Thursday November 20th, 2014

Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) face the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-4) on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. Alabama pushed its winning-streak to five games by beating then-No. 1 Mississippi State at home last week. Western Carolina travels to Bryant-Denny Stadium to close out its first winning season since 2005. In three meetings with Alabama -- all since 2004 -- the Catamounts have been beaten by a combined score of 153-6, including a 49-0 loss in 2012.

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How to watch

Details for Saturday's game are below:

Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. ET

Live streamThe game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: SEC Network 

Radio: For Western Carolina affiliates, click here. For a list of Alabama affiliates, click here.

Season Recaps

Alabama

11/15: Alabama 25, Mississippi State 20

The Crimson Tide beat No. 1 Mississippi State, backed by quarterback Blake Sims’ 211 passing yards and single touchdown and Amari Cooper’s eight catches for 88 yards and one touchdown. After a fourth-quarter scoring drive the put Alabama ahead, the Tide recovered an onside kick to secure their fifth-straight win.

11/8: Alabama 20, LSU 13 (OT)

Alabama won its fourth-straight game despite possessing the ball for less than 22 minutes of the regulation. Blake Sims completed 20 of 45 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Crimson Tide limited LSU to 76 passing yards and just 183 rushing yards on 56 carries.

10/25: Alabama 34, Tennessee 20

The Crimson Tide won their third straight game by defeating the Volunteers on the road. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had nine catches for a school-record 224 yards to go along with two touchdowns to lead Alabama. Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon combined for 130 rushing yards as the Crimson Tide racked up 183 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

10/18: Alabama 59, Texas A&M 0

Alabama scored 35 points in the second quarter to break the game open en route to a blowout win over Texas A&MBlake Sims completed 16 of 27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while Amari Cooper had eight catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Crimson Tide rushed for 298 yards and four touchdowns as a team, including 114 yards and two touchdowns from T.J. Yeldon. The Crimson Tide outgained the Aggies 602-172, limiting quarterback Kenny Hill to 138 passing yards.

10/11: Alabama 14, Arkansas 13

Alabama escaped from what would have been a second loss in a row with the win over the Razorbacks, but the Alabama offense struggled once again. The Tide tallied just 227 yards of total offense. Quarterback Blake Sims finished the game with just 161 yards, and wide receiver Amari Cooper only caught two passes for 22 yards. 

10/4: Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17

Alabama's loss to the Rebels was the Crimson Tide's third straight loss to a ranked opponent. A Bo Wallace touchdown pass to Jaylen Walton with 2:54 remaining put Ole Miss ahead, and Blake Sims was intercepted in the opposite end zone to seal the game. T.J. Yeldon finished the game with 123 rushing yards for Alabama, but the team suffered a huge loss in the backfield as Kenyan Drake went down with a severely fractured leg.

9/20: Alabama 42, Florida 21

The Crimson Tide, led by Blake Sims and Amari Cooper, exploded for 645 yards of total offense. Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best total in Alabama history, and had four touchdowns with just one interception. Cooper had 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. The Tide eclipsed 200 yards rushing in the game.

9/13: Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12

Alabama dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 35 minutes, and the Crimson Tide amassed 547 yards of total offense on their way to 52 points. Kenyan Drake scored three touchdowns on just nine carries, and Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.

9/6: Alabama 41, Florida Atlantic 0

Both Blake Sims and Jake Coker threw for more than 200 yards and the Alabama defense pitched a shutout while allowing just 88 passing yards and 57 rushing yards to FAU. Sims and Coker combined to account for three touchdowns and 430 passing yards. Amari Cooper was the biggest beneficiary, catching 13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. 

8/30: Alabama 33, West Virginia 23

In a game that was closer than the final score indicated, Alabama rushed for 288 yards and controlled the ball for nearly 38 minutes. Both T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground while combining for three touchdowns, and first-time starting QB Blake Sims threw for 250 yards on 24-of-33 passing.

Western Carolina

The Catamounts sealed their first winning season since 2005 last week, beating VMI 42-27 at home to move to 7-4. Quarterback Troy Mitchell has appeared in all 11 games, completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 2,320 yards and 18 touchdowns; he has added 572 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Running back Darius Ramsey has carried 144 times for 753 yards and six touchdowns. After going 3-1 at home and 2-1 on the road against conference opponents, the Catamounts are tied for second in the Southern Conference with the Samford Bulldogs. Western Carolina has played one FBS opponent so far this season, a 36-31 loss on to road to South Florida.  

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