Sept. 21, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) rushed for 328 yards Saturday against Arkansas, scoring four touchdowns on the ground and forcing four Razorback turnovers in a dominating 49-14 Southeastern Conference opener at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
It was the most points scored by Alabama in an SEC game since the Crimson Tide beat Vanderbilt 59-28 in 1990. Alabama led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-7 at the half. Alabama has now outscored its opponents 64-0 in the first quarter this season.
TV Replay: The Alabama-Arkansas game will be replayed on Sunday, Sept. 21 on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) at 8 p.m. (CDT).
The Nick Saban Show: Catch highlights of the Alabama-Arkansas game on “The Nick Saban Show”. Coach Saban and Jim Dunaway recap the Tide’s latest game. The Nick Saban show may be seen at the following days and times: Sept. 21 6:30 p.m. WJTC-44 - Mobile; 9 p.m. WZDX-54 - Huntsville; 10:30 p.m. WIAT-42 Birmingham, WTVY-4 Dothan and WNFC-32 Montgomery); Monday, Sept. 22 6:30 p.m. WVUA-7 Tuscaloosa and 10:30 p.m. WVUA-7 Tuscaloosa.
By The Numbers: A look at some the notable numbers from Saturday’s win over Arkansas.
10 - The total number of interceptions and pass deflections by the Alabama defense in the win over Arkansas. The Crimson Tide had four interceptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns and added six pass break-ups in the win.
16.2 -The average yards per rushing attempt for Alabama junior running back Glen Coffee in the win over Arkansas. Coffee had 10 rushing attempts for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including an 87-yard run in the first quarter that staked the Tide to a 14-0 lead. Coffee’s 16.2-yards per carry average set an Alabama single-game record for running back with a minimum of 10 rushing attempts. 17 The number of consecutive SEC openers won by Alabama, the longest active streak in the league. The Crimson Tide has not lost an SEC opener since the 1991 season.
49 - The number of yards Alabama’s scoring plays averaged in its SEC opening win over Arkansas. The Crimson Tide was full of big plays on Saturday, recording four scoring plays of 60 or more yards. The list includes an 87-yard TD run by Glen Coffee, 64-yard interception return by Javier Arenas, 74-yard interception return by Justin Woodall and a 62-yard run by Roy Upchurch.
90 - The total number of points scored by Alabama in the last two weeks, beating Western Kentucky 41-7 and Arkansas 49-14. The 90 points are the most scored by the Tide in back-to-back games since posting 92 points against South Carolina (36-37) and UTEP (56-7) during the 2001 season.
131- The number of interception return yards on four interceptions by Alabama this Saturday. Javier Arenas had a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown and Justin Woodall added a 74-interception return. The 131 return yards fell 10 yards shy of the UA single-game record of 141 interception return yards set against Tennessee in 1951.
2008 Opponents: A look at how the Tide’s 2008 opponents fared this weekend. Alabama opponents are 28-15 (.651) after the first four weekends of the college football season.
Opponents Overall Records:
Clemson 3-1 Last Game: Clemson 54, South Carolina State 0
James Davis 95 rushing yards and three TDs … Clemson 23 points in second quarter.
Next Game: Maryland (Sept. 27)
Tulane 1-2 Last Game: Tulane 24, Louisiana Monroe 10 Andre Anderson 38 rushing attempts for 157 yards and one TD for the Green Wave.
Next Game: at SMU (Sept. 25)
Western Kentucky: 2-2 Last Game: Western Kentucky 50, Murray State 9 David Wolke 254 passing yards and two TDs … WKU defense forces four turnovers in win.
Next Game: at Kentucky (Sept. 27)
Arkansas 2-1 Last Game: Alabama 49, Arkansas 14
Next Game: at Texas (Sept. 27) (ABC)
Georgia 4-0 Last Game: Georgia 27, Arizona State 10 Knowshon Moreno 23 carries for 149 yards and two TDs … A.J. Green eight catches for 159 yards (19.3 average) and one TD in win at Arizona State.
Next Game: vs. Alabama (Sept. 27) (ESPN)
Kentucky: 3-0 Last Game: Did not play
Next Game: Western Kentucky (Sept. 27)
Ole Miss 2-2 Last Game: Vanderbilt 23, Ole Miss 17 Bryant Hahnfeldt scored Vandy’s last nine points on three field goals … The Commodores force six turnovers on defense.
Next Game: at Florida (Sept. 27) (Raycom)
Tennessee 1-2 Last Game: Florida 30, Tennessee 6 UT three turnovers in the loss … The Vols allowed 17 first-quarter points.
Next Game: at Auburn (Sept. 27) CBS)
Arkansas State 3-1 Last Game: Arkansas State 31, Middle Tennessee 17 ASU 440 total yards … ASU quarterback Casey Leonard threw for 292 yards and three TDs.
Next Game: at Memphis (Sept. 27)
LSU 3-0 Last Game: LSU 26, Auburn 21 LSU first win at Auburn since 1998 … Jarrett Lee and Branden LeFell connect on 18-yard game-winning TD with 1:03 left in the game.
Next Game: Mississippi State (Sept. 27) (espn2)
Mississippi State 1-3 Last Game: Georgia Tech 38, Mississippi State 7 Jonathan Dwyer nine carries, 141 yards and school-record 88-yard TD run for Tech
Next Game: at LSU (Sept. 27) (espn2)
Auburn 3-1 Last Game: LSU 26, Auburn 21 AU quarterback Chris Todd 17-of-32 passing for 252 yards in loss
Next Game: Tennessee (Sept. 27) (CBS)