No. 1 Alabama Rallies Past No. 10 Arkansas In 24-20 Win

September 26, 2010 – By Scott

Trailing by 13 points midway through the third quarter, it appeared as though No.1 Alabama might be on the verge of losing their top ranking in NCAA Football to SEC rival No. 10 Arkansas. They were on the road in a hostile environment and facing one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Ryan Mallet.

But ‘Bama used what has made them such a great team as of late, a stout defense and running back Mark Ingram, and rallied to eke out a 24-20 win. Ingram scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:18 left to play and the Crimson Tide defense intercepted a Mallet pass on the Razorbacks final drive to preserve the victory.

“We just had our focus on going out there and executing, and we played with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity and determination,” Ingram said. “It’s big for this team to have a situation like that and persevere like that.”

Up until the final 44 seconds in the third quarter, Arkansas was in total control of the game. The Razorbacks jumped out in front of Alabama early as Ronnie Wingo Jr. hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Mallet just 50 seconds into the game. Ingram would make his presence known midway through the first quarter and responded with a 54-yard touchdown run. The Razorbacks would then add a 31-yard field goal by Zach Hocker to give them back the lead. They would follow this up with the only score of the second quarter as Mallet scored on a 1-yard run to give them a 17-7 lead heading into halftime.

Hocker would nail his second field goal of the game midway through the third and it seemed as though Alabama was headed for their first loss of the year trailing 20-7. But then Alabama began their surge.

Trent Richardson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy to bring the Tide within 6 heading into the final quarter. Alabama would then be aided by two interceptions in the fourth from Mallet and went on to score 10 points to get the come-from-behind win.

After missing the first two games with an injury, Ingram has showed over the past few games since returning why he is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. He has rushed for 308 yards in his past two games, including 157 yards and 2 touchdowns in their win over Arkansas.

Mallet came into the game beginning to get quite a bit of hype in this year’s Heisman Trophy race. He threw for 357 yards and 1 touchdown, but his three interceptions proved costly in the loss.

Things will not get any easier for Alabama next week as they face the Florida Gators at home. Arkansas will get an extra week to regroup before facing Texas A&M on October 9.

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