(2) Alabama - 41, Florida Atlantic - 0
September 6, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Receiver Amari Cooper tied an Alabama single-game
record for catches and a pair of Crimson Tide quarterbacks threw for
more than 200 yards while the Alabama defense posted its 10th
shutout over the last 40 games in a weather-shortened 41-0 rout of
Florida Atlantic Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 100, 306 at
Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity: 101,821). After game officials
halted the game at 1:48 p.m. Central Time due to lightning in the
area, the game was officially ended by mutual agreement with 7:53
left in the fourth quarter.
Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) dives in for the first TD
during the first quarter of the No. 2 Alabama vs Florida Atlantic
football game, Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium
in Tuscaloosa, Ala
Photo Credit - Vasha Hunt/al.com
Cooper had 11 catches in the first half, ending the game with 13 c
atches for a career-best 189 yards and 1 touchdown. The yardage is
the fourth-most in Alabama history while Cooper tied DJ Hall's
record for receptions set against Tennessee in 2007. The performance
also moved Cooper into fourth on the Alabama career receiving yards
list with 2,055, just 15 yards behind former tight end Ozzie
Newsome, who had 2,070 receiving yards from 1974-77.
Quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jake Coker both surpassed the 200-yard
mark in passing yardage - the first time in Crimson Tide history
that two passers accomplished that feat in the same game - while
the Tide compiled the second-highest passing yardage total in school
history with 416 yards. The Alabama single-game passing yards mark
is 484 set against Auburn in 1969.
Sims completed 11 of 13 attempts for 214 yards and two touchdown
passes without an interception. Coker completed 15 of 24 passes
for 202 yards and one touchdown without an interception. Alabama
rushed for 204 yards with eight players getting rushing attempts
led by Kenyan Drake's 45 yards on seven carries and one touchdown.
T.J. Yeldon rushed for 43 yards on seven carries.
Defensively, the Tide was led in tackles by linebacker Reggie
Ragland with eight, including a quarterback sack and 1.5 tackles
for loss, and cornerback Eddie Jackson had seven tackles and a
forced fumble. The Tide defense had three quarterback sacks, six
tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.
As a team, the Crimson Tide gained 620 yards of total offense
(416 rushing, 204 passing), notched 27 first downs and averaged
8.9 yards per play (620 yards on 70 plays). FAU was limited to
145 total yards (88 passing, 57 rushing), averaging 3.4 yards per
play. Alabama did not punt in the game, but kicker Adam Griffith
moved to a perfect 6-for-6 on the season in field goals, making
two on Saturday from 22 and 28 yards. Cyrus Jones had a 70-yard