Alabama dominates Arkansas State 57-7 in home opener

Nick Saban Arkansas State presser

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Alabama’s domination on the field continued from its lopsided season-opening win against Louisville last week.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0) controlled all four quarters and defeated Arkansas State 57-7 in their 2018 home opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama shined on both sides of the ball. The Crimson Tide offense set a record under the Nick Saban era for most points scored in a home opener. Defensively, an interception returned for a touchdown by Savion Smith extended Alabama’s streak of forcing at least one turnover to 44 of the Crimson Tide’s last 46 games.

WATCH: Alabama arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium ahead of the Arkansas State game

Turning Point

The Alabama offense got going immediately, driving 75 yards on five plays to open the game then scoring a second touchdown less than two minutes later.

The two early scores not only gave the Crimson Tide a quick advantage, the drives also set the tone for the game.

Less than two minutes into the game, Tagovailoa connected with one of his favorite targets, Jerry Jeudy, for a 58-yard strike to take a 7-0 lead. Arkansas State’s ensuing drive lasted three plays and Alabama’s pressure forced the away team punter’s kick to travel only 7 yards. The Tide scored two plays later on a 31-yard pass from Tagovailoa to Henry Ruggs to make the score 13-0 with 11:30 left in the first quarter.

By the Numbers

Numerous Crimson Tide players had a great game against Arkansas State. Here are a few who really stood out:

Tua Tagovailoa - 13 of 19 passing, 228 yards, 4 touchdowns

Jalen Hurts - 7 of 9 passing, 93 yards, 2 touchdowns

Najee Harris - 13 carries, 135 yards, 1 touchdown

Jerry Jeudy - 4 receptions, 87 yards, 2 touchdowns

DeVonta Smith - 3 receptions, 77 yards, 1 touchdown

Henry Ruggs - 3 receptions, 56 yards, 1 touchdown

Scoring Plays

First Quarter

Alabama 7, Arkansas State 0 - Tau Tagovailoa pass to Jerry Jeudy, 58 yards (13:19 left)

UA 13, ASU 0 - Tagovailoa pass to Henry Ruggs III, 31 yards (11:30 left)

UA 19, ASU 0 - Tagovailoa pass to DeVonta Smith, 41 yards (3:00 left)

Second Quarter

UA 26, ASU 0 - Jalen Hurts pass to Irv Smith Jr., 10 yards (8:52 left)

UA 33, ASU 0 - Hurts pass to Jeudy, 7 yards (7:43 left)

UA 40, ASU 0 - Saivion Smith interception, 38 yards (6:44 left)

Third Quarter

UA 40, ASU 7 - Justice Hansen pass to Kendrick Edwards, 23 yards (12:28 left)

UA 43, ASU 7 - Bulovas 39-yard field goal (9:46 left)

UA 50, ASU 7 - Tagovailoa pass to Derek Kief, 14 yards (1:30 left)

Fourth Quarter

UA 57, ASU 7 - Najee Harris run, 1 yard (12:06 left)

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