Tagovailoa stars as No. 1 Alabama routs Arkansas

Sherman Parsons
October 9, 2018

By halftime, he had an insane stat line: 10-of-11 passing for 334 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Technically though, Tagovailoa still received credit for the touchdown pass, so he opened the game with a flawless completion percentage for two scores.

Alabama was 0 for 2 on third downs against Arkansas through three quarters before going 3 for 4 in the fourth and finishing 3 of 6. On the Crimson Tide's second possession, Tagovailoa hit Smith again, and the 6-foot-4 junior ripped off another big gain before he was stripped from behind by Ryan Pulley.

Alabama came into Saturday having not been tested all season long and that trend continued against Arkansas. Storey hit C.J. O'Grady with an 8-yard pass in the corner of the end zone.

Saban, who saw his team allow 14 four-quarter points, said hasn't seen anything like this team during his 12 seasons at Alabama, which hosts Missouri next week.

Arkansas had a chance to make things interesting in the second quarter after a Ty Storey touchdown pass was followed by a fourth down stop by the Razorbacks defense.

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Arkansas' next TD came after Alabama's 99-yard drive. Warren ran 78 yards on the return, making kicker Joseph Bulovas miss before Nigel Knott ran him out of bounds at the Crimson Tide 22.

The replay booth also overturned the ruling on the field that Damien Harris had not broken the plane of the end zone on a fourth-down leap at the end of Alabama's first series of the second half. Alabama is also with freshman defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last month.

That opportunity increased even more when Boyd swept 32 yards around the left side down to the Alabama 5.

Alabama had two touchdown drives lasting less than 30 seconds, including Jerry Jeudy's 60-yard reception in 12 seconds late in the first half.

In the final score of the game, Cole Kelley rushed for a 1-yard touchdown.

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