Saturday, January 2, 2010
Final: Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
By Brian Bennett
NEW ORLEANS -- Instant analysis from the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which Florida won 51-24 over Cincinnati.
Player of the game: There can be no doubt about this one. MVP Tim Tebow went out in style in his final college game, as the Florida quarterback passed for a career high 482 yards, completed 31 of his 35 passes and accounted for four touchdowns.
Stat of the game: Cincinnati had only 110 passing yards at the end of three quarters. This from one of the most prolific throwing and scoring teams in the nation all year. Florida's defense, however, was just too much for Tony Pike & Co. to overcome. This was a total domination, as the Gators led 37-3 early in the second half.
What it means: Cincinnati's 12-0 season now comes with a black mark at the end of it. The Bearcats were one second away from reaching the BCS title game but showed they were nowhere near worthy of being there. The Big East also suffered a credibility blow as well. Florida came out determined to make a statement and likely would have crushed most teams. But the Bearcats are the ones who incurred this embarrassment, and incoming coach Butch Jones knows he has some work to do, especially with the defense.
Record performance: Tebow set all kinds of Sugar Bowl records, including passing and total yards. His 533 total yards were also the most ever in a BCS game, surpassing Vince Young's spectacular 2006 Rose Bowl performance for Texas.
Unsung hero of the game: Tebow had the big numbers, but receiver Riley Cooper added seven catches for 181 yards, including an 80-yard score. The Gators receivers as a whole played as well as they have all season.