2010 Sugar Bowl
|2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl|
|BCS Bowl Game
76th Sugar Bowl
|Date||January 1, 2010|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|MVP||QB Tim Tebow|
|National anthem||Lady Antebellum|
|Referee||Jack Folliard (Pac-10)|
|Halftime show||Pride of the Sunshine (Florida band)
University of Cincinnati Marching Band
|United States TV coverage|
|Nielsen ratings||8.5 (15.5 million)|
The 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) for the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season and was the 76th Sugar Bowl. The contest was played on Friday, January 1, 2010, in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana between the Florida Gators, who lost the 2009 SEC Championship Game and the Cincinnati Bearcats, winners of the Big East Conference. The Bearcats were coached by Offensive Coordinator Jeff Quinn on an interim basis after Head Coach Brian Kelly left Cincinnati to take the head coaching position at Notre Dame on December 10, 2009. This would be Quinn's only game as head coach for Cincinnati, as he had already accepted the head coaching position of the University of Buffalo's football team effective after the Sugar Bowl.
This was Florida's 8th trip to the Sugar Bowl, having gone 2–5 in their previous seven appearances, the last being a 37–20 loss to Miami in 2001. For Cincinnati, this was their first appearance in the Sugar Bowl and their second in a BCS bowl game. In the only previous matchup of these two teams, in 1984, the Gators defeated the Bearcats 48–17. Urban Meyer, the head coach of Florida in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, was a member of that Cincinnati team in 1984.
Cincinnati Wide Receiver/Returner Mardy Gilyard also broke Sugar Bowl records for return yards in the game.
On December 26, 2009, Meyer announced that he would take a leave of absence as head coach after the Sugar Bowl due to health and family reasons.
Florida won the game 51-24.
|FLA — Tim Tebow 7-yard pass to Aaron Hernandez (Caleb Sturgis kick blocked), 6:13||FLA 6–0|
|FLA — Caleb Sturgis 40-yard field goal, 1:20||FLA 9–0|
|FLA — Tim Tebow 7-yard pass to Deonte Thompson (Caleb Sturgis kick), 9:07||FLA 16–0|
|FLA — Emmanuel Moody 6-yard run (Caleb Sturgis kick), 7:05||FLA 23–0|
|CIN — Jake Rogers 47-yard field goal, 3:11||FLA 23–3|
|FLA — Tim Tebow 80-yard pass to Riley Cooper (Caleb Sturgis kick), 3:02||FLA 30–3|
|FLA — Emmanuel Moody 2-yard run (Caleb Sturgis kick), 11:13||FLA 37–3|
|CIN — Marcus Waugh 2-yard pass from Tony Pike (Jake Rogers kick), 4:46||FLA 37–10|
|FLA — Tim Tebow 4-yard rush (Caleb Sturgis kick), 2:06||FLA 44–10|
|CIN — Armon Binns 3-yard pass from Tony Pike (Jake Rogers kick), 10:07||FLA 44–17|
|FLA — Chris Rainey 6-yard rush (Caleb Sturgis kick), 7:05||FLA 51-17|
|CIN — Kazeem Alli 6-yard pass from Tony Pike (Jake Rogers kick), 3:43||FLA 51–24|
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