"A lot of your dreams of the year are crashing. Those emotions are hitting you, those feelings are hitting you. It's hard. It’s tough to deal with. Just sitting there watching them get first down and then first down winding the clock and knowing you can’t do anything about it."
As noted here post-game: Frustration. Disappointment. On an epic scale.
(The frustration of "watching them get a first down" was foreshadowed on Saturday during the Heisman media availability, when Tebow used the word "friggin'" to describe the way Alabama's offense marched on Florida's defense.)
Tebow mentioned being upset over how Florida let it get to the point where Alabama put it out of reach.
It doesn't look like any of the beat reporters asked the logical follow-up question: To what extent did Tebow blame the defense? Because he seems to edge towards assessing responsibility.
It is unclear whether "you can't do anything about it" in the context of allowing Alabama to get "first down and then first down" means that he was frustrated that he, personally, couldn't do anything... or that "you" means that the entire team -- by association, the defense -- couldn't do anything about it.
The loss is still obviously acute for the team, but it already feels like it is receding into history -- not without season-imploding impact, but there's nothing you, me or Tebow can do to change it now.
More from Tebow yesterday at practice:
"I don't think you ever get over a loss. It's going to hurt, hurt for a while. But I think we're over the point where we're feeling sorry for ourselves and we're getting back to work and working hard to get ready for a good Cincinnati team.h/t: G'ville Sun
"It was just frustrating that we let that game get to that point, how we weren't at least in it at the very end. That was uncharacteristic of our team, of Coach Meyer and myself and everybody.
"It's not how I wanted it to end. It was just a hurtful time. A lot of your dreams for the year are crashing and you know that. Those emotions are hitting you. It's tough to deal with, especially when you care so much. You're sitting there and you can't do anything about it.
"It would be a good season, but obviously not what we wanted. It's something we need to do, show some character and finish strong. When you get knocked down, you've got to get back up. It shows your character."