The Florida Gators have won the BCS

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The Florida Gators have won the BCS national title with a thrilling 24-14 victory over the top ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

After a scoreless first quarter in Miami’s Dolphin Stadium, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy.  Oklahoma retaliated when Sam Bradford found Jermaine Gresham in the endzone for a six-yard score.  The teams would trade scores again in the second half to be deadlocked at 14 points each.

But key plays by the second ranked Gators turned the game to their advantage.  A blocked Oklahoma field goal attempt and an interception of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford resulted in the final 10 points.

Florida kicker Jonathan Phillips booted a 27-yard field goal and David Nelson caught a four-yard touchdown reception to seal the win.

Gators head coach Urban Meyer, who has now won two national titles in three years, praised the resiliency of his team.

Florida Crushes Ohio State

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Florida has upset Ohio State, 41-14, to win U.S. college football’s national championship in Glendale, Arizona.

Ohio State came into the game Monday undefeated and had been at the top of the rankings for the entire season. But second-ranked Florida dominated the title game, smothering the potent Ohio State offense with an inspired defense.

Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for an Ohio State touchdown. Florida responded by scoring touchdowns on its first three drives. Five different Florida players found the endzone in a balanced offensive attack. Although Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith had won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s top player of the year, he was not a factor in the game. Florida’s defense held Smith to just four completions in 14 attempts for a mere 36 yards and one interception.

By contrast, senior Florida quarterback Chris Leak was 25 for 36 with 214 yards and one touchdown.

Florida’s win makes it the first school to hold the national titles in football and men’s basketball in the same academic year. In April, the Gators earned their first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One men’s basketball title, beating UCLA 73-57.

Florida May Have Earned a Spot

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California has beaten archrival Southern California 13-9 to deny USC a shot at the national championship.

UCLA scored first Saturday, but trailed USC at halftime, 9-7. Two field goals by Justin Medlock and a key interception late in the game gave UCLA the upset win.

The defeat means USC will not qualify for the national title game against Ohio State on January 8.

Fourth-ranked Florida may have earned a spot in that game with a 38-28 win over number eight Arkansas. Florida freshman Percy Harvin scored two touchdowns, and the Gators scored on a blocked punt to earn the victory.

The final post-season bowl standings will be issued Sunday with either Florida or third-ranked Michigan earning the right to face Ohio State for the national championship.

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The defending champion Florida Gators advanced with an 85-77 win over the Oregon Ducks. Lee Humphrey made seven three-pointers and scored 23 points for the Gators, while Taurean Green added 21 more. Aaron Brooks was the high scorer in the game, tallying 27 points for Oregon.

The win in the Midwest Regional final was Florida’s 16th straight postseason victory and means the defending champions will face UCLA in the semifinals.

Basketball Final

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The defending champion Florida Gators and top-ranked Ohio State University have advanced to the championship game in U.S. men’s (Division One) college basketball. VOA Sports Editor Parke Brewer has a report from Atlanta, Georgia where the Final Four games were played Saturday night.

Florida was rarely threatened against a UCLA team it beat in last year’s title game, and the Gators secured a 10-point victory in this semifinal, 76-66.

Twice in the second half Florida held an 18-point lead, the last coming with a little over four minutes to go.

Corey Brewer led the winners with 19 points, hitting four out of five three-point field goals and five of six free throws.

It was a tough defeat for coach Ben Howland and his UCLA players.

“We’re very disappointed about losing tonight and being here [in the Final Four] for the second straight year without bringing home a championship,” said Howland. “But I’m also really, really proud of our players and the great year that we’ve had and the character that they’ve displayed.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan said his team had been very focused in preparing for UCLA and it paid off.

“You know it was a game where two teams played hard, getting after it, and I’m just proud of our guys that we’re back in a situation with an opportunity, you know, to play for it all again on Monday night,” said Donovan.

Florida’s opponent will be top-ranked Ohio State, which won its 22nd straight game in the other semifinal, beating Georgetown (University of Washington D.C.), 67-60.

Ohio State was led by its two star freshmen. Guard Mike Conley Jr., the son of 1992 Olympic triple jump gold medalist Mike Conley, played all but one minute and scored 15 points. Big center Greg Oden, who played only three minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, tallied all of his 13 points in the second half.

“It was real tough in the first half just sitting there, because I wanted to contribute. But my teammates, they stepped up. They did a great job,” said Oden.

Georgetown coach John Thompson the third also credited Ohio State’s defense.

“Their defense was very good in many ways,” said Thompson. “We had too many turnovers which didn’t allow us to get shots at the basket, which did not allow us to get into a rhythm. So you have to give them credit for causing that to happen.”

So it will be Ohio State against Florida in the men’s national basketball final. The two universities also met in the American-style football title game in January, and Florida came away with a 41-14 win.

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In the tournament Friday, Creighton University of Nebraska pulled off a huge upset over the Florida Gators, 83-82 in double overtime. Terrell Taylor won the game with a three-point shot with two-tenths of a second remaining. And the Southern Illinois Salukis advanced with a 76-68 win over Texas Tech. It was the fifth time in seven years that Red Raiders coach Bob Knight’s teams have been eliminated in the first round.

Remarks by the President to the 2008 Football National Champion Florida Gators

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Remarks by the President to the 2008 Football National Champion Florida Gators
THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release April 23, 2009

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE 2008 FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPION
FLORIDA GATORS

East Room

3:50 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: All right. Well, this is not The Swamp that you’re used to, but D.C. is built on a swamp, so welcome to Washington, D.C., and welcome back to the White House. I know at least that the — some of the upperclassmen have been here before. Congratulations on the national champions — being the national champions for the second time in three years. That’s outstanding. And they deserve a big round of applause, so give them a — (applause.)

I want to congratulate everybody who makes this program run — from the assistants to the trainers, from the students to the ticket takers, all of you should be very, very proud. And I should mention, by the way, there are a whole bunch of members of Congress who are here from Florida who are very proud. And so — and they brag about you in Congress all the time.

I want to thank Coach Urban Meyer, his wife Shelley, and their family for being here. I was just mentioning, as we were walking down, there’s something about Coach Meyer’s teams, they just have a lot of heart. And that’s a reflection of coaching values that talk about character and integrity, and not just winning. And so we are very appreciative of the work that you’ve done, Coach. That’s also why it’s so easy to tell that these guys have operated like one big family. And that comes across on and off the field.

I do have to give a special shout-out to Marcus Gilbert. Where’s Marcus? (Laughter.) There he is. Marcus, I’ve got a soft spot for this guy, because his dad, Jeff, was the first Secret Service agent on my detail, almost two years ago. He was with me for most of the campaign; he is a great friend of mine — and there he is back there. So that’s Marcus’s pop right here. We always tried to figure out how Marcus got so big — (laughter) — because Jeff is not that big and his wife is even smaller.

People forget now, but this team was not ranked number one until the end of the season. That’s perseverance. And that’s thanks to the tone the Coach sets. He trains these guys for “competitive excellence,” as he calls it, on and off the field. And in sports, as in life, your number may be called just once — oh, who’s phone is that? (Laughter.) Is that one of the player’s phones? ‘Fess up. (Laughter.) All right. Coach is going to talk to you after — (laughter) — about not turning off your phone.

In sports as in life — I was going to say your number may just be called once, but I didn’t mean it literally. (Laughter.) And Coach makes sure that you’re — they’re ready when that happens.

I understand that a lot of times reporters ask Coach Meyer, what did you say to the team at halftime? But what I’ve heard is he doesn’t usually have to say too much because the leaders of this team step up and say what needs to be said. So there are guys like Percy and Brandon and Louis Murphy, and — I understand there are a couple of comedians here, the 300-pound Pouncey Twins. Where are they? (Laughter.) Right there? (Laughter.) All right.

And then of course there’s — there’s the quarterback — where’s Tebow at?

MR. TEBOW: Right here.

THE PRESIDENT: There he is, over there — Heisman Trophy winner. That’s what I’m talking about. (Laughter.) Everybody is going to get a handshake afterwards, just relax. (Laughter.) Tim is an inspiration to so many — a guy whose true strength comes not from the gym, but from his faith. He says he puts faith, family, and academics above football. And that’s incredible when you think about what he’s done on the field: first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy, in a season in which he personally scored more touchdowns than 87 entire teams in Division I-A football.

I remember watching the upset when you guys lost to Ole Miss. I was actually doing a debate in Ole Miss right before the game and I remember Tim apologizing — watching him on TV apologizing to Gators fans and laying down a challenge to himself, making an commitment, a promise that in fact they were going to push as hard as he — they could and he was going to personally take it upon himself to make sure that you never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.

You know, that’s the kind of leadership that you want to see from all our young people — taking responsibility, challenging yourself and others, rising to the moment. You didn’t promise that the Gators would win every game the rest of the way, but it’s a testament to his leadership that they did because he said we’ll always play hard.

Now, he’ll be the first to tell you he didn’t do any of this alone. Everybody stepped up. So there are guys like wide receiver David Nelson — where’s David? There we go — (laughter) — who went into Coach Meyer’s office after Tim’s promise and said he wouldn’t do — he would do anything for this team, then upped his play all year, ended up catching the clinching touchdown.

What Coach Meyer and all of these guys also understand is being a champion doesn’t stop when you leave the field. They’ve committed themselves to 400 hours each year in service to others, mentoring at-risk youth, showing them that — those youth that if they put their hearts into it, they, too, can succeed. They play with children in pediatric units, help kids learn to read, promote fitness and physical activity, and so much more.

And all of this makes the Gainesville community that much stronger, and makes Florida that much stronger, it makes our country stronger. And I know that the guys behind me get a lot of it — a lot out of it in return.

Now, last point I would make. I don’t want to stir up controversy. You guys are the national champions — I’m not backing off the fact we need a playoff system. But I have every confidence that you guys could have beat anybody else. And so we’ll see how that plays itself out.

I noticed they got all quiet after that. (Laughter.) But you know, I’m one of those politicians — I don’t just tell you what you want to hear, I tell you what you need to hear. (Laughter.)

I know final exams start this weekend, so I don’t want to keep you any longer. You guys are going to have to hit the books. But I just want to say good luck to those who are going to be back next year, to those of you who are moving on the wider stage. Congratulations to all of you for a national championship that I know that you are extremely proud of. And I look forward to continuing to enjoy watching all of you next fall.

So thank you very much, everybody. Give it up for the Gators. (Applause.)

The Florida Gator Mascot – A Match Made in Heaven!

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The Florida Gator mascot is actually a match made in heaven! The Florida Gators actually have two mascots not just one. Albert E. Gator and Alberta Gator are the happy “mascot” couple who represent the University of Florida Gators. But it wasn’t always that way.

Before Albert and Alberta became a couple, the original Florida Gator mascot was a real live alligator! It only seemed fitting that an alligator should be chosen since Florida is said to have over a million alligators in the state. Now that’s a lot of alligators!

But eventually the live alligator was replaced in 1970. Albert E. Gator became the official mascot of the Florida Gators. He did a great job but definitely got quite lonely out there on the field – so enters Alberta in 1986. She was a perfect match for Albert and from that point on it was definitely a match made in heaven! They are very rarely seen apart and the fans just love them.

Albert keeps a very close eye out for Alberta at the games. Its been said that at one game, the opposing teams mascots got a little carried away with their megaphones and hit Alberta in the head. Albert stepped right in and saved the day. What a guy!

These two really do make the perfect “Florida Gator mascot”. The Florida Gator fans love to see Albert and Alberta come out on to the field and cheer their team to victory. Lets hear it for Albert and Alberta! Go Gators!

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