TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 Alabama football beat Arkansas, 48-7, on Homecoming in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night. The Crimson Tide goes to a perfect 8-0 overall with a 5-0 mark in Southeastern Conference play, while the Razorbacks drop to 2-6 on the season and 0-5 in SEC competition.
Redshirt sophomore Mac Jones made the first start of his Crimson Tide career at quarterback, stepping in for an injured Tua Tagolvailoa. Jones was 18 of 22 for 235 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters of work.
Junior wide receiver Jerry Jeudy reeled in 103 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches to lead all receivers on the day. Junior running back Najee Harris led all rushers with 86 yards and two touchdowns on 13 attempts.
The Crimson Tide defense forced four turnovers in the game, including an 84-yard pick-six by senior defensive back Trevon Diggs. Two fumble recoveries and another interception resulted in 17 additional points off turnovers.
Freshman linebacker Shane Lee led the Tide defense with six tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for loss and a sack. Freshman linebacker Christian Harris also had six tackles, including four solo efforts and a 37-yard fumble recovery that led to a touchdown in the first quarter.