Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tebow Game in Review: Tennessee

"As hard as he's ever played." That's how Urban Meyer described Tim Tebow's effort versus the Vols. The stats don't tell the story.

Passing: 14 of 19 for 115 yards, with zero TDs (snapping a 30-game streak) and that iffy INT to Berry.

Rushing: Team-high 24 carries (more than the rest of the team combined) for 76 yards (3.2 ypc) and a TD.

His biggest moment was halfway through the 3rd quarter, Gators up 16-6 and stuck at 3rd and 3 on their own 38. In a broken play, Tebow tiptoed ("The Tiptoe") for a 1st down. The Gators scored to shut the door on the pesky Vols.

The most disappointing moment was early in the 4th quarter. Gators up 23-6, in full control and driving deep into Vols territory. 2nd and 6 at UT's 13, Tebow again faced a broken play, wiggled around the left side and plunged inside the 5. Leaving the ball unprotected, he coughed it up, Tennessee recovered, then marched down the field. Instead of 30-6, it was 23-13.

Still: Given that they were playing against the best defensive schemer in college football and facing a grinder of a situation, Meyer's take is right. Tebow and Co. worked for this one.

The last word goes to Monte Kiffin:

"I kept saying (over the headset), 'He's bound to get tired, he's bound to get tired, he's bound to get tired,' but he never did."

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