Conference notes on Saturday's game

Complete game notes/breakdown for Alabama's second Southeastern Conference game versus Arkansas.

Arkansas Razorbacks at Alabama Crimson Tide

2:30 p.m. (CST)
Bryant-Denny Stadium (83,818)
Tuscaloosa

LIVE TELEVISON: CBS Sports (Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; Jill Arrington, sideline reporter)

Arkansas (3-0, 0-0 SEC)

Head Coach: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, 1981)
Overall/Yrs: 78-45 (.634) / 11th season
UA/Yrs: 42-23 (.646) / 6th season

National Rankings: 9th -- AP / 14th -- USA Today/ESPN
Formations: Offense -- Multiple * Defense -- Multiple
Internet Web Address: hogwired.com

Key Razorback Players

Offensive Tackle Shawn Andrews (6-5, 371, Jr., Camden, Ark.)
Named first-team FWAA and AFCA All-America in 2002 ... Voted by the SEC Coaches as the Jacobs Award Winner last season as the league's best blocker ... Unanimous first-team All-SEC last season.

Inside Linebacker Caleb Miller (6-3, 225, Sr., Sulphur Springs, Texas)
Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Texas with 11 total tackles, with two for losses, including a sack (-6) ... Also recovered a fumble ... Second on the team in total tackles with 18 (13 solos), including 3 behind the line (-14) ... Finished third on team last season with 113 total stops.

Quarterback Matt Jones (6-5, 225, Jr., Fort Smith, Ark.)
Has completed 20 of 34 passes this season for 278 yards with 3 TDs and no interceptions ... Has 159 yards rushing on 14 carries and 2 TDs, tops among SEC QBs ... Against Texas, was 8-of-16 passing for 139 yards with a TD and had 102 yards rushing and a TD.

Tailback Cedric Cobbs (6-1, 225, Sr., Little Rock, Ark.)
Leads the SEC in rushing, averaging 121.3 yards per game ... Had 145 yards and a TD in the season opener against Tulsa, earning SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors ... Tallied 115 rushing yards against Texas ... Last week against North Texas, rushed for 104 yards and 2 TDs.

Arkansas team notes:

Arkansas #9 AP ranking this week is the highest for the Hogs since 1998 when the Razorbacks were #9 a week after falling to #1 Tennessee. Arkansas was tenth heading into the UT contest but moved up one spot after the loss.

Alabama (2-2, 1-0 SEC)

Head Coach: Mike Shula (Alabama, 1987)
Overall/Yrs: 2-2 (.500) / 1st season
UA/Yrs: 2-2 (.500) / 1st season

National Rankings: NR
Formations: Offense -- Multiple * Defense -- Pressing
Internet Web Address: RollTide.com

Key Tide players

Tailback Shaud Williams (5-8, 182, Sr., Andrews, Texas)
Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week in two of the first three weeks of the season ... Third in SEC in rushing, averaging 114.8 yards per game ... Has 459 yards rushing and 6 TDs in 2003 ... Third in SEC in all-purpose rushing (153.3) ... Had career-high 174 yards rushing and 3 TDs vs. Kentucky.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle (6-2, 199, So., Rainbow City, Ala.)
Has completed 74-of-135 passes for 872 yards with 3 TDs and 3 INTs in his first full season as the starting QB ... Threw for 198 yards against Kentucky and 195 against Oklahoma ... Threw for season high 276 yards against Northern Illinois ... Is fourth in the SEC in total offense (225.3 ypg).

Weakside linebacker Demeco Ryans (6-1, 213, So., Bessemer, Ala.)
Second on the squad with 38 total tackles (21 solos) ... Has two tackles for losses (-4) and three QB pressures ... Had 16 total stops and two TFLs against Oklahoma ... Had eight stops against Northern Illinois ... Had 27 total tackles last season as a true freshman.

Strongside linebacker Derrick Pope (6-0, 223, Sr., Galveston, Texas)
Leads the Crimson Tide with 41 total tackles (21 solos) ... Has three sacks (-23) for the season ... Also credited with four QB pressures ... Had team-high 17 total tackles vs. Oklahoma and 14 against Northern Illinois ... Had 65 total tackles last season with a sack and interception.

Bama team notes

  • Alabama is 14-11 in its last 25 games during the month of September ...
  • Alabama has lost just one fumble in its first four games this season.

Series/Game Notes

Record: Bama leads, 8-5
Last time played: Bama won, 30-12 (9/28/2002 at Fayetteville)
  • The two teams have met every year since 1992 ...
  • In 11 meetings since 1992 (SEC expansion), Alabama is 6-5 ...
  • One Arkansas win was a 43-3 on-field loss that was later forfeited to Arkansas ...
  • Seven of the 13 games have been decided by 10 points or less ...
  • In games played in Tuscaloosa, Arkansas leads, 3-2 ...
  • Alabama has won the last two meetings and three of the last four ...
  • The first meeting of the series took place in 1961 (AL, 10-3) ...
  • Alabama won the first three meetings ...
  • In last year's game, Alabama got 100+ rushing yardage performances from Santonio Beard (134 yards) and Shaud Williams (119) in defeating Arknasas, 30-12 ...
  • The game was Brodie Croyle's first career start at QB for Alabama (12-24-0, 285 yards, 2 TDs).

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