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The Florida Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 at the Orange Bowl in Miami to secure their second national championship in three seasons and the third in a row for the SEC (LSU won the title last season). Last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, outdueled this season’s edition, Oklahoma signal caller Sam Bradford, in a defensive game.
Tebow was 18-30 for 232 yards passing and was 22-108 rushing, making him the team’s second leading rusher. He threw for two scores and threw two interceptions. Bradford was 26-41 for 257 with two TD passes and two picks, including a crucial interception in the fourth.
Percy Harvin, battling an injury which forced him to miss the SEC Championship, proved very effective, rushing nine times for 121, or 13.4 yards per carry, including a touchdown. He also caught five balls for fifty yards. Oklahoma had the NCAA’s all-time highest scoring offense and broke other scoring records including consecutive games with 60 points. However, the Big 12 does not have defenses as proficient as Florida’s and their 14 points was nowhere near their previous season low of 35. Florida never trailed in the victory.
The Oklahoma loss makes them 1-3 in the BCS National Championship Game (and 2-5 in BCS games overall) since this system came into form in 1999. Florida is 3-1 in BCS games, including 2-0 in the BCS Championship and now has three National Championships overall.