2008 florida gators football roster

This was John Brantley's first passing touchdown as a Gator as well as David Nelson's first reception of the year. On the first play of the drive, Dustin Doe and Carlos Dunlap sacked Sam Bradford, dropping him for a four-yard loss. Feb 24 @ LSU, Florida (21-7) Loss vs. Louisiana State, 75-81, 29. Starting at the Florida 11-yard line, the Gators managed to go 89 yards down the field and score a touchdown off of a Percy Harvin 11-yard run. FLA – Percy Harvin 15-yard run (kick blocked), 3:28. On the resulting Gator possession, a scoring drive was capped with a Tim Tebow 2-yard shuffle pass to Brandon James resulting in a touchdown. The first touchdown of the season came off of a Brandon James 1-yard touchdown run capping an 80-yard drive that took only 10 plays. The 6 play 83-yard drive took only 2:43 and finished with a 21-yard pass to Percy Harvin from Tim Tebow—extending Florida's lead 24–7. The fourth quarter had the Gators offense scoring 17 total points.

Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. [18] In response, the Gators drove into Ole Miss territory where they were forced to settle for a 38-yard field goal, narrowing the lead 7–3. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. However, the Sooners' last two appearances in the title game ended in defeat, losing at the hands of LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl and USC in the 2005 Orange Bowl. The first drive of the game only took 1:38 for an early score with a Percy Harvin touchdown off a tipped pass on the third play of the game. The Gators defense held Tennessee to only nine possessions on offense. The second longest active streak against an annual opponent in the NCAA. Entering this game, Urban Meyer was 21–1 at home in Gainesville and Houston Nutt was 0–3 against the Gators. His first visit was to the same stadium where his Sooners defeated the Florida State Seminoles 13–2 in the 2001 Orange Bowl. His 5th, and team-leading, interception of the season. [55] Entering the game, Florida head coach Urban Meyer was 2–0 in BCS bowl games with his win as head coach at Utah in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and his second win coming two years ago to the day against Ohio State in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Especially after injuries to defensive back John Curtis and safety Dorian Munroe (both out for the year). The Florida defense wasn't as effective on the second Alabama possession as Alabama true freshman WR Julio Jones made a 64-yard reception ending at the Florida 18-yard line. The resulting field position yielded a quick scoring drive ending with a touchdown pass by Tim Tebow to Riley Cooper. The Gators' first offensive drive only had to travel 60 yards resulting in a Tim Tebow touchdown pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy while in the red-zone. The Gators amassed 284 yards of offense in the first half. Florida's second offensive possession was more productive with the Gators getting to the Oklahoma 21-yard line by the end of the first quarter. Date: January 1, 2008; The Florida Gators closed out the 2007 season against the Michigan Wolverines on New Years Day in the Capital One Bowl. This win extending Florida's winning streak over the Seminoles to five dating back to the 2004 win in Tallahassee. The Florida Gators returned to the Georgia Dome after two years to play against #1 Alabama for the SEC title. But I promise you one thing: a lot of good will come out of this. Nov 1 Georgia (@ Jacksonville) The Gators capitalized off the turnover and formed a drive taking nearly 7 minutes off the game clock. Entering the 2008 game, the Gators have outscored opponents an average of 50 to 10 since the Gators loss to Ole Miss earlier in the year. [59] During the championship celebration three days after the game, quarterback Tim Tebow announced he would return to the University of Florida for his senior season. Bob Stoops and the Sooners looked to snap a four-game BCS bowl losing streak and Urban Meyer and the Gators aimed to add their third national championship in school history, and their second in three years. The Gators' offense collected 705 total yards, with 394 coming on the ground.

Urban Meyer was 2–1 against Georgia before the game with his only loss coming the previous year in a 42–30 win over the Gators. Nov 8 at Vanderbilt Fitzgerald was only able to gain one yard and the Gators gained possession of the ball with the turnover on downs.

It only took two plays and 54 seconds for the Tide to tie the game at 7-7. After having obtained possession with 4:34 left in the third, Jevan Snead and Ole Miss put together a 3:42 drive that went 72 yards down the field resulting in a rushing touchdown by RB Dexter McCluster. Feb 14 @ Georgia, Florida (19-6) Loss vs. Georgia, 86-88, 26. Florida's 21 points were off of 3 South Carolina turnovers and only took 2:15 to score. Florida Gators Football Continues to Fend Off COVID-19 The Florida Gators continue to effectively combat the coronavirus within their athletic program, after a flare-up in June.

Record: 13-1 (2nd of 120) (Schedule & Results) Rank: 1st in the Final AP poll Conference: SEC (East Division) Conference Record: 7-1 Coach: Urban Meyer (13-1) Points For: 611 Points/G: 43.6 (4th of 120) Points Against: 181 Opp Pts/G: 12.9 (4th of 120) SRS: 25.37 (1st of 120) . Jan 6, Florida (13-2) Win vs. Longwood, 95-69, 16. Vanderbilt's third possession resulted in an interception by Gator DB Ahmad Black. So, our prediction is that Florida loses to Georgia; comes in second in the SEC. "[32], The Bulldogs started the game on offense after Florida deferred to the second half. Entering the season as defending national champions, the Gators went 9–4 in the 2007 in spite of a prolific offense, primarily due to a defense depleted by graduation and departures to the NFL leading to the worst defense for a Florida team since 1971,[2] closing out the year with a 41–35 loss to Michigan in the 2008 Capital One Bowl on January 1. This was the first time since 1996 that the Gators scored over 50 points on LSU. After the change of possession, the Gators went 3 and out to close the third quarter. 2007 Florida Gators football team.

As Florida drove down the field on the following possession, true freshman Jeff Demps fumbled the ball near the South Carolina 40-yard line.

In the offseason, Florida coach Urban Meyer suffered the loss of assistant coaches for the first time in his tenure.

This drive only took two plays in 22 seconds.

This was his second rushing TD of the game, which tied former Florida Gator running back Emmitt Smith with a school-record 36 rushing touchdowns. The Gators third touchdown of the quarter came on the 5th play of their next offensive possession ending with a Tim Tebow 43-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Percy Harvin led the Gators on the ground with 122 rushing yards followed by Tim Tebow with 109. The Gators defense forced another three-and-out on Vanderbilt's second offensive drive. Do you have a sports website? Mar 4 @ Mississippi State, Florida (21-9) Loss vs. Mississippi State, 71-80, 31. [37], The Gators opened the second half on offense and continued to rack up the points. This game marked the fourth and final regular season contest in which the Gators faced a team led by a national championship-winning head coach. This brought the halftime score to 9–3. The Gators received the ball with 11:49 left in the half and were able to move the ball 21 yards to the Florida 36 where Tim Tebow threw his second interception of the game and this one to Sooners' defensive standout Gerald McCoy—Big 12 defensive player of the year.

The resulting punt netted only 14 yards giving Florida excellent field position at the Miami 35-yard line. This gave the Tide the first lead of the game, 10–7, and this was the Gators' first time trailing in the first quarter since their loss at home to Ole Miss earlier in the season. Florida responded with a 39-yard field goal. The last time the Gators defeated the Hurricanes was in 1985 where the Gators defeated Miami in Miami with a score of 35–23. [28], Homecoming for the Gators featured an early match up with division rival Kentucky. Do you have a sports website? This was Tim Tebow's 40th rushing touchdown of his career. In addition, the Sooners lost two more BCS bowl games following their loss to USC.

This game is also the first regular season meeting between the two teams since 2003 where the then #18 Gators nearly upset the #3 Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl.
Redshirt freshman QB John Brantley took snaps for Tim Tebow to close out the game and the Florida defense continued to stop Florida State with sacks on the final two FSU offensive possessions by Carlos Dunlap and Jaye Howard. Height: 6-5 Avg. Tebow was worn down last year as the season went along. An e-mail address is not required. 1 Alabama", "Gator Ticket Office Announces Ticket Ordering Information for BCS National Championship Football Game", "Despite getting the most first-place votes, Tim Tebow finishes third in Heisman voting", "Steve Addazio Named UF's Offensive Coordinator", "Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma Sooners Play-by-Play, January 8, 2009", "Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma Sooners Box Score, January 8, 2009", "Florida Tops Oklahoma, 24-14, to Capture 2008 BCS National Championship", "Tebow will remain at Florida for senior year", "Florida-Oklahoma Title Bout Concludes FOX's Most-Watched BCS Game Ever", "2008 AP All-SEC Football Team Announced", "Football has four selected to Coaches' Freshman All-SEC Team", "Tebow Takes Home Maxwell & Disney Spirit Awards", "2008 Walter Camp All-American Team Announced", "Tebow named 2008 Wuerffel Trophy Winner", "Tebow Selected As Finalist For Heisman Trophy", University Athletic Field / Fleming Field, College football national champions (championship game era), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2008_Florida_Gators_football_team&oldid=965264662, 2008 Southeastern Conference football season, Southeastern Conference football champion seasons, Articles with dead external links from May 2016, Articles with dead external links from October 2010, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using CFB schedule with named parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Carl Moore 3-yard touchdown reception from, Jonathan Phillips 27–yard field goal (6 plays, 68 yards in 1:28), David Nelson 4–yard pass from Tim Tebow (Jonathan Phillips kick) (11 plays, 76 yards in 6:52), $ – BCS representative as conference champion. Alabama's response on the following drive was quickly quieted. [16], at Ben Hill Griffith Stadium, Gainesville, Florida, Florida's SEC home opener had the Gators face off against the Ole Miss Rebels. 3 Chris Rainey - Redshirt Freshman; 21 Emmanuel Moody - Redshirt Sophomore; 20 Christopher Scott - Redshirt Junior; 27 Mon Williams - Redshirt Sophomore

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The Gators crossed the 30-point mark on this score, which was the first time in Gator history that the Gators scored 30+ points in every regular season SEC game.

[47] (Though they would face two more in the SEC and BCS championship games. Georgia attempted an onside kick following the score, but was unable to recover the ball setting up the Gators at the Georgia 41-yard line. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Entering into the fourth quarter, Florida led 56–0.

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