Let’s take a look at a few of the stats from the SEC Championship where the Tide took down the Gators with a score of 29-15.
While I’m writing this, things in the Georiga Dome are more than likely quiet now but that wasn’t the case just a few hours ago as the Crimson Tide and their fans celebrated Alabama’s 25th SEC title.
If someone just checked the box score, they may think that the game was a close one but that wasn’t the case. Through the first three quarters, the Gators only touchdown came on an 85-yard punt return from Antonio Callaway in the second quarter. The only other Gator points would come late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Treon Harris completed three consecutive passes for a three-play touchdown scoring drive that was capped by a 46-yard touchdown reception from C.J. Horton. Other than those, it was all Alabama.
Going back to the box score, let me put it into perspective a bit better. In the first half, the Gators could only muster 84 yards of offense and all of those came through the air. What happened in the third quarter was even more impressive. The Gators tally: 0 first downs, o passing yards, and 2 first downs. I could just let the simmer, but I have to give the disclaimer. The Tide offense stayed on the field for the majority of third, burning 13:55 off of the clock. For the entire game, Alabama held Florida to 15 yards rushing with 165 through the air. Not a bad day at the office.
In my honest opinion, an award should have been given out after the completion of the game and that is Derrick Henry as the Heisman. He did his thing just like he always does. Florida had a stout defense and did the necessary things to contain him in the early going. Henry kept doing that Henry deal, though. As the game goes on, he just keeps leaning and chipping away at the wall and sooner than later, that wall comes down. One touchdown on 44 carries for 189 yards was the final line for the Alabama running back. And he thought he didn’t have a good game. He did surpass Herschel Walker’s SEC single-season rushing record of 1,891 yards that was set back in 1981. He finished the game with a season total of 1,986 yards.
Alabama quarterback Jake Coker had another good day, completing 18 passes on 26 attempts for 204 yards and two touchdowns. He also had to make some plays with his feet when the Florida pass rushers got to him and added 23 yards on the ground. Everyone might as well go ahead and learn the name Calvin Ridley, if for some reason, you didn’t already know it. The freshman has stepped all season long since Robert Foster’s season ended with an injury. Ridley led all of the Tide receivers with 102 yards on 8 receptions. Coker’s two touchdown passes were hauled in by Richard Mullaney and ArDarius Stewart. Stewart at four catches for 64 yards.
Kicker Adam Griffith was 2-for-3 on the day with field goals, missing from 24-yards out. I don’t think the miss is one that could affect his confidence like some of the others may have. Ryan Anderson led the Tide on defense with four solo tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and, three quarterback hurries. The Crimson Tide racked up five sacks with Tim Williams grabbing two of those. If you look back above for the Gators’ total offense, you can easily say that the defense did their job once again. The Gators did have a few explosive passing plays and those will have to be corrected before the College Football Playoffs, especially if Oklahoma is on the schedule.
For now, we get to wait for just under a month until the next Alabama football game. The team will get some time to rest and recover plus get some extra practice in before the party gets started. Things are about to start getting serious and all we want is Alabama standing on the podium at the end of it all.