FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn had supreme confidence in his pitching staff last season, leaning on a veteran group that left its mark by recording the lowest team earned run average in college baseball since 1976.
He expressed a much different thought about his 2014 pitchers after watching them compete during Arkansas’ fall baseball schedule.
1. Celebration Time
Arkansas hasn’t had many opportunities to celebrate touchdowns lately, reaching the end zone twice in its past three games.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema probably didn’t expect a smooth ride when he took over a program that went 4-8 in 2012 last December.
It’s pretty clear the first-year coach didn’t expect this through eight weeks, though.
RAZORBACK REWIND – ALABAMA 52, ARKANSAS 0
Five Keys Review
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It was topsy-turvy day in the Southeastern Conference with Top-25 teams Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Florida and South Carolina suffering losses that damaged their hopes of winning a league championship.
Alabama made sure there was no tumble at the top in Tuscaloosa.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s now been 2 hours, 8minutes and 54 seconds since the Arkansas offense has scored against Alabama.
Alabama blanked Arkansas 52-0 on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It matched the score from the 2012 game. One must go back to the 8:54 mark of the fourth quarter of the 2010 game to find the Razorbacks’ last points versus the Crimson Tide.
Jones No. 98
Starting defensive tackle Byran Jones was not sporting his regular No. 54 Saturday; instead he wore No. 98, the number of senior Robert Thomas, who broke a bone in his leg against South Carolina, ending his season and career at Arkansas. Jones recorded two tackles against the Crimson Tide. Thomas, a team captain, had three tackles, including a sack, against the Gamecocks and was tied for eighth in the Southeastern Conference in tackles for loss with six at the time of his injury. He had a career-high seven tackles against Rutgers in the fourth game of the season. Thomas was replaced in the lineup by Darius Philon, a redshirt freshman from Mobile, Ala.
HUNTER HENRY: The freshman tight end from Little Rock had three catches for 42 yards, including a 25-yarder on Arkansas’ second possession. Henry was Arkansas’ leading receiver. He entered the game with 14 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown, with his longest reception of 52 yards coming against Texas A&M.
AJ McCARRON: The Alabama quarterback posted spectacular numbers while doing nothing flashy against Arkansas on Saturday for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. After the first drive of the second half, McCarron was 14-of-18 for 163 yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback rating at that point was 208.8. By the time McCarron ended his night, his rating had dropped to 190.6 on 15-of-21 for 180 yards. Blake Sims took over for McCarron with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter and Alabama leading 42-0.
200 — Yards rushing by Alabama during the first three quarters.
48 — Number of plays Arkansas ran during the first 45 minutes vs. 47 plays for Alabama.