Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tebow Farewell Tour: Florida State

Every week marks one more farewell for Tim Tebow. Against an opponent. In a rival SEC town. He is a one-man Farewell Tour. Games to go: 3

Saturday, Tebow will play against rival Florida State one last time -- and, more emotionally, it is Tebow's final game ever at The Swamp. Let's look back at Tebow's history vs. FSU:

2006: 21-14 @FSU
Notable because: Quietest game of Tebow's career.
Tebow saw his most limited action of the season. He was on the field for five plays -- 4 runs for 3 total yards and one incomplete pass. No TDs. Amazingly, Tebow didn't merit even a mention in the game recap.

2007: 45-12 @UF
Notable because: FSU's Geno Hayes said Tebow was "going down." Whoops.
Instead, Tebow put an exclamation point on his Heisman campaign. Tebow accounted for 351 yards of offense (262 passing, with 3 TDs, 89 rushing with 2 TDs. His 2nd rushing TD tied the major college football record for TDs by a QB.)

Best quote: "We could not get him down. If he doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, it's because of the sophomore thing. But if he doesn't, he should win the next two years." (Bobby Bowden)

Meyer quote: "He's a great football player. I can't say enough about him and I think he's one of the finest players in America."

And Meyer, on Tebow's Heisman chances: ""I think Tim's one of the better players in America, but my opinion really doesn't matter. If I have the first draft pick, I kind of like who I've got."

Notably: Everyone -- fans, teammates, cheerleaders -- wanted Tebow to strike the "Heisman pose." He demurred, saying this: "I wasn't going to do it, but it was funny. Just trying to be humble and do it the right way."

2008: 45-15 @FSU
Notable because: That image of a rain-drenched Tebow, with the FSU crimson end-zone paint smeared over his face and jersey, looking like some kind of extra from "Braveheart."

In the sloppiest conditions that Florida had ever played in during the Tebow Era, Tebow accounted for 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) and 265 of Florida's 317 total yards of offense, including a team-high 16 carries (for 80 yards).

Quote of the Game: "If it was up to me, I probably would have run him 50 times." (Urban Meyer on Tebow)

MORE: Jeremy Fowler's recap of Tebow's history against FSU.

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