The Alabama defense scored two touchdowns in the 31-10 win over Arkansas, a 42-yard fumble return by senior free safety Reggie Myles and a 60-yard interception return by Thurman Ward. In addition, Alabama scored 21 points off three Arkansas turnovers en route to the 31-10 win.
Alabama/Arkansas Game Notes:
The defense scored two touchdowns and another score was set up by freshman defensive end Todd Bates' 27-yard fumble return.
Alabama has won two straight home games against the Razorbacks, including a 35-28 win over the Hogs here in 1999.
The win today over Arkansas is Alabama's first win at Bryant-Denny Stadium since posting a 45-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 14, 2000. Prior to today, Alabama had lost its last three games in Tuscaloosa.
Junior fullback Marvin Brown made his first career start this afternoon for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Brown was redshirted last year and had only three carries for six yards during the Crimson Tide's SEC Championship season in 1999. He fumbled on his first rushing attempt against the Razorbacks at the Bama 32-yard line, which eventually led to a Razorback field goal.
Defensive end Todd Bates (Cleburne County HS, Heflin, Ala.) became the Crimson Tide's first true freshman to see action this season. He had a 27-yard fumble return in the third quarter to set up a 39-yard TD pass from Tyler Watts to Freddie Milons.
Third-string tight end Donald Clarke made his Crimson Tide debut in the fourth quarter of this afternoon's game. Clarke replaced Theo Sanders, who left with an injury at the 6:24 mark of the fourth quarter.
Senior tailback Ahmaad Galloway scored the Crimson Tide's first rushing touchdown of the 2001 season with an 11-yard run with over six minutes left in the first quarter. Galloway accounted for 42 yards (6 rushes) on the Crimson Tide's 13-play, 80-yard drive.
Galloway's 11-yard touchdown was the Crimson Tide's first rushing touchdown since the fourth quarter of the 2000 LSU game in Baton Rouge, a span of 16 quarters. Prior to today, fullback Dustin McClintock had the last rushing touchdown for Alabama.
In last year's game at Fayetteville, Alabama recorded its first touchdown pass of the season in the loss to the Razorbacks. Tyler Watts' 18-yard pass to Jason McAddley was the first TD pass of the year and gave the Crimson Tide a 21-14 lead in last year's game. The Razorbacks won the game 28-21.
Sophomore tailback Santonio Beard recorded his first career rushing attempt against the Razorbacks, a 0-yard run in the first quarter. Prior to Saturday, Beard had never played an offensive snap for the Crimson Tide. He missed the entire 2000 season with nagging injuries. He played in 12 of 13 games as a true freshman in 1999, all on special teams.
Redshirt freshman Donnie Lowe made his Alabama debut against the Razorbacks. Lowe was redshirted last year and missed the first two games of the 2001 due to an injury sustained in preseason practice.
Myles recorded his third career defensive touchdown with a 42-yard fumble return in the second quarter.
Myles' touchdown gave Alabama a 14-3 lead. Myles' previous two touchdowns came against Southern Miss (43-yard interception return) in 1999 and UCLA (91-yard interception return) in last year's season opener.
Myles' 42-yard fumble return is the first by an Alabama player since Milo Lewis recorded a 22-yard fumble return during the second quarter of last year's homecoming loss to Central Florida. Lewis' fumble return gave Alabama a 24-10 lead before the Knights rallied for a 40-38 win. Lewis' fumble return was the last defensive touchdown by Alabama before today.
Arkansas outside linebacker Jimmy Beasley blocked an Alabama punt (Lane Bearden) to give the Razorbacks the ball at the Crimson Tide 27-yard line with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. It was the first blocked punt against Bearden since last year's Miss. State game in Starkville.
On the next play, Alabama sophomore rover Brooks Daniels forced an Arkansas fumble at the 34-yard line and returned by Bates 27 yards to the Arkansas 39-yard line to set up an Alabama touchdown pass. On the first play after the fumble, Watts fired a 39-yard TD pass to Milons to give Alabama a 24-10 lead with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
Ward capped the Crimson Tide's scoring with a 60-yard interception return in the final minute of today's game. It was Ward's first career interception and first career touchdown for Alabama.
Ward's 60-yard interception return was the first interception return for touchdown by Alabama since Myles 91-yarder in the 2000 season opener at UCLA.
Alabama scored 31 points in the win over Arkansas after scoring only 36 points in its previous four games. The Crimson Tide managed only seven points in its final two games of the 2000 season, losing to Miss. State (29-7) and Auburn (9-0). In its first two games this season, Alabama scored 29 points in games against UCLA (L 20-17) and Vanderbilt (W, 12-9).