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No. 1 Alabama steamrolls struggling Arkansas, 52-0
ALABAMA 52, ARKANSAS 0

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama didn't catch the upset bug that
struck much of the Southeastern Conference.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide looked perfectly robust in a 52-0
romp over struggling Arkansas on Saturday night, racking up 352
yards rushing, big plays and yet another stout defensive
performance.

AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, Kenyan Drake rushed
for 104 yards and two scores, and freshman Derrick Henry tacked
on an 80-yard run in the last minute as a final blow.

The Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0
halftime lead on a day when No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11
South Carolina, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida fell - three
of them to unranked opponents.

Alabama didn't give fans anything to worry about, and many of
them had streamed out of the stadium long before Henry's big
run.

"We're starting to come together more," McCarron said. "Guys are
starting to do the right things. Not only on the field but off
the field. We're going to class, education. That's the most
important thing. Everyone's starting to buy into the process. It
helps us."

The Tide has won by the same margin over Arkansas two years
running.

It's the first time Alabama has shut out an SEC opponent two
years in a row since wins over Mississippi State in 1973-74.

"We pride ourselves on being a tough, relentless defense and we
got it done tonight," said Tide cornerback Deion Belue, who
blocked a field goal to preserve the shutout.

"Having a zero at the end of the game is going to feel great. We
come in to play great defense."

The Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4) have dropped five straight games -the
longest losing streak of Bret Bielema's head coaching career -
and were coming off a 52-7 loss to No. 11 South Carolina.

"This is getting a little old," Bielema said. "It's a long way
to go. We just can't have one missed tackle turn into a
touchdown. It happened on two or three occasions."

The Tide outgained Arkansas 532-256 in total yards.

McCarron was 15-of-21 passing for 180 yards in three quarters,
including touchdowns of 4, 30 and 17 yards.

Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the
second straight week. T.J. Yeldon had 88 yards and a 24-yard
touchdown on 12 carries. Yeldon caught four passes for 45 yards.

Henry ran for 111 yards on six carries, all in the fourth
quarter. The Razorbacks had allowed only eight rushing
touchdowns in the first seven games, but gave up four Saturday.

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen continued to struggle in the
team's fourth consecutive game against a ranked team. He
completed 7 of 25 passes for 91 yards with two interceptions.

"We have to stay together," Razorbacks defensive tackle Darius
Philon said. "We've still got a whole lot of the season to go."

The Tide also managed to contain Alex Collins and Jonathan
Williams, who both came in ranked among the SEC's top seven
rushers. Collins ran for 77 yards on 18 carries and Williams had
13 rushes for 48 yards.

"We certainly respect their passing game but we were really
trying to stop the run as much as possible," Alabama coach Nick
Saban said.

Alabama has allowed just one touchdown and 16 points in its last
five games.

The offense pounded away at Arkansas but also produced some big
plays, especially in the first half.

Drake bounced off tight end Brian Vogler at the line and burst
outside for a 46-yard touchdown.

Amari Cooper, easily the Tide's best receiver as a freshman,
caught his first touchdown pass of the season. He dropped one
ball on the sideline then caught a near-perfect throw from
McCarron on the next play for the TD.

Freshman tight end O.J. Howard added a 17-yard catch for his
first career touchdown in the third quarter.

Defensively, Alabama got one veteran safety back but might have
lost another.

Vinnie Sunseri left the game with an apparent leg injury in the
first quarter. He limped off the field after helping cover a
kick, headed to the locker room and didn't return to the game.

Free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned from a two-game
suspension and picked off a tipped pass for his first
interception of the season after Arkansas moved into Alabama
territory on its second drive.

Clinton-Dix was reinstated by the NCAA on Friday after
reportedly accepting a short-term loan from an assistant
strength and conditioning coach.

"It felt great just to be back with my team," he said.

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