TUSCALOOSA, AL (AP) - Blake Sims passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and might have staked his claim as No. 3 Alabama's undisputed starting quarterback in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.
Sims was 12-of-17 passing for 168 yards for the Crimson Tide (3-0) ahead of the team's Southeastern Conference opener against Florida. Jake Coker didn't come in until late in the third quarter against the Golden Eagles (1-2), who have lost 25 of their last 27 games.
Most of Sims' completions went to the nation's leading receiver, Amari Cooper. Cooper had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown to tie DJ Hall's school record of five consecutive 100-yard games set in 2006. Kenyan Drake scored three touchdowns and produced 59 yards on nine rushes.
Sims also ran five times for 46 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown. Coker did lead a 99-yard scoring drive.