May 26, 2018

Alabama 49, Arkansas 14

Jarius Wright / Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Beth Hall) Ninth-ranked Bama beats UA in SEC opener

Junior Glen Coffee rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the ninth-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the University of Arkansas, 49-14, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.



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Isaac Madison / Julio Jones (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) Michael Smith / Justin Woodall (AP Photo/Beth Hall) De'Anthony Curtis / Marquis Johnson (AP Photo/Beth Hall) Jarius Wright / Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Beth Hall) Nick Saban (AP Photo/Beth Hall) Bobby Petrino (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Updated 9/21/08 11:30 a.m.

  • Hawgfan100

    Whew. That was every bit as bad as I thought it would be and worse. I never dreamed we’d help them as much as we did. When was the last time our defense was this bad? The 4-7 season under Nutt? And, as impressed as I was with the call Bobby made to get our first score, I was underwhelmed with the Michael Smith call in the Red Zone at the end of the half.

    i said before the season began that I’d be happy with 6-6. Now even that is lookin’ a bit remote. :^/

  • Buaman22

    that was all kinds of painful.

    When are we going to have a decent defense? I mean honestly the last time I thought our defense was ok would be the last year Tony Bua was a linebacker.

    Really need to upgrade our talent on the defensive line.

  • Eric

    Arkansas fans are so over the top. You ran off houston nutt for this and houston is about to be 3-1

  • OwassoHog

    In my opinion, this game turned on about 6 plays: 3 INTs (yes, there were 4 total), 2 long runs, and a roughing the kicker. Overall, we made too many mistakes, stupid penalties, just didn’t seem like we had all 11 players playing the same play.

    As for me, I’m still thinking that these young players are gaining experience and these 6 plays will be reduced as the year progresses.

    Now, on to Austin… Go Hogs! Beat Texas!

  • OwassoHog

    Eric, one partial year doesn’t make a career!

  • reasonrules

    Hey Eric, whose players are we playing with? Cupboard a little bare? Are you Danny?

  • Hawgfan100

    Also, you’ll notice there aren’t wholesale calls for Petrino’s head. So far, I’m the only one to comment on the coach and that was to question just one play call. I’ve got no complaints on Petrino’s offense. It was very enjoyable to watch when it was effective. I even found myself expecting us to march down the field and score (early on…;^) I NEVER felt that way when Nutt’s offense was on the field. Things are going to get much worse before they get better but I seriously doubt we’ll see any calls to run off Petrino.

  • Boyer in the Distric

    Eric – that’s why you don’t open your mouth. Ask your boy Nutt how that loss to Vandy at home tasted.

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  • GonzoHog

    I also found a play, for the first time (series actually) that I questioned the play-calling. When Bama held at the 1 yard line, I thought it should have been Curtis taking the early hand offs on 1st and 2nd down, instead of Barnett, but Petrino is a guy that rewards players for what they did in practice that week, so there could be something to that. We followed that play with what should have been a TD, but Casey made another terrible pass, throwing the ball at De’Anthoney’s feet. It looked as if the Tide had spooked him a little, trying not to throw another interception, instead of making the play. The last play, I was left scratching my head a little. A 175 lb. RB, running up the gut, straight into the strength of the opposing defense. Terrence Cody, at 365 lbs., can basically handle 2 men on the line of scrimmage, so that was really the only play call I’ve questioned by our new coach so far. Owasso was right on target with what he said about the overall mistakes by Special Teams, Casey, and our run-defense. I’ll cut Casey some slack on the first INT to Arenas, with the confusion at WR, but the second one was on him. There’s about 6 plays, (mistakes) as Owasso pointed out, that determined the blow-out on the score board. These are mistakes that come from youth, not talent. Casey is a SR., but remember, he hasn’t exactly been trained to run this type of offense for 4 years either. Even handing the ball off to Smith is different, after having D-Mac and Felix for the first 3 years. I’m not making excuses for Casey, but the facts are there. Considering the type of defense he played against yesterday, I’d still say he get’s a C+ on his report card. The bottom line is, you can still tell there’s a lack of cemistry, because of all the youth and newness he’s playing with. There’s still great days ahead folks. It might not be with Casey at QB, but it’s coming. We seen that when Tyler Wilson was given a chance to play. I think about 2 years from now, we’ll probably have a couple of pretty good QBs with Mallett and Wilson. Were just gonna have to be patient. As for Eric’s comment on Houston Nutt; you’ve got to be kidding, right?

  • GonzoHog

    I’ve noticed that a lot of sports writers/reporters are saying that it’s obvious now that Tyler Wilson going to be the 2nd QB in the mix now, but I still beg to differ. Something tell’s me Petrino is still exsperimenting with the QB position, and I’m still not sure Wilson couldn’t be red-shirted,even now. All I really know for sure is that Wilson is very good out of the shotgun position, which is basically how your QB is going to line up when your playing from behind, being down several TDs. Does anyone know if Wilson could still be red-shirted this year? I’m not sure. We hadn’t seen hide nor hair of Brandon Barnett, until we had 1st and goal yesterday, so I’m curious as to what Petrino is really doing with Wilson. Anybody got an opinion on that?

  • Dieing Hog

    I tell you one thing I notice yesterday is that our defense couldn’t tackle a 3 year old. I kept thinking that for the most part they where in the right place its just looked like they thought they where playing touch football or flag. I couldn’t keep up with the number of missed tackles. The guy would run up the middle get touched by 2 or 3 players and still break for a 20yrd gain. Defense is what wins games and this defense has not gotten any better through three games so that tells me one or two things. Either they aren’t spending enough time on it in practice or they need to do some more rotations until they find the right fit.


    I don’t know how we could redshirt Wilson with Casey having such a bad day. The schedule doesn’t get any easier either. Texas,Auburn, and Florida do not need us throwing their defenisive backs the ball. I think he needs to re-evaluate the QB position.

  • GonzoHog

    Personally, I think it would be better for the future of the program, if you could still red-shirt Wilson. If so, I think it’s pretty much 50-50 right now with him. It all depend’s mostly on Casey, over these next few weeks. If he doesn’t get past these mental errors, giving the defenses big TDs, and killing key drives, Petrino may be forced to tip his hand. I’ve seen Spurrier play 2 QBs for years, not knowing who the clear leader or play-maker really was on a week to week basis. We could start seeing the future at QB sooner than we exspected.

  • Hawgfan100

    What happened to our linebacker turned big pounder tailback? Is he still too dinged up to play or is he out for other reasons? Running him on that goal line series instead of Barnett and Smith would have been logical and expected.

  • GonzoHog

    I realize I’m long-winded, but I’m pretty bored today. Just thought I’d let anyone who’s reading know that Knile Davis has been rumured close to committing to the Hogs. Davis is a 6′ 1″, 210 lb., RB, who’s a 4-star recruit, according to recruiting. He’s rated the #20 RB in the 2009 class. Ronnie Wingo is also still considering the Hogs heavily. Wingo is 6′ 3″, 212 lbs., and is the #10 rated RB in that same class. Were up to 15 commitments now, with just a hand full to go, so those two guys, or even just one, would be a nice pick-up. I’m also keeping my fingures crossed for Gabe Lynn to commit. He’s supposed to be Darius Winston’s equel, and is also heavily considering the Hogs. GO HOGS!!!!!

  • GonzoHog

    Good point Hawgfan. I completely forgot about Chip Gregory. Your right, it does seem like the logical choice, but I haven’t heard anything from him in a coon’s age. Nothing from the coaching staff, or the press.

  • Chip has had trouble holding on to the rock. One can only surmise that is why we didn’t see him on the goal line.

  • T-towner

    I firmly believe in piling on when warranted, so, Eric (or whomever you are) I understand from all the pundits that the Ole Cajun left HDN with a full cupboard—-about the opposite of what Petrino inherited. It is no coincidence that we are playing 20 true and redshirt freshmen. No one in there right, unbiased mind believe that Petrino would not have had a national championship contender with DMac, Felix, DWilliams and Mustain. You well know what HDN did to and with this bunch of certified studs. We ran 47 plays in the first half against Alabama. I doubt that has ever happened before. Never mind that the score was 35-7, the previously alluded to errors accounted for the score, not play calling, bad scheme or anything other than, as Dick put it, “stupid plays”.

  • There are going to be some games like this, but make no mistake, the future is very bright. If you don’t see that, then you aren’t looking very hard. Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to Texas next week.

  • big d

    I’m glad to see that not everyone on this board is calling for Casey’s head. Some folks are, but it seems that most folks know that QBs have bad days now and then. Someone posted earlier that while Casey is a sr, he is still a freshmen when it comes to this offense. That’s a great point to keep in mind.

    I think we’ll be fine this season – at some point, we’ll be able to put up some points. The good news is that we were able to move the ball very well (not considering the INTs) against a supposedly great SEC defense. That’s a big positive going forward.

    Remember, one loss – even though it was a beatdown – doesn’t sandbag a whole season. Let’s wait a couple more games before we pass total judgement. Regardless, the next 3-4 years will be very exciting once our freshman mature!

  • GonzoHog

    Good news Hog fans. The 4 star RB I posted about earlier, Knile Davis, officially gave a verbal commit to the Hogs today. This is the type of big, physical, fast RB that Petrino like’s to use is his style of offense. Davis become’s the 16th verbal commit for the Hogs, in the 2009 class. Our recruiting is getting better and better all the time. GO HOGS GO!!!!!

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