Defense propels No. 8 Alabama to 27-14 win over Arkansas

Alabama quarterback Jake Coker (14) sets back to pass before the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Calvin Ridley caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from Jake Coker and No. 8 Alabama rode its swarming defense to a 27-14 win over Arkansas on Saturday night.

Stymied by early mistakes, the Crimson Tide (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored 24 points over the final 17 minutes after trailing at halftime. The Razorbacks (2-4, 1-2) couldn’t do more than flirt with the upset despite two Alabama interceptions and a pair of missed field goals.

The Tide held Alex Collins to 26 rushing yards and added three sacks and an interception.

Coker was twice intercepted on deep balls in the first half but finished 24 of 33 for 262 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Derrick Henry ran for 95 yards on 27 carries and set an Alabama record late with a touchdown in his 11th consecutive game.

Reggie Ragland had a sack, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

 

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A running log of the Alabama vs. Arkansas game.

1st: (7:09) Alabama’s Adam Griffith kicks a 24 yard field goal. Alabama leads 3-0.

Alabama leads 3-0 at the end of the first. 

2nd: (1:29) Arkansas’ Brandon Allen complete’s a pass to Drew Morgan for 4 yards for a TD. Arkansas leads 7-3.

Arkansas leads 7-3 at the half.

3rd: (1:39) Alabama’s Jake Coker completes a pass to Calvin Ridley for 81 yards for a TD. Alabama leads 10-7.

Alabama leads 10-7 at the end of the third.

4th: (12:49) Alabama’s Jake Coker completes a pass to Richard Mullaney for 3 yards for a TD. Alabama leads 17-7.

4th: (10:07) Alabama’s Adam Griffith kicks a 35 yard field goal. Alabama leads 20-7.

4th (2:44) Alabama’s Derick Henry runs for 1 yard for a TD. Alabama leads 27-7.

4th: (1:37) Arkansas’ Brandon Allen completes a pass to Dominique Reed for 54 yards for a TD. Alabama leads 27-14.

Alabama defeats Arkansas 27-14. 

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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