FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Alabama has a Heisman Trophy winner in running back Mark Ingram.
The candidate put on quite a passing display Saturday for No. 10 Arkansas, but the Heisman winner made the plays when it mattered most as he led top-ranked Alabama (4-0) to a 24-20 come-from-behind victory over the Razorbacks (3-1).
Ingram ran 24 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Mallett’s passing — 25 for 38 for 359 yards, three interceptions — helped the Razorbacks take a 20-7 lead midway through the third quarter, but a pass on third-and-11 from his own 19-yard line late in the fourth quarter was intercepted by Alabama free safety Robert Lester.
It was Lester’s second big interception of the game, and he returned it to the Razborbacks’ 12-yard line.
From there, Ingram ran three times, the last for 1 yard and the go-ahead touchdown.
Dre Kirkpatrick intercepted a Mallett pass to end Arkansas’ last chance. It was the Tide’s third interception of the game.
Ingram had run 54 yards for Alabama’s first touchdown, but the Tide trailed 17-7 at halftime.
Arkansas had stunned the Tide from the start, going 74 yards on the first two plays of the game for a quick touchdown.
The victory extended Alabama’s winning streak to 18 games and its string of consecutive regular-season victories to 28. The Tide has not lost since falling 31-17 to Utah on Jan. 2, 2009 in the Sugar Bowl. It had not lost in the regular season since falling 17-10 on Nov. 24, 2007 at Auburn.