Dramatic finish as Alabama defeats Arkansas

The Alabama Crimson Tide overcame a bad first half to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks 24-20.

According to UA, “Junior running back Mark Ingram ran for 158 yards on 23 attempts and scored two touchdowns, including one to give Alabama a 24-20 lead with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Junior Julio Jones caught 5 passes for 55 yards and senior quarterback Greg McElroy completed 18-of-26 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. Arkansas’ Ryan Mallet led the Razorbacks with 359 yards through the air on 25-of-38 passing, becoming the first quarterback to throw for over 300 yards against Alabama since Utah’s Brian Johnson in the 2009 All State Sugar Bowl. The Alabama defense intercepted Mallett three times on the day, including two by sophomore Robert Lester. Alabama returns to conference action next Saturday, hosting Florida at 7 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised by CBS.”

From the AP: Mark Ingram ran for 157 yards and scored on a 1-yard run with 3:18 to play, completing top-ranked Alabama’s rally from a 17-point deficit in the second half for a 24-20 win against No. 10 Arkansas on Saturday.

Robert Lester set up the score with his second interception of the day against Ryan Mallett. He returned it to the Arkansas 11, and Nick Saban gave the ball to his Heisman Trophy winning running back on three straight plays to get the game-winning score.

The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) were able to run out the clock after Mallett threw his third interception, this time to Dre Kirkpatrick. Alabama faced fourth-and-inches in its own territory, but Greg McElroy picked it up with a sneak.

That sent Arkansas (3-1, 1-1) and its record home crowd of 76,808 away disappointed in the biggest game on campus in decades. (check back for updates to the AP story below)