Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns Saturday on big plays, and leads Arkansas 14-0 at halftime.
Here’s a quick analysis:
Stat of the half: Arkansas is just 2-of-10 on third down, and most of those the Hogs didn’t convert were third-and-long. The Crimson Tide held Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to 7 of 21 passing in the opening half.
Turning point: Arkansas was hanging in there defensively until Alabama freshman running back Trent Richardson shook loose on a 52-yard touchdown romp to break a scoreless tie early in the second quarter. He broke four tackles on the play. Until that touchdown, Alabama only had four first downs in the game.
Best player of the half: Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas has been everywhere. He’s been a big part of the Crimson Tide’s pass rush, sacking Mallett twice. He’s also been solid in coverage and returned a punt inside the 5-yard line that was brought back because of an illegal block in the back penalty. Arenas has four tackles in the first half.