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Sunday December 5, 1999Game Recap: Florida vs. Alabama- SEC Championship

Gainesville, FL

Game 12
Alabama 34, Florida 7
SEC Championship Game
December 4, 1999, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
Attendance: 74,309

In a much anticipated rematch of their Oct. 2nd regular season game, which Alabama won 40-39 in overtime, the Crimson Tide and Florida Gators face each other in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, but this time Alabama comes out victorious with a dominating 34-7 win in front of 74,309 and an ABC national television audience at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The game started out well as the Gators score on their opening possession on tailback Earnest Graham’s three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Erron Kinney. Graham’s pass to Kinney is set up by Bo Carroll’s 37-yard kickoff return and wide receiver Darrell Jackson’s 32-yard pass reception from quarterback Jesse Palmer.

However, Florida’s first possession would be it only offensive highlight of the night as Alabama’s defense holds the Gators to just 114 yards in total offense on the night and allows just six first downs, which are the lowest totals in those two categories in the Spurrier era. The Crimson Tide also intercepts four Florida passes – returning one for a touchdown, while two other lead to touchdowns. While using three quarterbacks (Palmer, Doug Johnson and Kevin McKinnon) Florida completes just eight passes for 83 yards on the night, both also Spurrier-era lows in those categories.

On defense the Gators give up 300 rushing yards and 162 yards in the air. Doing most of the damage on the night is Alabama wide receiver Freddie Milons. Milons rushes six times for 116 yards and one touchdown, a 77-yard run early in the fourth quarter that put Alabama ahead , 22-7. The Crimson Tide also use their form of the two-headed quarterback monster with Andrew Zow and Tyler Watts combining to complete 13 of 24 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown.

Alabama place-kicker Ryan Pflugner connects on three field goals including an SEC Championship Game record 49-yarder.

Other Game Notes

• By making its sixth appearance in the SEC Championship Game the Gators have appeared in the game more than any other school.

• Florida’s touchdown on its opening drive was the quickest touchdown drive scored (1:40) in the history of the SEC Championship Game.

• The seven points scored by Florida was the lowest total since UF scored six points at Mississippi State in 1992 and its third-lowest point total under Spurrier (3 – Tennessee in 1990).

• The 300 rushing yards allowed tied for the third-largest total given up by a Spurrier coached Florida squad.

• Florida finishes with 23 touchdown passes on the season, the lowest total in the Spurrier era. Florida’s previous single season low under Spurrier was 25 TD passes in 1990 and 1992. Florida’s 40 touchdowns on the season are the lowest in the Spurrier era (44 in 1990 and 1998) and 30.8 scoring average is the second-lowest under Spurrier and its 263.8 passing yards average in ’99 was the lowest in the 1990’s.

• Florida averages only 2.6 yards per play (44 plays/114 yards) after averaging 8.63 (52 plays/449 yards) in the first game against Alabama in Gainesville.

• Alabama again has a big advantage in time of possession tonight 40:11 to 19:49. The Crimson Tide held a 42:47 to 17:13 advantage in the first contest in Gainesville.

Scoring Summary & Statistics

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Florida

7

0

0

0

7

Alabama

0

12

3

19

34


1st Quarter

UF: 13:20 – E. Kinney 3-yard pass from E. Graham (J. Chandler PAT) – 4 plays, 55 yards, 1:40

2nd Quarter

UA: 11:03 – R. Pflugner 29-yard field goal – 9 plays, 61 yards, 4:01

UA: 2:03 – R. Pflugner 48-yard field goal – 4 plays, 5 yards, 2:00

UA: 0:30 – J. McAddley 27-yard pass from A. Zow (A. Zow pass failed) – 4 plays, 36 yards, 1:12

3rd Quarter

UA: 3:12 – R. Pflugner 49-yard field goal – 13 plays, 23 yards, 7:15

4th Quarter

UA:11:54 – F. Milons 77-yard run (R. Pflugner PAT) – 5 plays, 92 yards, 2:59

UA: 11:36 – R. Grimes 38-yard interception return (R. Pflugner kick failed)

UA: 3:58 – S. Alexander 7-yard run (Team rush failed) – 2 plays, 12 yards, 0:49

Team Statistics

 

Florida

UA

First Downs

6

22

Rushes - Net Yards

20-31

49-300

Passing Comp.-Att.-Yds.

8-24-83

14-25-162

Total Offense

114

462

Penalties-Yards

4-30

12-99

Turnovers (Fumbles Lost - Interceptions)

0-4

0-1

Possession Time

19:49

40:11


Individual Statistics

Rushing (Attempts-Yards-Touchdowns)

Florida: E. Graham 9-27-0; J. Capel 2-7-0; R. Gillespie 2-7-0; C. Marks 4-(-2)-0; J. Palmer 3-(-8)-0

UA: F. Milons 6-116-1; S. Alexander 30-97-1; D. McClintock 4-48-0; S. Bohanan 2-32-0; T. Watts 4-18-0;

M. Brown 1-0-0; A. Zow 1-(-5)-0

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Yards-Touchdowns-Interceptions)

Florida: J. Palmer 7-20-80-0-3; D. Johnson 0-2-0-0-0; E. Graham 1-1-3-1-0; K. McKinnon 0-1-0-0-1

UA: A. Zow 10-17-134-1-0; T. Watts 3-7-21-0-1; F. Milons 1-1-7-0-0

Receiving (Receptions-Yards-Touchdowns)

Florida: D. Jackson 3-49-0; T. Taylor 2-22-0; E. Graham 2-9-0; E. Kinney 1-3-1

UA: A. Carter 5-71-0; J. McAddley 4-46-1; T. Jones, Jr. 1-19-0; D. McClintock 1-15-0; T. Bowens 1-11-0; S. Alexander 1-1-0; F. Milons 1-(-1)-0

Leading Tacklers (Total Tackles-Sacks)

Florida: M. Nattiel 17-0, M. Manuel 14-0, A. Davis 9-0

UA: M. Merritt 4-0; D. Gilbert 3-0

 

 

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