Alabama and Florida are getting ready this week to face off in the 25th edition of the SEC Championship in what will be remarkably the ninth time the two teams have met for the title. The two teams have split their previous eight meetings and there have only been eleven times that neither team was a part of the championship game.
To honor those past matchups between the two teams, this week we’re looking back on some big plays from SEC Championship past between the Tide and the Gators. Yesterday it was Antonio Langham’s dramatic pick-6, today it’s another great Tide moment, Freddie Milons’ 78-yard touchdown run in the 1999 SEC Championship.
The 1999 Bama team was lead by Tyler Watts at quarterback and Shaun Alexander at running back. The team had a year that was full of close wins and loses, including a last second loss to Louisiana Tech and a regular season overtime victory over then number three Florida. Eventually Florida and Alabama would matchup again in the SEC Championship both as top-ten schools. The game would be tight until the fourth quarter when Alabama would break things wide open thanks to a 78-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Freddie Milons out of the wildcat.
The Tide would then go on to steamroll the Gators 34-7. Alabama would go on to face the Tom Brady lead Michigan Wolverines in the Orange bowl where they would fall 35-34 in overtime after a missed extra-point.