Saturday, September 19, 2009

Game Day Flashback: Tennessee, 2006

Tim Tebow, and all the senior Gators, have their final game against Tennessee and have the possibility of being 4-0 against the Vols, much like Danny Wuerffel and his teammates (That's right, Peyton Manning never beat the Gators ... and we still love that stat).

So as we wait half the day for the game to start at 3:30pm, it's worth looking at Tebow's first play as a freshman.

Just less than eight minutes remaining, down 20-14 at Tennessee facing fourth-and-1 on Tennessee's 28-yard line, and Florida coach Urban Meyer calls a timeout to discuss what to do.

But there was no doubt in his mind what he was going to call. Meyer would send in his then-freshman quarterback to run the ball with the game on the line.

“There was really no hesitation. When I said it over the headset, it wasn’t, ‘Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa,’ and sometimes that happens, but it was just an unbelievable moment for Florida football,” Meyer said.


That’s how quarterback Tim Tebow’s now-legendary career began, with a 2-yard rush to pick up the first down late in the game in front of a packed Neyland Stadium back in 2006.

The Gators finished off the drive with the game-winning touchdown and left Knoxville with a 21-20 victory on their way to the BCS national championship.


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