: On third down, following a sack, the Gators blitzed, hit Smith as he threw the ball, and cornerback Reggie Lewis intercepted the pass. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. Explosive freshman Percy Harvin gave Florida a ten-point lead when he bolted through the Arkansas defense for a 67-yard touchdown. This page was last edited on 10 October 2020, at 05:20. Visiting Central Florida averaged just 2.6 yards per play and 153 total yards in the game.. However, the Razorbacks came back with a touchdown of their own. The Gators trailed for nearly the entire first three quarters. Freshman Tim Tebow continued his strong season, rushing for a 13-yard touchdown which proved to be the game winning score. The Tigers' Early Doucet fumbled the second half kickoff into the end zone for a safety, which led to the long Tebow throw on the next drive. Tebow faked his usual quarterback run up the middle, ran left and flipped an easy one-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Andre Caldwell. Coach Urban Meyer decided to run a fake punt on his own 15-yard line, which proved to be a good call, as receiver Jemalle Cornelius scampered for a 16-yard gain. In desperation, Florida responded on the last play of the game with a failed hook and lateral play, which Auburn's defense was able to pick up and return for a score as time expired. The Gators, however, had one of the top defenses in the nation. Previous Season Next Season Record: 35-5 (13-3, ... Won National Semifinal versus #2 UCLA Won National Final versus #1 Ohio State. Tebow added a more conventional touchdown pass to Louis Murphy early in the third quarter. Conference: SEC (East Division) Conference Record: 7-1. Chris Leak struggled throughout the game, going 18 of 25 passing for 237 yards and one touchdown. Three plays later, a Tim Tebow designed sneak scored from 2 yards out, putting the Gators on the board with 1:45 left in the half. The Gators won their seventh SEC title by defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 38–28 in SEC Championship Game on December 2, 2006, then defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 41–14 in the BCS National Championship Game on January 8, 2007, beginning the SEC's streak of seven consecutive national championships. Coach Urban Meyer, who was coaching in his first national championship game, took a timeout to compose his team after the inauspicious start. Florida overcame the toughest schedule in the nation by opponent winning percentage to become national champions. The teams traded three and outs, and punts, throughout the third quarter, which gave the Gators a 20-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Gators strengthened their lead to 17–8 on a Tim Tebow run. Knowing this had sealed the win, Meyer began pumping his fist, and gesturing the Florida crowd to get noisy. Find out more. Leak found Dallas Baker on a 21-yard touchdown pass to strengthen Florida's lead, and safety Reggie Nelson picked off John Parker Wilson's pass and took it 70 yards for the score to put the game out of reach. DeShawn Wynn added 86 yards on the ground to help the Gators maintain a steady attack. Kicker Chris Hetland continued to struggle, missing a 28-yard field goal. The Gators came into the game favored by three points. Freshman receiver Percy Harvin had a coming-out game with a 58-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring, en route to a 4-catch, 99-yards receiving day. Freshman Tim Tebow took over for the majority of the second half, going 10–12 passing, for 200 yards, and two touchdowns. Florida won the toss and elected to defer the option to the second half, giving Ohio State the ball first.
Troy Smith and the Buckeyes marched back on the field, hoping to tie the game. Tailback Antonio Pittman weaved through the Gators' defense on the next play, for an 18-yard touchdown run, pulling the Buckeyes to within a touchdown. The game changed for good, on the next Ohio State possession. The Gators led 17–7 heading into the half. Among the Gators' recent national championships, the Florida Gators men's basketball team won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournaments, and the Florida Gators football team won 2007 BCS National Championship Game in football, all in the space of 366 days. ( ); : As the Gators came into their annual rivalry game with Georgia, they were heavily favored.
Chris Leak remained extremely sharp, going four of five passing on the drive, for 44 yards. It was the Gators' first shutout since blanking Mississippi State on September 29, 2001. From there, the Gators offense stagnated for most of the first half.
Leak again rallied the team, but it was freshman Tim Tebow who made a huge play when he converted a crucial fourth down inside Tennessee territory. Leak came back into the game, and continued his strong play, finding Dallas Baker again for a 21-yard touchdown pass which would eventually prove to be the game winning score.
Tebow appeared to be running yet again, but pitched the ball to wide receiver Andre Caldwell who then threw a touchdown pass to tight end Tate Casey which proved to give the Gators a big enough lead to win their first conference championship in six years. Leak rebounded to finish 21-of-30 for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. DeShawn Wynn, who was in Urban Meyer's doghouse early in Meyer's tenure at Florida, carried the ball 8 times on the drive, picking up several key first downs to keep the clock running. As such, the official record for Alabama is 0–7 (0–6). The season opened in the Swamp against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. However, Wynn was stopped on a 3rd and 8 play, for only 2 yards. Florida (11–1) won its third straight against Florida State and improved to 6–0 against its three main rivals—Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State—in Meyer's two seasons. The momentum changed yet again, this time in Florida's favor. Some school's results have been altered by retroactive NCAA penalties. On second down and goal, from the Ohio State four-yard line, Florida ran an option play, in which Chris Leak pitched the ball to freshman star Percy Harvin who fought his way in for a four-yard touchdown.  The attendance of 90,714 was two shy of the stadium record. The victory did not help much in the Bowl Championship Series standings, leaving the Gators looking for assistance to get to the title game, which would come the following weekend. Florida's defense, which had been touted as one of the best in the SEC, lived up to their billing, stifling the Georgia offense for the entire first half. Florida scored on their first possession of the game, moving the ball very effectively with a blend of running and passing. The game did not start well for the Gators however. Many people had speculated that because of Spurrier's hiring as the South Carolina Gamecocks coach he would be booed, but instead he received a very loud ovation during the ceremony.. With 8 minutes remaining in the game, the Gators were determined to end the game and give the school a national championship. Before the game, it was announced that star defensive lineman Marcus Thomas was kicked off the team for the remainder of the year. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The fourth ranked Gators took on the eighth ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2006 SEC Championship Game. The 2006–07 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2006–07 college basketball season.The Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Are you a Stathead, too? Coach: Urban Meyer (13-1) Points For: 416. Record: 13-1 (2nd of 119) (Schedule & Results), Bowl Game: Won BCS Championship 41-14 versus Ohio State. , The Gators celebrated the ten-year anniversary of winning their 1996 national championship in football during the opening game against Southern Miss. Spurrier had made two well-received public visits to the stadium earlier in the year as a part of the national championship anniversary celebration and to be enshrined in the Gators' Ring of Honor. Record: 13-1 (2nd of 119 ) (Schedule & Results) Rank: 1st in the Final AP poll. Like in their other 3 SEC victories, the Gators fell behind in the first half, allowing an LSU touchdown drive after a fumble on the opening drive. Leak would later be named the game's most valuable player.
Among the attendees was Steve Spurrier, who coached the team to its only championship that season who was at the time coaching at the University of South Carolina. The Gators again continued their relentless pressure on Troy Smith, sacking him several times, and pressuring him into bad throws. Ohio State was now in a deep hole, trailing by ten with six minutes to go in the half. The season was the second for head coach Urban Meyer, who led the Gators to an SEC Championship, a BCS National Championship, and an overall win-loss record of 13–1 (.929). After two Tim Tebow runs up the middle, Florida faced a third down and goal on the Ohio State one-yard line. Under extreme pressure yet again, Troy Smith attempted to scramble outside of the pocket, but was caught by defensive end and special teams hero Jarvis Moss, who stripped Smith of the football. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, November 2, 9:42AM.
Chris Leak's third pass attempt of the game was intercepted by the Golden Eagles, who scored on a 6-yard Damion Carter pass to Jeremy Young 3 plays later. Florida used a timeout to draw up a play for Tebow, who remained in the game. , Most of the starters returned from a 2005 team that went 9–3 and they were bolstered by a top-rated recruiting class the previous February. Florida's defense continued to stifle Georgia throughout the second half, until late in the third quarter.
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