Derrick Henry Sets Alabama TD Record

With his 1-yard rush into the end zone late in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, junior running back Derrick Henry recorded his 11th straight game with at least one score. With the touchdown versus the Razorbacks, Henry passed former quarterback Terry Davis for the Alabama record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown.

Davis’ streak spanned two seasons, from Nov. 6, 1971-Oct. 21, 1972. The last time Henry failed to notch a score was in the LSU game last season on Nov. 8.

Here are notes from Alabama’s 27-14 win over Arkansas in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday.

Alabama now owns the series advantage 16-8 (19-7 before forfeited and vacated games). Bama extended its winning streak over the Razorbacks to nine games, including six in a row in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban is 11-2 (12-2 before the 2007 vacated win) against Arkansas, with his only two losses coming in his first three years at LSU (2000 and 2002). Saban’s losses to Arkansas came in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark. Saban has never lost a game to Arkansas in Baton Rouge, Fayetteville or Tuscaloosa and in his ninth year at Bama has seen the Crimson Tide take all nine games on the field against the Hogs.

With Adam Griffith’s 24-yard field goal on Alabama’s first offensive series of the game, the Crimson Tide has scored in the first half of its last 109 games, the longest streak in the nation. The last time UA failed to score in the first half was on Sept. 29, 2007, when Alabama and Florida State headed into halftime in a scoreless tie. The Seminoles won that game, 21-14. Alabama has a 93-16 record during the streak.

Alabama has now scored in 189 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.

The 81-yard touchdown pass from Jake Coker to Calvin Ridley was the 11th-longest in Alabama history. The play was the longest since a connection of 87 yards from Blake Sims to Kenyan Drake a season ago against Florida on Sept. 20, 2014. The pass-and-catch was also the longest play for the Crimson Tide in the season, longest reception of Ridley’s career, and longest completion of Coker’s career.

Ridley finished with nine catches for 140 yards, both career-high marks for the first-year player. A week ago, the freshman totaled 120 yards at Georgia to set his high mark, and he previously reeled in a high of six against Ole Miss on Sept. 19. The 81-yard reception was also the longest of Ridley’s young career.

Alabama limited Arkansas to 220 yards of total offense, the fifth time the Tide has kept a team under 300 in 2015. UA held Georgia to 299 yards, ULM to 92 yards of offense and also limited Middle Tennessee to 275 yards of offense, one week after holding Wisconsin to 268 yards of total offense in the season opener. In Saban’s 114-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 71 times, or 62.3 per cent of the time. UA held six of its 14 opponents below 300 yards last season.

Alabama’s defensive line has found multiple ways of affecting the quarterback six games into the 2015 season. The Tide’s defensive front leads the nation in batted passes with 14 among its defensive ends and nose guards. Quick passing games have hindered Alabama’s ability to sack the quarterback, even though UA ranks fourth in the SEC in sacks with 2.6 per game (29th nationally). Dalvin Tomlinson (DE) leads the nation among defensive linemen with six pass breakups this season (1.0 per game). Jonathan Allen (DE) is tied for eighth nationally among defensive linemen with .50 PBUs per game (three). Jarran Reed (DE) has two while A'Shawn Robinson (DE), Daron Payne (DE), and Darren Lake (NG) have one each. Add rush ends (OLBs) Denzel Devall (2) and Tim Williams (1) and Alabama’s pass breakups among players with their hand in the dirt swells to 17. UCLA is the only other team in the nation double figures at 11.

Many new faces have earned a start this season for the Crimson Tide. In the Arkansas contest, freshman nose guard Daron Payne made his first career start. Previously, the most recent starting nods went to a pair of wideouts that made their first career starts against ULM, including senior Richard Mullaney and freshman Calvin Ridley. Quarterback Cooper Bateman made his first career start against Ole Miss. In the Middle Tennessee contest, Minkah Fitzpatrick (DB) and Dakota Ball (TE) each made their first career starts. In the season opener with Wisconsin, seven made their first career starts, three on defense and four on offense. On defense were Marlon Humphrey (DB), Darren Lake (DT), and Shaun Dion Hamilton (LB). The offensive starters were Jake Coker (QB), Robert Foster (WR), Dominick Jackson (OT), and Ross Pierschbacher (OG).

Honorary camptains for Alabama were former Tide All-America center Antoine Caldwell and former Bama tailback Roy Upchurch.

Captains for the Tide were cornerback Cyrus Jones, tight end O.J. Howard, and defensive lineman Jarran Reed.


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