Alabama QB Blake Sims got the start and played efficiently passing and running the ball.
With a new starting QB at the helm, the Alabama Crimson Tide overcame the West Virginia Mountaineers for a 33-23 victory on Saturday.
Alabama gave up a field goal to West Virginia early in the 1st quarter and managed to match it on the following drive. In the second quarter the Crimson Tide took the lead and never gave it back for the rest of the game. Alabama RBs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry combined for 40 carries for 239 yards (5.98 yards/carry) and three TDs.
QB Blake Sims, getting all of the snaps at QB despite speculation that he would split reps with Jake Coker, played efficiently, going 24 of 33 for 250 yards and an INT. He also added 42 yards on the ground on 6 carries. The star receiver of the game was WR Amari Cooper, seen by many as a possible first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Cooper was responsible for half of the team’s receiving yards with 130 yards on 12 catches.
The Mountaineers were dominated in the rushing game, only recording 28 total rushing yards to Alabama’s 288 – more than ten times their output.
With the win, the Crimson Tide will likely maintain their No. 2 ranking in the AP poll.