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October 19, 2013

ALABAMA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Drake's speed helps Tide run away with 7th win

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TUSCALOOSA —

% Not a Laughing Matter: C.J. Mosley gave Ha Ha Clinton-Dix the perfect welcome-back gift in the Tide safety's first series following a two-game suspension.

On the heels of a 25-yard pass-and-catch between Brandon Allen and Hunter Henry — Arkansas' longest play of the night — Mosley tipped Allen's very next pass straight up for Clinton-Dix to snag with ease.

Clinton-Dix wasn't expected to see the field so early but was thrust into action when fan-favorite Vinnie Sunseri left the field with what Nick Saban called a knee injury after the game. The coach said the injury “could be serious" and that an MRI is scheduled for Monday.

Cyrus Jones also picked off his second pass of the season.

% They Like to Move It, Move It: Alabama has had a far easier time moving the chains than its foes through seven games.

With Saturday night's contest in the books, the Tide have now recorded 170 first downs, compared to 100 by their opponents.

% First-Half Domination: The first and second quarters have been awful kind to Alabama on both sides of the ball, this season for the O and some of 2012, too, for the D.

The Tide topped 250 yards of total offense by halftime for the third game in a row by rounding up 270 before the break on Saturday. They rolled up 372 against Kentucky and 308 versus Georgia State.

On the other side of the ball, the Razorbacks' goose egg at intermission marked the eighth time in the previous 11 games Alabama kept its foe off the scoreboard in the first half.

In the last four full games, the Tide have notched two shutouts and yielded just 10 points.

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at robk@cullmantimes.com.

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