Alabama 31, Florida 3

With Brodie Croyle throwing two long touchdown passes and the defense producing a goal-line stand and a bunch more big plays, No. 15 Alabama finally looked like a Southeastern Conference contender again.

Croyle threw for three touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to Tyrone Prothro and a 65-yarder to Keith Brown, to lead the Crimson Tide to a 31-3 rout of No. 5 Florida on Saturday.

The Tide (5-0, 3-0) played like the league's most dominating team while handing the Gators (4-1, 2-1) their first loss under Coach Urban Meyer.

Alabama, which hadn't beaten a top five team at Bryant-Denny Stadium in five previous tries, got its biggest win since a 34-7 victory over Florida in the 1999 SEC championship game. Tide fans, who had been hungry for such a victory since then, mostly remained in the stands well after the game's conclusion celebrating as the players lingered on the field.

The Gators had the league's top defense overall and against the pass, but left having failed to even slow down Croyle until the game was long decided.

He completed 15 of 18 passes for 286 yards. Coming into the game, Croyle hadn't completed a pass longer than 52 yards all season.