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Arkansas-Alabama game notes

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas-Alabama game notes

Team Notes

Arkansas held Alabama scoreless in the first quarter on three possessions. Prior to today’s game, Alabama had scored on eight of its 10 first-quarter possessions.

The Razorbacks are averaging 14.0 (21, 21, 0) points per game in the first quarter this season. Last year the Hogs averaged just 4.6 points per game in the first and did not score their first first-quarter-touchdown until game seven.

The Razorbacks converted their first fake punt of the season, a nine-yard run by Ronnie Wingo Jr.

Joe Adams is the third Razorback receiver to lead the Hogs in receiving in three games this season (Jarius Wright 6-139 vs. Missouri St.; Greg Childs 5-140 vs. Georgia).

Arkansas’ first scoring drive went five plays for 55 yards and consumed 2:17 on the clock culminating in an 18-yard pass from Ryan Mallett to Greg Childs. It was the eighth touchdown drive of the season for Arkansas that took less than three minutes.

Arkansas is now 8-12 against Alabama all-time.

Arkansas is +2 in turnover margin this season. Last season the Razorbacks were -9.

The Razorbacks were 1-2 on fourth-down conversions. On the year the Hogs are 5-7.

Arkansas is 2-1 in coin tosses this season. Arkansas is 1-1 when it wins the coin toss.

Individual Notes

Ryan Mallett was 4-9 in the first quarter for 30 yards. On the year he is 15-23 in the first quarter for 291 yards and three touchdown passes.

Ryan Mallett was 12-35 for 160 yards and one touchdown passes on the day. He now has nine touchdown passes in three games this season. It is his first sub 300-yard passing game as a Razorback. Mallett threw his first interception of the year in the fourth quarter ending a 95-pass streak from the beginning of the 2009 season.

Tyler Wilson entered the game at quarterback in the fourth quarter and went 4-6 for 31 yards.

Michael Smith led the Razorbacks in rushing with 12 carries for 61 yards. It is the second straight game he has led the Hogs in rushing this season.

D.J. Williams made his first catch in the third quarter, a 23-yard catch and run which led to the Razorbacks’ first touchdown of the game.

Adrian Davis recorded Arkansas’ only sack of the game, a two-yard loss in the third quarter.

Alex Tejada remains perfect on the year going 1-1 on extra-point tries. He is now 4-4 on field goal attempts and 12-12 on extra-point opportunities.

Joe Adams led the Razorbacks in receiving on the day with six catches for 81 yards. Adams has a catch in 15-straight games (every game of his career).

Greg Childs made Arkansas’ touchdown reception giving him three on the season, a total that leads Arkansas’ receiving group.

Anthony Oden made his first start as a Razorback. He is the first true freshman to start on the offensive line since Shawn Andrews started in 2001. Both Oden and Andrews made their first starts at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Dylan Breeding punted nine times for 358 yards and an average of 39.8, all are career highs. His 52-yard punt is a career long and was his third 50-yard punt of the season. Breeding also put three punts inside the 20-yard line including one inside the one.

Dennis Johnson’s 52-yard kick return is his second longest of the season. Johnson is averaging 34.7 yards per return this year.

Game Notes

Arkansas’ captains were DeMarcus Love, Ryan Mallett, Malcolm Sheppard and Michael Smith. This is the second straight game those four individuals represented Arkansas prior to kickoff.

Download: Game Notes – Alabama.pdf



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