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Final: Florida 31, Alabama 20

12/6/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

ATLANTA -- Alabama had been perfect all season, but it was Florida that played a near perfect game.

With top playmaker Percy Harvin watching from the sideline with a sprained ankle, the Gators got plenty of help from everybody else and left the Crimson Tide in their wake in the fourth quarter for a 31-20 win Saturday in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome.

The game lived up to every bit of the hype and then some, and now the Gators (12-1) get a chance to prove they're the best team in the country. The final BCS standings come out Sunday night, and Urban Meyer's club is a virtual lock to be one of the top two teams and play in the BCS National Championship Game after knocking off No. 1-ranked Alabama.

Not only did Florida take another step toward its second national championship in the last three years, but junior quarterback Tim Tebow showed once again why he's one of the best -- if not the best -- player in college football.

Tebow threw three touchdown passes, as the Gators dominated the fourth quarter and won their ninth straight game.

Alabama's offensive line was too much for Florida to handle for much of the game, but it was Florida that played keep-away in the fourth quarter with too long touchdown drives engineered by Tebow.

The Crimson Tide (12-1) had their chances. They had a 20-17 lead and all the momentum going into the final quarter, but it was Florida that finished the game in championship fashion.