A painful loss to Alabama


Gators quarterback John Brantley injured his leg at the end of the first half.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.

Florida lost its first game under Will Muschamp on Saturday night and its quarterback in the process.

No. 3 Alabama throttled the No. 12 Gators 38-10 on a cool evening in The Swamp.

Senior John Brantley had to be helped from the field on the last UF offensive play of the first half after taking a sack. He did not return.

Muschamp said Brantley's injury was to his “lower leg” and said there was no verdict as far as how long he would be out. “Not at this time,” Muschamp said.

The Gators struck on the game's second play from scrimmage with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Brantley to Andre Debose and led 10-3 before Alabama scored 21 straight points to take command of the game.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson rushed 29 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns. The second was a dagger to the Gators' heart, a 36-yard fourth-quarter scamper that put the Tide up 31-10.

On the next series, freshman Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel fumbled the center exchange and Alabama (5-0) recovered. Much of the crowd of 90,888 — the second largest in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium history — began heading for the exits. “We got beat by a better team,” Muschamp said. “They've got a good football team.”

Florida (4-1) has lost four of its last five SEC home games. The 28-point loss was Florida's worst home setback since a 36-7 loss to LSU in 2002, Ron Zook's first season as Florida's coach.

The Gators are on the road Saturday at Baton Rouge, where they will take on No. 1 LSU (5-0) at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

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