BCS Game Report
Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:34 a.m.
Why the Gators won
Defense, defense, defense. The Gators made to crucial stops in the red zone in the first half and diffused OU's fast-break offense by putting pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford and containing the Sooners' ground game. Offensively, quarterback Tim Tebow was effective running and passing, and threw the game-clinching TD pass with 3:07 to play on a jump pass to wide receiver David Nelson, while star wide receiver Percy Harvin rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown.
— Robbie Andreu
Stat that matters
174 — Those were the all-purpose yards gained by Florida's receiver/tailback Percy Harvin in the game despite dealing with the ankle injury that kept him out of the Alabama game. Harvin ran nine times for 125 yards, a 13.6 yard average per rush. He also caught five passes for 49 yards in the game. And he provided a decoy on several plays when Oklahoma defenders went with him on the option and the ball went somewhere else.
— Pat Dooley
What was he thinking?
With Oklahoma and Florida tied 7-7 early in the second quarter, coach Bob Stoops had a tough call to make on fourth-and-1 from the goal — go for the touchdown or a sure field goal to give the Sooners a 10-7 lead. Oklahoma chose to go for the TD, but on fourth-and-1, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson called an ill-advised run play to the short side of the field, instead of a play-action pass. Oklahoma running back Chris Brown was stopped for a 2-yard loss, turning the ball over on downs.
— Kevin Brockway
Inside the numbers
1 — As in Florida's final ranking and the player wearing No. 1 for the Gators, Percy Harvin. Despite worries the ankle he injured against Florida State would render him ineffective (and he was slowed by his standards), Harvin finished with 122 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He added 49 receiving yards on five catches.
— John Patton
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