Photo report: Tide enjoys roast hog

Look at the statistics, and you could come away wondering how Alabama managed such a decisive 31-10 victory. But the casual fan might not understand how important three forced turnovers--all of which led to touchdowns--allowed the Tide to dominate Arkansas.

In a departure from normal game routine, both squads filed out onto the field before the game, lining each sideline while a military honor guard presented the flag. The pledge to the flag, patriotic music and the national anthem followed.


During pre-game warmups, Franchione speaks briefly with Arkansas Head Coach Houston Nutt.


During warmups, Tyler Watts practices the option pitch to an anonymous Tide player. Before the game, several reports from the Arkansas camp indicated they spent considerable time preparing for the option. During the game, Alabama ran the play once.


Brooks Daniels on the sidelines. Once again the young Rover made his presence known, attacking and disrupting the Razorback offense. Daniels was the player that batted down the third-quarter lateral, leading to the game-clinching touchdown pass to Milons. At that point, Alabama led 24-10, and the game was pretty much out of reach.


Offensive line Coach Jim Bob Helduser instructs his unit on the sideline. For the game, Alabama managed 209 yards passing, with a single sack (for only -2 yards) given up to the quality Razorback defense.


Coach Ron Case talks to Thurman Ward (#1) on the sideline. Though Bama's cornerbacks consistently gave up yardage in front of them the whole game, Ward timed one late in the fourth quarter and returned the interception 60 yards for Bama's final score.


CBS sideline commentator Jill Arrington shows off her 'journalistic skills' at Bryant-Denny. Given the amount of fan attention focused her way, Tide officials should probably consider assigning this TV 'reporter' her own set of bodyguards. Any volunteers?


Following the game, Coach Fran hurries off the field with his wife Kim and older daughter Libby at his side.



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