Dec. 6, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. - The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide won its 22nd Southeastern Conference Championship by beating No. 1 Florida, 32-13 with a balanced attack that gave the Tide its first league title since 1999. Alabama amassed 490 yards of total offense against a Florida defense that had been limiting its opponents to an average of 230 yards per game this season.
Junior quarterback Greg McElroy, who threw for 239 yards and a touchdown on 12 completions, was named the game's most valuable player. Sophomore running back Mark Ingram rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries including three rushing touchdowns. He is now the Tide's all-time single-season rushing leader with 1,542 yards, surpassing Bobby Humphrey's 1986 record of 1,471 and becomes the first Alabama rusher to go over 1,500 yards in a season. His three touchdowns tied an SEC Championship Game record. Ingram also caught two passes for 76 yards.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Alabama’s win over Florida.
22 – Alabama won its 22nd Southeastern Conference championship on Saturday with its 32-13 win over Florida. The Crimson Tide has won at least one league title in every decade since its initial championship in 1933. The Crimson Tide also won four Southern Conference football championships, giving Alabama 26 total conference football championships in its storied history.
66.7 - Greg McElroy’s completion percentage in the win over Florida. The junior completed 12 of 18 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown to earn SEC Championship Game MVP honors. McElroy’s lone touchdown pass was a 17-yard pass to senior tight end Colin Peek to give the Tide a 26-13 lead with 9:53 left in the third quarter.
137 – The total number of points scored by Alabama in its last four wins over Florida. In those four wins, the Crimson Tide has scored 40, 34, 31 and 32 points against the Gators. Alabama posted two wins in 1999, beating the Gators 40-39 in Gainesville on Oct. 2, 1999 and 34-7 in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4, 1999. The Crimson Tide had a 31-3 win over No. 5 Florida on Oct. 1, 2005 and then beat the Gators 32-13 in yesterday’s SEC Championship Game.
189 – The number of all purpose yards for sophomore running back Mark Ingram in the Tide’s win over the Gators. Ingram ran the ball 28 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 76 yards, including a 69-yard reception that set up a second quarter touchdown. The three touchdowns tied an SEC Championship Game record.
490 – Alabama piled up 490 yards of offense against the nation’s top-ranked defense on Saturday. The Crimson Tide ran for 251 yards and passed for 239 yards in the win. Ingram led the Tide on the ground with 113 yards, while Marquis Maze was McElroy’s favorite target, with five catches for a career best 96 yards.