Alabama notes: HaHa Clinton-Dix makes impact in return

Anniston StarOctober 19, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It didn't take long for Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to make an impact in his return.

Before the game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Clinton-Dix would play "situationally" against Arkansas. Situationally came earlier than expected as Clinton-Dix touched the field on Alabama's third defensive play.

He came in at safety when the Tide lined up in its dime package. On on the Razorbacks' second offensive drive, Clinton-Dix showed why he's one of the Tide's most important players with an interception.

Clinton-Dix played for much of the game until it was out of reach and the Tide started playing reserves.

Sunseri, Sylve hurt

Safety Vinnie Sunseri went down late in the first quarter with a knee injury.

ESPN reported that Sunseri had a ligament test before he went to the locker room. He did not return to the game, but did return to the sideline in street clothes.

Starting cornerback Bradley Sylve also left the game with an injury. Sylve went out late in the second quarter and did not return.

Scoring against Arkansas

Dating back to 2011, Alabama has scored 104 unanswered points against Arkansas.

The Razorbacks were in scoring position with a field goal attempt, but it was blocked by Tide cornerback Deion Belue.

Receiving touchdowns

Sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper scored his first touchdown of the season on a 30-yard strike from quarterback AJ McCarron.

Cooper is slowly working his way back to 100 percent after being slowed by toe and foot injuries earlier this year.

True freshman tight end O.J. Howard caught his first career touchdown on a 17-yard pass from McCarron.

Howard caught the short pass and walked into the endzone with no Razorback defenders within five yards of him.

Rushing touchdowns

For the 16th consecutive game, Alabama has recorded at least one rushing touchdown, and has had multiple scores on the ground in 14 of those 16 contests.

In the first half of tonight's game against Arkansas, Kenyan Drake had a pair of rushing TDs, first a 1-yarder followed by a 46-yard score.

Racking up yards

For the third consecutive game, Alabama eclipsed 250 yards of total offense in the first half, collecting 270 against the Razorbacks.

The Tide had 372 at the half last weekend at Kentucky and 308 against Georgia State.

Getting first downs

Alabama has dominated its opponents this season when it comes to moving the chains.

Through 26 quarters, the Tide has recorded 158 first downs compared to 91 for its opponents.

First half shutout

For the eighth time in its last 11 games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half.

In addition to today's game, the Crimson Tide shutout Kentucky (Oct. 12, 2013), Georgia State (Oct. 5, 2013), Ole Miss (Sept. 28, 2013), Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.

Alabama entered halftime with a 28-0 lead over Arkansas.

The Tide are now 69-3 when leading at the half under head coach Nick Saban.

Bama's scoring streak

With Jalston Fowler's 4-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 163 consecutive games -- the longest streak in program history.

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