Alabama’s Kenyan Drake prepares to stiff arm an Arkansas defender during a run in the Crimson Tide’s 52-0 win Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.--Jeri A. Gulsby
Alabama’s Kenyan Drake prepares to stiff arm an Arkansas defender during a run in the Crimson Tide’s 52-0 win Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.-- Jeri A. Gulsby

Alabama dominates Arkansas in blowout win

Published 11:37pm Saturday, October 19, 2013

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 52-0 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and easily avoided catching the upset bug that struck other SEC powers. Alabama 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.

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.

The Tide outgained Arkansas 532-256 in total yards, getting 352 on the ground.

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.

Freshman Derrick Henry ran for 111 yards on six carries, all in the fourth quarter and most of it on an 80-yard touchdown in the final minute.

The Razorbacks had allowed only eight rushing touchdowns in the first seven games, but gave up four Saturday.

Arkansas’ 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.

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