ill, big tackle Torrey Davis blew by OU guard Brian Simmons and drilled Chris Brown for a 2-yard loss.
“We thought they were going to throw the football,” Bedford said. “We went to ‘goal line safe' and tackled the guy in the backfield.
“So it was like, ‘Things are just supposed to happen today.' And they did. And we won a championship.”
With the score tied 7-7, the Sooners marched inside the Florida 10 again just before halftime. And facing first-and-goal from the 6 with 10 seconds left, Sam Bradford tried to force a pass to Manny Johnson, but the ball was tipped, juggled, and intercepted by Major Wright.
“That's what turned the whole game around,” Bedford said. “We batted the ball around like a volleyball, and Major came up with probably one of the bigger plays of the year for us.”
The half. The game. The year.
All of it, in one play.
“That right there was the big swing in momentum,” Dunlap said. “That gave us the confidence that we could come out and play, to keep one of the best offenses out of the end zone.”
The Gators tightened further in the second half, when the Sooners managed just 138 yards, finishing with 363.
For Bedford, a former Longhorn player and Cowboys assistant, the win was especially sweet.
“Always good to beat the Sooners,” he said. “I'm a Texas-ex.”