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    Florida Gators Defeat Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 to Win BCS National Championship

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    The Florida Gators covered the 7-point spread with the 24-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Thursday night. In a game expected to be a shootout between 2 electrifying offenses, including the Sooners best college offense of all-time, defenses ruled the day early in the game. The 2 teams traded touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, leaving critics and fans mystified at the 7-7 halftime score. After Florida scored the only points of the 3rd quarter on a Percy Harvin 2-yard rushing touchdown, things got interesting in the 4th quarter. Oklahoma tied the game at 14 on a Sam Bradford 11-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham – the 2nd time the two connected for a score in the game. But that would be the last time that Oklahoma would reach paydirt. Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow – AKA Superman – took over from there. Tebow led Florida on 2 scoring drives which iced the game and gave Urban Meyer and the Gators their 2nd national championship in 3 years. Jonathan Phillips kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Gators a 17-14 lead, and Tebow connected with David Nelson on his “patented jump pass” to ice the game with a 4-yard touchdown pass with less than 4 minutes left in the game. The rest was history.

    For 2 teams that were so dominant during the regular season, the game was more sloppy than expected. Tebow and Bradford each threw 2 interceptions. Bradford’s 1st half interception was extremely costly as it came right on the Gators goal line – the 2nd time that the Gators had thwarted a Sooners red zone possession (the Gators had earlier stopped the Sooners on downs in a goal line stand). Maybe Oklahoma never really recovered from those early setbacks as the offense seemed out-of-synch all night long. Bradford did complete 26 of 41 passes for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he never seemed to have a good handle on what he wanted to do against the fast and aggressive Gators defense. Similarly, Tebow only completed 18 passes with 2 interceptions, but he did throw for 231 yards, pass for 2 touchdowns and chip in 109 yards on the ground with a lot of gritty gutsy runs. The injured Percy Harvin may have been the unsung hero of the game. It was unclear if, or how much, Harvin would be able to play for Florida after he missed the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with a severe ankle injury. Harvin managed to participate in 49 plays, accumulating 14 touches throughout the night. Harvin rushed 9 times for 122 yards and one score, and also caught 5 passes for 49 yards. Harvin is such an explosive player, just having him in the game forces the opposition to committ defenders to him just in case he touches th ball. Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer said that Harvin was only at 80% and that the staff monitored Harvin’s status throughout the contest. It looks like they did a spectacular job gauging his ability to manage the pain.

    I was a little disappointed by the contest – I thought I would see more consistent offensive attacks and cleaner play. But at least this game wasn’t a blowout and kept me interested through most all of the 60 minutes. Kudos to the Gators and to you Sooners fans – hang in there – 3 BCS National Championship losses in 6 years isn’t fun, but at least you made it that far and had a chance to bring home the trophy.

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