2009 SEC Championship Game

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2009 SEC Championship Game
Conference Championship
SEC Championship 2009.gif
2009 SEC Championship logo.
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 3 10 0 0 13
Alabama 9 10 7 6 32
Date December 5, 2009
Season 2009
Stadium Georgia Dome
Location Atlanta, Georgia
MVP QB Greg McElroy, Alabama
Favorite Florida by 5[1]
National anthem The Pride of the Sunshine (Florida)
Million Dollar Band (Alabama)
Referee Matt Austin
Halftime show Dr Pepper Throw for Scholarship Dough
The Pride of the Sunshine (Florida)
Million Dollar Band (Alabama)
Attendance 75,514
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquistplay-by-play
Gary Danielson color
Tracy Wolfsonsideline
Nielsen ratings 11.8[2]
SEC Championship Game
 < 2008  2010
2009 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#3 Florida x   8 0         13 1  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Kentucky   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x#   8 0         14 0  
#17 LSU   5 3         9 4  
#20 Ole Miss   4 4         9 4  
Arkansas   3 5         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 32, Florida 13
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 SEC Championship Game was played on December 5, 2009, in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, to determine the 2009 football champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game featured the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide was the designated "home team"; this home team, chosen on an alternating basis, was 2–4 in SEC Championship Games. The winner would most likely go on to play for a National Championship, in a likely matchup with the Texas Longhorns provided Texas won in the Big 12 Championship Game versus the north division champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. The SEC East is 11–6 in SEC Championship games, with the Florida Gators accounting for seven of the eleven victories. Before the 2009 game, Alabama represented the SEC West six times in the conference championship game, compiling a 2–4 record, and had faced the Gators in all six of their previous SEC Championship game appearances.[3] This was the first time any conference championship game had featured two undefeated teams, and was also the first time an AP Poll No. 1 played a No. 2 outside of the BCS Championship Game since the top-ranked Ohio State beat the second-ranked Michigan Wolverines during the 2006 regular season.[4]

The game began at 4:00 p.m. EST and was televised by CBS Sports, for the ninth straight season. The game was also be streamed online at CBSSports.com and on mobile for customers subscribing to the MediaFLO service on CBS Sports Mobile.

Alabama defeated Florida 32–13.

Scoring summary[edit]

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information[5][6] Score
Length Time Florida Alabama
1 10:37 9 plays, 47 yards 4:23 Alabama Leigh Tiffin 48–yard field goal 0 3
5:33 8 plays, 76 yards 3:56 Alabama Mark Ingram 3–yard run, Leigh Tiffin kick no good 0 9
0:28 12 plays, 56 yards 5:05 Florida Caleb Sturgis 48–yard field goal 3 9
2 6:03 12 plays, 68 yards 5:47 Alabama Leigh Tiffin kick good 3 12
4:31 4 plays, 70 yards 1:32 Florida David Nelson 23–yard reception from Tim Tebow, Caleb Sturgis kick good 10 12
3:32 2 plays, 72 yards 0:59 Alabama Mark Ingram 3–yard run, Leigh Tiffin kick good 10 19
1:18 5 plays, 65 yards 2:14 Florida Caleb Sturgis 32–yard field goal 13 19
3 9:53 5 plays, 74 yards 2:48 Alabama Colin Peek 17–yard reception from Greg McElroy, Leigh Tiffin kick good 13 26
4 13:49 17 plays, 88 yards 8:47 Alabama Mark Ingram 1–yard run, two-point conversion no good 13 32
Final Score 13 32

Uniforms[edit]

Alabama wore its standard home uniform, while Florida wore an all-white combination of its Nike Pro Combat helmet and its usual white uniform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Las Vegas Line Movements". Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/SEC-championship-game-earns-highest-ever-ratings
  3. ^ "Relive Past SEC Championship Games". Southeastern Conference. Retrieved 2008-12-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ "2014 Football Bowl Subdivision Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Box Score". ESPN. 2009-12-05. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Play-by-Play". ESPN. 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2009-12-05.