In a hard fought game, the Florida Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 to win their 3rd national championship. Everyone predicted an offensive blow out, but the game was relatively low scoring until late in the 3rd quarter.
The first half was won by Oklahoma, but they could not finish. Off two Florida quarterback Tim Tebow interceptions, the Sooners could not capitalize. Two red zone trips were also stopped by Florida’s stingy defense, once by a goal line stand and once by an unlikely interception by Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford. On that goal line stand, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops must have been too stubborn to use his Heisman winning quarterback because he ran the ball 4 times and turned the ball over. YOU HAVE THE HEISMAN WINNING QUARTERBACK, USE HIM! On the interception in the red zone, the ball was tipped by the wide receiver at the goal line and bobbled until it fell into the hands of a Florida defender. In fact, both interceptions were not the fault of Bradford’s but the fault of the receivers for not being able to hold on.
The Gators were very lucky to be in a 7-7 tie with the Sooners at half-time because the score should have been at least 13-7, if not worse.
The second half started similarly with defense. Hats off to the Oklahoma defense, who no one gave a shot to stop any offense thrown at them. They forced two turnovers and held Florida’s offense, including Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin, in check most of the game. This game was won on one play, however. On a 3rd and 10 mid-way through the 3rd quarter, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow scrambled 13 yards for a first down. Upon getting the first down, Tebow popped up from the tackle, yelling, and fist pumping. This spurt of emotion woke up the dormant crowd and pumped up his teammates and proved why Tebow may be the best leader in college football. From that play on, Florida possessed a confidence that looked like they would never lose. And they didn’t. They didn’t even lose the lead from that point on.
This game showcased some of the nation’s best talent. A lot of sunday players played outstanding, including losing quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford is a top-10 pick if he comes out, Florida players Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes are also first round picks, assuming they come out. As for that Tim Tebow guy? I think he’ll stay another year. He’s having too much fun in college to leave for the NFL. He is one of the best players in the league and Florida is the best team. What more could you ask for? Congrats Florida and Oklahoma on great seasons. See you next year, boys