TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama didn't catch the upset bug that struck much of the Southeastern Conference.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide looked perfectly robust in a 52-0 romp over struggling Arkansas on Saturday night, racking up 352 yards rushing, big plays and yet another stout defensive performance.
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores, and freshman Derrick Henry tacked on an 80-yard run in the last minute as a final blow.
The Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead on a day when No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida fell — three of them to unranked opponents.
Alabama didn't give fans anything to worry about, and many of them had streamed out of the stadium long before Henry's big run.
"We're starting to come together more," McCarron said. "Guys are starting to do the right things. Not only on the field but off the field. We're going to class, education. That's the most important thing. Everyone's starting to buy into the process. It helps us."
The Tide 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.
"We pride ourselves on being a tough, relentless defense and we got it done tonight," said Tide cornerback Deion Belue, who blocked a field goal to preserve the shutout.
"Having a zero at the end of the game is going to feel great. We come in to play great defense."
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.
"This is getting a little old," Bielema said. "It's a long way to go. We just can't have one missed tackle turn into a touchdown. It happened on two or three occasions."
The Tide outgained Arkansas 532-256 in total yards.
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.