5 biggest plays of the BCS Championship Game
Published: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 1:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 1:43 p.m.
Ahmad Black's interception
Florida had just taken a 17-14 on a 27-yard field goal by Jonathan Phillips with 10:45 to play in the game, but the Sooners had quickly moved to midfield with a 12-yard pass from Sam Bradford to Chris Brown and a 3-yard run by Brown. On second-and-7 from the 50, Bradford dropped back and threw deep down the middle of the field for star wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. Bradford's bullet hit Iglesias in the hands, but Gator strong safety Ahmad Black manged to snatch the ball away from Iglesias as the two were headed for the ground. Following the interception on the UF 24-yard line, the Gators then went on their clinching touchdown drive, an 11-play, 76-yard march that took 6:52 off the clock.
Major Wright at the right spot
With the Gators and Sooners locked in a 7-7 tie, OU was poised to take the lead in the closing seconds of the first half following an 11-yard pass from Bradford to tight end Jermaine Gresham that put the Sooners on the UF 6-yard line. On first down, Bradford dropped back to pass and his attempt over the middle was deflected, hit Black in the hands and then was intercepted on the 3-yard line by free safety Major Wright. The play, with only three seconds to play, was a huge momentum changer and kept the game tied going into the halftime.
Torrey Davis comes crashing through
Following Tim Tebow's second interception of the first half, the Sooners were in business at the Florida 26 with the game tied at 7. A 17-yard pass from Bradford to Brown gave the Sooners a first-and-goal from the 9, and it appeared the Sooners were going to take the lead with less than six minutes to go in the quarter. Three Brown rushes later, the Sooners were facing fourth-and-goal from the 1 and decided to go for the score. A quick snap did not fool the Gators, and sophomore defensive end Torrey Davis blew up the left side of the OU line and nailed Brown for a 2-yard loss that kept the game tied — and stalled OU's momentum.
Percy's big run
The Gators had problems running against the OU defensive front for most of the night. But early in the fourth quarter, on the first offensive play after the Sooners had tied the game 14-14, wide receiver Percy Harvin took a handoff from Tebow and found a gaping hole on the right side of the line. Harvin burst through it and dashed 52 yards down the right sideline to the OU 26. The play set up a 27-yard field goal by Jonathan Phillips that gave the Gators a 17-14 lead with 10:45 to go in the game and put the pressure on the Sooners.
Tebow to Nelson
In what may be looked back on as the drive of the season, the Gators followed the Black interception with an 11-play, 76-yard scoring march that gave the Gators a 10-point cushion (24-14) with only 3:07 left in the game. The drive included clutch third-down passes to Aaron Hernandez and Riley Cooper and a 29-yard pass from Tebow to Nelson that put the Gators on the OU 20. Five plays later, the Gators sealed the victory when Tebow took the shotgun snap and appeared headed around the left end. But he pulled up and threw a jump pass to Nelson, who snagged the throw from four yards out for the score. It was a memorable finish to a memorable drive.
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