FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 1 Alabama football team finished up its 2020 regular season with a dominant 52-3 victory against Arkansas in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The win moves the Crimson Tide to 10-0 on the season, while the Razorbacks go to 3-7. It also extends Alabama's record for the most consecutive 10-win seasons in Southeastern Conference history to 13. The win makes Alabama the only team in SEC history to win 10 conference games in a season.
Alabama took control of the game midway through the first quarter, scoring 49 unanswered to put the Razorbacks away. The Tide also extended its college-football record of consecutive games scoring at least 35 points to 23 games on a Brian Robinson Jr. four-yard rushing touchdown just before the half.
Alabama finished the game with 443 total yards, while holding Arkansas to 188 yards of total offense. The Tide defense racked up a season-high eight sacks and forced four turnovers, recovering three fumbles and grabbing an interception.
Alabama's running back duo of Najee Harris and Robinson Jr. combined for 100 yards and five touchdowns on the day. Jase McClellan led the Tide in rushing with 95 yards on six carries, with most of the yards coming on an 80-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run. Miller Forristall and John Metchie III led all receivers, finishing with six catches for 52 yards and five catches for 72 yards, respectively. Mac Jones was an efficient 24-for-29 and 208 yards through the air.
Jaylen Moody and Byron Young had seven tackles apiece to lead the defense, while Will Anderson Jr. and Christian Barmore had two sacks each, accounting for half of the Tide's total. Brian Branch snagged an interception in the end zone to set up the Crimson Tide's final score in the fourth quarter.
How It Happened
- 10:54 - UA | Will Reichard's 45-yard field goal attempt was good, putting the Tide on the board first.
- 07:18 - ARK | The Razorbacks evened the score off a 26-yard field goal by Matthew Phillips.
- 02:36 - UA | DeVonta Smith returned an 84-yard punt for a score, the first return touchdown of his career.
- 12:04 - UA | Harris capped off an eight-play drive to start the quarter with a one-yard touchdown run.
- 11:50 - UA | A Christopher Allen sack and fumble recovery by DJ Dale set up the short field for the Tide, resulting in a five-yard touchdown run by Harris.
- 06:43 - UA | Alabama scored its third rushing touchdown of the quarter off a one-yard score by Robinson Jr.
- 00:33 - UA | A four-yard touchdown run from Robinson Jr. gave the Tide a 35-point lead before halftime.
- 07:24 - UA | Robinson Jr. tacked on his third-straight rushing touchdown on the Tide's opening drive of the quarter, which lasted 7:36.
- 01:51 - UA | One play after Branch's interception in the end zone resulted in a touchback, McClellan raced 80 yards for a touchdown to push the final score to 52-3.
Alabama travels to Atlanta, Ga., for the 2020 Southeastern Conference Championship Game. The Crimson Tide will square off with the Florida Gators inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT on CBS. It will be the 42nd meeting overall and 10th in the SEC Championship between the two programs with Alabama holding a 27-14 all-time advantage in the series, a number that includes a 5-4 mark in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide is currently riding a six-game winning streak over the Gators and has posted three straight victories over UF in SEC Championship pairings.