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Alabama defeats Arkansas, improves to 6-0

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Alabama is now bowl eligible for a 10th season under Nick Saban, after defeating Arkansas 49-30 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Jalen Hurts’ streak of games with a completion mark of 60 percent moves to five, as he hit on 13 of 17 passes (76.5%) for 253 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He tied his career-high in touchdowns (four); a mark he set against Southern California in week one at AT&T Stadium.

Running back Damien Harris collected his third 100-yard outing this season, totaling 122 yards rushing on 13 carries. Bo Scarbrough picked up 56 yards and a score on seven carries, while Joshua Jacobs had 57 yards rushing on three carries. Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart returned with 120 yards on five catches, after missing the last two games with a knee injury. Harris and Calvin Ridley both brought in a touchdown pass.

Defensively, Ryan Anderson set a new career-high in tackles with nine.

He added two tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and a sack to his stat sheet. Shaun Dion Hamilton finished with eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Minkah Fitzpatrick set a school record for interceptions (three), and broke the record for longest interception return—100 yards, touchdown.

His effort delivered the Crimson Tide its ninth non-offensive score on the season and seventh on defense. Alabama was able to limit Arkansas’ run game, but Austin Allen shredded its secondary for 400 passing yards.

Coach Nick Saban was complimentary of the Tide’s offense, despite having three turnovers.

“We really did a great job of moving the ball,” he said. “I thought we had great balance in both the run and pass game. I saw a lot of good things.”

Regardless of forcing five turnovers, Alabama’s secondary allowed 400 passing yards.

“I felt like played well against the run, but we did not play defense like the way were are capable of,” Saban said.

The Tide emerged from a shootout to a 6-0 record. It will face Tennessee next week.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.


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