College Football Belt - 1987 Florida at Alabama
 

Florida

Gators

Alabama

Crimson Tide ©

Played September 19, 1987

at Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Florida 1 2 3 0 .400 1 2 0 .333 1 1 0 .500        
Alabama © 3 19 4 0 .826 9 3 0 .750 7 0 0 1.000 3 1 0 .750

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

9/20/1986

Alabama ©

21

Florida

7

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Florida

0

6

7

10

23

Alabama

0

3

3

8

14

 

The 11th ranked, 2-0 Crimson Tide of coach Bill Curry hosted the 1-1 Florida Gators of coach Galen Hall.  Florida's All-SEC RB Emmitt Smith, a freshman making his first start, rushed for 2 touchdowns & set a Florida school-record with 224 yards rushing.  Gators' PK Robert McGinty kicked 3 field goals as Florida defeated Alabama for the first time since 1963, an 8-game streak, & claimed The Belt with a 23-14 win.  Both defense held firm in the 1st half with Alabama getting only a 36-yard field goal from PK Phil Doyle while Florida got field goals of 26 & 21 yards from McGinty making the score Florida 6 Alabama 3 at the half.  The Crimson Tide knotted the game at 6-6 in the 3rd quarter when Doyle connected on a 25-yard field goal.  Smith put the Gators ahead with a 30-yard touchdown run giving Florida a 13-6 lead with 5:39 left in the 3rd quarter.  McGinty put the Gators up 16-6 early in the 4th quarter when he kicked a 37-yard field goal.  Midway through the final quarter, Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run put Florida ahead 23-6.  Alabama got a touchdown on a 13-yard pass from back-up QB Vince Sutton to TE Angelo Stafford.  Florida's QB Kerwin Bell threw for 130 yards with 2 interceptions while Alabama starting QB David Smith was held to 20 yards passing completing just 2 of 10 pass attempts while being sacked 5 times.  The Crimson Tide finished the season 7-5 while the Gators finished 6-6.  Alabama would play for The Belt again in 7 weeks.

 

Florida Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Emmitt Smith 39 224 2 5.74 Bobby Humphrey 19 73 0 3.84
Willie McGrady 5 8 0 1.60 Pierre Goode 1 39 0 39.00
Wayne Williams 4 7 0 1.75 Bo Wright 4 38 0 9.50
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Kerwin Bell 17 8 2 130 0 Vince Sutton 14 6 0 72 1
            David Smith 10 2 0 20 0
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Tony Lomack 2 50 0 25.00 Angelo Stafford 3 45 1 15.00
Ernie Mills 1 49 0 49.00 Marco Battle 1 14 0 14.00
Walter Odom 2 19 0 9.50 Bobby Humphrey 2 14 0 7.00

 

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