FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Alabama football team suffered its first loss of the season in double overtime, 24-23, against Arkansas at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Mitch Mustain threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ben Cleveland on third down at the 11 in the second overtime. Jeremy Davis made the extra point to give Arkansas a 24-23 victory over Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide took a 23-17 lead on a 1-yard pass from John Parker Wilson to Nick Walker, but freshman kicker Leigh Tiffin missed the extra point. Walker's touchdown catch was his first career touchdown.
Tiffin had already missed a 33-yard field goal attempt in the first half, a 30-yarder late in the fourth quarter and a 37-yarder that would have won it in the first overtime.
Arkansas appeared doomed on two different occasions. Alabama was driving in the fourth quarter, but after reaching the Razorbacks' 9-yard line, Tiffin, who had made a 46-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter, missed with 3:06 remaining in the fourth. In the first overtime, Mustain's deep pass was intercepted by Lionel Mitchell, who returned it to around midfield. After that, Alabama again ran three straight times and Tiffin missed the same way he missed his other kicks, wide right.
Wilson, a sophomore, was nearly flawless in his first road start. He went 16-of-20 for 243 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yard scoring pass to DJ Hall in the second quarter that made it 7-3. The touchdown was the longest of both Wilson's and Hall's careers and was the 10th longest touchdown pass in school history. It also capped the first 99-yard scoring drive since Oct. 9, 2004, when the Crimson Tide drove 99 yards to score against Kentucky.
Alabama went on to lead 10-3 at halftime, but Arkansas scored on Darren McFadden's 3-yard run early in the third quarter. Davis missed the extra point, leaving the score at 10-9, but Randy Kelly would later return a Wilson fumble 39 yards for a touchdown and Mustain hit McFadden for a 2-point conversion to make it 17-10.
Wilson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Keith Brown with 13:36 remaining to tie it at 17. Hall had six catches for 144 yards and Brown finished with seven grabs for 97 yards. McFadden ran for 112 for the Razorbacks.