BCS National Championship: OU’s offense for the ages goes flat
By Jake Trotter - Staff Writer •
Modified: January 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm •
Published: January 9, 2009
/articleid/3336569/1/pictures/533418"> OU quarterback Sam Bradford (14) walks off the field as Florida's Ahmad Black (35), Joe Haden (5) and Ryan Stamper (41) celebrate after the Sooners could not convert on fourth down during OU's last possession of the BCS National Championship Thursday. Photo by Nate Billings
“We probably should have made a better call,” he said.
But later on in the quarter, the Sooners had another chance to take a lead into halftime, moving 74 yards in just over 2 minutes, highlighted by a third-down, 11-yard grab by tight end Jermaine Gresham down to the Gator 6.
Even though Gresham got out of bounds with 10 seconds left, OU called its last timeout to discuss the next play.
“We were going to throw it in the end zone,” Wilson said, “And if we didn't score, kick the field goal.”
Bradford tried to squeeze a pass to wide receiver Manny Johnson running a slant route in front of the goal line.
But the ball bounced off Johnson's hands, ricocheted off two Gators, then landed softly in the arms of Florida safety Major Wright for the interception. Had Johnson came up with the catch, however, he likely would've been stopped before scoring and time would've run out.
“Obviously, I wasn't trying to throw an interception, but yeah, we called it, and it actually wasn't the coverage we were expecting to run that play,” said Bradford, who threw for just 111 yards in the second half after that interception. “I tried to force one in there, but I probably should have just thrown it in the back of the end zone and taken the three points.”
Said Johnson, “We moved the ball really well in the first half. We just couldn't capitalize in the red zone.
“That gets you beat.”