In the 2008 SECCG against Alabama, a ball-control offense (like the one that 1983-85 Florida had) was beating Florida for three quarters. Florida was down 10-7 after 1 quarter and 20-17 after the third quarter. Tim Tebow had an 0-5 record when Florida was trailing in the 4th quarter. If not for a tremendous rally by Tebow, Meyer's 2008 Florida team would have tasted yet another defeat again. . Alabama vs. Florida - Game Recap - December 6, 2008 - ESPN In 2009, Alabama with their ball-controlling offense did deny Florida another national title opportunity. Alabama's Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and company ran for over 250 yards (3 rushing TDs) and had ball control passing by Greg McElroy (1 passing TD).Florida vs. Alabama - Box Score - December 5, 2009 - ESPN =================================== In another post, I will show how Florida-mid-80s is comparable and perhaps even more talented than Alabama's 2009 national title winning team which ended Florida's dominance in not only the SEC but also nationally. ================================== Now regarding Oklahoma's 2008 high octane offense that emphasized a no-huddle, passing game that generated their stats in the Big12 conference. There was another program (Southern Cal in 2004) that absolutely destroyed a similar OU attack which was led by another Heisman winning quarterback and a back by the name of Adrian Peterson. In 2008, Florida was very fortunate to win their game against a similarly talented Oklahoma team. Recall during that goal line stand by UF late in the 2nd, Oklahoma could have scored from the goal line had the sooners just tried running the ball more rather than trying to throw it several times with their hot-shot Heisman winning quarterback (Sam Bradford) into the end-zone from like the 1-yard line. OU had another prolific NFL running back in Demarus Murray (7000+ yards & 49 TDs with the Dallas Cowboys) but chose to not use him in that situation. That changed the complexion of the game and gave Florida momentum heading into the locker room. That game was tight also: 7-7 at half-time, 14-14 early in the 4th before Florida and Tebow slowly pulled away. Teams that can't run the ball in certain situations pay the price.