2009 BCS National Championship Game

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2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game
BCS Bowl Game
2009 BCS National Championship logo.svg
1234Total
Florida0771024
Oklahoma070714
DateJanuary 8, 2009
Season2008
StadiumDolphin Stadium
LocationMiami Gardens, Florida
MVPOffense: QB Tim Tebow (Florida)
Defense: DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida)
FavoriteFlorida by 5½[1]
National anthemYolanda Adams
RefereeRon Cherry (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Attendance78,468
PayoutUS$17,500,000 per team to each conference[2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkFOX
Announcers:Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis
Nielsen ratings15.8 (26.8 million viewers)[3]
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2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game
BCS Bowl Game
2009 BCS National Championship logo.svg
1234Total
Florida0771024
Oklahoma070714
DateJanuary 8, 2009
Season2008
StadiumDolphin Stadium
LocationMiami Gardens, Florida
MVPOffense: QB Tim Tebow (Florida)
Defense: DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida)
FavoriteFlorida by 5½[1]
National anthemYolanda Adams
RefereeRon Cherry (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Attendance78,468
PayoutUS$17,500,000 per team to each conference[2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkFOX
Announcers:Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis
Nielsen ratings15.8 (26.8 million viewers)[3]
BCS National Championship Game
 < 2008 2010

The 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game was an American football game played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on January 8, 2009. It was the national championship game for the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and featured the second-ranked Florida Gators against the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The two participants were determined by the BCS Rankings to decide the BCS National Championship. Television coverage in the United States was provided by Fox, and radio coverage by ESPN Radio. The game was the last BCS Championship to air on Fox; starting with the 2010 game, ABC or ESPN televised the championship.

Tim Tebow's two touchdown passes and Percy Harvin's two-yard touchdown run led the Florida Gators to their second BCS National Championship in three seasons. The Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 24–14, in front of a Dolphin Stadium record crowd of 78,468.[4]

Road to the championship[edit]

University of Oklahoma[edit]

The Sooners, coached by Bob Stoops, lost one game during their regular season to Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry contest, 45–35 on October 11. During the regular season, quarterback Sam Bradford, winner of the 2008 Heisman Trophy, led the Sooners on offense to become the highest-scoring team in NCAA history (702 points) and the first team to score 60 or more points in five consecutive games.[5] The game was Oklahoma's fourth BCS Championship appearance.

University of Florida[edit]

Meanwhile the Gators, coached by Urban Meyer, were looking to win their second BCS championship in three years. They were led by 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow. The only blemish on their schedule was a loss to Mississippi (Ole Miss) at home, 31–30 on September 27. By prevailing, Meyer became the first coach to win two BCS championship games, and one of only five coaches in NCAA history to win two titles in his first four years at a college.

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring[edit]

First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

Statistics[edit]

Team:FloridaOklahoma
1st Downs2425
3rd down efficiency12–176–13
4th down efficiency0–00–2
Total Yards480363
Passing231256
Comp-Att18–3026–41
Yards per pass7.76.0
Rushing249107
Rushing Attempts4429
Yards per rush5.73.7
Penalties8–814–31
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown22
Possession34:5725:03

Game notes[edit]

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