TUSCALOOSA – Wide receiver Amari Cooper bruised his right knee on Alabama’s first drive as he dove for the end zone and the defender went low on him.He was taken to the locker room for evaluation and then held out the rest of the game as a precaution.“I was worried when I saw that,” safety Nick Perry said. “He said he was fine and wanted to get back in the game, but they held him out.”Cooper caught three passes for 46 yards in the game. The three catches tied him for the school career record for receptions with 194. He matched DJ Hall. ■ Oh, Henry:Derrick Henry delivered a big game when it was his turn in the spotlight.The sophomore running back for Alabama started Saturday’s game in place of junior T.J. Yeldon, who sat out to rest an ankle injury.Henry carried the load with a career-high three touchdowns, all in the first half, and helped the Crimson Tide to a 48-14 victory over Western Carolina.He rushed 12 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Henry was also a receiving option with a 9-yard touchdown reception.“He did a good job, and it shows the resiliency the team has that other people can step up,” center Ryan Kelly said.Henry’s rushing yardage put him over 1,000 yards for his career. He became the 55th player in Alabama history to pass that mark with 1,064.Other starters besides Yeldon were held out of competition so they could heal from nagging injuries.ArDarius Stewart started at receiver for DeAndrew White (hamstring) and Dillon Lee started at outside linebacker for Denzel Devall, who hurt his ankle in practice Thursday.Fullback Jalston Fowler split the early carries with Henry. Cam Sims went into the game for Cooper and scored a touchdown after Cooper was hurt.“They could have played in the game if they had to,” coach Nick Saban said. “We chose not to play them so they don’t have these same sort of recurring problem and try to use this as a window to get them healthy.” ■ Other injuries: Linebacker Reuben Foster, offensive tackle Cam Robinson (ankle) and defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson (ankle) were hurt in the first quarter and were held out the rest of the game.Foster was shaken up after a big special teams tackle. He’s battled stingers his entire career from his ferocious hits.Stewart played well in the first half with five catches for 51 yards, but was injured his right knee and was held out in the second half. Tight end Brian Vogler was hurt in the third quarter and immediately helped to the locker room.“Both of them have stretched knee ligaments,” Saban said. “They are the most questionable for next week.” ■ Tough defense: Western Carolina was held to 213 yards of total offense. That’s the 67th time the defense held opponents to less than 300 yards in the 105 games coached by Saban. Six of the opponents this season have been held to less than 300 yards.The Catamounts were held to minus-8 yards rushing in the game. The last time Alabama kept a team to negative rushing yards was Sept. 3, 2011, when Kent State rushed for minus-9 yards. That’s the 17th time Alabama registered negative rushing yards. ■ Kicking situation: Place-kicker Adam Griffith sat out as he deals with an unspecified injury that doesn’t allow him to practice as needed, and led to his inconsistent kicking.Punter JK Scott, who was a standout kicker in high school, took his place on kickoffs. Walk-on freshman Gunnar Raborn handled the place-kicks. He was 6 of 6 on extra points, made a 20-yard field goal and missed a 31-yarder. ■ Punting counter: Opponents have been punting away from Christion Jones this season, making it difficult for him to get a solid return.Alabama countered by placing Cyrus Jones back on punts with him. That way, one or the other has a chance to return the ball.Christion Jones responded with a productive day with three returns for 27 yards. ■ Rare pick: Quarterback Blake Sims threw an interception in the game, his first in 158 attempts.That was the third-longest stretch in Alabama history. He’s behind Brodie Croyle (190) and AJ McCarron (291).The interception wasn’t entirely Sims’ fault. The receivers collided and stopped as the ball sailed on for Trey Morgan to grab in the end zone.“I think they had miscommunication,” Sims said. “I put that all on me. They were asking me a question, and I probably didn’t throw the ball right.” ■ GameDay coming again: ESPN College GameDay will broadcast from campus this Saturday before the Iron Bowl, the network announced.This will be the second time the traveling three-hour pregame show will set up in Tuscaloosa this year. The other was Nov. 15 before the Mississippi State game. ■ Streaks: Alabama is on a 15-game winning streak at home, dating back to the Texas A&M loss in 2012. The Crimson Tide is 4-0 all-time against Western Carolina and out-scored the Catamounts 201-20. Alabama has won 10 games in seven straight seasons. ■ Quick hits: Captains for the game were receiver Jones, Perry and Vogler. … Alabama extended its record consecutive scoring streak to 180 games, and scored in the first half for the 100th straight game.