Alabama Football vs. Arkansas Game Notes

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Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1, 0-1 SEC)

Post-Game Notes - Alabama 49, Arkansas 14
Saturday, September 20, 2008 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) - Fayetteville, Ark.

TIDE SCORES 2 DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
Alabama's defense scored two touchdowns against Arkansas, both on interception returns. That marks the first time in Alabama history that the Crimson Tide has scored two touchdowns on interceptions returns in the same game. Since 2001, Alabama has had four games in which the Tide scored two defensive touchdowns:
Sept. 20, 2008 at Arkansas (Javier Arenas 63-yard interception return; Justin Woodall 74-yard interception return)
Nov. 5, 2005 at Mississippi State (Matt Miller 15-yard fumble return; Rudy Griffin 17-yard interception return)
Oct. 4, 2003 at Georgia (Charles Jones 30-yard interception; Juwan Garth 10-yard fumble return)
Sept. 22, 2001 Arkansas (Reggie Myles 42-yard fumble return; Thurman Ward 60-yard interception return)

FAST-STARTING TIDE
Scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions, Alabama leaped to a 14-0 lead over Arkansas on Saturday. That continued a trend of quick starts by the Crimson Tide this season. When Javier Arenas scored on a 63-yard interception return to raise the margin to 21-0, Alabama had raised its first quarter scoring margin for the season to an impressive 64-0 through four games. The Tide led at halftime, 35-7, giving Alabama scoring margin of 102-20 for the first half this season. Alabama also outscored Clemson (13-0), Tulane (13-0) and Western Kentucky (17-0) in the first period this year.

ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE FIRST HALF
The 35 points scored by the Crimson Tide in the first half on Saturday were the most by Alabama since the Tide scored 42 points in the first half of a 56-7 win over UTEP on October 6, 2001 at Legion Field in Birmingham, a game that Alabama led 42-0 at halftime. The 35 points also is the most in a half for the Tide under the direction of head coach Nick Saban, surpassing the 31 points scored in the first half against Western Kentucky on September 13, 2008.

The top scoring halves for Alabama under second-year head coach Nick Saban:
35 at Arkansas Sept. 20, 2008 (1st Half)
31 Western Kentucky Sept. 13, 2008 (1st Half)
28 Western Carolina Sept. 1, 2007 (2nd Half)
27 Colorado Dec. 30, 2007 (1st Half)
24 Tennessee Oct. 20, 2007 (2nd Half)
24 Western Carolina Sept. 1, 2007 (1st Half)

TIDE SCORES MOST POINTS IN AN SEC GAME SINCE 1990; LARGEST SEC MARGIN SINCE 2002
Alabama's 49 points scored against Arkansas is the most by the Crimson Tide in an SEC game since a 59-28 win over Vanderbilt on September 29, 1990. It is also the most points by Alabama in an SEC road contest since a 62-27 win at Mississippi on October 7, 1989. The 35-point margin of victory is the largest SEC victory margin since a 42-7 win over Mississippi on October 12, 2002.

ALABAMA DEFENSE HAS NOT YIELDED RUSHING TOUCHDOWN IN 20 QUARTERS
The Crimson Tide defense did not allow a rushing touchdown today, marking the fifth consecutive game in which an Alabama opponent has failed to reach paydirt via the rush. Alabama now has gone 20 consecutive quarters of action without yielding points on the ground, spanning all four games this season and last year's Independence Bowl victory over Colorado. The last rushing touchdown by an Alabama opponent was scored by Auburn on a one-yard plunge by quarterback Brandon Cox with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter on November 24, 2007 at Auburn.

WILSON SETS ALABAMA CAREER TD PASSES MARK
Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson broke the Alabama career record for touchdown passes on a 25-yard pass to Julio Jones with 8:31 left in the second quarter, the 42nd passing TD of his Crimson Tide career. Wilson surpassed Brodie Croyle (41 from 2002-05) for the record. Jones caught both the record-tying and record-breaking TD passes from Wilson, including a 12-yard catch last week against Western Kentucky that tied the career record.

FIRST POSSESSION SCORE IS ALABAMA'S 3RD IN 4 GAMES IN 2008
Alabama took its first possession of the game in for a touchdown following the opening kickoff. The 10-play, 71-yard drive consumed 4:20 of clock and was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram with 10:40 left in the first quarter. The opening-drive score was Alabama's third this season in four games. The march was kept alive by a running into the kicker penalty by Arkansas on 4th and 3 at the Arkansas 47-yard line.

INGRAM SCORES TO PUT ALABAMA UP 7-0
Freshman running back Mark Ingram opened the scoring Saturday with a 1-yard run for a touchdown with 10:40 remaining in the first quarter, capping a 71-yard, 10-play drive that consumed 4:20 following the opening kickoff. The touchdown run was Ingram's fourth of the season. The Alabama record for touchdown runs by a freshman is 8 by Terry Grant, set last year.

COFFEE SCORES ON 87-YARD RUN TO ECLIPSE 1,000 CAREER RUSHING YARDS
Junior running back Glen Coffee raced 87 yards for a touchdown with 6:52 left in the first quarter, the fourth-longest touchdown rush in Alabama history (tied with Calvin Culliver vs. Virginia Tech in 1973 and Billy Jackson vs. Florida in 1978) to move his career rushing yardage total over the 1,000-yard mark. Coffee entered the game with 966 yards on 214 attempts with four touchdowns in 24 career games. Coffee's 87-yard run in the Tide's longest rushing scoring play since Shaud Williams had an 80-yard TD run against Arkansas in 2002 and 2003.

COFFEE OVER 100 YARDS IN 1ST QUARTER ON THE WAY TO CAREER-BEST GAME
Glen Coffee rushed for a career-high 162 yards on 10 carries against Arkansas, averaging 16.2 yards per carry and producing a career-best yardage total. His two rushing touchdowns also set a new single-game standard for Coffee. It was Coffee's second 100-yard rushing performance at Alabama. Coffee's other 100-yard outing was a 121-yard effort (30 carries) against Houston in 2007.

87-YARD RUN IS COFFEE'S LONGEST
The 87-yard touchdown run by Coffee also is a career long for him at Alabama and marks the second consecutive week that the junior has posted a career-long rush. He had a 51-yard run against Western Kentucky last week.

UPCHURCH GOES THE DISTANCE
Junior running back Roy Upchurch raced 62 yards for a touchdown with 10:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to up Alabama's lead to 49-14. That run ranks as the longest of Upchurch's career (previous longest was a 25 yards against Western Carolina in 2007) and gave him a single-game high for rushing yardage as he finished the day with 91 yards on 7 carries (13.0-yard average).

ARENAS SCORES - ON DEFENSE THIS TIME
Junior cornerback Javier Arenas intercepted an Arkansas pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown with 53 seconds left in the first quarter to give Alabama a 21-0 lead. That marked the first Alabama interception return for a touchdown since Jeffrey Dukes took an interception 24 yards for a score against Mississippi State on November 4, 2006, in Tuscaloosa. The interception return for a score is Arenas' 5th touchdown via return in his Alabama career, his first via an interception along with 4 punt returns for touchdowns. The interception was Arenas' first career theft at Alabama.

WOODALL TAKES IT TO THE HOUSE
Junior safety Justin Woodall intercepted an Arkansas pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to give the Crimson Tide a 35-7 lead with 6:15 remaining in the second quarter. The interception was the second of Woodall's Alabama career and his return tied for the 12th-longest interception return in Alabama history.

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS SERIES
Alabama leads the series 11-8 after Saturday's victory at Fayetteville. Alabama improved to 2-5 in seven trips to Fayetteville with Saturday's win the first for the Crimson Tide since a 30-12 triumph in 2002.

ALABAMA IN SEC OPENERS
Saturday's win over Arkansas improved Alabama t0 49-20-4 in Southeastern Conference openers dating back to the league's inception in 1933.

17-GAME WINNING STREAK IN SEC OPENERS
With the win at Arkansas, Alabama has won 17 consecutive SEC openers, dating back to a 25-8 win over Vanderbilt on September 5, 1992. The Crimson Tide's 17-game winning streak in SEC openers is the longest streak in school history and the longest active streak in the SEC. Alabama won seven consecutive SEC openers from 1969-75 for the previous longest winning streak in school history. Only two other current SEC teams have a winning streak longer than one game in SEC openers. Florida has won three straight SEC openers, while Kentucky has a two-game winning streak in league openers. LSU, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Georgia have all won their last SEC opener.

SABAN VS. ARKANSAS
Saturday's win at Arkansas improved Alabama head coach Nick Saban to 5-2 (.714) in his head coaching career against the Razorbacks. Saban was 3-2 against the Razorbacks while the head coach at LSU (2000-04), winning in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He is 2-0 against Arkansas at Alabama.

Year Result
2000 Arkansas 14, LSU 3
2001 LSU 41, Arkansas 38
2002 Arkansas 21, LSU 20
2003 LSU 55, Arkansas 24
2004 LSU 43, Arkansas 13
2007 Alabama 41, Arkansas 38
2008 Alabama 49, Arkansas 14

NEXT GAME
Alabama continues its two-game road swing that opens the 2008 SEC slate with a trip to third-ranked Georgia next Saturday, September 27. It will be the Crimson Tide's first trip to Athens and Sanford Stadium since 2003 when the Bulldogs captured a 37-23 win. Alabama owns an 11-7 edge in the series in Athens and a 35-24-5 lead in the series overall.