NCAAF Game Recap - Arkansas at Alabama
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Oct 26, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arkansas (2-6)

0

0

0

7

7

(1) Alabama (8-0)

17

24

7

0

48

Mac Jones, No. 1 Alabama dominate Arkansas 48-7 minus Tua
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:20 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama didn't get caught looking ahead to the massive next game or slow down much even with Tua Tagovailoa stuck watching from the sidelines.

Mac Jones passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns filling in for an injured Tagovailoa and the top-ranked Crimson Tide coasted to a 48-7 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.

Even without the Heisman Trophy candidate Tagovailoa, the Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 41-0 halftime lead and Jones only played one drive into the second half. The Razorbacks (2-6, 0-5) couldn't muster much challenge on either side of the ball in what turned into a drama-free tuneup for Alabama's game in two weeks against No. 2 LSU.

Tide coach Nick Saban didn't have to gripe about players swallowing the "rat poison" of media and fan hype about the next game.

"This was a game that if we'd taken any rat poison, we wouldn't have been focused on this game at all, based on everybody else," Saban said. "The community, the media, the fans and the questions I get asked on the radio show.

"I get asked about the next game and we had this game. I was really pleased with the way they stayed focused on what they had to do in this game."

Jones completed 18 of 22 passes and finished up with a 40-yarder in the end zone for his second touchdown throw to Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy caught seven passes for 103 yards with Jones & Co. proving they can still deliver some big plays even without Tagovailoa.

"I felt really prepared and we were prepared," Jones said. "It's football and I've been playing since I was 5 and everybody around me has been playing since they were 5. So no big deal."

Najee Harris rushed for 86 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns. Cornerback Trevon Diggs scored on an 84-yard interception return in the final seconds before the half, a week after returning a fumble 100 yards for a score against Tennessee.

Nick Starkel returned to the starting role at quarterback for Arkansas after Ben Hicks suffered a left shoulder injury against Auburn. Starkel completed just 5 of 19 passes for 58 yards and was intercepted three times.

"You can't spot the No. 1 team in the country 24 points (off turnovers) in the first half and expect to come out of that," Razorbacks coach Chad Morris said.

Redshirt freshman John Stephen Jones got the Razorbacks on the board with a touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter.

Alabama's win set the stage for a two-week buildup to the latest Game of the Century. LSU did its part by beating No. 9 Auburn 23-20. The big question will be if Tagovailoa can recover in time from a right ankle injury.

In the meantime, he watched from the sideline as his little brother got some playing time. Freshman Taulia Tagovailoa played much of the second half and showed his own scrambling ability.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: Has lost 13 straight to Alabama and is 0-13 in SEC games under coach Chad Morris. Jones, grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, was 6 of 7 for 49 yards and a touchdown. Jerry Jones attended the game.

"I thought he gave us a spark and allowed us to get in some of our zone read game and do some really good things," Morris said of the young QB. "The moment was not too big for him."

Alabama: Didn't miss a beat without Tua Tagovailoa, but started out conservatively on offense. The Tide converted four turnovers into 24 points. Taulia was 6 of 8 for 45 yards. Saban expects Tua to return to practice in some capacity by mid-week.

QB CHASER

Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis was credited with six quarterback hurries, helping harass Starkel into mistakes. "I told the DBs they owe me a thank you note," he joked.

SMITH'S SHOULDER

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith was on the sidelines with a sling on his left shoulder in the second half, which Saban said was just a bruise. He had four catches for 67 yards and Saban.

UP NEXT

Arkansas hosts Mississippi State with a more realistic shot of ending its SEC losing streak.

Alabama hosts No. 2 LSU after both teams get an open date.

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Passing

Ark Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Starkel 19 5 26.3 0 58 22 3 0.2
J. Jones 7 6 85.7 1 49 12 0 135.4
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Jones 22 18 81.8 3 235 47 0 150.8
T. Tagovailoa 8 6 75.0 0 45 15 0 88.0

Rushing

Ark Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Boyd 12 50 4.2 12 0
D. Whaley 9 40 4.4 10 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Harris 13 86 6.6 20 2
B. Robinson Jr. 13 67 5.2 37 0

Receiving

Ark Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Boyd 4 55 13.8 22 0
D. Whaley 2 24 12.0 15 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jeudy 7 103 14.7 40 2
D. Smith 4 67 16.8 47 0

Fumbles

Returning

Ark KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Warren 2 24.5 0 25 0 - 0 0
N. Parodi 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Forristall 1 3.0 0 0 0 - 0 0
H. Ruggs III 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0

Punting

Ark Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Loy 6 234 39.0 52
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Perine 2 95 47.5 49

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
P. Surtain II 1 24 0
T. Diggs 1 84 1

Team Stats Comparison

Ark Ala
Points For 7 48
Total Yards 213 459
Rushing Yards 106 179
Passing Yards 107 280
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/26 24/30
Turnovers 4 0
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/0
First Downs 13 23
Penalties - Yards 0/0 6/60
Time Of Possession 26:26 34:34
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 8/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/39 2/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ark Ala
Ala 9:07 FG Joseph Bulovas 31 yd FG 0 3
Ala 10:57 TD Henry Ruggs III 14 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 10
Ala 14:26 TD Jerry Jeudy 14 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 17
2nd Quarter Ark Ala
Ala 2:35 TD Najee Harris 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 24
Ala 5:03 TD Najee Harris 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 31
Ala 12:24 FG Joseph Bulovas 30 yd FG 0 34
Ala 14:53 TD Trevon Diggs 84 yd interception return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 41
3rd Quarter Ark Ala
Ala 2:22 TD Jerry Jeudy 40 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 48
4th Quarter Ark Ala
Ark 0:08 TD Cheyenne O'Grady 8 yd pass from John Stephen Jones (Connor Limpert kick) 7 48

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 100,233
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