Tagovailoa stars as No. 1 Alabama routs Arkansas

10 October, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Amy Huff
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Arkansas first-year coach Chad Morris, who recruited and coached Deshaun Watson at Clemson, had high praise for Tagovailoa.

Alabama is outscoring opponents 56-16 and that's after Arkansas somehow, someway put up 31 points against the Crimson Tide - in a 34-point loss. "We're obviously playing better on offense than we are on defense". Quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa completed 10 of his first 11 pass attempts and tossed four first-half TDs as Alabama scored 41 points by halftime. "I thought we executed our game plan very well and I thought that (offensive coordinator Joe) Craddock and our offensive staff did a great job putting the plan together". It so far has more than made up for any slide in defensive performance - Alabama has allowed more than 20 points just twice this season. "We need some other guys to step up and develop, and the next guy up's got to take the challenge and play well for us".

Nick Saban's recent comments about Alabama fans appear to have roused something in Tim Tebow.

Technically though, Tagovailoa still received credit for the touchdown pass, so he opened the game with a flawless completion percentage for two scores.

A potential score would have closed the gap to 21-14 but instead Alabama went 99 yards on the ensuing drive to make it a 28-7 game and the route was on. "We had a lot of explosive plays, a lot of big plays".

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Tagovailoa finished the game with 334 yards and four touchdowns.

Alabama got the ball back by forcing a fumble on the Razorbacks' opening series.

"We now have five defensive players that are out for an extended period of time that were starters and in the two-deep, and three of those guys are defensive backs", Saban said, per 247Sports.

Per Sunday's odds at the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas, Alabama leads the list of contenders at -225.

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