THREE-RIFIC


Florida head coach Urban Meyer is formally presented with The Coach's Trophy Friday morning following the Gator's win Thursday evening against Oklahoma. It is the second national championship in three years for Meyer and the Gators.

Rob C. Witzel / The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 2:12 a.m.

MIAMI - A season that began with promise and was highlighted midway through by a promise, ended with the Gators atop college football's version of the promised land.

Florida defeated Oklahoma, 24-14, on Thursday night to become the first school to win two BCS national titles in the span of three seasons. In the process, Urban Meyer became the first coach to lead a program to two BCS championships.

And afterward, he wasn't shy about making a proclamation.

"This is one of the best teams in college football history," Meyer said.

In front of 78,468, the highest-attended football game ever at Dolphin Stadium (which for one night looked and sounded like The Swamp South), the game's offensive most outstanding player, quarterback TimTebow, led Florida (13-1) with 340 all-purpose yards.

And as he was in the Gators' SEC Championship Game victory against Alabama, Tebow was at his best late versus the Sooners (12-2). In the fourth quarter he ran for 34 of his 109 yards and passed for 76 of his 231 yards.

Following the game, he harkened back to the promise he made to the Gator Nation following UF's 31-30 loss to Mississippi on Sept. 27.

"I promised the guys that I would go out and play with all my heart," Tebow said. "I was so motivated. Oklahoma's a great team and they came out and played hard. I'm so proud of my teammates right now.

"I can't put it into words ... it was just an incredible night."

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