Alabama Takes The Bite Out of Florida’s Chomp; Winning 38-10


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It was a game that would make Crocodile Dundee smile, going in the swamp and victoriously wrestling with the gators.

With a victory like this, Alabama has demonstrated it could be successful in one of the most hostile environments in college football, "The Swamp" in Gainesville. (Just like they did at Penn State.) The win was very convincing as the Crimson Tide won handily 38-10 Saturday night.

If you were like me, you were a little concerned after Florida ripped off a touchdown on the first play.

On the second series, Florida nearly had a touchdown called on the field but it was reversed. Gators had to settle for the field goal and then the Tide tighted its noose around the Gators jaws.

From that point on, Alabama reeled off 35 unanswered points. The defense settled down and simply punished the Florida team every which way they turned. Courtney Upshaw had an interception & a sack that turned the momentum in Alabama's favor.

Florida's top running backs Chris Rainey & Jeff Demps, both top 10 rushers in the SEC, combined for a measly 15 yards total combined against the stifling Alabama run defense.

"We did a really good job of not letting their speed outflank us," Alabama coach Nick Saban said following the game. "Those two guys are a handful. Miss a tackle on them and they're out the door and gone."

With the defense clamping down hard on Florida's offensive production, the offense played conservatively and put the football in Trent Richardson's hands to the tune of 29 carries. He ran for 181 yards and 2 TDs on his way to a 4th straight 100 yard game. He also caught another pass for 22 yards. The result was a overall 203 yard offensive performance by the Pensacola, FL native.

Another explosive play came in the return game as Marquis Maze had an impressive 70-yard return to also help blow open the game that initially brought concern to the Crimson Tide nation.

By the start of the 4th quarter, the writing was on the wall for the Florida fans as many of the 90,000+ seats started looking looking emptier by the minute. The chomps became very quiet as the final minutes ticked off the clock. The gators had been stomped mercilessly 38-10 by a herd of crimson elephants.

"We showed the maturity to overcome the adversity we created for ourselves," Coach Nick Saban said following the victory. "I liked our resiliency. This is about as good as it gets."

Next week, the Alabama Crimson Tide hosts Vanderbilt next Saturday in homecoming. The game will begin at 6 p.m. CT and will be televised on on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, or ESPNU.

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