Five Reasons the Gators Won

With their second national championship in three seasons, the Florida Gators had some key performances from key personnel Thursday night. The defense came up big and the offense had its usual stars. There were some huge plays on offense, defense, and special teams. It was a team effort from a team that has excelled in all three phases of the game for almost the entire year.

Here are my five big reasons the Gators won the BCS National Championship Game.

The Gator Defense – They get my vote as the biggest difference maker in the game. Oklahoma came in scoring more than 60 points in each of their last five games and the Gators came in giving up around 12 points a game. Something had to give. The Gators were magnificent almost the entire night and refused to yield the ball across the goal line a couple of times when the Sooners had fist and the Gators backs against the well. They held the high flying Sooner offense to just 363 total yards and 14 points which will likely go down as the best defensive performance from any team all season against an offense that broke more NCAA records than any other.

Tim Tebow He showed why he won the Heisman Trophy a year ago with a gutsy performance that is worthy of another big trophy. Tebow was ready to put his team on his shoulders from the start of the game and he did that most of the night. Tebow threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, but just like a year ago, it was his feet that did the damage and earned his praise for the game. Tebow ran for 110 yards on the ground and ran when he needed to get crucial first downs in the game or make plays with his feet to open himself up for a pass.

Percy Harvin Rumored to be out for the game from some news sources game day morning, Harvin hadn't played meaningful football since the second quarter of the FSU game in November. Harvin was a killer for the Sooners finishing the night with 122 yards on just nine carries and a 13.6 yard average. His numerous big plays were backbreakers for the Sooner defense and kept Florida pushing the ball down the field. Harvin also caught five passes for 49 yards and just looked like he was faster than anyone on the field even though he said himself he was only at about 90 percent health.

Ahmad Black's Interception – For me it was the key play in the game. First off, if he doesn't steal it, it is a long reception with the Gators up only three and the Sooners driving late in the game. Black is a guy that gets zero notoriety from the media or any national respect even though he had the numbers to be a first team All-American selection at safety. He went up against a much bigger receiver and completely stole the ball in mid air to change the whole complexion of the game at that point in time. Black is as complete of a football player as the Gators have on the roster and he showed it all on one magnificent play.

Special Teams – The Gators were special teams warriors a blocked field goal and a made field goal. Jonathan Phillips said after the game he was dreaming and wanting to kick the game winning field goal. He didn't kick the game winner, but he gave the Gators the lead again and the momentum during the fourth quarter. Joe Haden's blocked field goal was huge for the opposite but similar reasons. Oklahoma was just capping another long drive and needed some points to finish it off. Haden came streaking from the OU right side untouched and got a hand on the ball to stop the drive and give the momentum back to UF.

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