Alabama 52, Arkansas 0

No. 1 Alabama handed Arkansas its eighth straight SEC loss with a convincing 52-0 victory Saturday before 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - One team was the two-time defending national champ, ranked number one this season and riding high as almost a 30-point favorite.

The other was a team riding a four-game losing streak, had not won any of its last seven SEC games and was coming off a 52-7 drubbing at home.

The carnage continued when it comes to the Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4).

AJ McCarron was 15-of-21 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns and top-ranked Alabama also rushed for 352 yards while dismantling Arkansas 52-0 Saturday night before 101,821 fans at Byrant-Denny Stadium.

"Obviously this is getting a little old," Razorback head coach Bret Bielema said. "There is nothing that we did out there today could give us any indication that things we need to do are just that far away or that close. It is a long way to go.

"We are at a point where we have got to take a look at ourselves offensively, defensively and special teams – all the things we are asking our kids to do," Bielema added. "We just can't have one missed tackle turn into a touchdown and that happened on three different occasions today and obviously there is a fundamental breakdown there that has to be corrected.

"Offensively we had planned to be able to come in and run the football with personal groupings and be able to sustain our blocks and we just weren't able to do that," Bielema continued. "Give credit to Alabama, a very good football team, a very strong, very deep and that gives them a great advantage, but they execute and their kids play on time and on rhythm."

The Razorbacks have been outscored 104-0 since scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against South Carolina last week and it was the second straight year that the Crimson Tide has beaten the Razorbacks 52-0.

"What I have repeatedly told our guys is that they have to care," Bielema said. "They have to have a certain amount of respect for themselves first before we can even carry it forward."

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was 7-of-25 passing for just 91 yards with two interceptions while Alex Collins rushed 18 times for 77 yards.

The Razorback offense – which ran just 37 plays last week against the Gamecocks – was outgained 532-256 yards in total offense and the visitors had three turnovers.

One of those was a turnover by Keon Hatcher on the opening kickoff of the second half.

"Ball security was an issue for us again today," Bielema said. "Starting the second half with that – it wasn't even anything that they did. It was just loose ball security on our account.

"What we have to do as coaches is begin to move forward with guys that are going to execute what we ask them to do," Bielema added. "A guy that repeatedly puts the ball on the ground or drops passes – we've just got to move on. It's to the point that you just have to understand where we are going."

Arkansas has an open date next week before hosting Auburn on Nov. 2

"Guys that survive this, guys that move forward with us will be rewarded," Bielema said. "I don't know if it is going to come next week or come a month from now or a year from now, but it is going to take a little bit of a leap of faith."

It was a day of upsets in the SEC with all the underdogs winning – except the one going up against Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and his squad.

Alabama had no turnovers, no penalties and allowed no points and had two backs go over 100 yards in Derrick Henry (six carries, 111 yards) and Kenyan Drake (eight carries, 104 yards) and a third get close in T.J. Yeldon (12 carries, 88 yards).

"I was really proud of the way our guys came out and competed and played in this game," Saban said. "We're trying to set a high standard for how we play.

"We came out right off the bat offensively and had a really good first drive and scored the first couple of times we had the ball," Saban added, "and we got them stopped a couple of times on defense.

"Arkansas players played with a lot of toughness, and it's a physical game," Saban continued. "We knew it would be one of the most physical games we've played all year. They run the ball pretty effectively on everybody and certainly gave us some problems when it came to that as well."

One of the very few bright spots for Arkansas was the play of redshirt freshman defensive tackle Darius Philon, who had eight tackles while starting in place of injured senior Robert Thomas.

He had eight tackles going up against a coach that left him at the alter and pulled his scholarship on national signing day.

"We have to get better," Philon said. "We have to keep focus on what we have to do for the next opponent."

Alabama spread out its scoring with 14 points in the first and second, 17 in the third and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Crimson Tide took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards in 12 plays with McCarron hitting Jalston Fowler on a 4-yard touchdown pass as the capper.

"It was a great first drive," Saban said. "The offense has done a really good job making some big plays."

It grew to 14-0 when Drake raced in from one yard out and Cade Foster added the PAT with 4:36 left in the opening quarter.

Drake then raced 46 yards to paydirt with 9:03 left in the second quarter and McCarron tossed a 30-yard scoring strike to Amari Cooper with just over a minute left before intermission to make it 28-0.

Arkansas had an opportunity to get on the board when it was down 21-0, but Zach Hocker – who had been 8-of-8 this season – had his kick blocked.

"We had a fundamental break down in our field goal protection," Bielema said. "The very first time we go to that we get a field goal blocked. We really had been pretty good on that unit, but that was directly affected on Friday because I had to leave a guy (tight end Alex Voelzke) at home because he was five minutes late to a special teams meeting.

"It involves a starter on that unit and I have to adjust three people on Friday and we can't get anywhere with that," Bielema added, "so until our guys learn to do all of that before we even get on the plane we really don't have a chance."

Hatcher fumbled the second half kickoff after returning it to the 30 and Alabama recovered and then piled it on.

McCarron hit O.J. Howard with a 17-yard TD pass and then Yeldon raced in from 26 yards out to make it 42-0 and end the night for the regulars.

Foster added 48-yard field goal 3:02 left in the third quarter to make it 45-0.

Arkansas had a chance to kick a field goal late to avert the shutout or become only the second opposing team to score a touchdown this season in Tuscaloosa this season.

But a fourth-down pass fail incomplete and 238-pound true freshman Henry added insult to injury with an 80-yard dash for a score.

Henry was the nation's top high school running back in the country last season, but he is fourth team at Alabama and fellow true freshman Altee Tenpenny of North Little Rock the fifth-team tailback.

Tenpenny was injured on the game's opening kickoff.

Jared Collins looks to make a tackle.

Brandon Allen drops back to pass.

Jonathan Williams tries to turn the corner.

Brandon Allen rolls out of the pocket.

Hunter Henry hauls in a 25-yard pass.

Sam Irwin-Hill runs for a first down on a fake punt.

Javontee Herndon had a 22-yard catch.

Trey Flowers tries to pull free from a blocker.

Jonathan Williams fights off a Tide defender.

Kiero Small slips through a tight spot for a first down.

Chris Smith reaches for a Tide runner.

D'Arthur Cowan had this chance at a reception go incomplete.

Photos by Jason Ivester, Hawgs Illustrated

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