After breaking the SEC’s all-time record for receptions in a season, Alabama WR Amari Cooper got to celebrate his school’s 3rd SEC Championship in the last six years.
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The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the #16 Missouri Tigers 42-13 to win the 2014 SEC Championship game, their 3rd such title in the last six years.
Alabama set the tone early with a 10-play opening drive that the Tigers seemingly could not stop at all en route to a 1-yard TD from RB T.J. Yeldon. Missouri was unable to get anything going offensively throughout the first half, only managing a FG in the middle of the second quarter. Alabama QB Blake Sims, who finished the game with an astounding 85.7% completion rate, threw his first TD of the day to WR DeAndrew White in the second quarter, and led the Crimson Tide on another TD drive late in the quarter on a second TD run by T.J. Yeldon to give them a 21-3 halftime lead.
In the third quarter the Tigers finally woke up with an opening-quarter drive that Missouri QB Maty Mauk led, culminating in a TD pass to Bud Sasser. After adding a FG from PK Andrew Baggett later in the quarter, the Alabama lead was cut to 21-13 – that’s when Alabama RB Derrick Henry took over. On the first play of the 4th quarter Sims threw a TD pass to Cristion Jones to give them a 28-13 lead, and then Henry started his attack on the Missouri Tigers defense with 141 rushing yards on the day and two fourth quarter TD runs, first from 26 yards out to give the Tide a 35-13 lead, and then the game-sealing TD with 4:25 left from one-yard out to give the Tide a 42-13 final score, and their second SEC Championship in the last three years.
Alabama WR Amari Cooper became the SEC’s all-time leader in receptions for a season, recording 12 on the day for 83 yards.
With the win, the Crimson Tide are virtually guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoffs, which will be announced on ESPN today.