Alabama’s Amari Cooper worked his way into Heisman consideration Saturday, piling up 201 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a 42-21 victory against Florida. The Gators’ Vernon Hargreaves, arguably the best cornerback in college football, wasn’t enough to slow Cooper as he earned his sixth consecutive 100-yard game.
Cooper had 175 receiving yards in the first half and set the Alabama career record for receiving touchdowns with 20, breaking Dennis Homan’s mark of 18 set from 1965-’67.
With two minutes remaining and the ball on FSU’s 18-yard line, Clemson threatened to unseat the top-ranked Seminoles. But defensive tackle Eddie Goldman stripped the ball from Tigers running back C.J. Davidson to send the game into overtime. Goldman also recorded a sack in OT to force a pivotal Clemson fourth down. His timely performance proved crucial as Karlos Williams punched in the winning touchdown to beat Clemson 23-17.
Lightning struck twice as Vanderbilt’s Darrius Sims returned two kickoffs in the Commodores’ home loss to South Carolina on Saturday night. Sims returned the opening kickoff 91 yards, evading defenders on his way to the end zone. He returned a 100-yarder in the third quarter, but his efforts weren’t enough as South Carolina powered its way to a 48-34 victory against the Commodores.