University of Alabama

Alabama football: Keys to Crimson Tide's win over Florida

GAMELINE

Key player

Courtney Upshaw. Playing his first game at full strength, the junior linebacker was a beast for the Tide. Alabama had really missed the aggressive pass rusher after suffering a high-ankle sprain against San Jose State in the opener. His presence was certainly felt in his return to full speed with seven tackles and two pass breakups.

Key moment

Nico Johnson intercepted Trey Burton’s jump pass in the end zone. The Tide took advantage of the turnover by driving for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

KEY DECISION

Alabama didn’t look a thing like it did a week ago at Arkansas. It came out playing sharp, mistake-free football back in Tuscaloosa. Whatever was said on the practice field or in the meeting rooms certainly worked considering the Tide jumped out to a 24-point lead with the Gators in town.

Quote of the game

“We made a lot of plays, defensively especially, down in the red zone whether it was getting turnovers or a fourth-down stop.” — Alabama coach Nick Saban

Numbers

1:1

Florida quarterback Trey Burton’s touchdown to interception ratio after his first quarter pick on his second throw of his Gator career.

75

Yards that Gator Chas Henry got on his second-quarter punt after Julio Jones returned his previous offering 40 yards.

5

Possessions for Alabama before needing to punt after a field goal and three touchdowns opened the game

40

Games since Florida competed as an underdog. Alabama was favored by 7 by the odds makers.

24-3

The halftime score Saturday was the same as it was five years ago when Florida came to Bryant-Denny Stadium and lost 31-3.

269-220

Total yardage advantage held by Florida in the fourth quarter trailing by 25.

— Michael Casagrande

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