TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The defensive end bought it. Alabama quarterback Blake Sims pushed the ball toward T.J. Yeldon's gut, then pulled it back and was off to the races when the Tennessee lineman made a beeline to the tailback.
Touchdown, Alabama. The new-fashioned way.
Sims has made most of his plays as the third-ranked Crimson Tide's quarterback with his arm, delivering balls to Amari Cooper with relentless frequency. But the former running back's quickness, shiftiness and athleticism has enabled Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin and Alabama to sprinkle in some zone read plays often with impressive results.