Notes From SEC Championship Game
Alabama, now 12-1, is expected to be selected to play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Utah is projected as the Tide's bowl opponent. Bowl selections will be announced Sunday night. Florida will play in the national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.
The loss ended Alabama's 13-game winning streak (going back to last year's Independence Bowl win over Colorado), which was tied for longest in the nation.
Alabama's Julio Jones had five catches for 124 yards (sixth highest in SEC title games) and Glen Coffee rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries (ninth highest in SEC championship game history). It marks only the third time in SEC Championship Game history that a team had both a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game. Alabama's Derrick Lassic (117 rushing yards) and David Palmer (101 receiving yards) did it in the inaugural SEC Championship Game in 1992.
Saturday night's game was the first time the game had matched the nation's number one (Alabama) and number two (Florida) ranked teams in the Associated Press poll. The higher ranked team in the game has now won 12 of 17 games.
When Alabama trailed at halftime, it was the first time this year the Crimson Tide had been behind at intermission. Bama had been tied with LSU and had been ahead in the other 11 games.
When Florida scored on its opening drive and took a 7-0 lead on Alabama, it marked only the third time this year Alabama had trailed in a game. In regular season play the Tide had trailed briefly against Ole Miss and for about a quarter against LSU. And, of course, against the Gators Alabama trailed on two other occasions, including the critical time–at the end.
Freshman receiver Julio Jones' 64-yard pass reception on a pass from John Parker Wilson in the first quarter was the longest pass play by Alabama this season, and the longest Crimson Tide pass play since a 67-yard pass from Wilson to D.J. Hall vs. LSU on November 3, 2007.
Mark Ingram scored his 12th touchdown of the season, extending his Alabama freshman record for touchdowns.
Glen Coffee moved up to fourth on the all-time Alabama single season rushing record list. He now has 1,347 yards. Shaud Williams is 20 yards ahead (1,367 in 2003), Shaun Alexander (1,383 in 1999), and Bobby Humphrey the all-time leader (1,471 in 1986).
Freshman wide receiver Julio Jones now has 847 yards to rank fourth in Alabama single season history. His 51 receptions is tied for eighth in Bama history.
Leigh Tiffin made two field goals against Florida and now has 19 this season (he's the Bama single season record holder with his 25 last year) and has 52 for his career. His single season mark this year is tied for fifth best all-time and he is fourth on the career list behind Philip Doyle (78 from 1987-90), Michael Proctor (65 from 1992-95), and his father, Van Tiffin (59 from 1983-86).
Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson and senior wide receiver Nikita Stover joined senior center Antoine Caldwell and senior safety Rashad Johnson as captains for the game.
Each year the SEC recognizes past star players of each league school at the SEC Championship Game. Alabama's honoree was former quarterback Bart Starr.
Attendance for the game was 75,892, a new GeorgiaDome record.
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