2016 SEC Championship Game

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2016 SEC Championship Game
Conference Championship
2016 SEC Championship Game logo.jpg
2016 SEC Championship logo.
1234 Total
Alabama 1617714 54
Florida 9700 16
DateDecember 3, 2016
Season2016
StadiumGeorgia Dome
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
MVPReuben Foster
FavoriteAlabama by 24
RefereeMatt Loeffler[1]
Halftime showDr Pepper Tuition Givaway
Attendance74,632[1]
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS, Westwood One, SEC Radio
AnnouncersVerne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), and Allie LaForce (sidelines) (CBS)
Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley, and Ross Tucker (Westwood One)
Dave Neal, Dave Archer, and Dave Baker (SEC Radio)
SEC Championship Game
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2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 SEC Championship Game was played on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, and determined the 2016 football champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game was played between the Eastern Division champion, Gators, and Western Division champion Alabama. The Eastern Division team was the designated home team, and the game was broadcast nationally by CBS for the 16th consecutive year.[2] This was the final SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome, which was demolished on November 20, 2017 after its successor, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opened on August 26 of the same year. The title game will move to the new stadium and will remain there through at least 2027.[3]

Alabama earned a berth in the SEC Championship on November 12 after clinching the SEC West.

2015 season[edit]

In the 2015 SEC Championship Game, Alabama defeated Florida 29–15. Alabama went on to defeat Michigan State 38–0 in the Cotton Bowl, which served as a College Football Playoff semifinal, and defeated Clemson 45–40 in the national championship game.

Verne Lundquist retiring[edit]

This would be Verne Lundquist's final SEC Championship Game broadcast. He retired from calling college football following the Army-Navy Game. He was succeeded by Brad Nessler.

Teams[edit]

Florida[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ALA FLA
1 9:51 10 64 5:09 FLA Antonio Callaway 5-yard touchdown reception from Austin Appleby, Eddy Piñeiro kick good 0 7
1 6:58 4 –1 0:58 ALA 31-yard field goal by Adam Griffith 3 7
1 5:06 3 2 1:52 ALA Interception returned 44 yards for touchdown by Minkah Fitzpatrick, Adam Griffith kick good 10 7
1 1:42 ALA Joshua Jacobs 27 yard blocked punt return, Adam Griffith kick blocked 16 7
1 1:42 FLA David Reese defensive PAT conversion 16 9
2 11:55 7 88 2:58 ALA Gehrig Dieter 6-yard touchdown reception from Jalen Hurts, Adam Griffith kick good 23 9
2 6:27 7 36 2:01 ALA 25-yard field goal by Adam Griffith 26 9
2 3:47 5 62 1:43 ALA Joshua Jacobs 6-yard touchdown run, Adam Griffith kick good 33 9
2 0:19 10 92 3:28 FLA DeAndre Goolsby 25-yard touchdown reception from Austin Appleby, Eddy Piñeiro kick good 33 16
3 3:32 8 98 3:16 ALA Bo Scarbrough 2-yard touchdown run, Adam Griffith kick good 40 16
4 9:15 15 91 7:34 ALA Bo Scarbrough 1-yard touchdown run, Adam Griffith kick good 47 16
4 3:48 4 21 2:24 ALA Derrick Gore 10-yard touchdown run, Andy Pappanastos kick good 54 16
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 54 16

Source: [1]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics[1] ALA FLA
First Downs 18 16
Total offense 372 261
Rushing yards–TD 234–4 0–0
Passing yards–TD 138–1 261–2
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 11–20–0 26–39–3
Fumbles: Number–Lost 1–0 1–0
Penalties: Number–Yards 2–14 7–53
Punts: Average Yardage 40.5 43.6
Kickoffs: Average Yardage
Sacks: Number–Yards 4–23 2–11
Field Goals: Good–Att 2–3 0–0
Points off turnovers 17 0
Time of Possession 24:52 35:08

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SEC Championship: Alabama vs. Florida". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 SEC On CBS football schedule announced". FBS Schedule.
  3. ^ "SEC Championship Game to remain in Atlanta until 2027". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2015.