Tom Burton, Orlando Sentinel
January 8, 2009
WHERE: Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Bowl Championship Series national title game
THE BUZZ: The Gators never trailed thanks to a big-play defense and an offense that shrugged off a sluggish first half. Tim Tebow had his first career multi-interception game after two first-half picks, but he combined for 340 yards of offense and three scores. The Gators defense stopped Oklahoma twice within their own 6-yard line, and safety Ahmad Black helped seal the game with a fourth-quarter interception.
KEY PLAY: David Nelson's 4-yard touchdown catch off a Tebow jump pass with 3:07 left. The Gators had just driven 76 yards against a frustrated Oklahoma team.
STARS: Percy Harvin carried the Gators despite battling a fractured right ankle. Harvin finished with 171 total offensive yards, including a 52-yard rush that sparked a dominant fourth quarter.
STATS: Florida is the fourth school in college football history to win two outright national titles in three years, joining Oklahoma (1955, 1956), Miami (1987, 1989) and Nebraska (1994, 1995)
This was the lowest-scoring output for either of these explosive offenses this season.
QUOTE: "I was already motivated for a national championship game. But you know, there was some trash talking going on, and it just gets me going during the game," --Tebow