Robinson: Playing against officials
Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Cornerback, Ramzee Robinson
On the pass interference call that set up Dallas Baker's fourth-quarter touchdown: "I thought it was a bad call. Unfortunately, playing on the road, you're playing not only against the crowd but against the officials."
Quarterback, John Parker Wilson
On his second-half interceptions: "I was hurried on one and in the second one there was kind of a miscommunication. I read the defense one way, and it went the other way. It's something we'll have to go over. Anytime you throw three interceptions, it's hard to win. I take responsibility for that."
On his team's inability to score in the red zone: "We were moving the ball good, had a lot of yards, and we just stalled on those drives. Had we turned those into touchdowns, it would have been a different ballgame. It's been the same story all year."
Coach Mike Shula
On the game: "Tough loss. We really felt like our guys had a good week of practice and had a good game plan going in. These are the times you have to rely on your seniors and really your whole team to stick together and try to get things turned around."
On red zone problems: "We moved it, and we couldn't get it in. I thought we had good looks because of the way we were throwing the football. We need touchdowns against every team we play, especially teams with the ability of Florida."
On defense: "I thought we had a good plan. Unfortunately, we gave up the big play (a 45-yard scramble from Chris Leak) that led to the touchdown at the end of the first half. Haven't been quite as good in the second half."
Defensive end, Wallace Gilberry
On Florida's 95-yard, third-quarter touchdown drive: "It was very draining. Again, we had some missed assignments. They changed some things up offensively in the second half, and we didn't adjust to them right away."
On Tim Tebow: "We knew with him coming, it was going to be a 100 percent run. It really wasn't anything different than what we expected. He's such a strong kid, a powerful kid, that when he gets behind his blockers on second and short and third and short, he's tough to get down."
How did Alabama do?
First half analysis: The Tide held Florida's top-ranked SEC offense in check in the first half. Alabama took advantage of its break when linebacker Prince Hall scooped up a botched snap to Florida quarterback Chris Leak and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Offensively, Alabama picked on Florida's secondary. Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson connected with junior DJ Hall four times for 87 yards, but Alabama could generate little on the ground (17 carries, 45 yards, 2.6 per carry). Wilson's lone mistake came when he couldn't get rid of the ball before Derrick Harvey sacked him on the second to last play of the first half. The sack moved Alabama back to the UF 33, and kicker Jamie Christensen's 51-yard attempt at the end of the half fell short.
Second half analysis: Alabama couldn't sustain the momentum it built in the first half. Florida's 95-yard, third-quarter touchdown drive broke the spirit of the defense. Wilson threw two of his three interceptions in the fourth quarter, which led to two Florida fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Tide ran the ball in the second half, but sputtered in the red zone, settling for a 26-yard field goal from Christensen early in the fourth quarter when they could have regained the lead with a touchdown.
Team MVP: Junior wide receiver DJ Hall, six catches, 117 yards
- Kevin Brockway