41-14! (Sound familiar?) Congrats to Florida and all our Gator friends, including Gina's husband, my wife's grandmother, and of course Orson and Stranko. With a little luck (thanks, UCLA!) and some tenderness (thanks, BCS voters!) Florida made it to title game, gave up the opening kickoff for a touchdown, then unleashed hell for the following 59:45 minutes and took home the crystal egg. It's a well-deserved honor for the Gainesville Gators; this one's a no-doubter, and there won't be any split champions this year.
A lot of folks are talking about the confusion Urban inflicted on the Buckeyes with his multiple-look, spread option attack, but I think the real kudos go to the Florida defense. They destroyed the Ohio State OL, held the Bucks to 82 yards, 1/9 on third down conversions, forced the worst game of Troy Smith's career, and most importantly, put the Gator offense in position to score all night long. Here's a summary of the Gator scoring drives & where they started:
A couple of timely penalties on kickoffs and poor special teams play helped put OSU in the hole, but it's still pretty amazing: that's an average starting position at the Ohio State 40 yard line every time the Gators scored.Start Result
OSU 46 TD
OSU 34 TD
FLA 29 TD
FLA 42 FG
OSU 29 FG
OSU 5 TD
OSU 39 TD
And what should we say about our one-time prodigal son-turned Benedict Arnold? Only one thing, I think: his calculus two years ago was exactly correct, and Florida was much closer to a title shot than Notre Dame.