COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Arkansas Dives Past Alabama at the Finish : SEC: Meadors’ catch with six seconds to play gives Razorbacks a 20-19 victory in Tuscaloosa.

From Associated Press

The team wearing red marched downfield and scored the winning touchdown as time expired. This time, however, it wasn’t the home team.

J.J. Meadors dove on his belly to catch a fourth-down pass in the end zone with six seconds remaining to give Arkansas one of its biggest victories in years, a 20-19 win over No. 13 Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (2-1, 1-1), accustomed to pulling off such improbable last-minute comebacks itself, was on the other side of the dramatics on a rainy day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.


Alabama came back five times in the fourth quarter last season and began this year with two more fourth-quarter comebacks.

“It was our game to win, and we just didn’t do it,” Alabama Coach Gene Stallings said.

Alabama quarterback Brian Burgdorf, who completed only six of 17 passes for 90 yards, was sacked three times and absorbed numerous hits after getting rid of the ball, seemed displeased with the play-calling.

“It’s really hard on the passing game when you wait until it’s third down to throw the ball,” he said.

Dennis Riddle, Alabama’s leading rusher, had only 57 yards. Madre Hill rushed for 105 yards for Arkansas (2-1, 2-0), including 87 in the first quarter.

With more than 70,000 fans looking for one more heroic effort by the Tide defense, Barry Lunney rolled to his left and fired to Meadors, who was several yards deep in the end zone and slid forward to make the catch.

“The first thing I thought about was that it was fourth down and just a few seconds left on the clock,” Meadors said. “I knew I had to do anything to get open.”