Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Tagovailoa stars as No. 1 Alabama routs Arkansas

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Sergio Cook | 09 October, 2018, 11:54

Coming off allowing 31 points and 405 total yards of offense to Arkansas, the Alabama defense has to get another player ready to play. Irv Smith scored on a 76-yard catch and run that took 21 seconds on Alabama's first snap.

Tight end Cheyenne O'Grady built off his breakout performance against Texas A&M by hauling in a team-high 7 receptions for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

The sophomore quarterback went 10-of-12 for 334 yards and four touchdowns in just two quarters for Alabama to give the team a commanding 41-14 lead at the break. He made a sliding catch on Ty Storey's rollout pass for a 17-yard touchdown with 8:58 left in the game. The Razorbacks, who have lost five straight games since a season-opening win against Eastern Illinois, drove 76 yards in eight plays as Ty Storey found success in the short passing game. In addition to Tagovailoa's four touchdown passes, the Crimson Tide also scored on two runs by Damien Harris and one each by Tulsa native Josh Jacobs and Brian Robinson Jr.

Alabama made it 21-0 on its third offensive series after forcing a three-and-out on defense.

Alabama added a defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter when Shyheim Carter intercepted a Storey pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

After forcing a fumble on the Razorbacks first possession, Alabama got the ball back. The drive, beginning at the 22-yard line, was set up by a 78-yard punt return from De'Vion Warren. Alabama is also with freshman defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last month.

Once again, Tagovailoa connected with Smith for a huge gain near the Arkansas 20 before cornerback Ryan Pulley forced a fumble.

Whether that's three or six games or more, nobody knows.

The Hogs will travel to Little Rock next Saturday to take on Ole Miss, seeking to continue a recent trend of finding ways to pull out wins against the Rebels.

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