Recap: Arkansas vs. Alabama
Fayetteville, AR (SportsNetwork.com) - Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema raced past the numbers, frantically attempting to call a timeout.
He was unable to get it in time.
DeAndrew White caught a go-ahead 6-yard touchdown pass from Blake Sims with 12:36 remaining in the fourth quarter and No. 7 Alabama hung on for a 14-13 win over Arkansas.
As Bielema was out on the field, Sims rolled to his right and tossed his score to a wide open White in the front part of the end zone.
Arkansas recorded just one first down the rest of the way.
Despite being outgained 335-227, the Crimson Tide (5-1, 2-1 SEC) did just enough to avoid consecutive SEC losses for the first time since 2007, Nick Saban's first year as head coach.
Alabama was coming off a 23-17 loss at Mississippi last Saturday.
Sims finished 11-of-21 for 161 yards with two touchdown passes. T.J. Yeldon carried the ball 16 times for 45 yards and added 35 receiving yards and a score for Alabama, which won its 53rd straight game against an unranked opponent.
Brandon Allen was 21-of-40 for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception, A.J. Derby caught four passes for 77 yards and a score and Jonathan Williams posted 83 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 20 totes for the Razorbacks (3-3, 0-3), who have dropped 15 SEC games in a row.
The Razorbacks went three-and-out on their ensuing possession following the score before both teams turned the ball over on downs on consecutive touches.
Instead of putting his pads down and surging forward for an attempted quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1 from the Arkansas 43, Sims leapt vertically and the ball didn't make it to the first-down mark.
After Allen scrambled for 14 yards on 3rd-and-15, Williams was stuffed for no gain on a 4th-and-1 from the Alabama 48.
Alabama faced a 3rd-and-1 at the Arkansas 48 three snaps later, but it committed a substitution infraction, pushing the ball back five yards. Sims then kept it himself, but came up a yard shy of the first down.
With the ball at the Arkansas 14 with 2:50 left, Allen hit Hunter Henry for a 14-yard completion on 3rd-and-10, but then tossed an interception to Landon Collins on the next 3rd-and-10 while attempting to throw back across the field.
The Crimson Tide then ran out the clock to seal the win.
Earlier on Arkansas' opening touch, Kody Walker recovered a Christion Jones fumble on a punt return. Walker, though, committed a critical fumble later in the drive.
He hauled in an Allen pass in the left flat, but lost control of the ball at the 1 prior to getting into the end zone, resulting in a touchback.
Alabama opened the scoring near the midway point of the second.
Defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson stripped Alex Collins following a run of six yards and linebacker Ryan Anderson made the recovery at the Arkansas 23. Yeldon caught a 22-yard TD pass from Sims three plays later at the 8:40 mark.
Williams scored from three yards out to cap the Razorbacks' ensuing 10-play, 81-yard march, but the extra point was blocked.
Derby's 54-yard TD reception late in the third gave Arkansas a 13-7 margin.Game Notes
Alabama improved to 16-8 in the all-time series against Arkansas ... The
Crimson Tide have scored in 175 straight games, the longest streak in program
history ... Alabama was 4-of-15 on third down, while Arkansas finished 9-