BCS Blitz - Sunday


Published: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 3:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 3:09 p.m.

QUICK QUIZ

Each day we'll give you a trivia question about Florida in the bowl games. Today's question:

In Florida's bowl history, three quarterbacks from what conference have accumulated the most yards passing against the Gators?

See answer below.

BOWL HEROES

Oklahoma

The game: 1972 Sugar Bowl

The final: Oklahoma defeated Auburn 40-22

The player: Quarterback Jack Mildren

What he did: The Sooners lost only one game in the 1971 season to Nebraska in one of the best games ever played. In their bowl game, they rolled over Auburn in the last game of Mildren's college career. He ran for three touchdowns in the game and finished with 149 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Florida

The game: 1967 Orange Bowl

The final: Florida defeated Georgia Tech 27-12

The player: Running back Larry Smith

What he did: Steve Spurrier was the story going into his last game as a collegian but Larry Smith, a soft-spoken sophomore, was the story coming out of the Orange Bowl. Smith ran 23 times for 187 yards to earn MVP honors and his 94-yard run is still the longest in Gator bowl history.

SOONER PROFILE

Gerald McCoy

Why he matters: McCoy is a force in the middle for the Sooners. At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, he can plug gaps but he's also an excellent pass rusher. His 10 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks show that he can move. McCoy had two of those sacks against Texas. The sophomore was named Big 12 defensive player of the year by the Dallas Morning News.

STAT THAT MATTERS

12

That's the number of field-goal attempts so far this season for Oklahoma. The Sooners don't kick it much. In fact, they attempted only one field goal in their first six games. Jimmy Stevens attempted 11 of the tries and made eight with a long of 42 yards. He has made his last five in a row for Bob Stoops.

QUOTE

"I did it before the Michigan game. Guys were begging me. All night was bad. Airplanes too."

- Tim Tebow on his motion sickness issues and his roller-coaster ride in Orlando

TRIVIA ANSWER

It's the Big Ten. Michigan's Chad Henne has the most passing yards against UF in a bowl, throwing for 375 yards in last year's Capital One Bowl. Iowa's Drew Tate threw for 346 in the Outback Bowl in Urban Meyer's first season and Michigan's John Navarre threw for 319 in the 2003 Outback Bowl.

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