Alabama middle linebacker Freddie Roach went into Saturday's game against Arkansas as the Crimson Tide's leader in the "Passes Broken Up" statistic with four in the first three games. He added to that total in what is statistically impressive fashion with three passes broken up against the Razorbacks.
However, no one is going to be happy about those pass break-ups because each one of them could have been an interception.
"We're going to start calling him "PBU" (Passes Broken Up) quipped cornerback Simeon Castille after the game.
Fellow linebacker DeMeco Ryans said, "We get on him. He has at least two dropped interceptions a game, it seems. He's going to set the record for PBUs."
Ryans, who set a school record with 25 tackles in a double overtime loss to Arkansas two years ago (13 solo tackles and 12 assists), didn't have quite that big a game Saturday, but he did have an excellent game with six primary tackles and nine assists. He also had two tackles for losses of nine yards and recovered a fumble caused by Castille.
Roach was in on 11 tackles, five solo and six assists. Castille and Roman Harper were both in on seven tackles and Charlie Peprah six. Castille was in on two tackles for losses of 10 yards and also had a pass break-up.
Alabama linebacker Juwan Simpson had the lone interception of the day and returned it seven yards to set up the clinching touchdown.
Offensively, Kenneth Darby just missed his second consecutive 100-yard rushing day. The junior halfback had 18 carries for 98 yards. Tim Castille had seven carries for 18 yards and a touchdown, Glen Coffee three for 16.
Brodie Croyle was the only quarterback for Alabama Saturday. He completed 13 of 27 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Although Alabama had a punt blocked, Jeremy Schatz had six other punts on which he averaged 45.8 yards per boot, the average helped along by a 72-yard effort that is 10th longest in Alabama history.
Jamie Christensen was good on his 36-yard field goal attempt, but missed on his 48-yard try.
In team statistics, Alabama had 16 first downs (8 rushing and 8 passing), Arkansas 14 (9 rushing, 4 passing, and 1 by penalty).
Alabama had 37 rushes for 128 yards, Arkansas 40 runs for 237 yards.
Bama hit 13 of 27 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Arkansas had 11 of 27 completions for 81 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.
In total offense, Alabama had 64 plays for 301 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per play, and Arkansas had 67 plays for 318 yards, also 4.7 per play.
Arkansas lost its only fumble and Bama did not fumble.
Arkansas was penalized seven times and Alabama five times, both for 40 yards.
Alabama had a slight advantage in time of possession, 31:08 to 28:52.
Bama converted four of 14 possession down conversions (4-14 third downs, o-1 fourth downs), while Arkansas converted five of 20 (3-17 thirds, 2-3 fourths).