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Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy proved to be the more effective quarterback on the field in spite of the hype. He wasn’t always accurate, but he made plays when necessary, including touchdown passes of 50, 80 and 14 yards. Alabama continues to spread the ball around to an army of receivers as well as running backs, making the Tide a difficult team come preparation time for future opponents.
Trent Richardson’s 52-yard, second-quarter touchdown run snapped Alabama out of an early offensive funk that produced just two first downs in the first quarter. McElroy’s third-quarter touchdown pass to Marquis Maze was also huge, because it came on the first play after Arkansas scored its only touchdown.
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Running the Wildcat play at the 50-yard line on the first play of a drive was smart game-planning. The Arkansas defense was clearly caught off guard by the pass as Julio Jones broke free from the line uncovered. McElroy’s underthrow was the only factor keeping Jones from walking into the end zone.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“If you watch TV, you’ve probably seen it before. I think Miami (Dolphins) scored a couple of touchdowns on that last year. Sweep, toss it back to the quarterback and throw it. That was a play that we were going to run in the first half, no matter what, and the situation at midfield to take a shot was a good time to do it, and (McElwain) did a great job of calling it.” — Nick Saban
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3: drops by Alabama receivers on the first two drives, two by tight end Colin Peek.
70: passing percentage Greg McElroy finished with in spite of the early problems his receivers had.
@BR Boxtext bold lede space:3:1: Ryan Mallett’s sack to touchdown ratio. Just a week ago, he threw for five TDs against Georiga.
@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:14: Arkansas’ third-down success percentage. It was lower than the 25 percent rate it had entering the game (6-for-24).
70: Percentage of Alabama’s total yardage that was gained on the five touchdown plays.
2: More punts Alabama’s P.J. Fitzgerald recorded in the first three games (nine) than he had Saturday (seven).
100: percentage increase of interceptions this season for Alabama following Justin Woodall’s fourth-quarter takeaway.