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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.


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Clint Trickett sacked by Jonathan Allen for a loss of 11 yards to the WVirg 39
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Clint Trickett pass complete to Wendell Smallwood for 19 yds to the WVirg 47 for a 1ST down
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Blake Sims pass complete to Chris Black for 8 yds to the Alab 24 for a 1ST down
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4Q ALA A. Griffith 45 yd FG GOOD
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Blake Sims pass complete to Christion Jones for 7 yds to the WVirg 27 for a 1ST down
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T.J. Yeldon run for 26 yds to the Alab 38 for a 1ST down
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Clint Trickett pass incomplete to Jordan Thompson
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Blake Sims pass intercepted Daryl Worley return for 5 yds to the WVirg 30 WEST VIRGINIA Penalty, Offensive Holding (10 Yards) to the WVirg 49
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Josh Lambert 41 yd FG GOOD
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TEAM run for a loss of 19 yards to the Alab 24 TEAM fumbled, recovered by WVirg Clint Trickett
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Clint Trickett pass complete to Kevin White for 25 yds to the Alab 5 for a 1ST down
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Clint Trickett pass complete to Jordan Thompson for 32 yds to the Alab 39 for a 1ST down
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Adam Griffith 27 yd FG GOOD

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Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at QB for Alabama, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia 33-23.
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