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1Q update: Oklahoma 0, Florida 0

1/8/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

MIAMI -- Just what we expected, right?

After all the talk about the explosive offenses in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game, the two defenses are setting the tone after a scoreless first quarter.

The best part for Florida, though, is that its defense twice held when Oklahoma crossed over into the Gators' territory.

Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes had a jarring blow on Oklahoma's Chris Brown to open the game, and then a few plays later, Florida safety Major Wright came over on a deep ball down the left sideline and tattooed Oklahoma receiver Manuel Johnson.

It's a wonder Johnson was able to get up.

More importantly, the Gators had sent the kind of black-and-blue message they hoped to send defensively.

They were also able to overcome Tim Tebow's first interception since Oct. 25. The Sooners took over near midfield, but couldn't capitalize against the Gators' defense.

Percy Harvin didn't start the game, but he was in on the second offensive play for the Gators. It didn't take him long to make his presence felt.

He caught a pass on a short crossing route on a third-and-8 play and converted it into a 19-yard gain. He looked plenty fast on the play, too, as the Sooners had to use the sideline to force him out.