ARLINGTON, Texas — After watching Derrick Henry and Cyrus Jones make their mark on the record books, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley decided to join in.
The freshman hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to give the Crimson Tide a 31-0 lead and bring his season total to 1,025 yards.
With that catch, Ridley passed former Alabama great Amari Cooper for most receiving yards by a freshman receiver. He has a game-high eight receptions for 138 yards and two scores with 12:27 remaining in the contest.
Earlier in the game, Henry passed the 2,000-yard rushing mark and broke a tie for the SEC’s single-season rushing touchdowns record. Jones’ 57-yard punt return touchdown gave him the most single-season punt return scores (4) in school history.