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September 1, 2014
Alabama Football
Derrick Henry is primed for a big sophomore season . . .
Bama Magazine

Cooper was the target on six of Sims' third-down passes and finished with a team-high 12 catches for 130 yards . . .
Huntsville Times

Nick Saban mentioned in his post game press conference that things should improve with the return of experienced linebackers in game two . . .
Mobile Press-Register

When it came down to it, all Sims had to do was hand the ball off to the 1-2 punch of T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry . . .
The Sporting News

Alabama was bailed out on several occasions when West Virginia's receivers dropped passes . . .
Crimson White

He said he preferred the attempts from 40+ because "the longer, the better for me . . .
Mobile Press-Register

Alabama had six first-time starters on offense and defense and a true freshman punter and a first-time starting placekicker . . .
Bama Magazine

He wasn't perfect, but Sims showed promise, which is all anyone without an agenda could ask for . . .
Tuscaloosa News

No matter who plays quarterback for Alabama, he'll have a treasure trove of talent with which to work . . .
USA Today

Alabama won its season-opener on the strength of its running game and a smart passing game plan . . .

So far, so good for new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin . . .
Bleacher Report

The Crimson Tide adjusted and rendered Shell and the run game all but obsolete in the second half. Shell had 39 yards in the first half and minus-1 in the second . . .
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

His stats looked okay (24-of-33 for 250 yards), but having a number of blue-chip receivers to rely on helped him out considerably . . .
SB Nation

Yes, the Tide had to go fast since it was the two-minute drill, but Saban took notice of how comfortable Sims looked when the offense moved . . .
CBS Sports

The hurry-up offense of West Virginia had fewer plays, only 69, and got almost nothing from its running game after the first quarter . . .
Bama Magazine

As a team, the Tide gained 538 yards of total offense (288 rushing, 250 passing), notched 30 first downs and averaged 6.6 yards per play . . .
University of Alabama

Nick Saban reacts to the Tide's tough first 2014 win, 33-23, over West Virginia (Video) . . .
Birmingham News

Struggles on third down - the Mountaineers went 5-for-14 - contributed to that lack of success. Alabama did get three sacks . . .
Birmingham News

Alabama did what was needed to chalk this one up as a 'W' and move ahead in trying to get better. That's the really positive part of the outcome, because it could have been a disaster . . .
Dothan Eagle

"I thought they made plays when they needed to make them. I think there's definitely a lot of things that we did well as a team . . .
Florence Times-Daily

It proved to be the biggest score of the game for the Crimson Tide, as they fought off a valiant comeback effort from the Mountaineers . . .

He then made a Major Harris-like run through the Mountaineer secondary. Thirty-eight yards later, Alabama had a first-and-goal at the 8 . . .
Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette

"At some point," coach Dana Holgorsen said, "you've got to be able to convert those [opportunities] into touchdowns.' . . .
Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette

Sims didn't learn he'd start over Coker until Friday evening after battling all month in practice. And it felt good . . .
Huntsville Times

With a quarterback making his first career start against a style of defense Alabama hasn't seen often in recent years, the Crimson Tide rolled up 538 yards of offense . . .
Huntsville Times

"We're looking forward to how we can help him improve as well as Jake too." Translation: This is still a wide-open competition . . .
Mobile Press-Register

The fourth quarter, though, brought on the kind of performance Alabama needed in its two losses to end 2013 . . .
Mobile Press-Register

After leading by just three at halftime, Alabama took out the Mountaineers 33-23 by pounding away in the second half . . .
Huntsville Times

Box score . . .

Saturday's game will be the FIRST-ever meeting between West Virginia and Alabama on the gridiron . . .



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