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Florida Claims Second National Title

by Mike Mitchell
January 9, 2007

In a dominating performance on both sides of the ball, Florida captured its first BCS title and second national title with a 41-14 rout of favored Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona.

Ted Ginn, Jr. returned the opening kick-off 93 yards for an Ohio State touchdown but never touched the ball again as he left with a sprained ankle. In his absence, the Buckeye offense was held to a net of 82 yards. Troy Smith, winner of the Heisman Trophy, was 4-for-14 for 35 yards and an interception.

Meanwhile, Chris Leak went 25-of-36 for 213 and a TD, and Tim Tebow scored a TD rushing and passing as the Gators racked up 372 yards with their dual quarterback offense. Florida had 24 first downs to just 6 for Ohio State.

Conference Bowl Records
Conference W-L Games Pct.
Big East 5-0 5 1.000
Mountain West 3-1 4 .750
WAC 3-1 4 .750
SEC 6-3 9 .667
ACC 4-4 8 .500
PAC-10 3-3 6 .500
Sun Belt 1-1 2 .500
Big 12 3-5 8 .375
Big 10 2-5 7 .286
MAC 1-3 4 .250
CUSA 1-4 5 .200
Independents 0-2 2 .000
Through games of 1/8

Southern Miss beat Ohio 28-7 in the GMAC Bowl, saving CUSA (1-4) from a winless bowl season, and keeping Ohio winless (0-3) in its bowl history. The Bobcats were playing in their first bowl game since losing to Richmond in the 1968 Tangerine Bowl.

Cincinnati blew all of a 24-0 lead, the beat Western Michigan 27-24 on Kevin Lowell's 33-yard field goal with 6:11 to play in the International Bowl. Western Michigan missed a game-tying 51-yard field goal with just over a minute left and Brian Kelly became the first head coach to beat the same team twice in a season while coaching two different teams.

Kelly coached Central Michigan to a 31-7 regular season victory over the Broncos. He left the Chippewas, three days after they beat Ohio in the MAC to championship game, to take the job vacated by Mark Dantonio at Cincinnati.

The Bearcat win allowed the Big East to complete the bowl season with a perfect 5-0 record, the best of any conference.

LSU's 41-14 win in the Sugar Bowl was Notre Dame's ninth straight bowl loss, and the Tigers' 8th win in their last 10 bowl games. JaMarcus Russell threw for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns, and ran for another score as LSU outgained the Irish 333 yards to 30 in the final two quarters after leading 21-14 at halftime.

Louisville scored the last 14 points of the game to upend Wake Forest 24-13 in the Orange Bowl as both teams made their first appearance in a BCS game.

Boise State defeated Oklahoma in OT on a statue of liberty play for the 2-point conversion, 43-42, in the Fiesta Bowl. They sent the game into overtime on a hook-and-lateral play. The win, coupled with Ohio State's loss to Florida, left the Broncos as college football's only undefeated team at 13-0.

USC got the Rose Bowl monkey off of its back with a convincing 32-18 win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl as John David Booty threw for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns. Dwayne Jarrett hauled in 11 passes for 204 yards and 2 TD's, and Steve Smith added 7 catches for 108 yards and a score for the Trojans.

West Virginia beat Georgia Tech 38-35 for its first Gator Bowl win in six tries. The Mountaineers over came deficits of 28-10 in the first half and 35-17 early in the third quarter.

P.J. Hill literally ran off the last four minutes of game clock as Wisconsin defeated Arkansas 17-14 in the Capital One Bowl giving Bret Bielema a school-record 12 wins in his first season as head coach.

An 88-yard fumble return with 10:01 left in the game broke a 10-10 tie and Penn State went on to a 20-10 Outback Bowl win over Tennessee.

A 42-yard field goal with 6:20 left in the third quarter provided the game-winning points as Auburn downed Nebraska 17-14 in the Cotton Bowl. It was the first Cotton Bowl appearance for the Cornhuskers and just the second for the Tigers who lost to Texas A&M 36-16 in 1986.

Chavez Grant's diving interception of Jeff Rowe's pass at Miami's 33-yard line with 18 seconds left secured a 21-20 win over Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl in Larry Coker's last game as head coach.

Virginia Tech took a 21-3 lead to the halftime locker room and then Georgia let the dogs out and won the important half 28-3 for a 31-24 victory in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly known as the Peach Bowl).

Colt McCoy threw two touchdown passes to help rally Texas past Iowa 26-24 in the Alamo Bowl. In doing so, McCoy tied the freshman touchdown pass record set by Nevada's David Neill in 1998.

Walk-on kicker Steve Aponavicious kicked a career-long 37-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give Boston College a 25-24 win over Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Texas Tech rallied from a 31-point second-half deficit midway through the third quarter to stun Minnesota 44-41 in overtime at the Insight Bowl.

After consecutive losses to Boston College and Wake Forest that knocked them out of the ACC Championship game, Maryland found a little redemption in its 24-7 Champs Sports Bowl victory over Purdue.

South Carolina outlasted Houston 44-36 in an offensive shootout at the Liberty Bowl, giving the Gamecocks their first win in December since 1960 (1-9).

Oregon State scored two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the final 6:02 of the game to rally past Missouri 39-38 in the Sun Bowl.

Kentucky, an 11-point Vegas underdog, defeated Clemson 28-20 in the Music City Bowl for its first bowl win since 1984. The Congrove Computer Rankings favored Clemson by 18.79 points.

Ray Rice ran for 170 yards and a touchdown as Rutgers rolled over Kansas State 37-10 in the Texas Bowl (formerly known as the Houston Bowl) for its first bowl win ever.

Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and scored twice in a 45-10 California thumping of Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl.

Jason Ricks kicked a 27-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to lift Oklahoma State to a 34-31 Independence Bowl win over Alabama.

Florida State outscored UCLA 31-7 in the second half, 21-0 in the 4th quarter, for a 44-27 win in the Emerald Bowl.

Interim coach Jeff Quinn led Central Michigan past Middle Tennessee 31-14 for its first bowl win (1-2) in history in front of a Motor City Bowl record crowd of 54,113.

Hawaii rallied from a 10-3 halftime deficit to rout Arizona State 41-24 as Dirk Koetter finished his career as the Sun Devils' head coach and Hawaii's Colt Brennan set a new single-season touchdown passing record in the Hawai'i Bowl.

Louie Sakoda kicked four field goals (45, 39, 41, and 34) and Brett Ratliff threw for 240 yards as Utah downed Tulsa 25-13 in the Armed Forces Bowl (formerly known as the Ft. Worth Bowl).

New Mexico became the first team to emerge from bowl season with a losing record after falling 20-12 to San Jose State in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

South Florida jumped to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter and rode its defense the rest of the way to a 24-7 win over East Carolina in the inaugural Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama.

Troy beat Rice 41-17 in the New Orleans Bowl as the game returned to the Louisiana Superdome after being staged in Lafayette, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina's devastation last year.

The Las Vegas Bowl was an ugly mauling in the desert as BYU dropped Oregon 38-8 to end the season with their 10th straight victory and hand the Ducks their fourth consecutive loss.

TCU ran through, over and around an obviously outmatched opponent in a 37-7 Poinsettia Bowl win over Northern Illinois.

UNBEATEN TEAMS:: Boise State was the only undefeated team in the country after Ohio State lost 41-14 to Florida in the BCS title game. The Broncos beat Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl.

WINLESS TEAMS: Duke finished the year at 0-12, including a loss to 1-AA Richmond.
FIU also went 0-12.

1-A vs. 1-AA: 1-AA teams finished 7-71 for the season against their higher-classified brethren. Since the start of the 2003 campaign, 1-A teams hold the upper hand by a huge margin, 235-25 (.904).

77 schools took the opportunity of a 12th game to schedule a cupcake opponent and New Mexico State double-dipped for two of its' four wins.

STREAKS: Ohio State saw its 19-game winning streak come to an end with the 41-14 loss to Florida in the BCS Championship Game. The Buckeyes are still riding an 18-game regular season winning streak.

Boise State has won 13 straight games over-all after beating Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos have won 14 straight regular season games, and 38 consecutive regular season home games. The Broncos have never lost a home game to a WAC opponent (24-0).

BYU has won 10 straight games after a 38-8 Las Vegas Bowl win over Oregon.

USC has won a nation's-best 33 consecutive home games.

Duke has lost 20 games over-all, and 22 straight to 1-A teams.

FIU has lost 12 straight games after a 26-13 defeat to Troy.

NEW COACHES: The 2006 season introduced 11 coaching changes. Five led their team to a bowl game. Here is how each performed:

Boise State, 13-0 under Chris Petersen (beat Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime in Fiesta Bowl).
Wisconsin, 12-1 under Bret Bielema (beat Arkansas 17-14 in Capital One Bowl).
Kansas State, 7-6 under Ron Prince, lost 37-10 to Rutgers in Texas Bowl.
Middle Tennessee, 7-6 under Rick Stockstill, lost 31-14 to Central Michigan in Motor City Bowl.
Rice, 7-6 under Todd Graham, lost to Troy 41-17 in New Orleans Bowl.
Idaho, 4-8 under Dennis Erickson, season completed.
Northwestern, 4-8 under Pat Fitzgerald, season completed.
Buffalo, 2-10 under Turner Gill, season completed.
San Diego St., 3-9 under Chuck Long, season completed.
Colorado, 2-10 under Dan Hawkins, season completed.
Temple, 1-11 under Al Golden, season completed.

01/09: BCS Championship Recap
01/07: GMAC Bowl Recap
01/06: International Bowl Recap
01/04: Sugar Bowl Recap
01/03: Orange Bowl Recap
01/02: Fiesta Bowl Recap
01/01: Rose Bowl Recap
01/01: Gator Bowl Recap
01/01: Capital One Bowl Recap
01/01: Cotton Bowl Recap
01/01: Outback Bowl Recap
12/31: MPC Computers Bowl Recap
12/30: Champs Sports Bowl Recap
12/30: Chick-fil-A Bowl Recap
12/30: Alamo Bowl Recap
12/30: Meineke Car Care Bowl Recap
12/30: Insight Bowl Recap
12/29: Sun Bowl Recap
12/29: Texas Bowl Recap
12/29: Liberty Bowl Recap
12/29: Music City Bowl Recap
12/29: Holiday Bowl Recap
12/28: Emerald Bowl Recap
12/28: Indpendence Bowl Recap
12/27: Motor City Bowl Recap
12/25: Hawaii Bowl Recap
12/23: Bowl Recap
12/23: New Mexico Bowl Recap
12/23: Armed Forces Bowl Recap
12/22: New Orleans Bowl Recap
12/22: Las Vegas Bowl Recap
12/20: Poinsettia Bowl Recap
12/03: BCS Becomes Bruin Ruins
11/26: USC Routs Irish; USF Upsets WVU
11/19: Big Day For Ohio Football Teams
11/12: Texas, Auburn and Cal Go Down
11/05: There's No Place Like Home - To Be Upset
10/29: Two Major Streaks Come To An End
10/22: Spartans Stage Record Comeback; Texas, Notre Dame Avoid...
10/15: Saturday Shockers Shake-Up Standings
10/08: Auburn and Georgia Fall; Clemson and Ga. Tech Escape
10/01: GT Upsets VT; Illinois Wins In Big 10
09/24: A Day Of Upsets and Many Escapes
09/17: Instant Replay Was A Big Loser
09/10: Longhorns Roped and Tied; Seven Games Go To Overtime
09/05: FSU Makes A Field Goal; Three 1-AA Teams Pull Upsets

Mike Mitchell is the Senior Editor of College Football Send your comments and questions to Post-Game Feedback.


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