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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Alabama rolled in the rain to a 52-0 victory over Arkansas on Saturday in both teams' SEC opener at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The No. 1 ranked and reigning national champion Crimson Tide absolutely dominated all phases while securing five Arkansas turnovers to take a 3-0 record back to Tuscaloosa for next Saturday's nonconference game against Florida Atlantic.

Many of the soaked and mostly forlorn 74,617 fans departed before the finish after seeing their Razorbacks, nationally ranked until last week's overtime loss to 30-point underdog Louisiana-Monroe, embarrassed again on national TV.

Arkansas is 1-2 going into next Saturday's nonconference home game against Rutgers.

The Razorbacks had not been shut out since 1995, 28-0, at LSU.

Arkansas lost senior All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson to a head injury during that loss to Louisiana-Monroe and Wilson, although dressed, was withheld against Alabama.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Allen, and junior Brandon Mitchell, a former quarterback moved to wide receiver and back, struggled to accrue only 137 yards of offense against an Alabama defense that swamped Big Ten power Michigan, 41-14, two games ago.

The Tide rolled with equal ease, rushing for 213 yards and passing for 225 yards.

Allen threw two interceptions in Alabama's 24-0 first half.

Dennis Johnson fumbled on a kick return, and running back Knile Davis fumbled at the Alabama's 17, allowing the Tide to score two touchdowns in the third quarter to really blow the game open at 38-0.

Davis fumbled to Alabama again at the Arkansas 28 with 6:18 left in the game, leading to another touchdown.

Johnson's fumble was on the only kickoff that Alabama's Cade Foster, who kicked a 51-yard field goal and had a 52-yard near-miss off the cross bar, didn't kick out of the end zone.

Alabama romped to a 24-0 first half, during which Arkansas netted but 44 yards, including minus-5 rushing, threw two interceptions and deep-snapped once over its punter's head.

The bad snap by Will Coleman was recovered at the Arkansas six-yard-line, setting up Alabama's first score from there on a run by Eddie Lacy on first down with 9:40 left in the first quarter.

Coleman also snapped high on a field goal attempt, but holder Brian Buehner got it down before Zack Hocker bounced the kick off an upright, ending Arkansas' only first half-scoring threat.

A controversial call denied Arkansas' other big first-half opportunity. Cameron Bryan of Arkansas recovered a fumble on a punt return by Christon Jones of Alabama at the Alabama 20, but Jones' forward progress was deemed to have been halted before he lost the ball.

Arkansas coach John L. Smith challenged the ruling on the fumbled punt to no avail.

There certainly was no controversy to the rest of the half.

Lacy scored from the one on another short field drive after Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted Allen's pass and returned it 46 yards to the Arkansas three.

Lacy scored his third touchdown, a 10-yarder, capping a six-play 75-yard drive to start the second half.

Johnson's kick return fumble was followed by quarterback A.J. McCarron's 26-yard pass down the sideline to Amari Cooper, setting up running back T.J. Yeldon's one-yard touchdown.

Kenyan Drake, on a 12-yard run, scored first Alabama's fourth-quarter touchdown at 11:32, capping a 15-play, 80-yard drive consuming 7:31.

Third-team quarterback Blake Sims ran for a 27-yard fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Davis' second fumble.
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