Percy Harvin & Florida Defense Dominate; Lead Florida to National Championship
A hobbled Percy Harvin and an underrated Florida defense led the Gators to their 3rd NCAA National Championship. The Florida Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 in the BCS Championship game. Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was limited by the Florida defense, and held to 257 yards, 2 touchdowns, and was intercepted twice. The game was decided by Percy Harvin, the Florida defense, and Tim Tebow doing what he needed to do.
Percy Harvin was nearly written off before the start of the Championship game. Harvin was considered a go for the title game, but many wondered if he would help or hurt the Gators playing at under 100% health. The answer was obvious as the game got underway. An 80% healthy Percy Harvin was better than any 100% healthy player on the field. Harvin had just 9 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, averaging an amazing 13.4 yards per carry. Harvin also added 5 receptions for 50 yards. Harvin put together an amazing performance and kept the game balanced so Tebow would remain effective.
How could anyone have underestimated the Florida defense? The Gators were 5th in the nation in points allowed, 2nd in interceptions, and 8th in yards allowed per game. Somehow everyone expected the Sooners to have their way with the Gator defense. This was not the case. The Florida defense forced 2 Bradford interceptions, 2 sacks, and blocked a field goal attempt. The most impressive performances by the Florida defense came at the end of both the 2nd and 4th quarters. In the 2nd quarter two drives by the Sooners were stopped inside the 10 yard line. The Sooners decided to go for the touchdown with 5:30 left in the second when Chris Brown was stopped at the one yard line. Going into halftime the Sooners were driving and were down to the 6 yard line. Bradford was intercepted by Florida's Wright after the Gator defense had defended his pass towards the endzone. Then in the fourth quarter the Gators knocked down several Bradford passes and left no breathing room for the Sooner receivers. The Gator defense held a team that averaged over 50 points a game to only 14 points. The Florida defense was the deciding factor in the 2009 BCS Championship Game.
As for Tim Tebow, he was not spectacular, but was exactly what Florida needed. Tebow went 18 for 30 for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Tebow also added 108 yards on the ground and picked up several crucial first downs. Tebow was the better quarterback in this contest because he did what his team needed for victory.
The Florida Gators deserve the National Championship after an impressive victory led by their defense and the magnificent Percy Harvin.