter, the second-largest deficit overcome by Alabama under Saban. When Arkansas led 17-7, at halftime, it marked the first time Alabama has trailed by at least 10 points at intermission since Utah led the Crimson Tide by 11 points, 21-10, at halftime of the 2009 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2009, in an eventual 31-17 loss by the Tide to the Utes. The Tide trailed Arkansas by 13 points (7-20) in the third quarter on Saturday.
With the victory over Arkansas, Alabama leads the series 11-8 (14-7 without NCAA rulings). The Tide has now won four straight in the series and five of the last six contests. The Crimson Tide is 6-4 against Arkansas on the road, including a 4-4 record at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and a 2-0 mark at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The two schools met two times before Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992 with the Crimson Tide defeating the Razorbacks in both the 1962 and 1980 Sugar Bowl games.
Saban is 7-2 all-time against Arkansas, with his only two losses coming in his first three years at Louisiana State. Both of Saban's losses to Arkansas came in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Saban has never lost a game to Arkansas in Baton Rouge, Fayetteville or Tuscaloosa.
Alabama has now won 18 consecutive games and the Tide has won 28 consecutive regular season games. During that stretch, the Crimson Tide boasts a 30-2 overall record with its only losses coming to Florida in the 2008 SEC Championship Game and Utah in the 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Tide is also a perfect 17-0 in SEC play over the last two-plus years.
Saturday's game matched No. 1 Alabama against No. 10 Arkansas. With the win, Alabama is now11-2 against the Associated Press Top 25 over the past three seasons. Alabama is 2-0 against the AP Top 25 this season.
Saturday's game in Fayetteville drew a record crowd of 76,808 in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
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