Alabama is still undefeated, but perhaps not as invincible.
Despite a quick start at No. 9 Florida, it looked like the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide would cruise through the season’s first SEC game, converting their offense into a first in the final few minutes to eventually secure 31. have done. -29 win on Saturday in Gainesville.
Alabama took a 21-3 lead after their first three possessions, but lost a bit of focus in the second quarter, giving the Gators ample opportunity to work their way back into the game.
By the second half, Florida had detected Alabama’s defense, putting a tremendous push along their offensive line and quarterback Emory Jones’ running and throwing ability to keep the Crimson Tide off balance. Florida scored touchdowns on three consecutive properties, including a 99-yard drive to put significant pressure on Alabama and debut quarterback Bryce Young in the first year.
But after scoring with 3:10 remaining to pull within two, Florida failed to convert a two-point conversion when Alabama snagged a slow-developing handoff in the middle. This means that Florida, with two timeouts remaining, needs to make an immediate stop to get the ball back with enough time to return.
Instead, Alabama got down first, clocked more and then punts, leaving Florida with only four seconds left and 77 yards to spare. Alabama’s defense stunned Jones, who had no one to throw and never passed.
In many ways, it was a missed opportunity for Florida, which led Alabama from 440-331 yards and had 26 first downs.
But Alabama took advantage of some minor misunderstandings, including a first-quarter interception by Jones that gave the Crimson Tide a short field and Florida missed an extra point on the first touchdown. The Gators also imposed a three pass interference penalty on the third down.
Alabama came in with a clutch drive in the third quarter when Young led the offense for a touchdown after 13 plays and 75 yards, converting four third downs along the way and scoring on a fourth-down play near the goal line. . This gave the Crimson Tide some breathing room at 28-16.
But 3-0 Alabama, which gave up 245 rushing yards on 43 carries, leaves some with questions as to whether its defense could be a weakness on the way to another potential national championship.