Sims leads No. 3 Alabama past Florida 42 - 21
- JOHN ZENOR (AP Sports Writer)
September 13, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - University of Alabama quarterback Blake Sims
threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns, including 10 passes for
201 yards and two scores to receiver Amari Cooper, to lead the No.
3 Crimson Tide (4-0 overall; 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference)
to a 42-21 win over Florida (2-1; 1-1) Saturday afternoon at
Bryant-Denny Stadium. In front of a sellout crowd of 101,821,
Alabama overcame several miscues to rack up a methodical yet
impressive victory in its Southeastern Conference opener.
Trey DePriest (33) sacks Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6)
during the second quarter of the Florida game, Saturday,
September 20, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Photo Credit - Vasha Hunt/al.com
Sims completed 23 of 33 passes on the afternoon and his 445 yards
through the air ranks second on the Alabama single-game passing
yards list behind Scott Hunter's 484-yard performance against
Auburn in 1969. Sims passed for 335 yards and three scores in
the first half, including an 87-yard touchdown pass on the Tide's
first offensive play. The first-half yardage ranks second in
Alabama history for passing yards in a half behind Greg McElroy's
339-yard first half outing against Auburn in 2010.
Cooper continued his incredible start to the season with 10 catches
for 201 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yard catch that
erased an early 14-7 deficit, on the way to his school-record sixth
consecutive outing of 100 or more receiving yards. The Alabama
offense eclipsed the 500-yard mark for the fifth consecutive game,
racking up 672 total yards (449 passing, 223 rushing) and
surpassed 600 yards for the second time this season. Derrick
Henry rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
In addition to converting 12 of 16 third downs into first downs,
Alabama averaged 7.4 yards per play on 87 snaps, racking up a huge
advantage in time of possession (39:16 to 20:44) over the overworked
Gator defense. Meanwhile, the Tide defense held the Gators to 200
total yards in the game (107 rushing, 93 passing) and just 2 of 13
conversions on third downs. Alabama won despite losing four
turnovers (three fumbles, one interception) in the game.
The Alabama defense held Florida to 200 total yards and was led
by linebacker Reggie Ragland's eight tackles. Linebacker Trey
Depriest had seven tackles and a fumble recovery while safety
Landon Collins had five tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up
two passes. The Tide harried Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel
into a 9-for-28 passing performance for 93 yards with two
interceptions and two touchdowns.