Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flashback: Tim Tebow vs. Troy 09/08/07

The last time Florida played Troy, it was the 2nd game of the Gators' 2007 season. Tim Tebow wasn't a clear Heisman front-runner -- yet -- but his game against Troy boosted his cred:

Passing: 18/25 for 236 yards with 3 TDs (Harvin, Ingram, Fayson) and 0 INTs

Rushing: Team-leading 95 yards on team-leading 17 carries (5.5 ypc) with 2 TDs, including a 3-yard run late in the 1st quarter to break a 7-7 game and start the Gators' offensive explosion, plus a 16-yard TD run late in the 4th to finish the Gators' 59-31 romp.

The Troy game takeaway: It foreshadowed Tebow's dominance the rest of the season -- both statistically and as the linchpin of Florida's scoring offense.

(At the same time, Troy's 31 points foreshadowed the greenness of the young and rebuilding Florida defense, which would hurt Florida throughout the rest of the season. I was at the Troy game in the Swamp, and aside from fans marveling at Tebow, they were concerned about the D.)

The 5 totals TDs built on Tebow's 4 TDs (3 pass/1 rush) in the season-opening win over Western Kentucky -- and established Tebow as THE must-see offensive player in the country.

The question for today: Will Tebow top 2007's 5 combined TDs? If Florida gets out to a big lead, how many extra plays will Urban Meyer give Tebow and the 1st-team offense, to get things aligned for next week's absurdly anticipated match-up with Tennesee.

4 hours 'til kickoff...

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