TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama dominated the first half and took a 24-3 lead over No. 7-ranked Florida into halftime Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Here's a quick halftime analysis:
Turning point: Florida, trailing 3-0, took the ball on its first possession and drove down the field to the Alabama 2. The Gators elected to go for it instead of kicking the field goal and tying the game. Freshman Trey Burton tried a jump pass out of the Wildcat formation, but linebacker Nico Johnson intercepted it in the end zone for the Crimson Tide.
Best player of the half: Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy made every right decision in the first half and was completely in charge in guiding Alabama's offense. He was 8-of-12 for 80 yards and spread the ball around to five different receivers.
What Florida needs to do: If the Gators are going to get back into this game, they have to find a way to create some turnovers. Alabama is having its way offensively with three scoring drives of eight plays or longer. The Gators need a big play to open the second half, either a forced turnover or possibly a big play on special teams.