On Saturday against Arkansas, Tagovailoa nearly couldn't miss in the first half. A flawless example was the 32-yard running play by Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas' biggest rushing play of the game. Quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa completed 10 of his first 11 pass attempts and tossed four first-half TDs as Alabama scored 41 points by halftime. "We didn't play very well as a unit". We're obviously doing that better on offense than on defense. No. 1 Alabama led the way followed by No. 2 Georgia, No. 12 LSU, No. 16 Florida, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 21 Auburn and No. 22 Texas A&M. Harris finished with a team-high 111 yards on 15 carries. The Razorbacks, who have lost five straight games since a season-opening win against Eastern Illinois, drove 76 yards in eight plays as Ty Storey found success in the short passing game.
Allowing 31 points to Arkansas is not the patented Alabama defensive performance we've come to expect from Saban's teams. "Had lots of opportunities to get off the field on third down and just didn't do it".
"I think what makes this a special experience here is when we have great support from everybody in the program, everybody that supports the program, all of our fans, all of our students", Saban said, according to 247Sports.
Alabama had its way on the other side of the ball.
Tagovailoa connected with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy twice on passes of 42 and 60 yards for his last two scores of the afternoon.
"I thought we did an outstanding job on offense", Saban said.
University of Arkansas Coach Chad Morris said at his introductory news conference in December that the Razorbacks have made it a priority to recruit fast players on every level of the offense and defense. "It's a six-game season, and we're going to focus on us; we're going to focus on what we've been focusing on the last three and a half, four weeks and that's just us getting better".