Alabama Survives (16) Arkansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nick Saban got his first major win as Alabama's football team Saturday night.

Matt Caddell caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone from John Parker Wilson with 8 seconds left to lift the Crimson Tide to a 41-38 victory over Number 16 Arkansas.

The Tide (2-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) moved from its own 27-yard line with 2:13 left after twice blowing 21-point leads.

Wilson hit Caddell across the middle for a 19-yard completion and two 9-yarders to move the ball across midfield.

Arkansas' Kevin Woods and Matterral Richardson were both whistled for pass interference and that set Alabama up with a first down at the 13.

Wilson found a leaping Caddell in the left side of the end zone, sending the crowd into a frenzy and prompting a celebratory pileup on the receiver.

The Tide's decision to settle for Leigh Tiffin's 42-yard field goal to make it 38-34 paid off with a defensive stop, setting up the winning drive.

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