Behind the Process: Alabama roasts Hogs

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Terrin Waack

During the 2016 Alabama football season, The Crimson White’s Terrin Waack will provide select stellar stats, obscure facts and notable quotes from the most recent game to take readers Behind the Process.

No. 1 Alabama defeated No. 16 Arkansas, 49-30, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday.

Stellar stats

  • Along with posting 12 quarterback hurries, Alabama’s defense recorded six sacks for a loss of 49 yards. Each sack was made by a different player, too.
  • Alabama leads the nation with seven defensive touchdowns (nine non-offensive scores overall). Ohio State is in second with four. Every defensive group (defensive linemen, defensive backs and linebackers) has now scored a touchdown. Tim Williams’ 23-yard fumble recovery finally got the linebackers on the board.
  • Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, who missed two games after sustaining a sprained knee against Ole Miss, returned to have a career night. He finished with a single-game best of 120 yards on five receptions.
  • Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off three of Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen’s passes. Fitzpatrick returned one for 100 yards to score, setting a school record for longest interception return.
  • Allen’s total of 400 passing yards is the most by an Arkansas quarterback ever against Alabama.

Obscure facts

  • Alabama limited Arkansas to just 73 rushing yards, but the Razorbacks were able to total 400 through the air, even with three interceptions. Arkansas is now one of three teams (Ole Miss and Clemson) to eclipse at least 400 offensive yards against Alabama during the last two seasons.
  • Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was furious with the referees after a holding call. He was physically held back near the sideline while flags were thrown at him from every direction for unsportsmanlike conduct. After the game, Bielema said, “I wanted to compliment him; he did a really nice job because he actually went beyond his job and called one of the tackles he shouldn’t be looking at. I just wanted to talk.”
  • Alabama coach Nick Saban is now third in career wins against AP Top 25 teams at 66, passing legendary former coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant.
  • Saturday’s game, with an attendance of 75,459, marked the largest crowd the Razorbacks’ have hosted since Sept. 25, 2010, which was also against the Crimson Tide.

Best Nick Saban quote

On finding Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow, whose father died a week prior, after the game…

“Well, it was kind of a personal thing for me. I lost my father the first year after graduate school. He’s a fine young man and a fine player. For him to have to go through that, our thoughts and prayers to his family. I just wanted to tell him that and try to encourage him to embrace the good memories and the good times he had with his father. That’ll be something he can keep with him forever.”

Best player quote

Running back Damien Harris

On him being limited during the previous game with a sprained ankle…

“You miss being out there with the team. It’s not just about playing. It’s not just about going out there and getting carries. You miss being out there with those guys that work so hard and put so much into the team.”

On quarterback Jalen Hurts…

“He’s everything you could want in a quarterback.”

On wide receiver ArDarius Stewart…

“Everybody knows he’s dangerous when gets the ball in his hands.”

Game leaders

Top 3 rushers

1. Ala: Damien Harris, 13 carries for 122 yards

2. Ala: Joshua Jacobs, three carries for 57 yards

3. Ala: Bo Scarbrough, seven carries for 56 yards and a touchdown

Top 3 receivers (based on receptions)

1. Ark: Jared Cornelius, five receptions for 146 yards

2. Ala: ArDarius Stewart, five receptions for 120 yards

3. Ark: Drew Morgan, five receptions for 43 yards

Top 3 passers

1. Ark: Austin Allen, 25-48-3 for 400 yards and three touchdowns (sacked six times)

2. Ala: Jalen Hurts, 13-17-1 for 253 yards and two touchdowns

3. None

Top 3 defenders (based on total tackles)

1. Ala: Ryan Anderson, nine total tackles (a sack and a quarterback hurry)

2. Ala: Shaun Dion Hamilton, nine tackles (a sack and a forced fumble)

3. Ala: Ronnie Harrison, eight tackles (a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry)

Alabama is 6-0 and plays Tennessee on the road next Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.