Expanded box score
Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 8:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.
The Florida Gators shed all of their distractions and dispatch the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Tonight's Sugar Bowl promises to be another emotional roller coaster for the Florida Gators, as it will be the final game for the winningest class in UF and SEC history and could be the last game for coach Urban Meyer.
Florida wins the toss and elects to defer until the second half. Cincinnati chooses to receive. The Bearcats take to the air with two straight completions by quarterback Tony Pike. Two straight holding penalties set up a third-and-22. Cincy gets a completion far short of the first-down marker and punts.
The Gator offense starts off with a 6-yard run by Jeff Demps. Tim Tebow throws completions to Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez for first downs. The Gator offense is humming with a diverse mix of play calls. Florida faces a third-and-9 at the Bearcat 34, and Tebow finds Deonte Thompson for another first down. Tebow bursts up the middle on a 17-yard run to the UC 4-yard line. Demps takes a handoff, stumbles for a loss and comes up injured. Tebow connects with Hernandez, who pushes across the goal line for a touchdown. Caleb Sturgis' extra point is blocked.
Cincy gets great field position with a 40-yard kickoff return by Mardy Gilyard. The Bearcats try some trickery with a throw-back pass downfield, but cornerback Joe Haden is in position to tip it away from the intended receiver. The Gator defense stuffs a third-and-short running play and forces another punt.
According to UF officials, Florida center Maurkice Pouncey spent five-plus hours at Tulane Hospital dealing a kidney issue. Pouncey received a CT which showed no kidney obstruction. He received four bags of IV and was cleared by Dr. Jay Clugston, the UF team urologist.
Back on offense, Florida gets a first-down run by Chris Rainey. Tebow finds a streaking David Nelson for 30 yards down to the UC 40-yard line. The Bearcat defense is no match for the Gator offense so far, as Tebow connects with Hernandez for another long gain. A block-in-the-back penalty, a stuffed running play and a sack put the ball back on the UC 36. On third-and-16, Tebow throws complete to Cooper but short of the first down. Sturgis kicks a 40-yard field goal.
Cincinnati's offense goes three-and-out, thanks to a third-down sack by Justin Trattou.
First quarter: Florida 9, Cincinnati 0
Florida — Aaron Hernandez 7-yard reception (Caleb Sturgis kick blocked), 6:13. Thirteen plays, 84 yards and 6:39 Time of Possession (T.O.P.) Key Play: Tim Tebow 17-yard run to UC 4-yard line; UF 6, UC 0
Florida — Sturgis 40-yard field goal, 1:20. Seven plays, 59 yards and 2:58 T.O.P. Key Play: Nelson 30-yard reception to UC 40; UF 9, UC 0
Jeff Demps comes back to the UF sidelines wearing a sling on his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a dislocated elbow and will miss the rest of the game, according to the Fox broadcast crew.
Florida takes over on offense and gets a first down on a swing pass from Tim Tebow to Emmanuel Moody. Tebow then completes a pass to Deonte Thompson, who fights his way to another first down. Moody finds a big hole up the middle and picks up 9 yards to the UC 33-yard line. On third-and-1, Tebow carries and comes up short. UF goes for it on fourth-and-1 and Tebow dives for the first down. Hernandez takes a pass over the middle and spins his way down to the UC 7-yard line. The Bearcat defense has begun to tighten up against the run, so Tebow lofts a pass and Deonte Thompson catches it with one foot in the end zone for a touchdown.
Florida's defense continues to push around Cincinnati. Carlos Dunlap gets a sack for an 8-yard loss on first down and safety Ahmad Black upends a receiver to force and incompletion on second down. UC quarterback Tony Pike throws another accurate pass on third down but UF safety Major Wright comes over to disrupt the receiver. The Bearcats punt.
Tebow finds his outlet receiver in Rainey coming out of the backfield. Rainey dashes to midfield and is pulled down with a horse-collar tackle, adding another 15 yards. Tebow connects with a wide-open Hernandez for another 23 yards. Moody takes a handoff and runs to his left for an easy 6-yard touchdown.
Cincinnati finally starts moving the ball against the Florida defense. The Bearcats get a couple of first downs to midfield. Running back Isaiah Pead comes close to picking up another first down, but UC goes backwards when he is called for unsportsman-like conduct after his run. On third-and-15, Pike passes complete but short of the marker. But Brandon Hicks is called for an unsportsman-like penalty, giving Cincy a first down at the UF 29-yard line. After three incompletions, Jake Rogers connects on a 47-yard field goal.
Tebow throws a perfect pass to Riley Cooper, who got behind the Cincy defense. Cooper sprints untouched into the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown.
The UF defense comes back onto the field with an edge after giving up a scoring drive to the Bearcats. Dunlap caps the three-and-out with another sack of Pike. UF fans are already chanting "It's great to be a Florida Gator!" with 1:32 before halftime.
After Rogers shanks the punt to the UF 46-yard line, Tebow throws a dump-off pass to Rainey, who bursts up the middle for a 14-yard gain. Tebow throws just his second incompletion of the day. He already has 321 yards passing. Caleb Sturgis misses a 39-yard field-goal attempt, and the Gators go into the locker room for halftime.
Second quarter: Florida 30, Cincinnati 3
Florida — Deonte Thompson 7-yard reception (Sturgis kick good), 9:07. Twelve plays, 64 yards and 5:43 T.O.P. Key Play: Hernandez 19-yard reception to UC 7; UF 16, UC 0
Florida — Emmanuel Moody 6-yard run (Sturgis kick good), 7:05. Three plays, 66 yards and :50 T.O.P. Key Play: Chris Rainey 22-yard reception and 15-yard personal foul to UC 29; UF 23, UC 0
Cincinnati — Jake Rogers 47-yard field goal, 3:16. Ten plays, 43 yards and 3:49. T.O.P. Key Play: Jacob Ramsey 11-yard reception and 15-yard personal foul to UF 29; UF 23, UC 3
Florida — Riley Cooper 80-yard reception (Sturgis kick good), 3:02. One plays, 80 yards and :09 T.O.P. UF 30, UC 3
After a 51-yard kickoff return by Chris Rainey, Tim Tebow hooks up with Aaron Hernandez for 16 yards and a first down. Tebow then fires a bullet to Deonte Thompson, who takes it to the Cincinnati 11-yard line. Tebow scrambles but comes up short of the first down. On fourth-and-inches, Tebow pitches to Emmanuel Moody, who waltzes into the end zone.
The UF defense has quarterback Tony Pike on the run, but he moves the Bearcats to midfield. Pike passes for another first down and then scrambles for another first down to the UF 11-yard line. After a Pike completion to the 2-yard line, the Bearcats face a fourth-and-1. Pike fakes the handoff, bootlegs to his right and passes complete to a wide-open Marcus Waugh for the touchdown.
Tebow opens the Gators' next drive with three straight completions for a first down at the Cincy 49-yard line. He then floats a long pass that Cooper jumps and snatches off the helmet of the Bearcat defender for a 44-yard gain to the Cincy 5-yard line. Tebow surveys the end zone and then tucks the ball and scrambles easily for a 4-yard touchdown.
The Bearcats pick up one first down on the ground but go no further. Pike throws three straight incompletions against a stingy Gator defense, and Cincinnati is forced to punt.
The Gators start on their own 4-yard line and go backwards with a false start and a Tebow run in which he is tackled for a loss of 1 yard. The quarter ends with the Gators facing second-and-11 on their own 1-yard line.
Third quarter: Florida 44, Cincinnati 10
Florida — Emmanuel Moody 2-yard run (Sturgis kick good), 11:13. Seven plays, 47 yards and 3:47 T.O.P. Key Play: Chris Rainey 51-yard kickoff return to UC 47; UF 37, UC 0
Cincinnati — Marcus Waugh 2-yard reception (Rogers kick good), 4:46. Fourteen plays, 74 yards and 6:27. T.O.P. Key Play: D.J. Woods 9-yard reception to UF 2; UF 37, UC 10
Florida — Tebow 4-yard run (Sturgis kick good), 2:06. Six play, 74 yards and 2:40 T.O.P. Key play: Cooper 44-yard reception to UC 5; UF 44, UC 10
FOURTH QUARTER: Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
Set up on its own 1-yard line, Florida can only get a few yards to set up its first punt of the day. Chas Henry kicks to midfield.
Cincy QB Tony Pike passes complete to Mardy Gilyard for a first down and then tosses to tailback Isaiah Pead, who runs for another first down. From the UF 28-yard line, Pike rolls right and finds Pead for a 7-yard gain. On third-and-2 from the Florida 20-yard line, Pike completes a pass that comes up short of the first-down marker. On fourth-and-1, Pike follows his offensive line surge for the first down. Pead takes a toss for 7 more yards, and the Gator defense jumps offsides to put the Bearcats on the Florida 4. Pike throws two incompletions, the second of which is batted down by linebacker Brandon Spikes. On third down, Pike finds Armon Binns for the 3-yard touchdown.
Tim Tebow runs up the middle for 14 yards and a first down on the Cincinnati 48-yard line. Tebow then connects with a wide-open Chris Rainey, who chugs for a 33-yard gain to the UC 15-yard line. Emmanuel Moody takes a dump-off pass and jukes a couple of defenders for a 7-yard gain. Rainey takes an option pitch for a 6-yard touchdown.
Cincinnati's offense opens up the playbook in driving down to the UF 23. On fourth-and-9, Pike connects with D.J. Woods for 22 yards to set up a first-and-goal with 4:38 remaining in the game. After UC recovers a fumble, Pike rolls right and finds Kazeem Alli all alone in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown reception.
After one play of offense for Florida, Tebow comes off the field to a loud ovation with his arms raised in celebration. True freshman tailback Mike Gillislee runs for 52 yards to the Cincinnati 10-yard line. The Gator sideline is flush with hugs and embraces for players and coaches ready to say goodbye to the University of Florida. Players douse coach Urban Meyer with Gatorade and he and Tebow share another hug. The game ends, a big happy ending for the Florida Gators.
Fourth quarter: Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
Cincinnati — Armon Binns 3-yard reception (Rogers kick good), 10:07. Eleven plays, 52 yards and 3:58 T.O.P. Key play: Pike 3-yard run on fourth-and-inches to UF 16; UF 44, UC 17
Florida — Rainey 6-yard run (Sturgis kick good), 7:06. Six plays 66 yards, 3:02 T.O.P. Key play: Rainey 33-yard reception to the UC 16; UF 51, UC 17
Cincinnati — Kazeem Alli 6-yard reception (Rogers kick good), 3:43. Nine plays, 74 yards and 3:22 T.O.P. Key play: D.J. Woods 22-yard reception on fourth-and-9 to the UF 1; UF 51, UC 24TEAM STATISTICS
First downs — Florida 28, Cincinnati — 19
Rushes-yards — Florida 34-177, Cincinnati — 23-76
Passing — Florida 482, Cincinnati — 170
Comp-Att-Int — Florida 31-36-0, Cincinnati — 27-45-0
Return Yards — Florida 10, Cincinnati — 0
Punts-Avg. — Florida 1-44.0, Cincinnati — 6-42.2
Fumbles-Lost — Florida 0-0, Cincinnati — 1-0
Penalties-Yards — Florida 12-90, Cincinnati — 3-40
Time of Possession — Florida 32:20, Cincinnati — 27:40
Florida: Gillislee 5-78, Tebow 14-51, Rainey 4-27, Moody 8-14, Demps 3-7.
Cincinnati: Pead 7-48, T.Kelce 1-19, Ramsey 6-18, Goebel 1-8, D.Williams 1-(minus 5), T.Pike 7-(minus 12).
Florida: Tebow 31-35-0-482, Team 0-1-0-0.
Cincinnati: T.Pike 27-45-0-170.
Florida: Hernandez 9-111, Cooper 7-181, Thompson 5-63, Rainey 4-71, Moody 4-19, Nelson 2-37.
Cincinnati: Gilyard 7-41, Binns 5-29, Guidugli 5-22, Woods 4-46, Ramsey 2-16, Pead 1-7, Alli 1-6, Waugh 1-2, Goebel 1-1.
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