FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The top-ranked Crimson Tide (3-0 overall; 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference) was physically dominant on the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively, and took advantage of five Arkansas turnovers in a 52-0 rout of the Razorbacks (1-2 overall; 0-1 in the SEC) on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 74,617 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The margin of victory represents the largest Alabama victory margin in an SEC game since a 55-0 win over Auburn in 1948 and is the fourth-largest margin in an SEC game ranking behind a 65-0 win over Sewanee in 1937, a 66-3 win at Vanderbilt in 1979, and the 55-0 win vs. Auburn in 1948. In addition, the shutout marked the first time Arkansas has failed to score in Fayetteville since 1966.
Alabama had four scoring drives of 30 yards or less, including two of less than 10 yards, as the Tide's defense and special teams forced turnovers leading to scores. AJ McCarron completed 11 of 16 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown, while receiver Christion Jones caught three passes for 73 yards and running back Eddie Lacy had 55 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Alabama offense. Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix set up one score by returning an interception 46 yards to the Arkansas 3-yard line, Vinnie Sunseri ended an Arkansas threat with an interception. Alabama limited the injury-plagued Razorbacks offense to 137 total yards on the day.
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