Nov. 24, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two scores and carried the 12th-ranked Gators to a 45-12 victory over the Seminoles on Saturday night.
Tebow led the Gators (9-3) to touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, staking them to big lead that eased the pressure on Florida’s young defense that has struggled much of the year.
Percy Harvin did his part, too. After missing the last two games because of migraine headaches, Harvin returned and ran 16 times for 157 yards. He scored on a 24-yard run with 3 minutes to play.
Tebow and Harvin burned the Seminoles (7-5) all over the field, helping extend Florida’s dominance in the series.
The Gators have won four in a row, the longest streak since winning their sixth straight in 1986.
With Tebow and Harvin on board for at least another year, Florida State’s outlook for ending the streak doesn’t look so promising.
Tebow finished 19-of-28 for 262 yards. The sophomore also carried 13 times for 89 yards.
Tebow ran around and over defenders all game, and stirred the crowd into a frenzy after every big play.
He had most of the 90,664 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium chanting “Tebow, Heisman” with 5:37 to play.
Maybe Geno Hayes should have joined in. Florida State’s junior linebacker said early in the week that Tebow was “going down” Saturday.
Hayes was right, sort of.
Tebow went down the field and down in history.
His second rushing touchdown gave him 22 for the season, tying the NCAA record for a quarterback. Chance Harridge of Air Force also had 22 in 2002.