(3) Alabama - 38, (12) Florida - 10
October 1, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Junior running back Trent Richardson rushed for 181 yards on
29 carries, both of which were career highs, as the No. 3/2 Alabama football team
took down No. 12/12 Florida 38-10 Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. With the
win, the Crimson Tide remains undefeated on the season at 5-0 overall and 2-0 against
Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Gators fall to 4-1 overall and 2-1
versus league foes.
Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide chases quarterback Jeff
Driskel #16 of the Florida Gators.
Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
Alabama held Florida to 15 rushing yards for the game, 244 yards shy of its season
average. The Tide collected 366 total yards of offense in the game compared to the
Gators' 222 yards. During head coach Nick Saban's 59-game tenure, the Alabama
defense has now limited its opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense on
34 occasions and has not allowed more than 251 yards this season.
The Gators wasted no time getting on the board with a 65-yard touchdown pass 19
seconds into the game for the early 7-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, the Tide used
12 plays to get downfield for a 32-yard field goal setting the score at 7-3 with
9:47 remaining in the opening quarter. The next two drives also resulted in scores,
this time with Florida getting the field goal and Alabama tacking on the touchdown
thanks to a five-yard run from Richardson. Richardson's touchdown was the first
rushing touchdown given up by the Gators this season.
The Tide defense came up big on the next drive as junior linebacker Courtney Upshaw
intercepted a pass, the first of his career, and returned it 45 yards for the
touchdown, giving Alabama the 17-10 lead with 12:57 to go in the half. In addition
to his interception, Upshaw would finish the game with four total tackles, including
three for a loss of 21 yards and a sack for a loss of 10 yards.
The Tide continued putting up points as sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron ran for
one yard at the end of a 10-play drive for Alabama's third touchdown of the night,
and a 24-10 advantage.
After over 20 scoreless minutes, Richardson delivered again, this time with a
36-yard run, which was followed by a successful point-after attempt from junior
placekicker Jeremy Shelley, to put the Tide in front 31-10 with 12:25 remaining.
Alabama would score once more as sophomore running back Eddie Lacy capped off a
four-play drive with a 20-yard run at the 8:45 mark of the fourth quarter.
With its pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Tide has now outscored its
opponents 45-8 throughout the final 15:00 in addition to outgaining the opposition
639 yards to just 59 yards.
Next up, Alabama will return to Bryant-Denny Stadium where it will take on
Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 8, at 6 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPNU.