The Gators had 14 penalties costing them 127 total yards in their close win over Ole Miss. To compare, the Rebels committed 10 penalties for 70 yards. UF coach Urban Meyer only needed two words to describe the statistic: "Just awful." Meyer said all the team can do is find out the root of the problem, but he doesn't expect it to take too long for the Gators to make the necessary corrections. "They're just silly ones," Meyer said of the penalties. "Late hits on quarterbacks, very correctable. You just don't do it. A lot of them are young guys making them." Sound familiar?
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bama QB John Parker Wilson did not look sharp, completing less than 50 percent of his passes (17 for 35). When he was running for his life, he misfired often. In the final 30 seconds of the first half, he missed an open Matt Caddell for what would have been a touchdown pass and Alabama had to settle for a field goal. "We needed to get a touchdown right before the half, and we had two passes open for touchdowns and missed them both," Saban said. "Obviously, that was a big difference in the game."