Alabama game captains, Terry Jones Jr., Saleem Rasheed, Jonathan Richey and Victor Ellis, meet with their Arkansas counterparts at midfield before the game. The Razorbacks won the toss, but that didn't help them with the game's outcome.
Tide great Billy Neighbors delivered the game ball in pre-game ceremonies. Neighbors was an All-America lineman on Coach Bryant's first national championship team in 1961.
Like most Alabama games, television cameras were on hand to record the action. But on the first weekend of college football following the recent terrorist attacks, American flags and red, white, and blue were everywhere to be seen, symbolizing the patriotism of all fans in attendance, whether Tide or Razorbacks.
During a break in the action, Bama's offense looks to the sideline for instruction from Coach Franchione. The defense scored two touchdowns, but the Bama 'O' put up 17 points on a tough Razorback defense.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for excessive celebration had turned the routine extra-point kick into essentially a 35-yard field goal, but Tide placekicker Neal Thomas (#48) made good on the opportunity--despite losing traction with his plant foot.
Defensive Line Coach Stan Eggen (in black shirt and pants) talks to his linemen during a timeout. Taking advantage of an Arkansas offense forced to pass in the second half, the Tide defenders notched seven sacks for a loss of 58 yards during the game.
Tide players Marico Portis (#71), Reggie Myles (#23) and Jason Rawls (#43) enjoy the moment following the game. Saturday's win pushed Bama's SEC record to 2-0, giving the Tide a leg up in the Western Division race.
By popular demand--another gratuitous Jill Arrington pic. The sideline reporter may or may not know her football, but CBS definitely knows its audience.