The Alabama vs Arkansas score looked ominous for the Tide. With the Alabama vs Arkansas score 20-7 Razorbacks in the third, this appeared to be the game that would shake up the BCS. If the No. 1 Tide were to fall, it would put the defending champs in an early hole and elevate the Razorbacks into contention. Ryan Mallett had everything going his way early on, leaving the Tide scrambling to keep up. Yet the score instead showed the Tide’s championship resiliency, as their 24-20 win maintained BCS order.
Heisman candidate Mallett got off to a blazing start, getting an opening touchdown in just two plays. But defending Heisman winner Mark Ingram made an immediate impact as well, with a 54-yard touchdown run. However, Arkansas then rose back up to take the lead, culminating with a late first half touchdown.
With 5 ½ minutes left in the third, the score was 20-7 Razorbacks, spreading anticipation that the first BCS chaos of the year was coming. Still, although the Tide is not used to having to come back, they inched their way back. A Greg McElory touchdown pass made it 20-14, and the Tide cut the deficit to three with under seven minutes left.
If the Alabama vs Arkansas score was going to favor the Razorbacks, all Mallett needed was one more good drive to salt the game away. Instead, he threw an interception to Robert Lester for the second time, which Lester returned to the Razorbacks’ 12. Ingram then put the Tide ahead for good with a one-yard score.
The Razorbacks tried to march down the field once more, but Mallett made one last mistake, as a pass he meant to throw away was picked by Dre Kirkpatrick. After the Tide converted a fourth-and-inches near midfield, the score was settled for the champs 24-20.
The Tide hasn’t lost in the regular season since 2007, but this was one of their biggest rallies during that streak. Last year, they rallied back to defeat Auburn, and blocked a field goal to finish Tennessee. This time, Alabama took Arkansas’s best early punch, wore Mallett down, and let Ingram and McElory work their magic.
Although the Razorbacks relied on the pass, the Tide rode Ingram to 158 yards and two touchdowns, in just his second game of the year. Instead of making Mallett’s Heisman candidacy, this game may have helped killed it, thanks to Mallett’s three costly interceptions.
College football nearly had its first major upset of the year, even though the Razorbacks were on the edge of the top 10. Instead, the Alabama vs Arkansas score maintained order – for the moment. The Tide now have to face Florida and South Carolina in the next two games, as their run towards a repeat has still just barely started.
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