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What We Learned About Alabama's QB Competition in Week 3

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Has Blake Sims won Alabama's quarterback competition? It appears so.

Three weeks into the 2014 season, Alabama coach Nick Saban has steadfastly refused to name a starting quarterback between Blake Sims and Jake Coker.

But following the Crimson Tide’s 52-12 drubbing of Southern Miss, it is clear that Saban really doesn’t need to. Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s division of playing time says it all: Sims is the guy.

Sims completed 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, while Coker hit on five of seven for 46 yards. AL.com's Andrew Gribble questioned the quarterback competition via Twitter during the third quarter:

We're midway through the 3rd quarter and Blake Sims is the only QB to play. Is the competition over?

— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) September 14, 2014
Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

Jake Coker appears to have lost Alabama's quarterback battle to Blake Sims.

Alabama’s usage of Coker was telling. The Florida State transfer didn’t enter the game until 2:10 remained in the third quarter, with the Tide holding a comfortable 35-9 lead.

He played the final three drives, all of which ended in scores, with a field goal and a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Entering Saturday’s game against Southern Miss, Saban said he didn’t have a set plan for the quarterbacks’ usage in an interview on the SEC Network’s SEC Nation (via AL.com's Andrew Gribble).

I don't think we have a specific, "OK, you're going to play this long and the next guy's coming in." I think we want to play both guys in the game if we can. Last week I had a specific plan for it. Today, I think we want to just sort of see how it goes.

How did it go? Sims took control or at least did enough to keep his bosses happy. D.C. Reeves of TideSports.com provided a comparison between Sims and AJ McCarron regarding stats after each player's first three games as the starting quarterback:

Blake Sims first 3 games as starter: 48-64 (75%) 646 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT. AJ McCarron first 3 starts (68.4%): 65-95, 779 yards, 4 TD 2 INT.

— D.C. Reeves (@_DCReeves) September 14, 2014

Sims averaged a pedestrian 9.9 yards per attempt Saturday, with his longest completion a 27-yard pass to Amari Cooper. That’s Sims’ game: He doesn’t do anything spectacularly, but he hasn’t done anything to get Alabama beaten. Saban said as much on SEC Nation:

I think consistency and performance is important at any position, and especially at the quarterback position because you distribute the ball every down.

Blake obviously has been in the system a lot longer. Probably a little more comfortable, a little more confident. Jake is learning and improving all the time in terms of what is expected of him. 

We're just going to keep trying to develop both guys. Both guys really do encourage each other and I think our team has confidence in both guys.

Afterward, he told reporters that the quarterback position remains “week to week” and that Coker “needs to play,” as reported in a tweet by TideSports.com:

Saban: It didn't feel right to make a change. Jake needs to play and develop confidence. Decision will be made on week to week basis.

— TideSports.com (@TideSports) September 14, 2014

Sims might not have a long leash on the position, and it is certainly within the realm of possibility that Coker could have another chance at the role if Sims struggles with SEC defenses, starting with Florida next week.

But for now, it is clear that Sims is the Crimson Tide’s guy under center—without a doubt.

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What We Learned About Alabama's QB Competition in Week 3

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press
Has Blake Sims won Alabama’s quarterback competition? It appears so.

Three weeks into the 2014 season, Alabama coach Nick Saban has steadfastly refused to name a starting quarterback between Blake Sims and Jake Coker.

But following the Crimson Tide’s 52-12 drubbing of Southern Miss, it is clear that Saban really doesn’t need to. Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s division of playing time says it all: Sims is the guy.

Sims completed 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, while Coker hit on five of seven for 46 yards. AL.com’s Andrew Gribble questioned the quarterback competition via Twitter during the third quarter:


Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

Jake Coker appears to have lost Alabama’s quarterback battle to Blake Sims.

Alabama’s usage of Coker was telling. The Florida State transfer didn’t enter the game until 2:10 remained in the third quarter, with the Tide holding a comfortable 35-9 lead.

He played the final three drives, all of which ended in scores, with a field goal and a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Entering Saturday’s game against Southern Miss, Saban said he didn’t have a set plan for the quarterbacks’ usage in an interview on the SEC Network’s SEC Nation (via AL.com’s Andrew Gribble).

I don’t think we have a specific, “OK, you’re going to play this long and the next guy’s coming in.” I think we want to play both guys in the game if we can. Last week I had a specific plan for it. Today, I think we want to just sort of see how it goes.

How did it go? Sims took control or at least did enough to keep his bosses happy. D.C. Reeves of TideSports.com provided a comparison between Sims and AJ McCarron regarding stats after each player’s first three games as the starting quarterback:

Sims averaged a pedestrian 9.9 yards per attempt Saturday, with his longest completion a 27-yard pass to Amari Cooper. That’s Sims’ game: He doesn’t do anything spectacularly, but he hasn’t done anything to get Alabama beaten. Saban said as much on SEC Nation:

I think consistency and performance is important at any position, and especially at the quarterback position because you distribute the ball every down.

Blake obviously has been in the system a lot longer. Probably a little more comfortable, a little more confident. Jake is learning and improving all the time in terms of what is expected of him. 

We’re just going to keep trying to develop both guys. Both guys really do encourage each other and I think our team has confidence in both guys.

Afterward, he told reporters that the quarterback position remains “week to week” and that Coker “needs to play,” as reported in a tweet by TideSports.com:

Sims might not have a long leash on the position, and it is certainly within the realm of possibility that Coker could have another chance at the role if Sims struggles with SEC defenses, starting with Florida next week.

But for now, it is clear that Sims is the Crimson Tide’s guy under center—without a doubt.

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Nick Perry Ejection Not What Alabama's Shaky Secondary Needed Ahead of Florida

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Up three scores in the second half against Southern Miss, No. 2 Alabama had some back luck that could come back to hurt it in a big way.

Starting free safety Nick Perry drilled Southern Miss wide receiver Kyle Foster well after a pass was thrown over his head. Perry was called for targeting, and after a review the play was upheld.

It was the right call, no doubt.

Perry’s helmet strikes Foster’s helmet as Foster is on the way down from jumping up to catch a pass. Perry had plenty of time to pull up, but didn’t, and was rightfully sent from the game.

He even took to Twitter immediately after his ejection to apologize to the fans.

My apologies BamaNation.. My boys will take care of business #NoFlyZone

— Real Tim Riggins (@NIckPerry_27) September 14, 2014

Head coach Nick Saban acknowledged that it was the right call.

Saban said he believes Nick Perry's hit was helmet-2-helmet, but doesn't think he did it on purpose. "You have to change your launch point."

— Marquavius Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) September 14, 2014

But this play has consequences that extend far beyond a half of football in an out-of-reach game against a group-of-five opponent that Alabama eventually won, 52-12.

Since the play occurred in the second half, Perry will also miss the first half of Alabama’s SEC opener against Florida on Saturday. That’s not at all what the Crimson Tide needed in a secondary that has had its share of ups and downs this season and is already limited by injury.

Alabama doesn’t have much in the way of depth behind Perry.

When he left the game, Geno Smith moved from "Star" back to free safety, while Maurice Smith, a cornerback, came in to play the Star spot. Geno Smith hasn’t had much playing time at free safety, and Maurice Smith’s natural spot is at corner.

The two Smiths will have their work cut out for them at practice this week, preparing for full-time duties, at least in the first half.

Saban: Losing Nick (Perry) for a half next week (Florida) will create some situations for us at safety. … We’re getting a little thin there.

— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) September 14, 2014

Alabama’s quarterback battle has, understandably, been in the spotlight in the early goings of the 2014 season, but its secondary has been shaky from the get-go.

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It gave up 365 yards to start the year against West Virginia, which exploited its 6'3" receiver Kevin White in mismatches against the Crimson Tide’s undersized cornerbacks. It was really the only game Alabama has played against a legitimate offensive threat, and it largely failed that test.

Even Southern Miss had success, though in spurts, against the Alabama secondary on Saturday. Golden Eagles quarterback Nick Mullens finished the day with 207 passing yards, hardly gaudy numbers but on par with his games against Mississippi State (212) and Alcorn State (208).

The defense has also forced just one turnover, recovering a fumble against Florida Atlantic, and has yet to record an interception. That will definitely be a point of emphasis this week.

Saban mentions lack of turnovers through first 3 games. Alabama has forced just one. Says it's being emphasized.

— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) September 14, 2014

And the secondary will already be at less than full strength.

Safety Jarrick Williams, who was a rock at the Star position and was especially physical in run support, is out with a broken bone in his foot. Cornerback Eddie Jackson—who took the place of the 5’11” Bradley Sylve, who was burned several times by White in the opener—left the game, though Saban said afterwards that it likely won’t keep him out.

Saban: Eddie Jackson bruised his quad. Nothing serious.

— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 14, 2014

Which brings us to Florida.

It’s hard to get a read on the Gators, since they’ve played only one game after lightning cancelled their season opener against Idaho. In a win over Eastern Michigan, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel hit 31 of 40 passes for 248 yards and a score in about three quarters of play. The Gators moved the ball well—as they should have—against that level of competition.

Alabama struggled against teams that could throw the ball last season, and through three games, it hasn’t shown that those issues are behind it.

And as a team with a dangerous quarterback comes to Tuscaloosa next week for Alabama’s SEC opener, losing one of its starting safeties hurts even worse.

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Nick Perry Ejection Not What Alabama's Shaky Secondary Needed Ahead of Florida

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

Up three scores in the second half against Southern Miss, No. 2 Alabama had some back luck that could come back to hurt it in a big way.

Starting free safety Nick Perry drilled Southern Miss wide receiver Kyle Foster well after a pass was thrown over his head. Perry was called for targeting, and after a review the play was upheld.

It was the right call, no doubt.

Perry’s helmet strikes Foster’s helmet as Foster is on the way down from jumping up to catch a pass. Perry had plenty of time to pull up, but didn’t, and was rightfully sent from the game.

He even took to Twitter immediately after his ejection to apologize to the fans.

Head coach Nick Saban acknowledged that it was the right call.

But this play has consequences that extend far beyond a half of football in an out-of-reach game against a group-of-five opponent that Alabama eventually won, 52-12.

Since the play occurred in the second half, Perry will also miss the first half of Alabama’s SEC opener against Florida on Saturday. That’s not at all what the Crimson Tide needed in a secondary that has had its share of ups and downs this season and is already limited by injury.

Alabama doesn’t have much in the way of depth behind Perry.

When he left the game, Geno Smith moved from “Star” back to free safety, while Maurice Smith, a cornerback, came in to play the Star spot. Geno Smith hasn’t had much playing time at free safety, and Maurice Smith’s natural spot is at corner.

The two Smiths will have their work cut out for them at practice this week, preparing for full-time duties, at least in the first half.

Alabama’s quarterback battle has, understandably, been in the spotlight in the early goings of the 2014 season, but its secondary has been shaky from the get-go.


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It gave up 365 yards to start the year against West Virginia, which exploited its 6’3″ receiver Kevin White in mismatches against the Crimson Tide’s undersized cornerbacks. It was really the only game Alabama has played against a legitimate offensive threat, and it largely failed that test.

Even Southern Miss had success, though in spurts, against the Alabama secondary on Saturday. Golden Eagles quarterback Nick Mullens finished the day with 207 passing yards, hardly gaudy numbers but on par with his games against Mississippi State (212) and Alcorn State (208).

The defense has also forced just one turnover, recovering a fumble against Florida Atlantic, and has yet to record an interception. That will definitely be a point of emphasis this week.

And the secondary will already be at less than full strength.

Safety Jarrick Williams, who was a rock at the Star position and was especially physical in run support, is out with a broken bone in his foot. Cornerback Eddie Jackson—who took the place of the 5’11” Bradley Sylve, who was burned several times by White in the opener—left the game, though Saban said afterwards that it likely won’t keep him out.

Which brings us to Florida.

It’s hard to get a read on the Gators, since they’ve played only one game after lightning cancelled their season opener against Idaho. In a win over Eastern Michigan, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel hit 31 of 40 passes for 248 yards and a score in about three quarters of play. The Gators moved the ball well—as they should have—against that level of competition.

Alabama struggled against teams that could throw the ball last season, and through three games, it hasn’t shown that those issues are behind it.

And as a team with a dangerous quarterback comes to Tuscaloosa next week for Alabama’s SEC opener, losing one of its starting safeties hurts even worse.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The men’s tennis team added another six wins on Saturday at the Harvard Chowdah Fest with three coming in singles and another three in doubles.

All three of the Crimson Tide’s singles wins came in straight sets. Sophomore Sean Donohue defeated senior Ciaran Fitzgerald of San Diego, 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Langford Hills blew past sophomore Patrick Hall of San Diego 6-3, 6-1, and fellow freshman Sam Edwards defeated freshman James Ponwith of San Diego in similar fashion, 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles play against the Toreros, the duo of Donohue and freshman Danny Kerznerman took down freshman Jordan Angus and sophomore Filip Vittek 8-7(4). Edwards and junior Becker O’Shaughnessey earned themselves a victory against Ponwith and junior Romain Kalaydijan, 8-5, while Hills and sophomore Nikko Madregallejo also snagged a win against Hall and sophomore Geoffrey Fosso, 8-7(4).

Match play will resume for the final day of the tournament on Sunday with another round of singles and doubles.

Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaMTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

RESULTS
Doubles
Hu/Yeung (HU) def. Donohue/O’Shaughnessey (UA) 8-7(3)
Beltrame/Nguyen (HU) def. Madregallejo/Kerznerman (UA) 8-5
Haughey/Tao (HU) def. Kenyon/Hills (UA) 8-5
Chaudhuri/Ball (HU) def. Brewer/Edwards (UA) 8-6
Donohue/Kerznerman def. Angus/Vittek (USD) 8-7(4)
Petronijevic/Fitzgerald (USD) def. Kenyon/Brewer (UA) 8-7(2)
O’Shaughnessey/Edwards def. Ponswith/Kalaydjian (USD) 8-5
Hills/Madregallejo def. Fosso/Hall (USD) 8-7(4)

Singles
Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Stuart Kenyon 7-6(4), 6-4
Filip Vittek (USD) def. Becker O’Shaughnessey 7-5, 6-4
Jordan Angus (USD) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA) 6-4, 6-4
Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
Sean Donohue (UA) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 6-3, 6-2
Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Hayes Brewer (UA) 6-3, 6-3
Langford Hills (UA) def. Patrick Hall (USD) 6-3, 6-1
Sam Edwards (UA) def. James Ponwith (USD) 6-2, 6-0





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ALABAMA NOTES

GENERAL NOTES

GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama's captains for Saturday's game against Southern Miss were Nick Perry, Brian Vogler and T.J. Yeldon. The Golden Eagles won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

SERIES HISTORY: With a 52-12 win, Alabama leads the all-time series with Southern Miss 34-6-2.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

AFFECTING THE QUARTERBACK: Alabama has seven sacks in the first three games (3 vs. West Virginia, 3 vs. against Florida Atlantic and 1 vs. Southern Miss), which are the most for an Alabama team in the first three games of the season since recording 10 sacks in the first three games of the 2009 undefeated national championship season (5 vs. Virginia Tech, 5 vs. Florida International and 0 vs. North Texas). It took the first five games for Alabama to record six sacks in 2013. Ryan Anderson and Xzavier Dickson lead the Tide with two sacks each through three games in 2014.

HARD TO FIND END ZONE AGAINST ALABAMA: Since the start of the 2009 season, no defense has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Crimson Tide. Over the last 70 games, the Alabama defense has surrendered 92 touchdowns - an average of only 1.3 per contest.

HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 300: In head coach Nick Saban's 97-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 62 times, or 63.9 percent of the time. UA has held two of three opponents below 300 yards in 2014.

RUSHING DEFENSE: Alabama limited Southern Miss to 56 yards rushing in tonight's game, marking the third straight game the Crimson Tide defense has allowed 60 yards or less on the ground. In the season opener, West Virginia finished with 28 yards rushing, and Florida Atlantic followed that up with 57 yards.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

COOPER REWRITING RECORD BOOK: Nearly every time junior Amari Cooper touched the ball in the first half he moved up in one of several categories in the Alabama career record book. On his first reception, a 17-yarder, he passed Ozzie Newsome (1974-77; 2,070 yards) for the No. 3 spot on the Crimson Tide's career receiving yards list. On his next catch, a 22-yard touchdown reception, Cooper tied DJ Hall (2004-07) for second in career touchdown receptions with 17. Cooper finished the game with 135 yards on eight receptions giving him 137 career receptions for 2,190 yards. His 137 career receptions place Cooper into the No. 4 position in the record book.

COOPER TIES RECORD WITH FIFTH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Junior Amari Cooper finished the game with 135 yards, tying him with DJ Hall (2006) for a record five straight 100-yard receiving games.

DRAKE SCORES CAREER-BEST THREE TOUCHDOWNS: Junior running back Kenyan Drake scored a career-best three touchdowns in the win over Southern Miss. His previous best of two came twice, last against Arkansas on Oct. 19, 2013.

RUSHING TO SUCCESS: Alabama is 63-1 since the start of the 2008 season when rushing for at least 140 yards. The only loss was at Auburn in 2013 when the Tide went for 218 yards, but saw the Tigers gain 296 and score on the game's final play. In 75 total wins since the start of the 2008 season, Alabama has averaged 216.1 yards per game (16,204 yards). The Tide finished tonight's game with 333 yards rushing, which was the most since it ran for 352 against Arkansas on Oct. 19, 2013.

BALANCED ATTACK: Alabama has fielded one of the most balanced offenses in the nation over the past five-plus years. Since the 2009 season, Alabama has passed for 16,024 while rushing for 14,846, a difference of only 1,178 yards (or 16.83 yards per game difference in 70 games). This season, the Crimson Tide has passed for 894 yards passing while rushing for 811, a difference of 83 yards.

SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With junior Amari Cooper's 22-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 172 consecutive games - the longest streak in program history.

SOUTHERN MISS NOTES

Southern Miss Captains: 11 - Kalan Reed, 23 - Markese Triplett, 25 - Corey Acosta and 37 - Alan Howze.

Coin Flip: Southern Miss wins toss; elects to receive.

Team Notes

*Southern Miss played its first ranked team since playing at Nebraska on Sept. 7, 2013, the Huskers were ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press. Alabama is the first game since an AP Top 10 team since defeating No. 7 Houston 49-28 in the 2011 C-USA Championship game (12/3/11).

* The announced crowd of 101,821 is the fifth largest crowd ever to see the Golden Eagles play. It was also the fifth time Southern Miss has played in front of a crowd of 100,000 or more.

* The Golden Eagles have not turned the football over in the last 10 quarters. That is the longest streak since they have not had a giveaway since doing it in three-straight games from Oct. 2-16, 2010, coming against Marshall, East Carolina and Memphis.

Offense

*The Golden Eagles' 10-play drive to start the game tied for the longest drive of the season for the Golden Eagles in terms of plays. The drive was capped off by a 33-yard field goal by Corey Acosta.

* Sophomore QB Nick Mullens threw for a season-best 97 yards in the opening quarter this season.

* Mullens threw for over 200 yards for the eighth time in nine starts in his career, finishing with 207 yards on 19-of-35 passing.

* Freshman Tez Parks had the longest rush of his young career with a 24-yard carry in the third quarter.

* Marcus Triplett notched a season-best five catches for 46 yards.

Defense

* Junior Kalan Reed had his string of three-straight games with an interception snapped, but did collect a pair of pass break ups in the first half.

* The Golden Eagles registered their seventh takeaway of the season late in the opening half on a muffed punt that was recovered by senior Justin Penn - the first of career.

* Dasman McCullum notched his first sack of the season and fourth of his career with an 11-yard loss of Alabama QB Jake Coker in the fourth quarter.

* Junior linebacker Brian Anderson tied with a game-high nine tackles with Emmanuel Johnson, marking a season high for stops.

Special Teams

* Tyler Sarrazin collected a 51-yard punt in his first attempt of the day, giving him three punts of 50-yards or longer this season.


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Sept. 13, 2014


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ALABAMA NOTES

GENERAL NOTES

GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for Saturday’s game against Southern Miss were Nick Perry, Brian Vogler and T.J. Yeldon. The Golden Eagles won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

SERIES HISTORY: With a 52-12 win, Alabama leads the all-time series with Southern Miss 34-6-2.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

AFFECTING THE QUARTERBACK: Alabama has seven sacks in the first three games (3 vs. West Virginia, 3 vs. against Florida Atlantic and 1 vs. Southern Miss), which are the most for an Alabama team in the first three games of the season since recording 10 sacks in the first three games of the 2009 undefeated national championship season (5 vs. Virginia Tech, 5 vs. Florida International and 0 vs. North Texas). It took the first five games for Alabama to record six sacks in 2013. Ryan Anderson and Xzavier Dickson lead the Tide with two sacks each through three games in 2014.

HARD TO FIND END ZONE AGAINST ALABAMA: Since the start of the 2009 season, no defense has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Crimson Tide. Over the last 70 games, the Alabama defense has surrendered 92 touchdowns – an average of only 1.3 per contest.

HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 300: In head coach Nick Saban’s 97-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 62 times, or 63.9 percent of the time. UA has held two of three opponents below 300 yards in 2014.

RUSHING DEFENSE: Alabama limited Southern Miss to 56 yards rushing in tonight’s game, marking the third straight game the Crimson Tide defense has allowed 60 yards or less on the ground. In the season opener, West Virginia finished with 28 yards rushing, and Florida Atlantic followed that up with 57 yards.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

COOPER REWRITING RECORD BOOK: Nearly every time junior Amari Cooper touched the ball in the first half he moved up in one of several categories in the Alabama career record book. On his first reception, a 17-yarder, he passed Ozzie Newsome (1974-77; 2,070 yards) for the No. 3 spot on the Crimson Tide’s career receiving yards list. On his next catch, a 22-yard touchdown reception, Cooper tied DJ Hall (2004-07) for second in career touchdown receptions with 17. Cooper finished the game with 135 yards on eight receptions giving him 137 career receptions for 2,190 yards. His 137 career receptions place Cooper into the No. 4 position in the record book.

COOPER TIES RECORD WITH FIFTH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Junior Amari Cooper finished the game with 135 yards, tying him with DJ Hall (2006) for a record five straight 100-yard receiving games.

DRAKE SCORES CAREER-BEST THREE TOUCHDOWNS: Junior running back Kenyan Drake scored a career-best three touchdowns in the win over Southern Miss. His previous best of two came twice, last against Arkansas on Oct. 19, 2013.

RUSHING TO SUCCESS: Alabama is 63-1 since the start of the 2008 season when rushing for at least 140 yards. The only loss was at Auburn in 2013 when the Tide went for 218 yards, but saw the Tigers gain 296 and score on the game’s final play. In 75 total wins since the start of the 2008 season, Alabama has averaged 216.1 yards per game (16,204 yards). The Tide finished tonight’s game with 333 yards rushing, which was the most since it ran for 352 against Arkansas on Oct. 19, 2013.

BALANCED ATTACK: Alabama has fielded one of the most balanced offenses in the nation over the past five-plus years. Since the 2009 season, Alabama has passed for 16,024 while rushing for 14,846, a difference of only 1,178 yards (or 16.83 yards per game difference in 70 games). This season, the Crimson Tide has passed for 894 yards passing while rushing for 811, a difference of 83 yards.

SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With junior Amari Cooper’s 22-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 172 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.

SOUTHERN MISS NOTES

Southern Miss Captains: 11 – Kalan Reed, 23 – Markese Triplett, 25 – Corey Acosta and 37 – Alan Howze.

Coin Flip: Southern Miss wins toss; elects to receive.

Team Notes

*Southern Miss played its first ranked team since playing at Nebraska on Sept. 7, 2013, the Huskers were ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press. Alabama is the first game since an AP Top 10 team since defeating No. 7 Houston 49-28 in the 2011 C-USA Championship game (12/3/11).

* The announced crowd of 101,821 is the fifth largest crowd ever to see the Golden Eagles play. It was also the fifth time Southern Miss has played in front of a crowd of 100,000 or more.

* The Golden Eagles have not turned the football over in the last 10 quarters. That is the longest streak since they have not had a giveaway since doing it in three-straight games from Oct. 2-16, 2010, coming against Marshall, East Carolina and Memphis.

Offense

*The Golden Eagles’ 10-play drive to start the game tied for the longest drive of the season for the Golden Eagles in terms of plays. The drive was capped off by a 33-yard field goal by Corey Acosta.

* Sophomore QB Nick Mullens threw for a season-best 97 yards in the opening quarter this season.

* Mullens threw for over 200 yards for the eighth time in nine starts in his career, finishing with 207 yards on 19-of-35 passing.

* Freshman Tez Parks had the longest rush of his young career with a 24-yard carry in the third quarter.

* Marcus Triplett notched a season-best five catches for 46 yards.

Defense

* Junior Kalan Reed had his string of three-straight games with an interception snapped, but did collect a pair of pass break ups in the first half.

* The Golden Eagles registered their seventh takeaway of the season late in the opening half on a muffed punt that was recovered by senior Justin Penn – the first of career.

* Dasman McCullum notched his first sack of the season and fourth of his career with an 11-yard loss of Alabama QB Jake Coker in the fourth quarter.

* Junior linebacker Brian Anderson tied with a game-high nine tackles with Emmanuel Johnson, marking a season high for stops.

Special Teams

* Tyler Sarrazin collected a 51-yard punt in his first attempt of the day, giving him three punts of 50-yards or longer this season.



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Following a field goal from Southern Miss on the opening drive, Alabama never ceded control of the nonconference blowout.

Alabama Crimson Tide Game Grades
Pass Offense B+ A-
Run Offense A- A
Pass Defense B B+
Run Defense A A
Special Teams B A-
Coaching A- A-

vs. Southern Miss in Week 3

Pass Offense

If teams can figure out how to stop Amari Cooper, the Alabama offense will be quite limited. The problem is, however, the junior is an absolute stud and not an easy matchup.

Blake Sims connected with Cooper on eight of his 12 completions, finishing with 168 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Coker was efficient off the bench, finding his target on five of seven attempts.

Run Offense

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T.J. Yeldon registered a meager 6.2 yards per carry, which was the sixth-best average on his own squad Saturday night. Yeah, it was a good day on the ground for Alabama.

Kenyan Drake scored three times, and Derrick Henry led the team with 79 yards, while Tyren Jones added 43 more and a touchdown. The Crimson Tide's blockers washed the Golden Eagles off the line of scrimmage all game long.

Pass Defense

Southern Miss receivers worked the Bama secondary on the opening drive, snagging five passes for 62 yards en route to a quick field goal. But the Tide increased the pressure and did not allow explosive plays, limiting Nick Mullens to 5.9 yards per attempt.

The Golden Eagles were most effective through the air, but Alabama surrendered so little to the USM offense, regardless.

Run Defense

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Nothing. That's what the A'Shawn Robinson-led defensive line surrendered between the tackles. Southern Miss just had 57 yards on 18 carries, managing a single rush that gained more than 10. Overall, it was an outstanding performance by the men up front.

Special Teams

Excluding an unlucky bounce ricocheting off an Alabama punt blocker, it was another solid showing by the special teams. Adam Griffith hit all seven extra points, knocking home a 30-yard field goal, too.

JK Scott's lone punt pinned Southern Miss at its own 10, and Christion Jones averaged 27.8 yards per kick return.

Coaching

Watching Nick Saban chastise offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin after a touchdown was rather comical, especially when the Tide scored seven of them. Alabama averaged 7.5 yards per play, compared to allowing 4.8 to Southern Miss.

Additionally, the Crimson Tide were incredibly disciplined, being called for just three penalties, converting seven of 11 third downs and not committing an offensive turnover.

Follow Bleacher Report college football writer David Kenyon on Twitter: @Kenyon19_BR.

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The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 3-0 after controlling the Southern Miss Golden Eagles throughout a 52-12 victory.

Following a field goal from Southern Miss on the opening drive, Alabama never ceded control of the nonconference blowout.

Alabama Crimson Tide Game Grades
Pass Offense B+ A-
Run Offense A- A
Pass Defense B B+
Run Defense A A
Special Teams B A-
Coaching A- A-

vs. Southern Miss in Week 3

Pass Offense

If teams can figure out how to stop Amari Cooper, the Alabama offense will be quite limited. The problem is, however, the junior is an absolute stud and not an easy matchup.

Blake Sims connected with Cooper on eight of his 12 completions, finishing with 168 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Coker was efficient off the bench, finding his target on five of seven attempts.

Run Offense


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T.J. Yeldon registered a meager 6.2 yards per carry, which was the sixth-best average on his own squad Saturday night. Yeah, it was a good day on the ground for Alabama.

Kenyan Drake scored three times, and Derrick Henry led the team with 79 yards, while Tyren Jones added 43 more and a touchdown. The Crimson Tide’s blockers washed the Golden Eagles off the line of scrimmage all game long.

Pass Defense

Southern Miss receivers worked the Bama secondary on the opening drive, snagging five passes for 62 yards en route to a quick field goal. But the Tide increased the pressure and did not allow explosive plays, limiting Nick Mullens to 5.9 yards per attempt.

The Golden Eagles were most effective through the air, but Alabama surrendered so little to the USM offense, regardless.

Run Defense


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Nothing. That’s what the A’Shawn Robinson-led defensive line surrendered between the tackles. Southern Miss just had 57 yards on 18 carries, managing a single rush that gained more than 10. Overall, it was an outstanding performance by the men up front.

Special Teams

Excluding an unlucky bounce ricocheting off an Alabama punt blocker, it was another solid showing by the special teams. Adam Griffith hit all seven extra points, knocking home a 30-yard field goal, too.

JK Scott’s lone punt pinned Southern Miss at its own 10, and Christion Jones averaged 27.8 yards per kick return.

Coaching

Watching Nick Saban chastise offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin after a touchdown was rather comical, especially when the Tide scored seven of them. Alabama averaged 7.5 yards per play, compared to allowing 4.8 to Southern Miss.

Additionally, the Crimson Tide were incredibly disciplined, being called for just three penalties, converting seven of 11 third downs and not committing an offensive turnover.

Follow Bleacher Report college football writer David Kenyon on Twitter: @Kenyon19_BR.

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Updated SEP 13, 2014 9:29p ET

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Blake Sims passed, ran and confidently staked his claim as the leader of No. 3 Alabama’s offense.

Sims threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and emerged as the Crimson Tide’s undisputed starting quarterback – for now, at least – in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.

”I didn’t feel real comfortable with the way the game was going, and it just didn’t feel right to make a change,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. ”Do we want to continue to play both quarterbacks and try to develop both guys? Absolutely.

”Jake (Coker) needs to play and he needs to develop confidence. I think we’re going to have to make a decision on a week-to-week basis on what gives us the best opportunity to win. Right now, Blake probably is a little more confident. If that remains that way, he’s probably going to start the game. He’s started every game so far.”

Sims was 12-of-17 passing for 168 yards for the Crimson Tide (3-0) ahead of the team’s Southeastern Conference opener against Florida. Coker didn’t come in until late in the third quarter against the Golden Eagles (1-2), who have lost 25 of their last 27 games.

”Everybody knows their time to step up because you get that feeling,” Sims said. ”It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, if you’ve got to step up, you step up at the time.”

Most of Sims’ completions went to the nation’s leading receiver, Amari Cooper. Cooper had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown to tie DJ Hall’s school record of five consecutive 100-yard games set in 2006. Kenyan Drake scored three touchdowns and produced 59 yards on nine rushes.

Sims also ran five times for 46 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown. Coker did open by leading Alabama on a 99-yard scoring drive.

”Obviously, Blake is our starting quarterback right now,” Cooper said. ”He’s playing more than Coker’s playing, and he’s playing well. Both of them are playing well.”

Nick Mullens completed 19 of 35 passes for 207 yards to lead Southern Miss.

Corey Acosta had field goals of 33, 43, 37 and 30 yards to account for all the points by Southern Miss.

Alabama outgained the Golden Eagles 547-263 in total yards, allowing just 56 rushing yards. The Tide ran for 333 yards, led by Derrick Henry’s 11 carries for 73 yards.

”It’s hard to run against them,” Southern Miss coach Todd Monken said. ”They’ve got big guys up front. It’s hard to push those guys around.”

Cooper accounted for 108 of Sims’ 123 passing yards in the first half. He moved past Ozzie Newsome into the Tide’s No. 3 spot for career receiving yards.

Coker got into the game with 2:10 left in the third quarter with Alabama at the 1. He completed all three of his attempts for 36 yards before Drake scampered 29 yards for his third touchdown and a 42-9 lead.

Coker finished 5-of-7 passing for 46 yards. His third-down sack forced Alabama to settle for a 30-yard Adam Griffith field goal.

The Florida State transfer and Sims had battled through preseason camp and split time in a rout of Florida Atlantic. Sims played all but the final minutes of the opening win against West Virginia and didn’t leave this one until it was well in hand either.

Southern Miss scored field goals on its first and last drive of the opening half, but managed just 4 yards in the second quarter.

Two of Acosta’s kicks were set up by Alabama mistakes.

Tyler Sarrazin’s punt bounced off Alabama’s Tyren Jones, giving the Golden Eagles the ball at the 29.

They couldn’t get anywhere but Acosta got them three points, and he added the 37-yarder in the third quarter on a drive kept alive by safety Nick Perry’s targeting flag on a third-down incompletion.

Perry will miss the first half of the Florida game. He posted an apology to Alabama fans on his Twitter page before the quarter was done, saying that ”My boys will take care of business.”

”I don’t question the call that was made against Nick Perry,” Saban said. ”I don’t think he did it intentionally but was it helmet-to-helmet? It probably was. I was standing right in front of it.”

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No. 3/2 Alabama Football Beats Southern Mississippi, 52-12 http://www.crimsontidezone.com/no-32-alabama-football-beats-southern-mississippi-52-12-78929/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/no-32-alabama-football-beats-southern-mississippi-52-12-78929/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:33:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/recaps/091314aaa.html Sept. 13, 2014

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - University of Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied a school record with his fifth-consecutive 100-yard receiving performance as he caught eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown as the Crimson Tide pounded the Golden Eagles, 52-12, before a sellout crowd of 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Cooper was the prime target of Tide quarterback Blake Sims who completed 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown.

The Alabama offense eclipsed the 500-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game, racking up 547 total yards (333 rushing, 214 passing) as the Crimson Tide overcame an early 3-0 deficit to wear Southern Mississippi down. Kenyan Drake scored three touchdowns on the ground for Alabama, which saw 8 players carry the ball led by Derrick Henry's 73 yards on 11 carries. Drake finished with 59 yards on 9 attempts and Tyren Jones added 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. T.J. Yeldon gained 56 yards on 9 rushes for the Tide.

Cooper also moved up the Tide career receiving yards chart during the game, moving into third place. After Saturday night's performance Cooper has 2,190 receiving yards in his Alabama career, surpassing Ozzie Newsome (2,070 from 1974-77). Cooper's yardage marked his fifth consecutive game to eclipse 100 receiving yards, tying the school record originally set by DJ Hall during the 2006 season.

GAME SUMMARY

Southern Miss won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Alabama chose to defend the south goal.

FIRST QUARTER

The Eagles constructed a scoring threat on their first possession and cashed it in for an early lead. Emanuel Johnson returned the kickoff 25 yards to set up the Eagles at the USM 25. On the first play, Nick Mullens passed to Markese Triplett on a crossing pattern for 15 yards and a first down at the USM 40. Two plays later, Mullens connected with Michael Thomas along the left sideline for an 18-yard gain to the Tide 42. Three plays later on a third-and-11, Mullens and halfback Casey Martin connected for 24 yards along the USM sideline for a first down at the Tide 19. The march stalled at the Tide 16 and Corey Acosta entered to kick a 33-yard field goal. The kick was good and USM had a 3-0 lead with 11:35 left in the first quarter after a 59-yard drive in 10 plays that consumed 3:25 of the clock.

Christion Jones took the ensuing kickoff in the end zone and returned it to the Tide 30. The Tide offense embarked on a 70-yard, seven-play touchdown drive. On a third-and-2 at the Tide 38, Sims connected with receiver Amari Cooper for 17 yards and a first down at the USM 45. The play moved Cooper past Ozzie Newsome (2,070 yards from 1974-77) into third place on the Alabama career receiving yards list with 2,072.

T.J. Yeldon took a handoff over right end for 15 yards to the USM 30 on the next play. Yeldon raced for 13 more to the USM 17. An incompletion and a penalty created first-and-15 at the USM 22. Sims and Cooper connected again, this time with Cooper taking a short pass, eluding defenders and reaching the end zone on a 22-yard touchdown play. The scoring catch was the 17th of Cooper's career, moving him into second place in Alabama history ahead of DJ Hall (16 from 2004-07). Adam Griffith's point-after kick was good and the Tide moved ahead, 7-3, with 7:42 left in the first quarter.

Emmanuel Johnson returned the kickoff to the USM 15. Two keepers by Mullens gained seven yards before an 11-yard completion to Triplett on a third-and-3 play was erased by a face-mask personal foul that moved the Eagles back to their 13. An incompletion forced a punt. Tyler Sarrazin booted a 51-yard punt that Christion Jones fielded for the Tide at the Alabama 36. Jones returned it 14 yards to set up the Tide offense at the 50 with 5:22 left in the first quarter.

On the first play, Sims passed deep to Cooper, but USM cornerback Kalan Reed broke up the pass at the goal line. On second down, Yeldon took a handoff around right end for eight yards to the USM 42. On third-and-2, Derrick Henry was downed for a 1-yard loss by USM defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches and the Tide was forced to punt from the USM 43. JK Scott's 33-yard punt was fair caught by USM's Casey Martin at the Eagles' 10-yard line with 3:36 on the clock.

On first down, Mullens passed deep along the left sideline and receiver D.J. Thompson made an acrobatic catch barely inbounds for a 36-yard gain to the USM 46. The Eagles stalled at the USM 48 and were forced to punt. Sarrazin's 52-yard punt sailed into the end zone and Alabama took over at its 20 with 1:39 left in the first period.

From the shotgun formation, Sims flipped a forward pass lateral to Cooper on a reverse. Cooper ran to the left sideline near the Tide bench, avoided three tacklers and reversed field. As he crossed back to the other side of the field, he outmaneuvered three more defenders and received crushing blocks by three Tide teammates, eventually gaining 13 yards for a first down at the Tide 33. Derrick Henry carried for three yards on first down and six more on second down. The quarter ended with the Tide facing a third-and-1 from the Alabama 42-yard line and holding a 7-3 lead.

Through the first quarter the teams were even in total yardage at 104-104 with the Tide having 52 yards rushing and 52 yards via the pass. The Eagles had 97 passing yards and seven rushing yards. USM had a 7:42 to 7:18 edge in time of possession.

SECOND QUARTER

The quarter opened with the Tide still in the shotgun formation. Yeldon took a handoff at left tackle for eight yards and a first down at the 50. Henry entered the game and rushed up the middle for five yards to set up second down and 5 at the USM 45. Sims passed to Cooper on a crossing pattern for 10 yards and a first down at the USM 35. Sims went back under center and handed off to Henry for one yard to the USM 34. Yeldon was stopped for a yard loss by defensive back Jacorius Cotton to set up third-and-10 from the 35. On a passing play Sims scrambled after failing to find an open receiver and he improvised a run for 20 yards to the left side, gaining a first down at the USM 15. A pass to Cooper was incomplete on first down. On second down, Kenyan Drake took a handoff at left end for 2 yards to set up third-and-8 at the USM 13. From the shotgun, Sims passed to Christion Jones on a slant on the right side for 10 yards and a first-and-goal at the USM 3. Sims audibled as the play clock was winding down, taking the snap at the final second from the shotgun. He rolled right, tucked the ball and raced to the pylon, beating a defender to the end zone for a three-yard touchdown run. Griffith's kick was good and the Tide had a 14-3 lead with 9:32 left in the second quarter.

Michael Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff 11 yards to the USM 15, but an illegal block moved the ball to the USM 8 where the Eagles began the next possession. After an incomplete pass on first down, Mullens was flushed from the passing pocket and ran for eight yards to set up third-and-2 at the USM 16. On third down from the shotgun, Mullens passed to Triplett on a screen pass, but Triplett dropped the pass and the Eagles were forced to punt. Sarrazin's punt was high and short, bouncing from the USM 43 to the Eagle 38 where Alabama took possession with 8:25 on the clock.

Sims lined up in the shotgun and fired a lateral to his left to Cooper, who gained nine yards on what was officially a running play. On second-and-1 from the USM 29, Sims passed to Cooper on the right side and Cooper took it for a 10-yard gain and a first down at the USM 19. Drake entered at running back and took a handoff for four yards to the USM 15. On second-and-6, Sims passed across the middle to Christion Jones for six yards and a first down at the USM 9. Sims, in the shotgun again, faked a handoff to Drake and rolled to his right looking for a receiver, but tucked the ball in and ran for eight yards to the USM 1. On the next play, Sims handed off to Drake who muscled in to the end zone for a touchdown. The six-play, 38-yard drive took 2:49 to complete and Griffith's conversion kick gave Alabama a 21-3 lead with 5:36 left in the second quarter.

A sack by Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson for an eight-yard loss on third down forced a USM punt from their 23. Sarrazin's was not fielded and bounced free at the Tide 43, but the ball was touched by Alabama's Tyren Jones as he was blocking a USM player. Justin Penn recovered the loose ball for the Eagles at the Tide 29 and the Eagles set up there with 2:50 left in the half. A deep pass was incomplete on first down around the Tide 10 where Landon Collins was defending for Alabama. On second down, a screen pass from Mullens to receiver James Cox was stopped by Collins for no gain forcing a third-and-10 situation at the Tide 29. From the shotgun, Mullens and running back Ito Smith connected on a short pass in the middle that Tide defensive back Geno Smith stopped for a three-yard gain at the Tide 26. That set up a 43-yard field goal attempt by Acosta. Alabama called timeout prior to the snap. When play resumed with Acosta kicking from the center of the field, Acosta's 43-yarder was straight and true, narrowing the Alabama lead to 21-6 with 1:25 left in the second quarter.

Christion Jones fielded the ensuing kickoff at the goal line and returned it 20 yards before slipping down at the Tide 20 with 1:20 on the clock. From the shotgun, Sims passed incomplete on first down. On second down, a handoff to Yeldon up the middle gained 5 yards. A handoff to Yeldon at left end failed to gain as the half ended with Alabama leading Southern Miss, 21-6.

At halftime, Alabama held a 205-108 advantage in total offense with the Tide leading the rushing comparison 118-5 while USM held a 103-87 edge in passing yardage. Alabama had an 11-4 edge in first downs while converting 4-of-6 third-down plays and holding USM to 1-for-7 on third down conversions. The Tide averaged 6.4 yards on 32 offensive plays in the half, while USM averaged 4.3 yards on 25 plays. Alabama held the ball for 17:00 of the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

Alabama started the third quarter with the ball at its 35 after the kickoff was downed in the end zone. A pass from Sims to Cooper for 22 yards started the drive, carrying to the Tide 47. Cooper and Sims connected again on the next play for 14 yards to the USM 39, giving Cooper 108 yards on seven catches for the night, tying DJ Hall's UA record for consecutive 100-yard receiving games at five (set by Hall in 2006). Henry took a pitch sweep to the right side for 21 yards to the USM 13. Drake spun loose for 11 yards to the USM 2. After an incomplete pass, Drake gained one yard at right guard to the USM 1, then he struck pay dirt at left guard for the one-yard touchdown with 12:06 left. Griffith's kick was good and the eight-play, 75-yard drive that took 2:54 gave the Tide a 28-6 lead.

The Eagles started at their 21 after Ito Smith returned the kickoff 15 yards. After a delay of game penalty, USM started with a first-and-15 at their own 16. Mullens passed to Daythan Davis for five yards to the USM 21. Running back Tez Parks took a handoff around right end for 24 yards to the USM 45. A pass intended for wide receiver Kyle Foster was incomplete but a 15-yard penalty for targeting was assessed against Tide free safety Nick Perry, ejecting Perry from the game and giving USM a first down at the Tide 38. A 16-yard gain on a slant pass from Mullens to Triplett carried to the Tide 22. Two plays later on third-and-8, a pass fell incomplete as Mullens was pressured by Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen. That forced a 37-yard field goal attempt by Acosta, who booted it through the uprights for his third field goal of the game. Alabama's lead was 28-9 with 8:15 left in the third quarter.

From the Tide 8, Christion Jones returned the ensuing kickoff for 24 yards to set up the Alabama offense at the 32-yard line. On the first play, Sims lofted a pass deep along the left sideline that Cooper hauled in, but Cooper was ruled to have caught it while stepping out of bounds. A review overturned that ruling and the play counted for a 27-yard gain to the USM 41. On first down, Sims passed to Christion Jones on a crossing pattern and Jones took it 13 yards before being forced out of bounds at the USM 28. Henry took a handoff at right tackle for three yards to the Eagle 25 as an injury to USM cornerback Kalan Reed briefly stopped play. With Reed leaving the field due to the injury, play resumed with the Tide facing a second-and-7 situation. From the shotgun, Sims handed to Henry again and Henry ran up the middle of the line for six yards to set up third-and-1 at the USM 19. Drake entered at running back for Henry and took a sweep to the left end for five yards to a first down at the USM 14. Sims faked a handoff to Drake on the next play and kept the ball for a 9-yard run to the USM 5. With Sims under center, he faked a handoff to Drake, rolled to his right and passed to tight end Brian Vogler for a five-yard touchdown. Griffith's kick was good and Alabama had a 35-9 lead with 5:12 left in the third period.

A 27-yard pass play from Mullens to Ito Smith jump-started the ensuing USM possession. That play reached the Tide 48 after the Eagles started at their 25 following Michael Thomas's 25-yard kickoff return. From the 48, three plays gained a first down at the Tide 38. Three incompletions sandwiched a 5-yard false start penalty and the Eagles were forced to punt from the Tide 43. Sarrazin's 42-yard punt was downed at the Alabama 1-yard line and the Tide took possession with 2:10 left in the third period.

Jake Coker entered the game at quarterback for the Crimson Tide. On the first play, Henry burst through a hole at left guard and was a step away from breaking away but was tripped up by USM linebacker Alan Howze after an 11-yard gain at the USM 12. A five-yard pass from Coker to Chris Black reached the Tide 17. On second down, Henry carried at right guard for four yards. On third-and-1 at the 21, Henry carried over right tackle for 14 yards to the Tide 35. Drake took a handoff over right end for five yards to the Tide 40 as the third period ended.

In the third quarter Alabama outgained Southern Miss by a margin of 182 to 86 and averaged 9.1 yards per play while extending the lead from a 15-point edge to a comfortable 26-point advantage entering the final period.

FOURTH QUARTER

The final period began with Alabama facing second-and-5 at the Tide 40-yard line. From the shotgun formation, Coker passed to Christion Jones for 22 yards to the USM 29. On the next play, Drake took a handoff around right end and he raced 29 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Griffith's kick was true and the Crimson Tide had a 42-9 lead with 13:48 left in the fourth quarter.

After a touchback on the kickoff, USM started at its 35 and marched 62 yards in 11 plays to a field goal. A 25-yard pass from Mullens to h-back Daythan Davis on the first play of the drive reached the 50. On the next play, Mullens hit wide receiver James Cox for 12 yards to the Tide 38. A screen pass to wide receiver D.J. Thompson gained six to the Tide 32. Mullens and Triplett connected for eight yards and a first down at the Tide 24. Ito Smith took a handoff for an eight-yard run to the Tide 16 before Mullens kept over right end for three yards and a first down at the Tide 13. Three incomplete passes forced a 30-yard field goal attempt by Acosta, who successfully converted his fourth field goal of the game with 9:50 left in the game. Alabama led, 42-12.

Christion Jones returned the kickoff 37 yards to set up Alabama at its 41. Coker led the Tide into the red zone. Reserve running back Tyren Jones keyed the march with 4 rushes for 43 yards, starting the drive with a 22-yard burst around right end to the USM 37. On the next play, Jones went around right end again, this time for 16 yards to the USM 21. Coker hit reserve tight end Michael Nysewander on a roll out to the right side for nine yards to the USM 12. Jones hit right end for six yards, then Coker kept for five yards to the USM 1. Jones was stuffed for a loss of 1 yard to set up third-and-goal at the USM 2. Coker was sacked on the next play as he faded to pass but could not find an open receiver. The 11-yard loss set up a 30-yard field goal by Adam Griffith, who nailed the kick to give the Tide a 45-12 lead with 6:03 left in the game.

USM took over at its 25 after a touchback on the kickoff. The Eagles were forced to punt after three plays failed to gain a first down. Sarrazin's 41-yard punt was fair caught by Alabama's Cyrus Jones at the Tide 31 with 4:50 on the clock. The Tide was forced to punt after three plays, but Tide punter JK Scott was knocked down on the play and a 15-yard personal foul was assessed on USM. That kept the possession alive for Alabama at the USM 47 with 3:08 remaining.

Alec Morris entered the game at quarterback for Alabama at that point. On first down, Tyren Jones carried for 9 yards to the USM 38. Jones got the handoff again on the next play and gained three yards to a first down at the Eagles 35. Altee Tenpenny took a handoff around right end and gained eight yards to the 27. Tenpenny gained the first down on the next play, a six-yard carry to the USM 21. Tenpenny powered over right guard for six more to the USM 15, then he bulled his way around right end for 13 yards to a first down at the USM 2, going out of bounds with 23 seconds on the clock. On the next play, Tyren Jones took a handoff at left end and went untouched for a two-yard touchdown with 16 seconds on the clock. Griffith's kick was good and Alabama led, 52-12.

Casey Martin returned the Alabama kickoff 21 yards to the USM 21. On the game's final play, Mullen handed off to Tez Parks who carried for 3 yards over left tackle as the game ended.

SCORING SUMMARY

 1234Total
Alabama 7 14 14 17 52
Southern Miss 3 3 3 3 12

FIRST QUARTER

USM - Corey Acosta 33-yard field goal, 11:35 left. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 3:25 elapsed. Score: Southern Miss 3, Alabama 0.
UA - Amari Cooper 17-yard pass from Blake Sims (Adam Griffith kick), 7:42 left. Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 3:53 elapsed. Score: Alabama 7, Southern Miss 3.

SECOND QUARTER

UA - Blake Sims 3-yard run (Griffith kick), 9:32 left. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:07 elapsed. Score: Alabama 14, Southern Miss 3.
UA - Kenyan Drake 1-yard run (Griffith kick), 5:36 left. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 2:49 elapsed. Score: Alabama 21, Southern Miss 3.
USM - Acosta 43-yard field goal, 1:25 left. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:25 elapsed. Score: Alabama 21, Southern Miss 6.

THIRD QUARTER

UA - Drake 1-yard run (Griffith kick), 12:06 left. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:54 elapsed. Score: Alabama 28, Southern Miss. 6
USM - Acosta 37-yard field goal, 8:15 left. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 3:51 elapsed. Score: Alabama 28, Southern Miss 9.
UA - Brian Vogler 5-yard pass from Blake Sims (Griffith kick), 5:12 left. Drive: 7 plays, 68 yards, 3:03 elapsed. Score: Alabama 35, Southern Miss 9.

FOURTH QUARTER

UA - Drake 29-yard run (Griffith kick), 13:48 left. Drive: 8 plays, 99 yards, 3:22 elapsed. Score: Alabama 42, Southern Miss 9.
USM - Acosta 30-yard field goal, 9:50 left. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 3:58 elapsed. Score: Alabama 42, Southern Miss 12.
UA - Adam Griffith 30-yard field goal, 6:03 left. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 3:49 elapsed. Score: Alabama 45, Southern Miss 12.
UA - Tyren Jones 2-yard run (Griffith kick), 0:16 left. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 4:34 elapsed. Score: Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12.

ATTENDANCE - 101,821 (capacity: 101,821)


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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – University of Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied a school record with his fifth-consecutive 100-yard receiving performance as he caught eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown as the Crimson Tide pounded the Golden Eagles, 52-12, before a sellout crowd of 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Cooper was the prime target of Tide quarterback Blake Sims who completed 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown.

The Alabama offense eclipsed the 500-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game, racking up 547 total yards (333 rushing, 214 passing) as the Crimson Tide overcame an early 3-0 deficit to wear Southern Mississippi down. Kenyan Drake scored three touchdowns on the ground for Alabama, which saw 8 players carry the ball led by Derrick Henry’s 73 yards on 11 carries. Drake finished with 59 yards on 9 attempts and Tyren Jones added 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. T.J. Yeldon gained 56 yards on 9 rushes for the Tide.

Cooper also moved up the Tide career receiving yards chart during the game, moving into third place. After Saturday night’s performance Cooper has 2,190 receiving yards in his Alabama career, surpassing Ozzie Newsome (2,070 from 1974-77). Cooper’s yardage marked his fifth consecutive game to eclipse 100 receiving yards, tying the school record originally set by DJ Hall during the 2006 season.

GAME SUMMARY

Southern Miss won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Alabama chose to defend the south goal.

FIRST QUARTER

The Eagles constructed a scoring threat on their first possession and cashed it in for an early lead.
Emanuel Johnson returned the kickoff 25 yards to set up the Eagles at the USM 25. On the first play, Nick Mullens passed to Markese Triplett on a crossing pattern for 15 yards and a first down at the USM 40. Two plays later, Mullens connected with Michael Thomas along the left sideline for an 18-yard gain to the Tide 42. Three plays later on a third-and-11, Mullens and halfback Casey Martin connected for 24 yards along the USM sideline for a first down at the Tide 19. The march stalled at the Tide 16 and Corey Acosta entered to kick a 33-yard field goal. The kick was good and USM had a 3-0 lead with 11:35 left in the first quarter after a 59-yard drive in 10 plays that consumed 3:25 of the clock.

Christion Jones took the ensuing kickoff in the end zone and returned it to the Tide 30. The Tide offense embarked on a 70-yard, seven-play touchdown drive. On a third-and-2 at the Tide 38, Sims connected with receiver Amari Cooper for 17 yards and a first down at the USM 45. The play moved Cooper past Ozzie Newsome (2,070 yards from 1974-77) into third place on the Alabama career receiving yards list with 2,072.

T.J. Yeldon took a handoff over right end for 15 yards to the USM 30 on the next play. Yeldon raced for 13 more to the USM 17. An incompletion and a penalty created first-and-15 at the USM 22. Sims and Cooper connected again, this time with Cooper taking a short pass, eluding defenders and reaching the end zone on a 22-yard touchdown play. The scoring catch was the 17th of Cooper’s career, moving him into second place in Alabama history ahead of DJ Hall (16 from 2004-07). Adam Griffith’s point-after kick was good and the Tide moved ahead, 7-3, with 7:42 left in the first quarter.

Emmanuel Johnson returned the kickoff to the USM 15. Two keepers by Mullens gained seven yards before an 11-yard completion to Triplett on a third-and-3 play was erased by a face-mask personal foul that moved the Eagles back to their 13. An incompletion forced a punt. Tyler Sarrazin booted a 51-yard punt that Christion Jones fielded for the Tide at the Alabama 36. Jones returned it 14 yards to set up the Tide offense at the 50 with 5:22 left in the first quarter.

On the first play, Sims passed deep to Cooper, but USM cornerback Kalan Reed broke up the pass at the goal line. On second down, Yeldon took a handoff around right end for eight yards to the USM 42. On third-and-2, Derrick Henry was downed for a 1-yard loss by USM defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches and the Tide was forced to punt from the USM 43. JK Scott’s 33-yard punt was fair caught by USM’s Casey Martin at the Eagles’ 10-yard line with 3:36 on the clock.

On first down, Mullens passed deep along the left sideline and receiver D.J. Thompson made an acrobatic catch barely inbounds for a 36-yard gain to the USM 46. The Eagles stalled at the USM 48 and were forced to punt. Sarrazin’s 52-yard punt sailed into the end zone and Alabama took over at its 20 with 1:39 left in the first period.

From the shotgun formation, Sims flipped a forward pass lateral to Cooper on a reverse. Cooper ran to the left sideline near the Tide bench, avoided three tacklers and reversed field. As he crossed back to the other side of the field, he outmaneuvered three more defenders and received crushing blocks by three Tide teammates, eventually gaining 13 yards for a first down at the Tide 33. Derrick Henry carried for three yards on first down and six more on second down. The quarter ended with the Tide facing a third-and-1 from the Alabama 42-yard line and holding a 7-3 lead.

Through the first quarter the teams were even in total yardage at 104-104 with the Tide having 52 yards rushing and 52 yards via the pass. The Eagles had 97 passing yards and seven rushing yards. USM had a 7:42 to 7:18 edge in time of possession.

SECOND QUARTER

The quarter opened with the Tide still in the shotgun formation. Yeldon took a handoff at left tackle for eight yards and a first down at the 50. Henry entered the game and rushed up the middle for five yards to set up second down and 5 at the USM 45. Sims passed to Cooper on a crossing pattern for 10 yards and a first down at the USM 35. Sims went back under center and handed off to Henry for one yard to the USM 34. Yeldon was stopped for a yard loss by defensive back Jacorius Cotton to set up third-and-10 from the 35. On a passing play Sims scrambled after failing to find an open receiver and he improvised a run for 20 yards to the left side, gaining a first down at the USM 15. A pass to Cooper was incomplete on first down. On second down, Kenyan Drake took a handoff at left end for 2 yards to set up third-and-8 at the USM 13. From the shotgun, Sims passed to Christion Jones on a slant on the right side for 10 yards and a first-and-goal at the USM 3. Sims audibled as the play clock was winding down, taking the snap at the final second from the shotgun. He rolled right, tucked the ball and raced to the pylon, beating a defender to the end zone for a three-yard touchdown run. Griffith’s kick was good and the Tide had a 14-3 lead with 9:32 left in the second quarter.

Michael Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff 11 yards to the USM 15, but an illegal block moved the ball to the USM 8 where the Eagles began the next possession. After an incomplete pass on first down, Mullens was flushed from the passing pocket and ran for eight yards to set up third-and-2 at the USM 16. On third down from the shotgun, Mullens passed to Triplett on a screen pass, but Triplett dropped the pass and the Eagles were forced to punt. Sarrazin’s punt was high and short, bouncing from the USM 43 to the Eagle 38 where Alabama took possession with 8:25 on the clock.

Sims lined up in the shotgun and fired a lateral to his left to Cooper, who gained nine yards on what was officially a running play. On second-and-1 from the USM 29, Sims passed to Cooper on the right side and Cooper took it for a 10-yard gain and a first down at the USM 19. Drake entered at running back and took a handoff for four yards to the USM 15. On second-and-6, Sims passed across the middle to Christion Jones for six yards and a first down at the USM 9. Sims, in the shotgun again, faked a handoff to Drake and rolled to his right looking for a receiver, but tucked the ball in and ran for eight yards to the USM 1. On the next play, Sims handed off to Drake who muscled in to the end zone for a touchdown. The six-play, 38-yard drive took 2:49 to complete and Griffith’s conversion kick gave Alabama a 21-3 lead with 5:36 left in the second quarter.

A sack by Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson for an eight-yard loss on third down forced a USM punt from their 23. Sarrazin’s was not fielded and bounced free at the Tide 43, but the ball was touched by Alabama’s Tyren Jones as he was blocking a USM player. Justin Penn recovered the loose ball for the Eagles at the Tide 29 and the Eagles set up there with 2:50 left in the half. A deep pass was incomplete on first down around the Tide 10 where Landon Collins was defending for Alabama. On second down, a screen pass from Mullens to receiver James Cox was stopped by Collins for no gain forcing a third-and-10 situation at the Tide 29. From the shotgun, Mullens and running back Ito Smith connected on a short pass in the middle that Tide defensive back Geno Smith stopped for a three-yard gain at the Tide 26. That set up a 43-yard field goal attempt by Acosta. Alabama called timeout prior to the snap. When play resumed with Acosta kicking from the center of the field, Acosta’s 43-yarder was straight and true, narrowing the Alabama lead to 21-6 with 1:25 left in the second quarter.

Christion Jones fielded the ensuing kickoff at the goal line and returned it 20 yards before slipping down at the Tide 20 with 1:20 on the clock. From the shotgun, Sims passed incomplete on first down. On second down, a handoff to Yeldon up the middle gained 5 yards. A handoff to Yeldon at left end failed to gain as the half ended with Alabama leading Southern Miss, 21-6.

At halftime, Alabama held a 205-108 advantage in total offense with the Tide leading the rushing comparison 118-5 while USM held a 103-87 edge in passing yardage. Alabama had an 11-4 edge in first downs while converting 4-of-6 third-down plays and holding USM to 1-for-7 on third down conversions. The Tide averaged 6.4 yards on 32 offensive plays in the half, while USM averaged 4.3 yards on 25 plays. Alabama held the ball for 17:00 of the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

Alabama started the third quarter with the ball at its 35 after the kickoff was downed in the end zone. A pass from Sims to Cooper for 22 yards started the drive, carrying to the Tide 47. Cooper and Sims connected again on the next play for 14 yards to the USM 39, giving Cooper 108 yards on seven catches for the night, tying DJ Hall’s UA record for consecutive 100-yard receiving games at five (set by Hall in 2006). Henry took a pitch sweep to the right side for 21 yards to the USM 13. Drake spun loose for 11 yards to the USM 2. After an incomplete pass, Drake gained one yard at right guard to the USM 1, then he struck pay dirt at left guard for the one-yard touchdown with 12:06 left. Griffith’s kick was good and the eight-play, 75-yard drive that took 2:54 gave the Tide a 28-6 lead.

The Eagles started at their 21 after Ito Smith returned the kickoff 15 yards. After a delay of game penalty, USM started with a first-and-15 at their own 16. Mullens passed to Daythan Davis for five yards to the USM 21. Running back Tez Parks took a handoff around right end for 24 yards to the USM 45. A pass intended for wide receiver Kyle Foster was incomplete but a 15-yard penalty for targeting was assessed against Tide free safety Nick Perry, ejecting Perry from the game and giving USM a first down at the Tide 38. A 16-yard gain on a slant pass from Mullens to Triplett carried to the Tide 22. Two plays later on third-and-8, a pass fell incomplete as Mullens was pressured by Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen. That forced a 37-yard field goal attempt by Acosta, who booted it through the uprights for his third field goal of the game. Alabama’s lead was 28-9 with 8:15 left in the third quarter.

From the Tide 8, Christion Jones returned the ensuing kickoff for 24 yards to set up the Alabama offense at the 32-yard line. On the first play, Sims lofted a pass deep along the left sideline that Cooper hauled in, but Cooper was ruled to have caught it while stepping out of bounds. A review overturned that ruling and the play counted for a 27-yard gain to the USM 41. On first down, Sims passed to Christion Jones on a crossing pattern and Jones took it 13 yards before being forced out of bounds at the USM 28. Henry took a handoff at right tackle for three yards to the Eagle 25 as an injury to USM cornerback Kalan Reed briefly stopped play. With Reed leaving the field due to the injury, play resumed with the Tide facing a second-and-7 situation. From the shotgun, Sims handed to Henry again and Henry ran up the middle of the line for six yards to set up third-and-1 at the USM 19. Drake entered at running back for Henry and took a sweep to the left end for five yards to a first down at the USM 14. Sims faked a handoff to Drake on the next play and kept the ball for a 9-yard run to the USM 5. With Sims under center, he faked a handoff to Drake, rolled to his right and passed to tight end Brian Vogler for a five-yard touchdown. Griffith’s kick was good and Alabama had a 35-9 lead with 5:12 left in the third period.

A 27-yard pass play from Mullens to Ito Smith jump-started the ensuing USM possession. That play reached the Tide 48 after the Eagles started at their 25 following Michael Thomas’s 25-yard kickoff return. From the 48, three plays gained a first down at the Tide 38. Three incompletions sandwiched a 5-yard false start penalty and the Eagles were forced to punt from the Tide 43. Sarrazin’s 42-yard punt was downed at the Alabama 1-yard line and the Tide took possession with 2:10 left in the third period.

Jake Coker entered the game at quarterback for the Crimson Tide. On the first play, Henry burst through a hole at left guard and was a step away from breaking away but was tripped up by USM linebacker Alan Howze after an 11-yard gain at the USM 12. A five-yard pass from Coker to Chris Black reached the Tide 17. On second down, Henry carried at right guard for four yards. On third-and-1 at the 21, Henry carried over right tackle for 14 yards to the Tide 35. Drake took a handoff over right end for five yards to the Tide 40 as the third period ended.

In the third quarter Alabama outgained Southern Miss by a margin of 182 to 86 and averaged 9.1 yards per play while extending the lead from a 15-point edge to a comfortable 26-point advantage entering the final period.

FOURTH QUARTER

The final period began with Alabama facing second-and-5 at the Tide 40-yard line. From the shotgun formation, Coker passed to Christion Jones for 22 yards to the USM 29. On the next play, Drake took a handoff around right end and he raced 29 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Griffith’s kick was true and the Crimson Tide had a 42-9 lead with 13:48 left in the fourth quarter.

After a touchback on the kickoff, USM started at its 35 and marched 62 yards in 11 plays to a field goal. A 25-yard pass from Mullens to h-back Daythan Davis on the first play of the drive reached the 50. On the next play, Mullens hit wide receiver James Cox for 12 yards to the Tide 38. A screen pass to wide receiver D.J. Thompson gained six to the Tide 32. Mullens and Triplett connected for eight yards and a first down at the Tide 24. Ito Smith took a handoff for an eight-yard run to the Tide 16 before Mullens kept over right end for three yards and a first down at the Tide 13. Three incomplete passes forced a 30-yard field goal attempt by Acosta, who successfully converted his fourth field goal of the game with 9:50 left in the game. Alabama led, 42-12.

Christion Jones returned the kickoff 37 yards to set up Alabama at its 41. Coker led the Tide into the red zone. Reserve running back Tyren Jones keyed the march with 4 rushes for 43 yards, starting the drive with a 22-yard burst around right end to the USM 37. On the next play, Jones went around right end again, this time for 16 yards to the USM 21. Coker hit reserve tight end Michael Nysewander on a roll out to the right side for nine yards to the USM 12. Jones hit right end for six yards, then Coker kept for five yards to the USM 1. Jones was stuffed for a loss of 1 yard to set up third-and-goal at the USM 2. Coker was sacked on the next play as he faded to pass but could not find an open receiver. The 11-yard loss set up a 30-yard field goal by Adam Griffith, who nailed the kick to give the Tide a 45-12 lead with 6:03 left in the game.

USM took over at its 25 after a touchback on the kickoff. The Eagles were forced to punt after three plays failed to gain a first down. Sarrazin’s 41-yard punt was fair caught by Alabama’s Cyrus Jones at the Tide 31 with 4:50 on the clock. The Tide was forced to punt after three plays, but Tide punter JK Scott was knocked down on the play and a 15-yard personal foul was assessed on USM. That kept the possession alive for Alabama at the USM 47 with 3:08 remaining.

Alec Morris entered the game at quarterback for Alabama at that point. On first down, Tyren Jones carried for 9 yards to the USM 38. Jones got the handoff again on the next play and gained three yards to a first down at the Eagles 35. Altee Tenpenny took a handoff around right end and gained eight yards to the 27. Tenpenny gained the first down on the next play, a six-yard carry to the USM 21. Tenpenny powered over right guard for six more to the USM 15, then he bulled his way around right end for 13 yards to a first down at the USM 2, going out of bounds with 23 seconds on the clock. On the next play, Tyren Jones took a handoff at left end and went untouched for a two-yard touchdown with 16 seconds on the clock. Griffith’s kick was good and Alabama led, 52-12.

Casey Martin returned the Alabama kickoff 21 yards to the USM 21. On the game’s final play, Mullen handed off to Tez Parks who carried for 3 yards over left tackle as the game ended.

SCORING SUMMARY

  1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 7 14 14 17 52
Southern Miss 3 3 3 3 12

FIRST QUARTER

USM – Corey Acosta 33-yard field goal, 11:35 left. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 3:25 elapsed. Score: Southern Miss 3, Alabama 0.
UA – Amari Cooper 17-yard pass from Blake Sims (Adam Griffith kick), 7:42 left. Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 3:53 elapsed. Score: Alabama 7, Southern Miss 3.

SECOND QUARTER

UA – Blake Sims 3-yard run (Griffith kick), 9:32 left. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:07 elapsed. Score: Alabama 14, Southern Miss 3.
UA – Kenyan Drake 1-yard run (Griffith kick), 5:36 left. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 2:49 elapsed. Score: Alabama 21, Southern Miss 3.
USM – Acosta 43-yard field goal, 1:25 left. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:25 elapsed. Score: Alabama 21, Southern Miss 6.

THIRD QUARTER

UA – Drake 1-yard run (Griffith kick), 12:06 left. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:54 elapsed. Score: Alabama 28, Southern Miss. 6
USM – Acosta 37-yard field goal, 8:15 left. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 3:51 elapsed. Score: Alabama 28,
Southern Miss 9.
UA – Brian Vogler 5-yard pass from Blake Sims (Griffith kick), 5:12 left. Drive: 7 plays, 68 yards, 3:03 elapsed. Score: Alabama 35, Southern Miss 9.

FOURTH QUARTER

UA – Drake 29-yard run (Griffith kick), 13:48 left. Drive: 8 plays, 99 yards, 3:22 elapsed. Score: Alabama 42, Southern Miss 9.
USM – Acosta 30-yard field goal, 9:50 left. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 3:58 elapsed. Score: Alabama 42, Southern Miss 12.
UA – Adam Griffith 30-yard field goal, 6:03 left. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 3:49 elapsed. Score: Alabama 45, Southern Miss 12.
UA – Tyren Jones 2-yard run (Griffith kick), 0:16 left. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 4:34 elapsed. Score: Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12.

ATTENDANCE – 101,821 (capacity: 101,821)



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M. Golf. Men’s Golf in Tie for 10th Through Two Rounds of OFCC/Illini Invitational http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-golf-mens-golf-in-tie-for-10th-through-two-rounds-of-ofccillini-invitational-78951/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-golf-mens-golf-in-tie-for-10th-through-two-rounds-of-ofccillini-invitational-78951/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:05:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-golf/recaps/091314aac.html Sept. 13, 2014

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - The Alabama men's golf team is in a tie for 10th place through two rounds in the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational.

 

The top-ranked Crimson Tide, one of 10 schools in the tournament that are ranked among the Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason top-25 poll, is at 596 (300-296) after 36 holes. A total of just nine strokes separate third place and 12th place heading into Sunday's final round.

 

Sophomore Robby Shelton leads Alabama with a 4-over par 144 (73-71) on the famed par 70, 7,142-yard Olympia Field Country Club North Course. He will come into the final round in a tie for seventh overall, trailing the clubhouse leaders by only two strokes.

 

Junior Tom Lovelady is in a tie of 26th overall with an 8-over 148 (73-75). Sophomore Robby Prater had the biggest improvement by any Alabama golfer from the first to the second round, improving six strokes from Friday's 79 to a 73 on Saturday. Prater will come into Sunday's round in a tie for 44th with a 152.

 

Sophomore Dru Love is in a tie for 54th at 154 after carding back-to-back rounds of 77, while freshman Jonathan Hardee rounds out the Tide in a tie for 62nd at 157 (77-80).

 

Baylor, who was receiving votes to be ranked in the Golf Coaches Association of America preseason top-25 poll entering the tournament, blistered the course with a 1-under 279 on Saturday. The Bears (576) own an 8-stroke lead over tournament host and sixth-ranked Illinois (584). Florida State (589), ranked No. 17 in the nation, is in third, while co-No. 1 Oklahoma State (591) is in fourth.

 

Alabama will be paired with Texas and Michigan for Sunday's third and final round. The teams will tee off on hole No. 10 beginning at 8:15 a.m. CT. Fans can follow all the live action by logging on to Golfstat.com.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaMGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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Sept. 13, 2014

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The Alabama men’s golf team is in a tie for 10th place through two rounds in the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational.

 

The top-ranked Crimson Tide, one of 10 schools in the tournament that are ranked among the Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason top-25 poll, is at 596 (300-296) after 36 holes. A total of just nine strokes separate third place and 12th place heading into Sunday’s final round.

 

Sophomore Robby Shelton leads Alabama with a 4-over par 144 (73-71) on the famed par 70, 7,142-yard Olympia Field Country Club North Course. He will come into the final round in a tie for seventh overall, trailing the clubhouse leaders by only two strokes.

 

Junior Tom Lovelady is in a tie of 26th overall with an 8-over 148 (73-75). Sophomore Robby Prater had the biggest improvement by any Alabama golfer from the first to the second round, improving six strokes from Friday’s 79 to a 73 on Saturday. Prater will come into Sunday’s round in a tie for 44th with a 152.

 

Sophomore Dru Love is in a tie for 54th at 154 after carding back-to-back rounds of 77, while freshman Jonathan Hardee rounds out the Tide in a tie for 62nd at 157 (77-80).

 

Baylor, who was receiving votes to be ranked in the Golf Coaches Association of America preseason top-25 poll entering the tournament, blistered the course with a 1-under 279 on Saturday. The Bears (576) own an 8-stroke lead over tournament host and sixth-ranked Illinois (584). Florida State (589), ranked No. 17 in the nation, is in third, while co-No. 1 Oklahoma State (591) is in fourth.

 

Alabama will be paired with Texas and Michigan for Sunday’s third and final round. The teams will tee off on hole No. 10 beginning at 8:15 a.m. CT. Fans can follow all the live action by logging on to Golfstat.com.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaMGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.





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M. Golf. Gavin Moynihan Finishes In 15th Overall at World Amateur Championship http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-golf-gavin-moynihan-finishes-in-15th-overall-at-world-amateur-championship-78953/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-golf-gavin-moynihan-finishes-in-15th-overall-at-world-amateur-championship-78953/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:46:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-golf/spec-rel/091314aab.html Sept. 13, 2014

 

                        

KARUIZAWA, Japan - Alabama sophomore men's golfer Gavin Moynihan finished play at the 2014 World Amateur Championship, which was held in Karuizawa, Japan, with a 72-hole total of 13-under par 273 (69-70-64-70).

                

Moynihan finished the four-day event tied for 15th overall, recording four consecutive below-par scoring rounds.

 

Moynihan led his native country Ireland to an 11th-place finish at the tournament, as it finished with a team score of 27-under par 545 in a field that features 48 countries from around the world. Each nation is represented with three players, with the low two scorers counting toward the team total.

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Fellow countrymen Paul Dunne (-11) and Gary Hurley (-5) also competed alongside Moynihan.

 

Playing two rounds on the par 71, 7,010-yard Oshitate Course and two rounds on the par 72, 7,008 yard Karuizawa Course, Moynihan finished the tournament with 16 birdies, 53 pars and only three bogeys.

 

The United States won the tournament title with a 38-under par 534.

                                                    

Moynihan will now make his return to Tuscaloosa and will be eligible to compete for the Crimson Tide upon his return.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaMGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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Sept. 13, 2014

 

                        

KARUIZAWA, Japan – Alabama sophomore men’s golfer Gavin Moynihan finished play at the 2014 World Amateur Championship, which was held in Karuizawa, Japan, with a 72-hole total of 13-under par 273 (69-70-64-70).

                

Moynihan finished the four-day event tied for 15th overall, recording four consecutive below-par scoring rounds.

 

Moynihan led his native country Ireland to an 11th-place finish at the tournament, as it finished with a team score of 27-under par 545 in a field that features 48 countries from around the world. Each nation is represented with three players, with the low two scorers counting toward the team total.

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Fellow countrymen Paul Dunne (-11) and Gary Hurley (-5) also competed alongside Moynihan.

 

Playing two rounds on the par 71, 7,010-yard Oshitate Course and two rounds on the par 72, 7,008 yard Karuizawa Course, Moynihan finished the tournament with 16 birdies, 53 pars and only three bogeys.

 

The United States won the tournament title with a 38-under par 534.

                                                    

Moynihan will now make his return to Tuscaloosa and will be eligible to compete for the Crimson Tide upon his return.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaMGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.





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