Despite a curious lack of production once again by the Alabama Crimson Tide, QB Blake Sims was able to lead the team to much-needed victory.
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The #7 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 14-13 despite minimal offensive production.
Following a Week 6 loss to Ole Miss that knocked them out of the top 5, the Crimson Tide needed a road win over the Razorbacks to prevent their first two-game losing streak in the regular season since Nick Saban took over in 2007. The offense may not have been as sharp as the nation has seen with QB Blake Sims going only 11 of 21 for 161 passing yards. But Sims did throw for two TDs, including a strike to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter for the game-winning score. The highly touted running attack was ineffective as well, with RBs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry each averaging under 3.6 yards/carry on a combined 23 touches.
But it was ultimately the Alabama defense that was able to make the big plays and keep the Razorbacks out of scoring position for most of the game thanks to 3 forced turnovers and a missed FG.
With the win, Alabama moves to 5-1 and will likely see a move up in the standings following Auburn’s loss to Mississippi State. Alabama hosts the Texas A&M Aggies next week.
The Razorbacks moved to 3-3 and have now lost two straight SEC conference games and face the Georgia Bulldogs at home next week.