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Saturday, September 24, 2011
At the half: Alabama 17, Arkansas 7

By Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 3-ranked Alabama scored on defense and scored on special teams and leads No. 14-ranked Arkansas 17-7 at the half Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Here's a quick halftime analysis:

Turning point: Arkansas held Alabama to a short field goal after the Crimson Tide had it first-and-goal from inside the 1, a stand that seemed to give the Hogs some momentum. But on Arkansas' ensuing possession, quarterback Tyler Wilson was intercepted on a third-down play, and Alabama's DeQuan Menzie returned it 25 yards for a touchdown after deflecting it to himself, giving the Tide a 10-point halftime lead.

Stat of the half: The Hogs had minus-6 rushing yards on seven attempts and had six plays where they gained zero yards or less.

Stat of the half II: The teams combined to go 3-of-13 on third down. Arkansas was 2-of-7 and Alabama 1-of-6.

Best call: Alabama's Nick Saban called for a fake field goal in the first quarter, and it popped wide open for a touchdown. The Crimson Tide initially lined up for a 54-yard field goal, but AJ McCarron dropped back into the shotgun after initially lining up as the holder. He found tight end Michael Williams wide open for a 37-yard touchdown to give Alabama an early 7-0 lead.