Cooper Sets Frosh Receiving Record

Amari Cooper had a very good night for the Alabama Crimson Tide in Knoxville Saturday as the true freshman hauled in seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-13 win over Tennessee.



How big was it? Good enough that Amari Cooper is now the Alabama record holder for receiving yards by a freshman in a Crimson Tide game.

It was the fourth consecutive trip to Knoxville where Alabama has had a 100-yard receiver.

Here are notes from Alabama's win over Tennessee:

Cooper was a primary reason that quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for a career high 306 yards and tied his career high with four touchdowns. McCarron has thrown for four touchdowns three times in his career.

The 306 yards passing are the most by an Alabama quarterback since Greg McElroy threw for 377 against Auburn on Nov. 26, 2010.

Alabama freshman T.J. Yeldon ran for 129 yards on 15 carries. Yeldon has now run for over 100 yards in back-to-back games and three times on the season (144 at Missouri and 111 vs. Michigan). Yeldon helped Bama to 233 rushing yards. Alabama has won 44 consecutive games when the Crimson Tide rushed for 150 or more yards.

With the Amari Cooper 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter, Alabama raised its current total of consecutive games in which it scored to 149. The 149 straight games mark the longest streak in program history.

Alabama recorded its seventh straight game with 30 or more points, which is the longest streak to start a season in school history. Alabama had three seasons with five games in a row (1920, 1979 and 2009) with 30 or more points.

Alabama had a 23-10 halftime lead. Under Coach Nick Saban, Alabama has a 56-3 record when leading at intermission. AJ McCarron continues to build his school record of passes without an interception. After passing Brodie Croyle's mark of 190 passes for the record, McCarron now has 239 passing attempts without an interception.

Alabama has now won six consecutive games against Tennessee and Bama now has an all-time lead of 49-38-7 lead in the most storied football rivalry in the South.

Alabama has taken advantage of turnovers this season. The Crimson Tide has forced 20 turnovers in 2012 and converted them into 15 touchdowns or 111 points. With the two interceptions against Tennessee, Alabama has scored 11 touchdowns off 13 interceptions.

Alabama senior safety Robert Lester picked off his 12th career pass which ranks tied for eighth all time.

Alabama has tallied 13 interceptions on the season and has picked off at least one pass in six of the seven games in 2012. The Tide has picked off two or more passes in five of the seven games, including three in a row.

Cyrus Jones replaced Christion Jones as Alabama kick return man and on his second punt return took it back 32 yards to the Tennessee 32. Christion Jones has been nursing an ankle injury.

Attendance for the game in Neyland Stadium was 102,455.

When Tennessee's Michael Palardy kicked a field goal in the first quarter, it marked the first time this season that Bama had surrenderd points in the first period. Bama came into the game with an 83-0 advantage in first quarter scoring and scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Vols.

Alabama has scored in every first quarter this season. Amaric Cooper's 31-yard touchdown reception put Bama on the scoreboard in the first quarter in Knoxville.

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley,who is recovering from hip surgery and was in the press box for the Vols game against Mississippi State last week. In Knoxville Saturday night, he was on the sideline and using crutches.

Captains for Alabama were center Barrett Jones, tight end Michael Williams, and snapper Carson Tinger.

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