Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 2:01 a.m.
Breaking down Florida's 51-24 victory against Cincinnati in Friday night's Sugar Bowl.
Why Florida won
In the first half, the Gator defense limited Cincinnati to 55 total yards (60 passing, minus-5 rushing) on 28 plays, while rolling up 383 yards of offense (320 passing, 63 rushing) to build a 30-3 advantage.
Call of the Game
Florida's decision to go vertical with its passing game. Tebow constantly found receivers open downfield. Tebow connected with wide receiver Riley Cooper for an 80-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter that gave the Gators the 30-3 lead.
What were they thinking?
Players on both sides were talking smack throughout the first half, drawing unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Stat That Matters
13-1. For the second consecutive season and the third time in four years, the Gators finish with a 13-1 record.
Inside the Numbers
Tebow entered the Sugar Bowl with single-game career highs of 338 yards and 25 completions. At the half Friday, Tebow had completed 20 of 23 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. After three quarters, Tebow was 29 of 33 for 444 yards and the three TD throws.
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