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Live Updates: No. 2 Alabama Football vs No. 21 Arkansas

Everything you need to know before, during and after the Crimson Tide's matchup with the Razorbacks from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It's the final Alabama game day in Bryant-Denny Stadium for 2021. It's a big one too. Not only is it a top-25 matchup, the Crimson Tide could clinch the SEC West with a win over Arkansas on Saturday.

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Follow along during today's game for live updates, analysis and stats here on BamaCentral. 

(latest updates at the top)

Fourth Quarter

  • Arkansas’ onside kick attempt goes out of bounds, and Alabama will take over with 1:02 left. The Razorbacks have no timeouts remaining, so Alabama will be able to kneel out the clock.
  • The Razorbacks score with 1:02 left to make it a one-score game again. It’s Jefferson’s third touchdown pass of the game. Alabama 42, Arkansas 35
  • Arkansas converts on fourth-and-11 to keep their drive alive.
  • After review, the ruling stands. Williams gets his third touchdown of the day. Bryce Young runs it in for the two-point conversion. Alabama 42, Arkansas 28, 5:39 4Q
    • Williams up to 190 yards on eight catches with the three touchdowns.
    • Young keeps building on his school record day. He's 31-50 for 561 yards and five touchdowns. 
  • Jameson. Williams. On third-and-10 he gets behind the defense for a 40-yard touchdown. The play is under review.
  • Emil Ekiyor is called for a false start which pushes Alabama's third-and-five back to a third-and-10.
  • Brian Robinson picks up 15 yards on the first play of the drive.
  • Defense comes up with a stop as Jefferson's third-down pass falls incomplete. Alabama takes over on their own 45 after the punt with 7:30 left.
  • Arkansas calls a timeout before third-and-five from their own six yard line. Dixieland Delight starts playing in the stadium.
  • Young finds an open Cameron Latu who starts heading for the end zone, but fumbles it at the two yard line. The ball is recovered by Arkansas at the two yard line.
  • Slade Bolden catches a ball on the first play of the possession for 27 yards and first down. With the completion to Bolden, Bryce Young sets the Alabama single-game passing record. Young is up to 495 passing yards.
  • The Razorbacks execute a fake field goal that turns into a 32-yard touchdown from Reid Bauer to Blake Kern. Kern, the tight end, uses a one-handed grab to snag the pass behind him and run it into the end zone behind the unsuspecting Alabama defense. Alabama 34, Arkansas 28, 11:24 4Q
  • Arkansas acts like their going to go for it on fourth-and-four and are called for another false start. Now the Hogs send out the field goal unit. 
  • The Razorbacks try to hurry up on third-and-short and are called for a false start. Big opportunity upcoming for the Alabama defense even though you would have to imagine that it's four down territory for Arkansas if it's close.
  • On third-and-seven, Jefferson finds Burks for the eighth time today. Arkansas now down at the Alabama 33. Burks up to 179 receiving yards.

Third Quarter

END OF THIRD QUARTER: No. 2 Alabama 34, No. 21 Arkansas 21. Stats below

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  • Will Reichard's 30-yard field goal is good. Alabama 34, Arkansas 21, 1:09 3Q
    • In the second half, Alabama hasn't had issues driving down the field on the Arkansas defense. The problems have come once the Crimson Tide gets in the red zone. Two straight drives inside the red zone end with three points total.
  • Robinson catches the ball on third down, but is well short of the first down marker, and Alabama will once again send out the field goal unit.
  • After the review, it is ruled that Metchie's knee was down, and Alabama retains possession. One play later, Brian Robinson powers through some Razorback defenders for a first down. 
  • It is ruled on the field that Metchie fumbled the ball on his way down. The play is under review. The replay makes it seem like the ground may have caused the fumble and that Metchie's knee was down before the fumble.
  • After a drop by Metchie on first down, Young goes to his second-favorite target of the night, Jameson Williams for a 25-yard completion over the middle.
  • The Alabama defense comes up big with a sack on third down after the missed field goal. Will Anderson Jr. is credited with the sack.
  • Freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry is in at DB for Josh Jobe after Jobe has gotten burned a few times tonight.
  • Will Reichard's 47-yard field goal attempt falls short. After having the ball first and goal from the five, Alabama comes away with no points. Crimson Tide still leads 31-21 with 6:15 left in the third quarter.
  • On third and goal, Young tries to recreate his magic and holds onto the ball for too long. He's sacked for 16 yards back to the 29 yard line, and Alabama will attempt a field goal.
  • For the second time today, a nice run from Bryce Young is erased on a holding penalty. This time, it would've been a touchdown for the Crimson Tide. Now, it's second and goal from the 14 for Alabama instead of a touchdown. 
  • On third down, Young finds Metchie for his eighth catch of the day and an Alabama first down. 
  • Both teams have exactly 82 rushing yards, but Alabama is outgaining the Razorbacks in passing yards 338-237.
  • On third-and-one, Treylon Burks once again creates separation on Josh Jobe and takes it into the end zone for 66 yards. Alabama 31, Arkansas 21, 10:09 3Q
    • Arkansas immediately responds to Alabama's opening scoring drive with a quick drive of their own.
    • Burks is up to 148 receiving yards on the game with the two touchdowns. 
  • Arkansas' first possession of the second half will begin at their own 25.
  • Bryce Young scrambles for a bit before finding a wide open Christian Leary behind the line of scrimmage who takes it into the end zone for his first career touchdown. Alabama 31, Arkansas 14, 11:31 3Q
    • An important and efficient drive for the Alabama offense to open the second half. It was a nine-play, 75-yard, 3:29 drive capped by the Leary touchdown. 
    • Brian Robinson had six carries on the drive to help move Alabama down the field in a position to score.
  • A connection with Cameron Latu from Bryce Young gets the Crimson Tide into Arkansas territory. Another run from Robinson and pass to Metchie put Alabama in the red zone. 
  • Alabama opens the half with three straight runs from Brian Robinson Jr.

Halftime Notes

  • Alabama will get the ball to start the second half.
  • Young's 287 yards in the first half are more passing yards than he had total in four separate games. 
  • Will Anderson Jr. added 1.5 tackles for loss in the half to his nation-leading total. 

Second Quarter

HALFTIME: No. 2 Alabama 24, No. 21 Arkansas 14. Stats below:

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  • Well, after a holding call and muffed ball on the punt returner, Alabama will likely just be running out the clock now.
  • Arkansas tries the quarterback draw with Jefferson on third-and-long again. This time it is unsuccessful, and the Razorbacks will have to punt. Alabama takes a timeout and will attempt to add a few more points on the board before halftime. 
  • Williams showcases his speed once again and finds the end zone on a slant over the middle, a 32-yard touchdown pass from Young. Alabama 24, Arkansas 14, 1:44 2Q
    • Williams (121) and Metchie (122) are now both over 100 yards receiving for the game in the first half alone. 
  • On first down, Brian Robinson bowl over some Arkansas defenders for a 10-yard gain. 
  • Dominique Johnson rushes it in on the next play for Arkansas. The Razorbacks are officially back within one score. Alabama 17, Arkansas 14, 3:40 2Q
    • KJ Jefferson is 12-15 for 163 yards and a touchdown for Arkansas. His legs have also been presenting problems for the Alabama defense. 
  • After an intentional grounding pushes Arkansas back to a third-and-14, Josh Jobe and Malachi Moore get burned on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson to Warren Thompson. The play is under review. After review, the runner is ruled down at the one yard line. 
  • Arkansas gashes the Alabama defense up the middle on two straight runs, and then a completion to Trey Knox puts the Hogs at the Alabama 37.
  • On the very next play, Young connects with Jameson Williams for a deep ball, 79-yard touchdown play. Alabama immediately answers the Razorbacks' score. Alabama 17, Arkansas 7, 5:21 2Q
    • It was Williams' 11th receiving touchdown on the season. 
  • Once again, Young holds on to the ball for a little too long and is sakced on first down. 

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  • Burks burns Alabama again. This time on a screen pass from Jefferson for a 15-yard touchdown as the Razorbacks pull within three. Alabama 10, Arkansas 7, 6:06 2Q
    • The Treylon Burks touchdown caps an impressive 14-play, 96-yard touchdown for the Razorbacks. It was a balanced drive with eight rushes and six passes. 
  • Blake Kern with the one-handed grab to avoid a negative play for Arkansas. The Hogs convert a first down on the next play, now down to the Alabama 23.
  • Malachi Moore makes a nice play on the ball on a pass intended for Treylon Burks. 
  • The Razorbacks convert on fourth down with a quarterback sneak. Jefferson is really hurting Alabama with his legs on this drive. 
  • After review, Jefferson is ruled just short of the first down marker. Arkansas faces a fourth down close to midfield. 
  • On third-and-16, the Alabama defense allows KJ Jefferson to run it up the middle on a quarterback draw for the first down. The play is under review.
  • And Arkansas immediately gets out of the end zone with a 32-yard completion to Burks on first down. 
  • Alabama sticks with the punt out of the timeout, and Khyree Jackson down the ball at the four. The Arkansas offense will be backed up right against the Alabama student section. 
  • Young only picks up six yards running on third down, and because of the penalty, Alabama is our of field goal range. The Crimson Tide sent the punt unit out on the field, and Arkansas takes a timeout. 
  • A nice scramble from Bryce Young is wiped out by a holding penalty. After an incompletion on second down, Alabama faces a third-and-20.
  • On third down, Young and Metchie connect over the middle once again, this time for 33 yards.
  • Arkansas goes three and out on its first possession after the Alabama touchdown. Slade Bolden is back to receive the punt. 
  • The Young to Metchie connection stays strong in the second quarter. The first play of the quarter is a 22-yard touchdown pass from Young to Metchie. Alabama 10, Arkansas 0, 14:54 2Q
    • Metchie now with five catches for 89 yards. 
    • The touchdown catch caps a nine-play, 98-yard scoring drive for the Crimson Tide.

First Quarter

END OF FIRST QUARTER: No. 2 Alabama 3, No. 21 Arkansas 0. First quarter stats below.

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  • Alabama is in now in the Arkansas red zone as the first quarter comes to a close. 
  • Back to back first down catches for Metchie. He's already up to four catches for 69 yards.
  • After being pinned deep in their own territory, Alabama has a little more breathing room after a run from Brian Robinson Jr. and catch by Metchie. 
  • Arkansas WR Treylon Burks was taken into the locker room on a cart. 
  • Alabama defensive lineman DJ Dale is out for the game according to the TV broadcast. He was seen limping into the locker room  during pregame warmups. Tim Smith has been playing in his place.
  • After two first down conversions, the Alabama defenses causes two straight negative plays, forcing an Arkansas punt. 
  • The Razorbacks pick up another first down with two straight passes, and nice play design to get the ball to their star WR Treylon Burks. 
  • Arkansas' first pass of the day is a first down conversion on third-and-11.
  • The 48-yard field goal from Will Reichard is good, and Alabama takes the early 3-0 lead. Alabama 3, Arkansas 0, 7:41 1Q
  • After the turnover, Alabama only gains two yards and will have to kick a field goal. 
  • KJ Jefferson fumbles the snap on first down, and Alabama recovers at the Arkansas 31. Dallas Turner falls on it for the fumble recovery. A tough break for Arkansas right after their defense got the fourth down stop.
  • Alabama facing a fourth and one from the Arkansas 30, and Brian Robinson Jr. slips well short of the line to gain. The Crimson Tide's first possession ends in a turnover on downs. 
  • Young holds on to the ball for too long and is sacked for nine yards on first down from the Arkansas 40. 
  • Bryce Young with two early first down passses, one to Slade Bolden and one to John Metchie III. 
  • Darrian Dalcourt is back at center this week. Damieon George Jr. is in at right tackle. 
  • The Crimson Tide's first offensive possession begins at their own 24.
  • Alabama gets a third down stop, and Arkansas is forced to punt. Slade Bolden was back deep to receive, but the punt is shanked out of bounds anyway. Earlier this week, Nick Saban said JoJo Earle will be out for at least two to three weeks, so Bolden will be the punt returner during that time. 
  • Arkansas begins the game with four straight rushes by Dominique Johnson. The first three are successful. By the fourth, Phidarian Mathis sniffs it out for a tackle for loss. 
  • The opening kick is fair caught by Arkansas, and we are underway from Bryant-Denny. The Hogs will get things started at the 25.

Pregame

  • Alabama wins the coin toss and defers to the second half. Arkansas will receive to begin the game. 
  • Today's captains for Alabama are Will Anderson Jr., Phil Mathis and Evan Neal.
  • Since today is the last home game, Alabama's 2021 senior class is being honored for senior day in the pregame. The seniors honored:
    • #4 Christopher Allen
    • #7 Braxton Barker
    • #36 Brett Bolin
    • #28 Josh Jobe
    • #48 Phidarian Mathis
    • #42 Jaylen Moody
    • #79 Chris Owens
    • #99 Ty Perine
    • #85 Kendall Randolph
    • #18 LaBryan Ray
    • #42 Sam Reed
    • #45 Joshua Robinson
    • #4 Brian Robinson Jr. 
    • #88 Major Tennison
    • #3 Daniel Wright
  • DL D.J. Dale came limping onto the field during pregame and was just helped back into the locker room. He appeared to be favoring his left leg.
  • Joe Namath in the house.
  • Darrian Dalcourt is snapping the football to Bryce Young in pregame warmups. Dalcourt missed last week's game against New Mexico State due to a right-ankle injury. Chris Owens is snapping to the fourth stream quarterback.
  • OL Damieon George is lining up at first-team right tackle. On defense, LB Dallas Turner is set up as first-team OLB, opposite Will Anderson Jr.
  • Today's officials
    • Referee: Lee Hedrick
    • Umpire: Michael Moten
    • Line Judge: Ryan Hagan
    • Line Judge: Tim Beard
    • Back Judge: Michael Watson
    • Field Judge: Scotty Melancon
    • Side Judge: Michael Williams
    • Center Judge: M
  • Alabama arrives for the Walk of Champions

How to Watch Alabama vs Arkansas

Who: Arkansas at Alabama

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium

TV: Fubo.TV (Start with a 7-day free trial), CBS

Opening line per SI Sportsbook: Alabama -20.5

Series: The Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks have met a total of 29 times all-time, with Alabama holding a 21-8 edge in the series. The Crimson Tide holds a 13-game winning streak over the Razorbacks and will look to make it 14 as it seeks to clinch the SEC West.

Last time out: Alabama is coming off a lopsided 59-3 victory over New Mexico State. On a day where everything seemed to come together after a sluggish first couple of drives, the Crimson Tide recorded 587 yards of total offense while sacking NMSU quarterback Jonah Johnson seven times.

Arkansas is heading into Bryant-Denny Stadium a week after a thrilling 16-13 overtime win at LSU. The Razorbacks were able to rush for 171 yards on a Tigers defense that held Alabama to just six total rushing yards.