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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Crimson Tide steamroller

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The more you watch this Alabama team play, the more you appreciate just how physical the Crimson Tide are and how they methodically wear their opponents down.

Mark Ingram walked in for an easy fourth-quarter touchdown, and just like that, Alabama leads Arkansas 35-7 in a game that looked like it might be close after Arkansas scored on its first possession of the third quarter to pull within 14-7.

But even when Alabama isn't running the ball all that well, the Tide just keep coming at you. And not only is this defense really good, but they're in fantastic shape. With Alabama scoring a pair of touchdowns on one-play drives, the defense has been on the field a lot Saturday.

You wouldn't know it, though, by the way Alabama has continued to harass Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. Rushing the passer is the most tiring thing a defense can do, and Mallett has already thrown the ball 33 times.