Second quarter blog
Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 10:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 10:17 p.m.
The way the Sooners and Gators have jumped on opponents early all season, many were expecting the first half — and maybe the game — to turn into a scoring blitz.
It didn't happen. Even though the Sooners were in a position to establish the tempo — the fast tempo, that is — in the second quarter, they could not close out two potential touchdown drives, and the teams headed into the halftime knotted a 7-7, a score no one was anticipating.
The Sooners cranked up their fast-break offense early in the quarter and tied the game on a 6-yard pass from Bradford to tight end/mismatch nightmare Jermaine Gresham. It was one of those lightning scoring drives that the OU offense has put together so often this season.
A few minutes later, OU had a chance to take over the game after Tebow threw his second interception of the game, giving the Sooners the ball on the Gators' 26.
The Sooners were quickly inside the 10. But on a fourth-and-goal from the 1, the Florida defense rose up and made a huge play, a tackle in the backfield by sophomore defensive tackle Torrey Davis for a 2-yard loss.
While Tebow and the Gators were having some success against the maligned OU defense, they could not sustain a drive late in the first half.
Following a UF punt, Bradford had the Sooners flying down the field again, moving to the UF 6-yard line with only 10 seconds remaining in the half.
But once again, the Gators came up big, with strong safety Major Wright intercepting a tipped Bradford pass on the 3.
The play allowed the Gators to get to the halftime tied. But the way the Sooners were sprinting up and down the field in the second quarter, there had to be some doubt on the Florida sideline heading into the third quarter.
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