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Arkansas Post-Game Notes

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Post-Game Notes

Arkansas
is now 7-9 all-time against Alabama, including 7-7 in SEC contests.
In SEC road openers, Arkansas is now 6-8.
Arkansas
entered the game third in the nation in rushing with 291.3 yards per game on the ground and 24th in total offense with 438.3 yards per game. Alabama entered second in rushing defense, allowing only 38.0 yards per game, and fourth in total defense, giving up 204 yards. The Razorbacks finished with 237 rushing yards and 318 yards of total offense.
Arkansas
rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries in the first quarter, topping what Alabama had been allowing per game (38.0).
With last week’s game at No. 1 Southern California and this week’s game at No. 20 Alabama, Arkansas has played consecutive games against ranked opponents on the road for a second straight year. Last year, UA played at No. 16 Florida and No. 4 Auburn in consecutive weekends. Last year was the first time the Hogs had done so since the 2000 season when the Razorbacks went to No. 24 South Carolina and No. 25 Auburn in back-to-back weeks.
Arkansas
stopped Alabama on fourth-and-two in the first quarter. Prior to that play, UA opponents had been five-of-six against the Razorbacks.
Freshman Darren McFadden made the first start of his career at tailback. Arkansas has started a different tailback in each of its four games. De’Arrius Howard started the opener against Missouri State, Peyton Hillis started against Vanderbilt and freshman Felix Jones got the nod at Southern California.
Tight end Jared Hicks saw his first action of the year and made his first reception, a nine-yarder from Robert Johnson in the first quarter. Later in the first quarter, he re-injured an ankle and was questionable the rest of the way.
Jacob Skinner had one punt downed at the Alabama one and one at the Tide two. Both came in the first quarter and were downed by Chris Houston. Skinner entered the game with five downed inside the 20, which was his total for last season.
Sam Olajubutu’s seven-yard sack in the second quarter was the first of his career.
Anthony Brown and Keith Jackson combined for their first sack of the season in the second quarter. The seven-yard sack was the first of Brown’s career and the third for Jackson, who had two last season. Brown later recorded a pair of three-yard tackles for loss, his third and fourth of the year, including the earlier sack.
With his 34-yard field goal in the second quarter, Chris Balseiro improved to three-of-four on the season, including three-of-three on kicks between 30 and 39 yards. With his 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, his total of four field goals for the year matches his total for last season.
Darren McFadden’s 70-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run is the longest of his career and the second-longest “long play” for the Razorbacks this year. Fellow freshman tailback Felix Jones had an 80-yard touchdown run against Missouri State.
Kyle Dickerson’s block of a Jeremy Schatz punt in the fourth quarter is the first for a Razorback Elliott Harris last year against South Carolina. John Aaron Rees recovered the ball at the Tide 11.



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