Tebow leads Florida to BCS title

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Tim Tebow gave Florida the 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 Thursday night made them a national champion. But it might have done little to quiet fans of Southern California, Utah and Texas, all of whom already claimed the top spot.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) is sacked by Florida's Brandon Hicks (40) during the BCS U.S. college football championship game Thursday in Miami. Florida won 17-14. - Photo by The Associated Press

Miami - Tim Tebow gave Florida the 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 Thursday night made them a national champion. But it might have done little to quiet fans of Southern California, Utah and Texas, all of whom already claimed the top spot.

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, shook off two miserable throws to rescue the top-ranked Gators (13-1). He drove them to the clinching score - a jump pass for a four-yard touchdown to David Nelson with 3:07 to play that made it 24-14.

Tebow added to the title he helped the Gators win in 2006 with a rout of Ohio State and, one season after winning the Heisman, brought home another trophy.

The Associated Press will release its final poll this morning.

Tebow was picked the game's most outstanding player, running for 109 yards.

No. 1 Florida (13-1) beat No. 2 Oklahoma 24-14, BCS National Championship, Jan. 8.

No. 2 Oklahoma (12-2) lost to No. 1 Florida 24-14, BCS National Championship, Jan. 8.

No. 3 Texas (12-1) beat No. 10 Ohio State 24-21, Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5.

No. 4 Alabama (12-2) lost to No. 7 Utah, Sugar Bowl 31-17, Jan. 2.

No. 5 Southern Cal (12-1) beat No. 6 Penn State 38-24, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1.

No. 6 Penn State (11-2) lost to No. 5 Southern Cal 38-24, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1.

No. 7 Utah (13-0) beat No. 4 Alabama, Sugar Bowl 31-17, Jan. 2.

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