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Florida tries to beat Alabama for first time in eight years

Sep 26, 2006 - 9:50 PM Alabama (3-1) at No. 5 Florida (4-0), 3:30 pm EDT

GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) - Fifth-ranked Florida looks to beat Alabama for the first time in eight years on Saturday when the Southeastern Conference foes meet at "The Swamp."

The Gators lost to the Crimson Tide twice in 1999, 40-39 here and 34-7 in the SEC championship game. The teams did not meet again until last year, when Alabama crushed Florida in Tuscaloosa, 31-3.

Florida has not beaten Alabama since a 16-10 road triumph in 1998.

The Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC East), who went unbeaten at home last year in their first season under Urban Meyer, pulled away from Kentucky in a 26-7 triumph here last week for their 11th straight home win.

Senior quarterback Chris Leak threw two touchdowns to give him 12 on the season, tied for the most in the country, but he still was booed by impatient fans while the team struggled early.

This is the beginning of a brutal four-game stretch for Florida, which hosts No. 9 Louisiana State next week, then visits second-ranked Auburn before taking on 10th-ranked Georgia in their annual matchup in Jacksonville.

The Crimson Tide (3-1, 1-1 West) are coming off a heartbreaking 24-23 loss at Arkansas in double overtime.

Freshman Leigh Tiffin was the goat for Alabama, missing three field goals - including a 30-yarder late in the fourth quarter and a 37-yarder that would have won the game in overtime - and an extra point in overtime.

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