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Grading out the performances in Florida's 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game.

Florida Gators

 

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Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow combined for 511 yards.
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Quarterback: Tim Tebow had his struggles in the first half, throwing as many picks (two) as he had all season and finding little running room. He bounced back after halftime to finish 18-of-30 passing for 231 yards and two scores, one off his trademark jump-pass, and ran for 109 yards.
Grade: A-

Running backs: Chris Rainey's injury took away some of the group's depth, but luckily Percy Harvin, who doesn't really fit the position but is still oh-so dangerous there, returned with his usual explosiveness, running for 122 yards and a touchdown on a direct snap.
Grade: A

Receivers: Harvin made his presence felt in his natural position (four catches, 46 yards) and so did Aaron Hernandez (five catches for 57 yards) on the shovel passes. But it was Louis Murphy (two receptions, 44 yards) who made a ridiculous grab for the game's first score before leaving with an injury.
Grade: A-

Offensive line: The Gators had their problems against the zone blitz early on and Tebow rarely had time to throw; but the group found its footing in the second half, paving the way to 249 rushing yards and giving Tebow more time to throw.
Grade: A-

Defensive line: The group wasn't great vs. the run, but was better than average in giving up 107 yards. Torrey Davis did come up with a big stop of Chris Brown on fourth-and-goal in the second quarter and Carlos Dunlap and Co. managed to do what so few had: Put pressure on Sam Bradford.
Grade: B+

Linebackers: The unit made some big plays like Brandon Hicks' sack, Ryan Stamper's third-and-goal stop to set up Jimmy Stevens' blocked field goal and Ahmad Black's interception. But they couldn't keep up with Sooners tight end Jermaine Greshman, who simply dominated.
Grade: C+

Defensive backs: Safety Major Wright stole the show. He set the tone with a vicious hit on Manuel Johnson that may or may not have had an effect on Johnson dropping a key pass in the second half, and he came up with an interception on a bobbled pass that touched nearly every Gator on the field.
Grade: A

Special Teams: Urban Meyer's vaunted punt block team got itself in trouble as Jamaal Deveaux was called for roughing the kicker, but luckily the Sooners couldn't capitalize. The special teams later redeemed itself with its ninth blocked field goal of the year.
Grade: B+

Coaching: Meyer's defense managed to keep a team that came in averaging 54 points per game to two touchdowns. He smartly got the ball into Harvin's hands more in the second half and then rode Tebow and the option to become the first coach to win two BCS national titles.
Grade: A

Oklahoma Sooners



Quarterback: Heisman winner Sam Bradford wasn't horrendous, finishing 26-of-41 for 257 yards, two TDs and two picks, he just wasn't the Sam Bradford we've come to expect this season. His two picks can be cast aside as tipped passes, but he still didn't come up with big plays when OU needed 'em.
Grade: C+

Running backs:
While not having DeMarco Murray likely had an impact on the Sooners' game plan, Brown responded to carrying more of a load. He was one of the bright spots for the Sooners, running for 109 yards on 22 carries.
Grade: A-

Receivers: Gresham was simply the Sooners' best player and likely had NFL scouts salivating with his eight catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns. His cohorts, though, had their issues. Johnson wasn't the same after the Wright hit and Juaquin Iglesias tipped a ball that was picked off by Black, keying a drive that allowed the Gators to go up by 10.
Grade: C+

Offensive line: The Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt-led group paved the way for Brown's big night but couldn't get him in the end zone on the goal-line stand. They largely gave Bradford time to throw, though they allowed multiple (two) sacks for just the fourth time this season.
Grade: B+

Defensive line: The line managed to get pressure on Tebow, but once Florida established the run with Harvin and later the option, that pressure basically disappeared.
Grade: C+

Linebackers: Once Harvin managed to reach the second level, these guys just couldn't get to him, and they allowed Hernandez way too much room to work with late in the game.
Grade: D

Defensive Backs: Nic Harris made the first big play of the game in picking off Tebow, but he gets slighted for a questionable extracurricular move on Harvin. Once Oklahoma had to creep up with Florida running more, the group had trouble keeping up with the Gators' receivers.
Grade: C+

Specials Teams: Stevens tried to go low on the 49-yard field-goal attempt, allowing the Gators to block it. Punter Mike Knall did a good job of keeping dangerous Brandon James from having too much room to work with.
Grade: C-

Coaching: Bob Stoops didn't help his perception in losing his fifth-straight BCS game. He also didn't help himself by going for it on fourth-and-goal in the third quarter or his clock management on the last drive of the first half.
Grade: C

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