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Blake Sims' 445-yard, 4-touchdown game leads No. 3 Alabama past Florida 42-21

  • Alabama quarterback Blake Sims throws a pass as he warms up before an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Alabama quarterback Blake Sims throws a pass as he warms up before an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama quarterback Blake Sims, left, scrambles for yardage around Florida defensive lineman Joey Ivie (91) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Alabama quarterback Blake Sims, left, scrambles for yardage around Florida defensive lineman Joey Ivie (91) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) fumbles the ball against Florida linebacker Neiron Ball (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) fumbles the ball against Florida linebacker Neiron Ball (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

Blake Sims recorded Alabama's second-best passing day with 445 yards and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21 on Saturday.

The Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) committed four turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Gators (2-1, 1-1), who still couldn't handle the Sims-to-Amari Cooper connection.

Sims threw touchdown passes of 87 yards to Kenyan Drake on the opening play and 79 to Cooper later in the first quarter. Cooper, who came in leading the nation in receptions, caught 10 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tide's turnovers and other miscues kept the game close into the fourth quarter. Alabama's 645 total yards was the most the Gators have allowed.

Florida's Jeff Driskel was harassed and ineffective passing. He was 9-of-28 passing for 93 yards and was intercepted twice while the offense produced just 200 yards.