ATLANTA -- Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia 33-23 Saturday.
Sims was 24-for-33 for 250 yards and added 42 running, playing the entire game. The fifth-year senior beat out Florida State transfer Jake Coker for the start. Tide coach Nick Saban had suggested both quarterbacks would play, but Sims never came out.
Yeldon (126 yards rushing and two touchdowns), Henry (113 yards rushing and a score) and Cooper (12 catches for 130 yards) provided plenty of support. Alabama needed all the offense it could get because West Virginia found plenty of soft spots in the Tide's D.
The Mountaineers' up-tempo spread gave Clint Trickett his pick of open receivers, and he took advantage with 365 yards passing.
4Q WVU B. Sims pass intercepted,D. Worley return for 5 yds,WEST VIRGINIA penalty, Offensive Holding (10 Yards)
4Q WVU TEAM run for -19 yds,TEAM fumbled, recovered by WVirg C. Trickett,TEAM rush for loss of 19 yards to the ALABAMA24, fumble by TEAM recovered by WESTVIR
Sims plays wire-to-wire in Bama win
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