Final: Alabama 35, Arkansas 7

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- At last, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett can quit running.

He was trying to get away from a fierce Alabama pass-rush all game, to no avail, and the surging Crimson Tide made a strong case Saturday as the No. 1 team in the country with a 35-7 beatdown of Arkansas at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide (4-0) did it with several big plays on offense, a suffocating defense and a blocked punt on special teams to lead to a touchdown that put the Hogs away for good.

The only bad news for Alabama was what appeared to be a serious knee injury to sophomore linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who left the game in the first half and didn’t return. He was on the bench with crutches at the end of the game.

It was another strong performance for Alabama junior quarterback Greg McElroy, who threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He’s now thrown seven touchdowns and one interception in four games.