Halftime: Oklahoma 7, Florida 7

January, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

MIAMI -- Remember all those things Florida coach Urban Meyer said his team couldn't do and still win this game?

Well, the Gators are doing them.

But thanks to a defense that's shown some serious grit backed up against its own goal line, Florida finds itself tied 7-7 with Oklahoma at halftime of the FedEx BCS National Championship Game.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had thrown only two interceptions all season. He's thrown two in the first half Thursday night.

The Gators have also lost the battle of field position in the first half, as the Sooners have played a large portion of the game on Florida's side of the field.

But Charlie Strong's defense is making plays when it has to.

Just before halftime, Florida safety Major Wright picked off Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with a bobbling interception that was tipped three different times before Wright finally collared it at the 3. The Sooners had a first-and-goal at the 6, so the Gators' defense saved themselves at least three points right there.

Earlier in the quarter, Florida sophomore defensive tackle Torrey Davis made an even bigger play. The Sooners went for it on fourth-and-goal from the Gators' 1. They tried to quick-snap it, but Davis shot through and leveled tailback Chris Brown for a 2-yard loss.

Talk about good timing.

Davis had only made five tackles all season coming into the game, and two of those were against The Citadel in a 70-19 rout.

The best news for the Gators offensively is that Percy Harvin looks great. He popped a 46-yard run off his own goal line and nearly broke it all the way.

On the down side, redshirt freshman running back Chris Rainey suffered a nasty looking knee injury in the second quarter when his right knee was caught under him near the sideline after being dragged down by an Oklahoma defender.

The Gators have to find a way to be more consistent offensively in the second half -- and find a running game.

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