Man, this Arkansas team could be pretty good if it would just get out of its own way.
Early in the first quarter, the Razorbacks were in position to take a 7-0 lead when Brandon Allen found Kody Walker for what seemed like a simple five-yard touchdown, but Trey DePriest punched the ball out of his hands and out of the end zone for a touchback.
On the Razorbacks’ next drive, Arkansas lined up for a g0-ahead field goal when holder Matt Emrich dropped the snap and was gobbled up seven yards behind the line of scrimmage.
And then, midway through the second quarter, Razorbacks safety Alan Turner let a sure interception clang off his shoulder pads for an incomplete pass. Two plays later Blake Sims hit T.J. Yeldon for a 22-yard touchdown to give Alabama a 7-0 lead.
Jonathan Williams plunged in for a three-yard equalizer at the 3:47 mark of the second quarter – the Hogs’ first touchdown in 185 snaps and 170:07 of game action against Alabama, dating back to 2011 – but, of course, the ensuing extra point was blocked to set a halftime score of Alabama 7, Arkansas 6.
Arkansas has out-gained Alabama 194-119 and has a 13-5 edge in first downs, all while limiting the Tide to 11 rushing yards on 11 attempts and getting Williams going for 78 yards on 16 attempts.
Each team has turned the ball over twice.
Alabama will receive the ball to open the second half.