Jan 9

Superman Saves The Day!

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The Florida Gators won their second BCS Title in three seasons Thursday Night by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 in Miami. In a game that was oddly low in scoring for two of the nation's top offenses, UF showed the grit and determination necessary to win it all. Tim Tebow, the Gator quarterback who orchestrated this championship season, once again showed why he will go down as one of the great college players of all-time.

Leading up to the game, I wondered if OU quarterback Sam Bradford would come in and make amends for all of the Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks who have fallen in national championship games immediately following the winning of the award. By going 26 of 41 for 256 yards and 2 scores, Bradford played a decent game. But he did not deliver a Heisman caliber performance, and OU fell way, way short of their number 1 ranked season average of 54 points per game.

Tebow's numbers passing were relatively similar as he was just 18 for 30 for 230 yards and 2 scores, as well. But the difference in the game is that Tebow had another 109 yards rushing, and made the right decisions at the right times by either keeping the ball himself or by feeding it perfectly to a supporting cast led by Percy Harvin. The electrifying wide-out for the Gators finished with 122 yards rushing on 9 carries and had another 49 yards receiving. He also scored a key 3rd-quarter touchdown on a 2-yard run.

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops had earned the nickname "Big Game Bob" after his Sooners had success in big games early on in his reign in Norman (including the 2003 national title) . But after losing a fifth straight BCS game, and a third straight game with the national championship on the line, one must wonder if that nickname was on loan. Sooner fans will painfully limp back to Oklahoma just one win, again, from adding to their total of seven national titles.

The man who deserves the title "Big Game" now is Florida Coach Urban Meyer. After leading Utah to an undefeated season in 2004, Meyer came into the Sunshine State and has led the Gators to two national titles in just four seasons. He joins a small and elite group of coaches who have accomplished that feat, the most recent before him being Pete Carroll at Southern California. It is safe to say that no coach in Amercia is better than Urban Meyer. The dude is a rock.

The game had several key moments, including a pair of Gator goal-line stands in the first half and a 49-yard run by Harvin from the Gators own 1-yard line following one of those stands to swing field position early on in a tie game. But the key plays took place on the final clinching scoring drive. Starting at their own 24-yard line, Tebow led the Gators on a 76-yard march that ended with one of his signature jump-passes to receiver David Nelson for a 4-yard touchdown with just 3:07 to go. During the clinching drive to win the national championship, the Gators ran off nearly 7 minutes of the dwindling clock and executed on two huge 3rd downs, one of 12 yards.

The debate over who is number 2 (or heck, even over who is number 1 after Utah's second undefeaed season in five years) is going to be fierce in the coming days. Florida will be percieved nationwide as the clear cut national champion - little doubt there - and the AP poll already has them number 1. But it is the battle for number 2 that will have folks fuming. USC, Texas and Utah all feel that they are the team that "would have given Florida all they wanted." And, as a fan, I hate that those three schools didn't get the same chance that Florida and Oklahoma did. I am not sold that the two best teams reached the final game.

But so it is, and the Florida Gators are the national champions once again by word of both the AP and the BCS. There is nothing left to do in Gainesville now but to go and celebrate. The Florida Gators have set the bar for all college football teams right now, and if Tim Tebow returns for his senior season in 2009, that bar will raise even higher.

So here is to the Gators - the best team in the land!

 

 

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