Gators Take BCS Crown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Gators are the kings of college
football.

Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and the Gators' defense led
the way in a 24-14 win over Oklahoma at the BCS championship game
in Miami.

Tebow overcame a pair of first-half interceptions to finish
18-of-30 for 231 yards and two touchdowns, including the
game-clinching score in the closing minutes. He also had 109
rushing yards and came away with the game's Most Outstanding Player
trophy.

The game was tied at 14 in the fourth quarter until Harvin
ripped off runs of 52 and 12 yards on consecutive plays to set up a
tiebreaking, 27-yard field goal by Jonathan Phillips with 10:45
remaining. Harvin had 122 yards on one touchdown on only nine
carries while playing through an ankle injury.

Tebow iced the game by hitting David Nelson for a four-yard TD
with 3:07 left after the Gators picked off Heisman Trophy winner
Sam Bradford for the second time.

Florida shut down an Oklahoma offense that had scored at least
60 points in each of its previous five games. The Sooners got
within the Gators' 10-yard line three times in the first half but
came away with just seven points. Bradford was picked off near the
goal line with two seconds left in the half, one series after the
Gators stopped Oklahoma on downs at the Florida three-yard line.

Bradford tossed a pair of scoring strikes to Germaine Gresham
and finished with 256 yards but two interceptions. Bradford's
second TD pass knotted the score with 12:13 remaining.

Florida finishes the season 13-and-1 after holding the
high-octane Sooners to 363 total yards. Oklahoma settles for a
12-and-2 record.

The Gators are the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press
football poll, claiming 48 of 65 first-place votes. Second-ranked
Utah garnered 16 No. 1 votes, and Southern Cal picked up the
remaining one. Fourth-ranked Texas is followed by Oklahoma,
Alabama, TCU, Penn State, Ohio State and Oregon.

Number-11 Boise State is followed by Texas Tech, Georgia,
Mississippi and Virginia Tech. Oklahoma State holds the 16th
position, ahead of Cincinnati, Oregon State, Missouri and Iowa.

Florida State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Michigan State and
BYU round out the top 25.


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