Tide Notes

Alabama defeated Florida, 31-3, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Saturday. Here are some notes about Bama and Tide players in the game and this season.

Alabama now has three consecutive victories over Florida. The first two in that streak came in 1999 when Alabama, ranked 21st in the nation, defeated Florida, ranked third in the nation, 40-39 in overtime in Gainesville. The teams were re-matched in the Southeastern Conference championship game with seventh-ranked Bama crushing the fifth-ranked Gators, 34-7.

Bama now has a 21-12 all-time record vs. Florida.

Alabama is 5-0 for the first time since 1996 when the Crimson Tide opened the season with seven consecutive wins. Bama is 3-0 in SEC games for the first time since 1996 when Alabama won its first four conference games.

Alabama has opened the season with five or more consecutive wins on 36 occasions.

Alabama did not play its marquee games in Tuscaloosa until 1999, and thus the Crimson Tide had not previously defeated a top-five ranked team in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Brodie Croyle became the all-time Alabama leader in touchdown passes thrown with his three scoring tosses against Florida. He now has 36. He broke the record of two former quarterbacks, both of whom were on hand to see Croyle moves past them. Tied with 35 before Saturday were Andrew Zow, who delivered the game ball in Alabama's weekly ceremony, and Mike Shula.

It didn't take Tyrone Prothro long to extend his SEC-leading streak of games with a reception. On the first play of the game Prothro caught a pass from Croyle and turned it into an 87-yard touchdown. It marked Prothro's 23rd consecutive game with a pass reception.

When Chris Harris turned in an interception against Florida, it gave Bama a streak of 22 games with at least one turnover caused.

Alabama has not given up a point to an opponent in the third quarter in the five games this season.

Alabama vs. Florida was one of three games Saturday matching teams with 4-0 records. (Virginia Tech at West Virginia and Minnesota at Penn State were the others.)

Alabama is open next week. The Tide will have a normal Sunday meeting and practice and its normal Monday off day. Practices are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, with players getting next Friday and Saturday off.

Alabama's next game is October 15 at Ole Miss. There is speculation the game will be part of a CBS national doubleheader with the Tide and Rebels kicking off at 11 a.m. CDT. An official announcement of game time and television will be made later.


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