TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Mark Ingram ran for two touchdowns, leading top-ranked Alabama to a 31-6 win over No. 7 Florida at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Greg McElroy completed 11-of-17 throws for 84 yards and Marquis Maze threw a touchdown pass for the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC), who earned their 29th consecutive regular season victory.
Florida quarterback John Brantley was 16-of-31 through the air for 202 yards and was picked off twice, one of which was returned by Alabama’s C.J. Mosley for a touchdown. The Gators committed four turnovers overall. Florida (4-1, 2-1) had won 24 straight regular season games entering the game, with their last such loss coming against Mississippi on September 27, 2008.
Alabama took the game’s opening kickoff and grabbed a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley. The Gators marched to the Alabama two-yard line on their first possession. Florida head coach Urban Meyer opted not for the short field goal on fourth down and the move proved costly when Trey Burton’s jump pass was intercepted in the end zone by linebacker Nico Johnson.
Alabama extended its lead early in the second quarter, as Ingram capped the ensuing drive with a six-yard touchdown run. Florida was forced to punt on its next series, and a 41-yard return by Julio Jones gave Alabama the ball at the Gators’ 42. Facing a third-and-5, McElroy moved the chains with an 11-yard scramble to the 26. Consecutive runs by Trent Richardson gave Alabama a first down at the eight before Ingram finished off the drive three plays later with a one-yard score.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick intercepted Brantley on Florida’s next possession, and the Crimson Tide’s advantage grew to 24-0 after Maze hooked up with Michael Williams on a 19-yard touchdown.
Chas Henry drilled a 39-yard field goal to put the Gators on the board with 36 seconds remaining in the first half. Brantley guided Florida into the red zone on the first drive of the third quarter before stalling at the four-yard line. This time, Meyer settled for a Henry 21-yard field goal. After Alabama was forced to punt, Mosley made it 31-6 by returning an interception 35 yards.
With the help of several Crimson Tide penalties, Florida marched to the Alabama one-yard line on its next drive, but a poor exchange between Brantley and running back Emmanuel Moody resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw as the third quarter neared its conclusion.
The Gators did not pose much of a threat in the final 15 minutes.