Gators Turn Tide

Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Gainesville, Fl.--093006--Florida's Reggie Nelson runs back an interception for a touchdown against Alabama during the fourth quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday, September 30, 2006. (DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun)

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Florida 28 Alabama 13 On Throwback Day, it was payback for the Florida Gators. For more Gator sports news and photo galleries click to Wearing uniforms from four decades ago, UF used big defensive plays and just enough offense to come from behind and beat Alabama 28-13 on a perfect Saturday in The Swamp.
Florida's defense did not allow a touchdown, the only one for Alabama coming on a snap that bounced off Chris Leak when he wasn't looking that was returned 50 yards by linebacker Prince Hall.
"The first quarter was awful," said Florida coach Urban Meyer. "There are no ugly wins at the University of Florida. There never will be. That was not an ugly win."
The Gators trailed 10-0 and appeared headed for a repeat of last year's 31-3 loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But a 95-yard drive for a touchdown near the end of the first half was highlighted by a 45-yard run by a Florida quarterback ... and it wasn't Tim Tebow.
Chris Leak's scamper seemed to spark a Gator team that appeared flat until that point. Tebow finished off the drive with a 2-yard run. Leak threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes and Reggie Nelson clinched the win by returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown.
The Gators are 5-0 and have won 12 straight home games.
"I'd like to thank our fans ... that was big time," Meyer said of the crowd of 90,671 that saw UF unveil its Ring of Honor before the game. "I'd also like to thank our players. They toughed it out."
It doesn't get any easier next week when the Gators play host to No. 9 LSU at The Swamp.

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