Nick Saban improved his winning streak over SEC East opponents to 32 straight games with No. 1 Alabama's narrow victory over No. 11 Florida on Saturday.
A missed extra point in the first half and failed two-point conversion in the second proved to be the difference-makers as the Crimson Tide escaped with a 31-29 triumph.
Here are three takeaways from Saturday's contest.
One game, two different stories
Saturday's matchup ended up looking like two separate games, with the first 15 minutes playing out drastically different from the final three quarters.
The afternoon got off to a terrible start for Florida, as Alabama stormed down the field for a touchdown on each of its opening three drives. The Gators only mustered a field goal in response, and the Crimson Tide took a 21-3 lead into the second quarter in the Swamp. While it sounds like Saban's outfit overwhelmed Florida, the Gators made it as easy as possible on their opponents with at least three missed tackles in space, two defensive pass interference penalties, and an interception.
The game's final 45 minutes flipped the script as Florida made some impressive adjustments and outscored Alabama 26-10 the rest of the way. Unfortunately, one has to be virtually perfect against the Crimson Tide to pull off a victory, and the poor start, along with the missed extra point and two-point convert, ended up being the Gators' downfall.