FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — No. 1 Alabama rolled over Arkansas 52-3 on the road to close out its perfect regular season in style on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (10-0, 10-0 SEC) had a slow first quarter, which ended 10-3 in their favor, but after that period ended, it no longer became a contest, as the Razorbacks were held scoreless for the duration of the game.
Arkansas side also failed to register a first down during a streak of seven straight possessions from the first quarter to the third period.
Alabama scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to blow the game wide open and led 38-3 at halftime.
After the win, winning coach Nick Saban said that he was pleased with performance of his players after they went out and get the job done in the final test of what was the perfect regular season.
“I thought they played with purpose. I thought they came here with a sense of urgency,” Saban told ESPN reports after the win.
“I think we got started a little slow in the game but as the game progress [we] played pretty well, got better on defense and we got to play a lot of players.”
The Crimson Tide went a perfect 10-0 in an all Southeastern Conference schedule, something that has never been done before.
“This really wasn’t one of our goals. One of our goal is to win the game next week [against the Gator],” Saban added.
“I am really proud of our guys, no one has ever done that before, win 10 SEC games in a season and go undefeated so that was the purpose here today and I thought the guys did a good job in going after it.”
In looking ahead to next weekend’s SEC championships game against No. 6 Florida, Saban admits it will be a different kind of challenge.
On Saturday, though, Alabama dominated Arkansas (3-7, 3-7 CONF) with its running game in perhaps a preview look at what is still left to come, as the visitors defenders tallied eight sacks on the day.
DeVonta Smith returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown before Najee Harris scored consecutive touchdowns and Brian Robinson Jr. added a pair of scoring runs also, to cripple the Razorbacks chances of a miracle comeback.
Quarterback Mac Jones threw for 208 yards on 24 of 29 passing for Alabama before exiting the game in the third quarter.