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Thursday, January 8, 2009
3Q update: Florida 14, Oklahoma 7

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

MIAMI -- Oklahoma's struggles on short-yardage plays have bit them all night.

The Sooners were turned away again on a third-and-1 play from the Florida 32 midway through the third quarter, marking the third time that they were stuffed by an aggressive Florida defense on a short-yardage play.

The nation's most explosive offense has sputtered through its worst game of the season, trailing 14-7 after three quarters.

The stop forced a 49-yard field goal by Jimmy Stevens that was blocked.

Florida appears to have taken control of momentum after marching 75 yards on a drive capped by Percy Harvin's 2-yard TD run to take the lead. Tim Tebow showed his grit by twice converting third-down plays with his own carries.

The Sooners have been most successful when they have dictated tempo and gone at a faster pace than the Gators wanted. But when the Florida defense has gotten set, the Sooners have had trouble making much yardage.

Sam Bradford has completed 21 of 30 passes for 193 yards, but has struggled on the third-down plays. Oklahoma has converted only 5 of 11 third-down plays.

The Gators' tough defense has shackled Oklahoma. The Sooners led the nation in scoring and have scored at least 35 points in every game. They won't come anywhere close to that total tonight.

Florida's defense appears to have made some substantive adjustments at the half, limiting the Sooners to four first downs in the third quarter.

Again, the Sooners couldn't take advantage of good fortune after Jamaal Deveaux was flagged for a roughing penalty on Oklahoma punter Mike Knall. But Oklahoma couldn't take advantage of the play and was stopped after three more plays.