Florida, Tebow Are Champs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 8, 2009 10:57 PM CST
Florida's Tim Tebow looks up at the championship trophy after Florida's win.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – Tim Tebow gave Florida the second-half jolt it needed, and the Gators toughed out a second BCS title in three years. Their 24-14 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in a choppy, sloppy affair made them national champions. The high-scoring shootout between Heisman Trophy winners never materialized. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford couldn't score from in close and Tebow threw two interceptions, as many as he had all season.

Tebow, however, rescued the Gators by driving them to the clinching score—a jump pass for a 4-yard touchdown to David Nelson with 3:07 to play that made it 24-14.
Tebow was picked the game's most outstanding player, running for 109 yards. His passing wasn't so precise—18 for 30—yet it was his sheer will that kept coach Urban Meyer's team going. "Just call him Superman," said teammate Percy Harvin.