MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Facing third-and-10 with Thursday’s BCS National Championship tied 7-7, Florida called a draw for its 240-pound quarterback.
Like a human water buffalo, Tim Tebow barreled over Oklahoma defenders 12 yards for a first down inside the Sooners’ 20-yard line. OU’s defense made good on its promise to show up and play well, holding Florida to a season-low 24 points. But late, when the Sooners needed to get Sam Bradford and the offense back on the field, they found no answer to Tebow’s legs. "He’s a good player,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "He made some big plays when they needed him.” OU’s offense striking out twice inside Florida’s 10-yard line proved to be the story of the first half. As for the second half? Tebow racked up first downs with nifty ball-handling and powerful running, which limited second-half possessions for the Sooner offense and kept Bradford on the sideline. The Gators swallowed up almost 12 minutes of the second half in two drives, both ending in touchdowns. In the third quarter, Florida put together a 75-yard drive in 13 plays, kept alive by Tebow, who converted two third-down attempts on quarterback draws. In all, Tebow carried the ball six times for 48 yards on the drive, setting up Percy Harvin’s direct-snap, 2-yard touchdown plunge. "In the second half, Tebow put it upon himself that the offense was going to go out there and score some touchdowns and make some plays,” said Gator cornerback Joe Haden.