Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • WVU 393
    • 538 ALA
  • Turnovers

    • WVU 0
    • 1 ALA
  • Possession

    WVU ALA
    37:47 22:13
  • 1st Downs

    • WVU 22
    • 30 ALA

Game Information

Georgia Dome
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Coverage: ABC/ESPN2
  • Atlanta, GA 39901
  • Line: ALA -22.0
  • Over/Under: 54
Attendance: 70,502
8/30/2014 Associated Press

Sims stays in as No. 2 Alabama tops WVU

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

Scoring Summary

ABC/ESPN21234T
West Virginia3143323
Alabama31710333
first QuarterWVUALA
FG
10:58
Josh Lambert 20 Yd Field Goal
14 plays, 79 yards, 4:02
30
FG
8:18
Adam Griffith 47 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 45 yards, 2:40
33
second QuarterWVUALA
TD
14:11
T.J. Yeldon 15 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick)
14 plays, 95 yards, 6:57
310
TD
11:58
Kevin White 19 Yd pass from Clint Trickett (Josh Lambert Kick)
9 plays, 75 yards, 2:13
1010
TD
1:57
T.J. Yeldon 1 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick)
13 plays, 88 yards, 6:20
1017
TD
1:43
Mario Alford 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Lambert Kick)
7 plays, 50 yards, 1:31
1717
FG
0:00
Adam Griffith 41 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 50 yards, 1:31
1720
third QuarterWVUALA
TD
7:44
Derrick Henry 19 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick)
6 plays, 70 yards, 1:50
1727
FG
4:59
Josh Lambert 42 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 66 yards, 2:37
2027
FG
1:27
Adam Griffith 27 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 64 yards, 3:27
2030
fourth QuarterWVUALA
FG
13:37
Josh Lambert 41 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 51 yards, 2:50
2330
FG
8:07
Adam Griffith 45 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 60 yards, 4:16
2333

Research Notes

  • * Nick Saban has never been a fan of up-tempo offenses, but Alabama was better this week when OC Lane Kiffin switched to the no-huddle. QB Blake Sims was 8-9, and had a 21-yard run for a 3rd down conversion. The only SEC school with a better QBR in no-huddle Week 1 situations was Auburn.

  • Alabama returned to its bread and butter in the second half, pounding the ball up the middle with T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, who combined for 152 yards in the final 30 minutes.

  • Blake Sims completed 73% of his passes in his first career start for Alabama. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin kept the game plan simple, with just four of his 33 pass attempts traveling 15 or more yards downfield.

  • Alabama allowed 365 passing yards to West Virginia, its third-most passing yards allowed in the Nick Saban era. The Mountaineers had 17 completions of 10 yards or more, the most the Tide allowed since the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

  • Sims relied heavily on Amari Cooper throughout the game. He was 12 of 15 when targeting Amari Cooper for 130 yards and 12 of 18 for 120 yards when targeting everyone else.

  • This is the 3rd straight game Alabama has allowed a non-offensive touchdown. Alabama had gone 12 straight games not allowing a non-offensive TD until this streak, and had allowed 2 non-offensive touchdowns combined in their previous 26 games.The 3-game streak is the longest in the Nick Saban era.

  • Alabama leading West Virginia 20-17 at the half...Crimson Tide allowed 10 TOTAL 1st-half points in 4 regular season non-conference games last season.

  • This is the first time that Alabama has allowed 17 points in three straight games since 2008-09 (losses to Florida and Utah to end 2008 season, win against Virginia Tech in 2009 opener).

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