Alabama dodged a bullet on the road today against Arkansas. The Razorbacks outgained the Tide 335-227 but in the end Bama scored more points, 14-13. An Arkansas missed extra point was the difference in the game.
According to Saban
“First of all, I’m really proud of our players, coaches and everybody for the job that they did tonight. The
things we wanted to do today were to play harder than the other team, compete and be more relentless than the other team and do a better job of executing, which is a part of the job we didn’t do well at. But from an intangibles standpoint, our players real ly played hard and overcame a lot of adversity. We made a lot of mistakes in this game, which caused the adversity, but we were able to overcome it. The defense did a phenomenal job of stopping their running game, struggled at times to get off the field on third down, but did it towards the end of
the game when we needed them to. There are a lot of things that we can correct and a lot of things we can get better at, but when your players play with the kind of heart we did tonight, you got to be really proud of them. We can get better at the things that we didn’t do well. We certainly struggled offensively and we will fix that.”
“Arkansas has got a good team, they really do. They are better than people think. They were up 28-14 on Texas A&M in the fourth quarter. Our guys did a really good today stopping their running game. Defensively for them, they did a really good job. Their quickness up front really affected us, we missed some blocking assignments throughout the night and couldn’t finish blocks like we wanted too. We dodged a bullet early, we only had six plays in the first quarter, got some huge stops on defense to get out of things. We want to build on the momentum of this win. Obviously our team was disappointed and responded well to what happened a week ago. It’s tough on the road in this league and our division is really difficult so there are no easy games. I’m really proud of the way our players competed tonight and played towards the end and they did a fantastic job.”
Alabama returns home next week to play Texas A&M.