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3 up, 3 down: Bama 52, Arkansas 0

9/16/2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The good and the bad from Alabama's 52-0 win over Arkansas on Saturday:

THREE UP

1. Turnovers galore: The Alabama defense continues to do what the 2011-12 defense couldn't -- create turnovers. The secondary picked off Arkansas two times and forced eight fumbles. After the game, coach Nick Saban said it's something they've worked on this offseason. It's paid off so far.

2. Efficient offense: If the offense has anyone to thank for its 438-yard, seven-touchdown performance, it's the defense. AJ McCarron and Co. took advantage of five drives started in Arkansas territory, turning them into 31 points. Alabama was a perfect 6-for-6 scoring inside the red zone.

3. Kicking game: Cade Foster isn't the same kicker he was a year ago. He came back this season and has shown a strong leg and good accuracy. He kicked eight of nine kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback and made 1-of-2 field goal attempts beyond 50 yards.

THREE DOWN

1. Too many penalties: Alabama dominated all phases of the game but one against Arkansas -- penalties. The Crimson Tide committed seven penalties for 74 yards. Had it not been for five turnovers from the Razorbacks, a shutout might not have occurred on Saturday afternoon.

2. Protecting McCarron: The offensive line continues to struggle with consistency. McCarron was hit around some by the Arkansas defense after sustaining six sacks last week against Western Kentucky.

3. Punting in weather: Cody Mandell had looked like he'd turned a corner in 2012. The junior punter was booming punts well beyond his 39.3 yards per punt average of a year ago. Against Arkansas, he experienced a backslide, punting twice for an average of 35 yards with none landing inside the 20-yard line.