Alabama vs.Florida

  Date: 12/7/1996  
  Score: 30-45  
  Alabama vs. Florida For the fourth time in five years, the Crimson Tide met the Gators for the SEC championship, with the Gators winning by a score of 45-30 in this contest. In the first, Freddie Kitchens would hit Dennis Riddle for a 36 yard touchdown reception. Bama would score again with :29 remaining in the second quarter on an 8 yard Kitchens touchdown pass to Michael Vaughn. In the third, Riddle would score on a 5 yard run, and Kitchens would hit Vaughn for a 94 yard touchdown reception. However, the Tide would only score a safety for the rest of the game, and Florida would win 45-30 in route to the 1996 national championship. The 1996 squad finished the season with a record of 10-3 and with a victory in the Outback Bowl in coach Gene Stallings final year as head coach of the Tide.