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ATLANTA, Ga. - Beating the Florida Gators one time in a season is a big accomplishment, but beating the Gators twice in the same was seemed impossible. 

Not for Alabama.  

Alabama snapped Florida's 31-game home winning streak with a 40-39 overtime win on Oct. 1, 1999, in the swamp. Now, two months later the Tide and Gators would meet in the 1999 SEC Championship Game. 

The results in Atlanta were vastly different form those in Gainesvillle, but the winner was once again Alabama. Freddie Milons ran for 116 yards, including a game-breaking 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Tide an easy 34-7 win and the school's first SEC title since 1992. 

Alabama won its 21st SEC Championship by holding Florida to its lowest total offense, passing yards, completions and first down totals in the Steve Spurrier era. 

Things did not start out that way as Florida, who scored on the fourth play from scrimmage to take an early 7-0.  

After a 37-yard kickoff return, Earnest Graham ran for two yards and then Jesse Palmer hit Jack Jackson on a 32-yard pass to the UA 6. Graham ran for the three yards and threw a halfback pass to Erron Kinney with just 1:40 elapsed off the first quarter clock. 

That would be all the fanfare for the Gators offense. 

Ryan Pflugner kicked two second quarter field goals - 29-yard and 48-yards - to trim the lead to 7-6 with 2:03 left before halftime. 

A Marcus Spencer interception gave Alabama a first down at the Florida 36 with 1:42 left in the half. Andrew Zow led the Tide on a 4-play scoring drive capped by his 27-yard pass to Jason McAddley. UA's two-point try was no good and the Tide led 12-7 at halftime. 

Pflugner's 49-yard field goal with 3:12 left in the third quarter gave the Tide a 15-7 lead and was the only scoring in the period. 

The Tide scored 19 fourth-quarter points, including one defensive score to post the easy win.  Milons, who was named the SEC Championship Game MVP, broke the game open with a 77-yard TD run with 11:54 left in the game. Milons' run capped a 5-play, 92-yard drive for the Tide. 

On UF's next play from scrimmage, UA's Reggie Grimes picked off a Jesse Palmer pass and returned the ball 38 yards for the score. After a 15-yard celebration penalty, Pflugner missed the long extra point attempt leaving UA with a 28-7 lead with 11:36 left in the game. 

Alabama added a late touchdown when Shaun Alexander capped the scoring with a 7-yard run with 3:58 left in the game.  The Alabama defense was excellent in the win.

The Tide intercepted four passes and returned one for a score in the win over the Gators.  Milo Lewis had two interceptions to lead the UA secondary, while Spencer and Grimes added one apiece.