Alabama turned it around late in the second half, meaning coach Nick Saban was able to rest fairly easy afterward.

On Saturday, the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide beat Arkansas, 27-14, but the win wasn’t a guarantee until late.

Alabama needed 24 unanswered points, beginning with Calvin Ridley’s 81-yard touchdown catch from Jake Coker late in the third quarter, to regain the lead after previously trailing 7-3 for nearly a full quarter.

“I was really pleased with the way we played in the second half,” Saban said. “I thought we didn’t play poorly in the first half, we just turned the ball over and didn’t finish drives in the red zone. We also gave them the ball on the eight-yard line, which is where they got the touchdown.

“At halftime, in games like this, we knew this would be a tough game. We had a tough game with these guys last year, and we know what kind of team they are. They’re well coached, and they play with a lot of toughness.

“This is when you find out who you are, and how bad you do what you want to do. So, I thought the guys came out and responded really well in the second half. The big play from Jake to Calvin was a big momentum changer in the game, and I think from that time on we dominated pretty well until they hit the scramble pass at the end.”

Last season, Alabama narrowly defeated Arkansas, 14-13, in Fayetteville.

Alabama improves to 5-1 (2-1 Southeastern Conference) with the win.

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