Holding a slight 10-7 early fourth quarter lead, Jacob Coker connected with the sure-handed Richard Mullaney on a touchdown pass, the third time this season The first down three-yard score in the right flat increased Alabama’s lead to ten points and concluded a seven-play, 43-yard, 2:34 drive.
The Thousand Oaks (CA) native finished the evening with four receptions for 25 yards, a long catch of nine yards and a touchdown. His six game totals are 19 receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
Mobile (AL) native, Coker, threw the ball 33 times in the 27-14 win against the SEC Western Division foe. He accomplished career milestones with 24 completions and 262 passing yards. The first touchdown pass was an 81-yard toss caught in stride by sensational true freshman wide receiver, Calvin Ridley, his third of the year. Bama never relinquished the lead after the crowd pleasing one-play drive culminating in 11 seconds with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Arkansas intercepted two passes in the second quarter. Coker lofted an ill-advised deep pass picked off by free safety Josh Liddell. An over the middle throw was slightly misguided and tipped into the hands of free safety Santos Ramirez. An 18-yard return to the Tide 24 coupled with a 12-yard unsportmanlike condduct call against Cameron Robinson marked the ball at the 12. Arkansas covered the dozen yards, scoring in three plays and 57 seconds.
Coker rushed seven times for 19 yards and was sacked twice. The six-game totals are 108 completions on 172 attempts for 1,238 yards with six interceptions and 11 touchdown passes. He rushed 28 times for 90 yards and scored two times from scrimmage.
The pair met with media members following the homecoming victory.