Saturday, December 5, 2009
Halftime analysis: Alabama 19, Florida 13
By Chris Low
ATLANTA -- Alabama started quickly and took a 19-13 lead over Florida into halftime Saturday at the Georgia Dome in the SEC championship game.
Here’s a quick halftime analysis:
Turning point: Florida had just pulled within 12-10 on a four-play, 70-yard touchdown drive with Tim Tebow making huge plays along the way. But Alabama answered on its next play from scrimmage with a 69-yard screen pass from Greg McElroy to Mark Ingram, who’s making a strong bid to get right back into the Heisman Trophy race. Ingram plowed in for the 3-yard touchdown on the next play to yank the momentum back away from the Gators.
Stat of the half: McElroy has spread the ball around in the first half. Four different players caught passes, and three different running backs ran the ball. McElroy has 184 yards passing at the half and has only missed on four pass attempts.
Best player of the half: Ingram hasn’t shown any signs of being slowed from his hip pointer and has 127 all-purpose yards at the half. He’s rushed for 51 yards and has two catches for 76 yards. He's also scored both of the Crimson Tide’s touchdowns.