BCS Blitz - Monday


Published: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 11:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 11:51 p.m.

QUICK QUIZ

Each day we’ll give you a trivia question about Florida in bowl games.

Today’s question:

Which Florida assistant coach took over the defensive coordinator’s role for the 1999 Orange Bowl after Bob Stoops left to become the head coach at Oklahoma?

The answer is below.

BOWL HEROES

Oklahoma

The game: 1987 Orange Bowl

The final: Oklahoma defeated Arkansas 42-8

The player: Running back Spencer Tillman.

What he did: Tillman gained 109 yards rushing on just seven carries. His totals included a 77-yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead and set the tone for the game. The Sooners rushed for 366 yards.

Florida

The game: 1998 Citrus Bowl

The final: Florida defeated Penn State 21-6.

The player: Running back Fred Taylor.

What he did: Steve Spurrier’s Fun ‘n’ Gun offense stepped aside for the Fred Taylor show in this game. The senior tailback had his best day as a Gator, rushing for a whopping 234 yards on 43 carries. Spurrier’s passing game generated only 143 yards.

SOONER PROFILE

Jermaine Gresham

Why he matters: This 6-6, 261-pound sophomore tight end has created huge match-up problems for opposing defenses. He runs like a wide receiver, so linebackers can’t keep up with him. With his size, he’s too big a load for most defensive backs. He’s caught 58 passes for 888 yards and 12 touchdowns.

STAT THAT MATTERS

11

That’s the number of times Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford has been sacked all season. His veteran offensive line (four seniors and a junior) has given him all kinds of time to throw, which has allowed the Heisman winner to shred opposing secondaries.

QUOTE

“I’ve still got a little Gator in me, but I’ve got a lot more Sooner in me now.”

— Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops

TRIVIA ANSWER

Veteran linebackers coach Bob Sanders was elevated to the position on an interim basis. The Gators contained Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb and gave up only one touchdown in a 31-10 victory.

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