Alabama gets special teams lift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The thought coming in was that Arkansas might have an edge on special teams.

But it was Alabama that struck first in the kicking game with a beautifully designed 37-yard touchdown pass from AJ McCarron to tight end Michael Williams on a fake field goal.

The Crimson Tide lined up for what would have been a 54-yard field goal. McCarron was the holder, but jumped back into the shotgun at quarterback. Williams was lined up on the line, and nobody covered him down the field.

In fact, Arkansas defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones was the one chasing Williams.

There's still a lot of football to be played. But in big games like this, rarely does the team that gives up a special teams touchdown win the game.