Alabama 27, Arkansas 14

Alabama breaks away late to down Arkansas 27-14 on Saturday night.

No. 8 Alabama scored four times in the final 17 minutes and beat Arkansas 27-14 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide overcame an error-prone first half to beat the Razorbacks for the ninth consecutive season. Alabama threw two interceptions and missed two field goal attempts in the second quarter and trailed Arkansas 7-3 at halftime.

Jake Coker's 81-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good, 10-7 with 1:39 left in the third quarter. After Arkansas failed on a fake punt attempt on its own side of the field, Alabama scored again early in the the fourth quarter on a 3-yard pass from Coker to Richard Mullaney.

Eddie Jackson intercepted Brandon Allen on the Razorbacks' next drive and returned it to the Arkansas 13. Adam Griffith's 35-yard field goal extended the Crimson Tide's lead to 20-7.

Derrick Henry added a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:44 remaining for the Crimson Tide. Allen's 54-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Reed capped the scoring with 1:37 to play.

"Obviously, give kudos to Alabama," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said. "They're a really good football team and they proved it.  

"I thought we took certain steps last week and definitely continued to grow this week. Unfortunately, we just didn't do enough things in the second half to win."

Alabama held Arkansas to 220 yards of total offense, including just 44 rushing yards. The Razorbacks' longest offensive possession totaled 26 yards prior to the long touchdown pass on the final drive.

"At times we would have a good play here and a good play there, but we were just too inconsistent," Bielema said

The Crimson Tide out-gained the Razorbacks 204-77 in the first half, but trailed at halftime after Allen's 4-yard touchdown pass to Drew Morgan with 1:29 left before halftime. The score was set up by a Santos Ramirez interception that was returned to the Alabama 24 and a subsequent personal foul penalty against the Crimson Tide.

Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) drove 80 yards on its first possession, but stalled inside the Arkansas 10 and settled for a 24-yard field goal by Griffith.

The Crimson Tide kicker missed on attempts of 25 and 48 yards in the second quarter.

Coker completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards. Ridley had eight receptions for 127 yards.

Henry rushed for 95 yards on 27 carries, scoring a touchdown for the 11th straight game.

"This is when you find out who you are, and how bad you do what you want to do," Alabama Coach Nick Saban said. "So, I thought the guys came out and responded really well in the second half. The big play from Jake (Coker) to Calvin (Ridley) was a big momentum changer in the game, and I think from that time on we dominated pretty well until they hit the scramble pass at the end."

After rushing for more than 150 yards in his three previous games, Arkansas running back Alex Collins was limited to 26 yards on 12 carries against the nation's ninth-best run defense. Collins had six runs for 13 yards last season against Alabama.

Allen completed 15 of 32 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked three times.

"Offensively we really couldn't get anything going," Allen said. "Our run game was not going. I've had difficulty in past games. I felt offensively we just couldn't find that groove, couldn't find things that were working. 

"I have to give them some credit. They are a really good defense. They did a good job defensively. I felt offensively we have to do more if we want to win in those games."

Brooks Ellis led the Razorbacks' defense with 15 tackles. Mitch Loewen and Deatrich Wise each recorded a sack, and Josh Liddell had an interception.

"Brooks Ellis continues to get better every week and we keep bringing along some of the young guys out there," Bielema said.

Arkansas (2-4, 1-2) is off next week. The Razorbacks are scheduled to host Auburn on Oct. 24.

Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry walks off after the loss on Saturday night.

Dominique Reed celebrates his second touchdown in as many games with fellow wideout Drew Morgan.

Deatrich Wise sacks Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker.

Alex Collins looks for yards on Saturday night.

Josh Liddel celebrates after picking off a pass

Santos Ramirez picks off a pass and heads upfield

Jared Collins makes a tackle in the first half.

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