Damien Harris, No. 1 Alabama beat Arkansas 41-9

By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jaylen Barford scored 22 points and freshman Daniel Gafford added 16 on 8-of-8 shooting to help Arkansas continue its hot start at home with a 95-79 win over No. 14 Minnesota on Saturday night. The victory is the first for the Razorbacks (7-2) over a top 15 team since defeating No. 5 Texas A&M during the 2015-16 season, and it extends their home winning streak to eight games. Arkansas is averaging 93.2 points per game in five wins at home this season. Barford entered the game second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 19.6 per game, and he finished 9 of 15 from the field. Gafford scored his points in 21 minutes, and C.J. Jones finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting. Daryl Macon added 12 points and Anton Beard had 10 for the Razorbacks. The loss is the third in the last four games for the Golden Gophers, who lost earlier in the week at Nebraska. Jordan Murphy led Minnesota (8-3) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Amir Coffey had 18 points and Nate Mason 17 in the loss. BIG PICTURE Minnesota: Senior Reggie Lynch entered the game averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and a national-best 4.5 blocks per game. The 6-foot-10 Lynch rarely had the chance to affect much of the game on Saturday, committing four fouls in his first 6 minutes of action and finishing with five points in 14 minutes. Arkansas: The Razorbacks entered Saturday having won their four home games by an average of 25.3 points per game. They were nearly as dominant against the Gophers, leading from start to finish and by as many as 19 points in the second half while making their case for a Top 25 ranking. Barford Gafford Arkansas Minnesota UP NEXT Minnesota returns home to face Drake on Monday night. The Razorbacks are off for finals before hosting Troy on Dec. 16. Razorbacks basketball games are live on the radio in Texarkana on Fox Sports Radio 1400. Razorbacks basketball games are live in Camden, Arkansas on Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM and in Glenwood, Arkansas the Hogs basketball games are live on KHGZ, 98.9 FM. ___ More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Follow Kurt Voigt on Twitter at @Kurt_Voigt_AP

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Damien Harris opened with a 75-yard touchdown run and No. 1 Alabama rode a fast start to a 41-9 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) had raced to a 17-0 start by midway through the first quarter before the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3) managed to slow down the onslaught for a while.

Harris ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. His run on the game’s first offensive play matched his career long set last week at Texas A&M, giving the Tide a lead just 15 seconds into the game.

That game with the Aggies was Alabama’s closest of the season, prompting coach Nick Saban to challenge his team to listen to him instead of the “rat poison” of media hype.

The result was a second straight lopsided SEC loss for Arkansas and embattled coach Bret Bielema.
Playing without quarterback Austin Allen because of a right shoulder injury, Arkansas couldn’t muster much sustained offense.

Redshirt freshman Cole Kelley made his first start and spent much of the night under heavy pressure. He completed 23 of 42 passes 200 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-7, 268-pounder led the Razorbacks down the field at the end of the first half, but it ended with an incompletion from the 3.

Alabama’s Jalen Hurts was 12-of-19 passing for 155 yards with a touchdown and his first interception of the season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: The Razorbacks have allowed 139 points in their first three SEC games. They did put up a fight for a while after the poor start, holding Alabama without a point for stretches of 21 and 15 minutes.

Alabama: The offense sputtered at times after the fast start but produced points in bursts. The Tide committed two turnovers after losing just one in the first six games and muffed three punt returns. Hurts’ third-quarter interception ended a streak of 206 consecutive passes without one, Alabama’s second-longest.

DABO VISITS

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was on hand with other members of Alabama’s 1992 national championship team, which was honored before the game. His coach, Gene Stallings, was also there. Alabama and Clemson have split the past two national title games. The second-ranked Tigers lost to Syracuse Friday night.

 

UP NEXT

Arkansas hosts No. 10 Auburn, which was upset by LSU.
Alabama hosts Tennessee, another slumping SEC team the Tide has beaten 10 straight times.
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