FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide didn't have to do much to jump out to a 24-0 lead over the Razorbacks in the first half. The Razorbacks did the work for them.
Arkansas, without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson for the game, had a number of costly mistakes, including a botched punt attempt and a late interception that set up easy scores for Alabama.
Stat of the half: Without Wilson at quarterback, the Razorbacks have had no luck against the Crimson Tide defense, mustering -5 rushing yards and 45 total yards of offense.
Player of the half: Eddie Lacy had been something of an unknown for Alabama before Saturday afternoon, a question mark due to his health. But in the SEC opener, he showed up in a big way, rumbling 40 yards for two touchdowns on nine carries.
What's working for Alabama: The Crimson Tide are having no trouble taking what the Razorbacks give them. Alabama has turned three drives inside Arkansas territory into 17 points.
What's not working for Alabama: The execution on offense hasn't been crisp for the Tide, converting on just one of five third-down attempts.