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John Rohde: Sooners, Gators are rivals with a cause

Oklahoman Modified: August 19, 2009 at 8:02 am •  Published: August 19, 2009
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play hard. I guess you can consider that dirty, but some people just get intense, get riled up. Every team does.”

Last year’s national title game was plenty chippy both ways.

Spikes swatted the right side of Sooners offensive lineman Trent Williams’ helmet following a play in which Williams drove Spikes to the ground.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow drew an unsportsmanlike penalty after giving a "Gator chomp” in the direction of Sooners safety Nic Harris with roughly two minutes left in the game.

Tebow claimed Harris had been mouthing off all game.

"He (Spikes) is a liar if he’s saying they don’t have trash talkers,” McCoy said. "Every team does. You can’t just put it on us.”

The game’s worst sequence came when Harris gave the much-publicized injured ankle of Florida receiver Percy Harvin an extra twist long after a play had ended.

Not that Harvin was surprised.

"He grabbed it, kind of twisting (my ankle) a little bit,” Harvin said after the game. "That comes with the game. I was expecting that a little bit. It’s all good.”

Harvin has moved on from his incident, but evidently Spikes has not.

Players mouth off all the time during games. How a player handles it can be the difference in winning and losing.

Spikes also mentioned Mississippi as a dirty opponent.

Ole Miss beat Florida in Gainesville last season, and OU was no slouch in the title game.

Sometimes the bully on the block doesn’t like it when the other guy shoves back.

As Bradford pointed out when asked about Florida last month, there is a loooooooong way to go before a potential Game 2 in the OU-Florida series.

Spikes has now added to that anticipation.

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