It took 21 seconds for Alabama to score, and it came on Tagovailoa's first pass of the game - throw to Irv Smith Jr. who ran it into the end zone for a 76 yard touchdown.
Arkansas's defense had been the bright spot in their first two SEC games but they were overpowered against the top rated team in the country.
"I don't think you beat the other team when you give up 31 points like we did today, from a defense perspective".
"We now have five defensive players that are out for an extended period of time that were starters or in the two-deep". By halftime, he had an insane stat line: 10-of-11 passing for 334 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
But after the game, all Nick Saban could talk about was how the defensive showing wasn't good enough and there's plenty to work on for them to be where they need to be when they play better opponents.
Once again, Tagovailoa connected with Smith for a huge gain near the Arkansas 20 before cornerback Ryan Pulley forced a fumble. However, the ball was fumbled but still recovered by sophomore wide receiver Henry Ruggs III for a 12-yard touchdown return.
Per Sunday's odds at the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas, Alabama leads the list of contenders at -225.
Ty Storey threw an 8-yard pass to Cheyenne O'Grady to put the Razorbacks on the board. Storey had his second TD pass of the day when he found De'Vion Warren from 17 yards out; then with 13 seconds left, Kelley went in from a yard out.
The Hogs will travel to Little Rock next Saturday to take on Ole Miss, seeking to continue a recent trend of finding ways to pull out wins against the Rebels. "You're not really competing against the other team, you are competing against yourself".
Alabama has not scored fewer than 45 points this season.