The quarterback-to-receiver duo of Blake Sims and Amari Cooper has become college football’s most prolific combination. Each had record setting moments in the 42-21 victory over Florida (2-1, 1-1) at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday afternoon before a capacity filled crowd and the CBS nationally televised audience. Sims threw for a career high 445 yards completing 23 of 33 passes. The total is second in school history behind the 484-yard mark achieved by Scott Hunter against Auburn on November 29, 1969. Cooper had single game career highs of three touchdown receptions and 201 yards against the Gators. He became the school’s career touchdown reception leader with 20 surpassing the total of 18 by former Alabama All-American wide receiver Dennis Homan (1965-67).
The soft spoken junior from Miami (FL) has become a defensive secondary coach’s worst nightmare. He currently leads the NCAA FBS schools with 10.8 receptions per game. Amari Cooper established a new school record on Saturday with his sixth straight 100-plus yard receiving game. His four-game total of 43 receptions is only two short of the 45 caught during the entire 2013 season. He is only the fourth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes in a game joining Al Lary (vs. Tulane & So. Miss in 1950), Dennis Homan (vs. So Miss 1967) and Michael Vaughn (vs. So. Miss 1998).
Blake Sims threw for 272 yards alone in the first quarter of yesterday’s game against Florida, a total greater than his previous game high of 250 yards recorded against West Virginia on August 30, 2014. The solemn fifth-year senior from Gainesville (GA) finished the half with 335 passing yards second to the school record of 339 set by Greg McElroy versus Auburn on November 26, 2010. Prior to Saturday, Florida was ranked third in the SEC surrendering just 207 passing yards per contest.
Watch and listen to the Alabama (4-0, 1-0) quarterback explain the success of the “sundown” approach and the wide receiver elaborate on the chemistry between the two.