Alabama Football: Studs and Duds from Tide Win over Gators

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Second Quarter Offense

The Crimson Tide only generated 3 yards of offense in the second quarter.

Three yards!

The offense did not have any balance and went into halftime with 30 yards rushing. The offense punted the ball after three consecutive three and outs on their last three possessions of the half. Alabama has not had three straight three-and-outs since their first game against Florida State in 2017. Offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will have to do a better job of incorporating the running game.

Rushing Defense

Watching the defense surrender 245 yards to an inconsistent offense boggles the mind. Florida quarterback Emory Jones delivered a maestro performance with a nice mix of option runs and quarterback draws, keeping the defense off balance. The running backs ran freely between the tackles all game. However, the run defense stiffened on the potential game-tying two-point conversion. If Alabama wants to win another national title, the lackluster defense needs to improve.


Alabama had an uncharacteristic eleven penalties for 75 yards. Three pass interference penalties kept the Gators’ offense on the field leading to scores; Josh Jobe committed two. The loud crowd noise frustrated the offensive line leading to several false starts. In future contests, attention to detail and focus can limit the penalties.

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Alabama football takes on the University of Southern Mississippi next Saturday in Bryant Denny Stadium.