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                   === 'Bama routs Arkansas in SEC opener ===
 
 Fayetteville,   AR  (Sports   Network)  -  Eddie  Lacy  scored  three  rushing
 touchdowns, AJ McCarron added another score through the air and the top-ranked
 Alabama  Crimson  Tide opened SEC  play with a 52-0  road win over the reeling
 Arkansas Razorbacks.
 
 The  game was  supposed to be one of college football's early marquee matchups
 this  season, but  the defending  national champions  faced a  Razorbacks team
 coming off a stunning upset and without its starting quarterback.
 
 McCarron  completed  11-of-16 passes  and finished with  189 yards for Alabama
 (3-0, 1-0 SEC), while Lacy carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards.
 
 "I think they started the game a bit average today. But as we got into the
 game, I was really pleased with the way we played, especially offensively,"
 Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
 
 With  signal-caller  Tyler Wilson out with  a head injury, Arkansas (1-2, 0-1)
 turned to redshirt freshman Brandon Allen as his replacement.
 
 Wilson  was  hurt in  last week's  34-31 overtime  loss to Louisiana-Monroe, a
 defeat  that dropped  the Razorbacks from No.  8 in the country to unranked in
 the AP poll.
 
 Allen  finished  with  only  60  yards  on  10-of-18  passing  and  threw  two
 interceptions, both of which resulted in touchdowns for Alabama.
 
 "That's about as bad as I can ever remember as a football team," Arkansas
 coach John L. Smith said. "What we have to do is not point any fingers and
 make sure we wrap our arms around each other and support each other."
 
 The interceptions represented a handful of miscues committed by Arkansas.
 
 A  high snap  on a punt spotted  Alabama an early score. Punter Dylan Breeding
 illegally  kicked  the ball through the  end zone, giving the Crimson Tide the
 ball  at  the 6-yard line. On  the first play  of the next drive, Lacy powered
 his way across the goal line.
 
 Arkansas  moved into  Alabama territory on the ensuing drive, but another high
 snap likely played a role in Zach Hocker missing a 41-yard field goal.
 
 After  Alabama's Cade  Foster connected  on a  51-yard field  goal inside  the
 opening  minute of the second quarter, Vinnie Sunseri picked off Allen and the
 turnover led to a 20-yard touchdown grab by Amari Cooper.
 
 Foster  missed from  52 yards later in the first half, but Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
 intercepted  a deflected Allen pass on the first play of the ensuing drive and
 his 46-yard return set up a short touchdown run by Lacy.
 
 Lacy  capped the  second half's opening drive  with a 10-yard TD run, and T.J.
 Yeldon  reached the  end  zone from  a  yard out  43  seconds later.  Yeldon's
 touchdown run came after Arkansas lost a fumble on the kickoff.
 
 Another  Razorbacks  fumble led to a  12-yard touchdown run by Kenyan Drake in
 the  fourth quarter.  Blake Sims  rushed for  a 27-yard  score after  Arkansas
 turned the ball over for a fifth time.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Crimson Tide have  won 21 straight SEC openers ... Arkansas had forced at
 least  one turnover  in  11  straight games  ...  Alabama  recorded its  sixth
 straight win over the Razorbacks.
 
 
 
 09/16 01:34:27 ET

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