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Saturday, September 25, 2010
At the half: Arkansas 17, Alabama 7

By Chris Low

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas, moving the ball up and down the field, took a 17-7 lead against No. 1-ranked Alabama into halftime Saturday at a raucous Razorback Stadium.

Here's a quick halftime analysis:

Turning point: Trailing 10-7, Alabama was driving to either tie the game or take the lead in the final minutes of the second quarter, but Arkansas safety Rudell Crim intercepted Greg McElroy on the sideline at the Hogs' 34. Arkansas took the ball down the field and scored on Ryan Mallett's 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Stat of the half: The Hogs have 301 total yards at the half, bringing up the obvious question: When's the last time a Nick Saban-coached team has given up 300 yards in a half?

What Alabama needs to do: Not to oversimplify it, but the Crimson Tide need to cover somebody. Arkansas has had receivers running free the entire first half, a few of those plays looking like obvious busted coverages. Alabama's secondary has looked really confused, and the Tide also haven't been able to get much pressure on Mallett.