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By Nick Norris

WJLX Sports Correspondent

TUSCALOOSA – The Alabama Crimson Tide survives Homecoming, edging the Arkansas Razorbacks 24-21. Bama blew most of an 18-point third-quarter lead, but held on to deliver head coach Nick Saban his 200th on-field victory with the Tide. This victory also marks Alabama’s 16th straight win in the series.

Quarterback Jalen Milroe threw for two touchdowns and earned another on the ground. The 6’2”, 220-lb redshirt sophomore completed 10 of 21 passes for 238 yards and had no interceptions.

Milroe’s most productive targets of the day were Kobe Prentice, who caught 2 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown; Jermaine Burton, who also had 2 receptions for 60 yards; and Amari Niblack who caught 2 passes for 43 yards and a score. 

The Tide’s running attack was led by Jase McClellan, who gained 83 yards on 16 carries. Roydell Williams earned 68 yards on just 7 attempts.

Place kicker Will Reichard broke the SEC all-time career points record by earning his 481st career point.

As for the Razorbacks, quarterback KJ Jefferson completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Those scoring passes were caught by receivers Isaiah Satenga and Rashod Dubinion.

Several players carried the rock for Arkansas. The lead rusher was AJ Green who had 44 yards on 6 carries. 

The Tide defense amassed 4 sacks and 7 tackles for loss on Saturday, and allowed the Razorbacks to gain 377 total yards. 

The biggest defensive playmakers for the Tide were DB Caleb Downs who had 7 tackles, 6 being solo, and DB Jaylen Key who had 7 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

The Razorback defense was led by DL Landon Jackson who had 11 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss. LB Jaheim Thomas followed with 10 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 0.5 tackles for a loss.

Pass protection continues to be an issue for Alabama, as Milroe was sacked 5 times. The Arkansas defense also had 5 tackles for a loss.

(2-5) Arkansas will look to regroup next week, as the Razorbacks will return home to host (2-3) Mississippi State next Saturday. The Bulldogs will be coming off a BYE week, and both teams will be fighting for another win toward potential bowl eligibility.

As for the now 6-1 Tide, Coach Nick Saban will turn his focus to hosting Tennessee next week for the 106th meeting between the SEC rivals. Last year, the Vols came out on top in a 52-49 upset, snapping Alabama’s 15-game winning streak in the series.

Tennessee at Alabama will air on CBS at 2:30 PM CT, October 21, 2023.