Saban Rallies Tide For Victory Over Arkansas

Alabama (no. 8, 5-1, 2-1) struggled early before overcoming a 7-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-4, 1-2), 27-14 on Saturday evening. The capacity homecoming crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium watched the Tide defense hold the visitors to their season low of 220 yards total offense on 57 plays.

Nick Saban was concerned coming into this game at Arkansas. The Razorbacks were fresh off a 24-20 road victory against Tennessee. Alabama had six offensive possessions in the opening 30 minutes and punted just once. Drives of 80, 60 and 42 yards resulted in just one made field goal and two misses producing a season low of three points after 30 minutes. One of the two interceptions led to a touchdown and the only lead for the Hawgs. Finishing drives in the final stanza was the point of emphasis for the Bama offense.

Among the subjects addressed in the post-game press conference by the Tide head coach were the momentum changes, red zone offense, turnovers, the outstanding defensive performance and the overall effort by the entire team.

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