2009 BCS National Championship Game
|2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game|
|BCS Bowl Game|
|Date||January 8, 2009|
|Location||Miami Gardens, Florida|
|MVP||Offense: QB Tim Tebow (Florida)
Defense: DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida)
|Favorite||Florida by 5½|
|National anthem||Yolanda Adams|
|Referee||Ron Cherry (ACC)|
|Payout||US$17,500,000 per team to each conference|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis|
|Nielsen ratings||15.8 (26.8 million viewers)|
The 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game was an American football game played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on January 8, 2009. It was the national championship game for the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and featured the second-ranked Florida Gators against the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The two participants were determined by the BCS Rankings to decide the BCS National Championship. Television coverage in the United States was provided by Fox, and radio coverage by ESPN Radio. The game was the last BCS Championship to air on Fox; starting with the 2010 game, ABC or ESPN televised the championship.
Tim Tebow's two touchdown passes and Percy Harvin's two-yard touchdown run led the Florida Gators to their second BCS National Championship in three seasons. The Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 24–14, in front of a Dolphin Stadium record crowd of 78,468.
Road to the championship
University of Oklahoma
The Sooners, coached by Bob Stoops, lost one game during their regular season to Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry contest, 45–35 on October 11. During the regular season, quarterback Sam Bradford, winner of the 2008 Heisman Trophy, led the Sooners on offense to become the highest-scoring team in NCAA history (702 points) and the first team to score 60 or more points in five consecutive games. The game was Oklahoma's fourth BCS Championship appearance.
University of Florida
Meanwhile, the Gators, coached by Urban Meyer, were looking to win their second BCS championship in three years. They were led by 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow. The only blemish on their schedule was a loss to Mississippi (Ole Miss) at home, 31–30 on September 27. By prevailing, Meyer became the first coach to win two BCS championship games, and one of only five coaches in NCAA history to win two titles in his first four years at a college.
- First quarter
- No scoring.
- Second quarter
- FLA — Louis Murphy 20-yard pass from Tim Tebow (Jonathan Phillips kick), 14:02 FLA 7 - OKLA 0 (12 plays, 86 yards in 1:20).
- OKLA — Jermaine Gresham 6-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens kick), 11:49 FLA 7 - OKLA 7 (6 plays, 65 yards in 2:13).
- Third quarter
- FLA — Percy Harvin 2-yard rush (Jonathan Phillips kick), 4:21 FLA 14 - OKLA 7 (13 plays, 75 yds in 5:22).
- Fourth quarter
- OKLA — Jermaine Gresham 11-yard pass from Bradford (Jimmy Stevens kick), 12:13 FLA 14 - OKLA 14 (8 plays, 77 yds in 2:36).
- FLA — Jonathan Phillips 27-yard field goal, 10:45 FLA 17 - OKLA 14 (6 plays, 68 yds in 1:28).
- FLA — David Nelson 4-yard pass from Tim Tebow (Jonathan Phillips kick), 3:07 FLA 24 - OKLA 14 (11 plays, 76 yds in 6:52).
- Passing: Sam Bradford (#14, QB, OKLA) 256 yards
- Rushing: Percy Harvin (#1, WR, FLA) 121 yards
- Receiving: Jermaine Gresham (#18, TE, OKLA) 62 yards
|3rd down efficiency||12–17||6–13|
|4th down efficiency||0–0||0–2|
|Yards per pass||7.7||6.0|
|Yards per rush||5.7||3.7
- This was the first meeting between these two teams.
- Despite both teams having potent offenses (the Gators had averaged over 45 points per game, while the Sooners averaged 54 points per game), neither team scored in the first quarter.
- Quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford combined for four interceptions despite throwing for just eight combined over the course of the regular season.
- The Gators thwarted two Sooners possessions that were inside the five-yard line: a stop on fourth and goal on the one-yard line in the second quarter, and an interception of Bradford's pass at Florida's three-yard line with 6 seconds to play in the first half.
- Despite coming off an ankle injury and declaring himself at "90%", Percy Harvin had nine carries for 122 yards and a touchdown and five receptions for 49 yards. The injury was reported as a high ankle sprain, but Harvin later stated that it was in fact a hairline fracture.
- Jimmy Stevens' 49-yard field goal attempt for the Sooners was blocked in the third quarter.
- Florida was ranked #1 and Oklahoma was ranked #5 in the final AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll, released after the game.
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- Florida rides Tebow, suffocating defense to another BCS title
- "Harvin had a fractured ankle". PalmBeachPost.com. 2009-01-09. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
- Voters give Florida No. 1 ranking; perfect Utah is No. 2