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Florida bests Oklahoma, takes BCS

No. 1 Florida 24, No. 2 Oklahoma 14
January 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Tim Tebow gave Florida the jolt it needed, and the Gators toughed out a second BCS title in three years. Their 24-14 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in a choppy, sloppy affair Thursday night made them a national champion. But it might have done little to quiet fans of Southern California, Utah and Texas, all of whom already claimed the top spot.

The high-scoring shootout between Heisman Trophy winners never materialized. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford couldn't score from in close and Tebow threw two interceptions, as many as he had all season.

Tebow, however, shook off two miserable throws to rescue the top-ranked Gators (13-1). He drove them to the clinching score - a jump pass for a 4-yard touchdown to David Nelson with 3:07 to play that made it 24-14.

Tebow added to the title he helped the Gators win in 2006 with a rout of Ohio State and, one season after winning the Heisman, brought home another trophy.

National chomps, indeed!

The Associated Press will release its final poll early Friday morning.

Tebow was picked the game's most outstanding player, running for 109 yards.


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