(2) Alabama - 41, Florida Atlantic - 0
- Rolltide.com
September 6, 2014


 
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
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.

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 punt return.



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