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Final: UF 59, FAU 20

GAINESVILLE -- Had to write my football stories for the newspaper. Now I'm inside the O'Dome watching the basketball team.

BELOW IS THE FOOTBALL GAME BLOG...

Defensive back-ups in now for Florida with nine minutes left in the game. Georgia leads Kentucky, which is bad news for Florida fans but good news if you want to see Florida play Ron Zook and the Fighting Zookers in a bowl game.

Cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis appears to have injured his left hand with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

Florida freshman tight end Aaron Hernandez with a brillant one-handed catch in the end zone to give the Gators a 49-20 lead with 5:16 left in the third. Three touchdowns passing and a career-high 323 yards for Tebow.

Caldwell with 12 catches already today, a career high.

Florida's defense actually makes a stop, holding FAU on fourth-and-one at the UF 44. Urban Meyer screaming and cheering on his defense now. Way too much emotion for the FAU game, Urb. Gotta be SEC elitist cool when facing the Owls.

Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith threw for 247 yards in the first half but none of it was to Florida cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis' side of the field. FAU is scared of Wondy.

Florida opens the second half with a quick scoring drive. Kestahn Moore caps the four-play sequence with a six-yard touchdown run. Moore with two rushing touchdowns on the day. Wondering if Tebow plays the entire second half. Probably, that's how badly Florida's defense is playing today.

Florida freshman defensive lineman Mike Pouncey injured and walking into the locker room with trainers.

Cornelius Ingram cathes everything...including his second touchdown of the half to give Florida a 35-20 lead with nine seconds on the clock.

Another catch by Caldwell and The Swamp gives the fifth-year senior a standing ovation for setting all-time receptions record.

Caldwell ties the all-time receptions record (172) with 1:02 left in the half.

Gritty FAU still clinging to hope here at Florida Field. Rusty Smith makes like Tim Tebow and rushes for a one-yard score. Florida 28, FAU 20; 1:13. This just in...Florida's defense has now allowed 51 points to Sun Belt teams.

Tebow rushes for his 20th touchdown, breaking the single-season SEC record. Tebow is now the only player in the history of the NCAA to rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season. Florida 28, FAU 13; 4:55. The scoring drive was set up by 40-yard pass from Tebow to Caldwell. Caldwell with seven catches now, or one away from tying Carlos Alvarez's record.

FAU not going away. Warley kicks a 43-yard field goal to make it 21-13.

More important than this game (no offense FAU fans), but Kentucky is beating Georgia 10-0...

Haden appears to have injured his shoulder making a tackle. Markihe Anderson in and FAU immediate throws to his side.

Terrible pass from Tebow. Intended for Louis Murphy but intercepted by Corey Small. That's the 18th consecutive game FAU's defense has intercepted a pass. Florida's Major Wright, the Tebow of the defense (according to Meyer) just missed a tackle...make that two tackles and Florida Atlantic scores its first touchdown, a 20-yard pass from Rusty Smith to Cortez Smith. Florida 21, FAU 10; 10:25.

Florida Atlantic gets on the board with a 40-yard field goal from Warley Leroy. Nice name. Florida 21, FAU 3; 13:00 in the second quarter.

Nice touchdown catch by Cornelius Ingram (four yards) to give Florida a 21-0 lead. This Tebow kid is pretty good.

Tim Tebow just got blown up a split second after a shovel pass to Aaron Hernandez. Cam Newton now in a quarterback while Tebow figures out where he is. Nice play by Tebow holding onto the ball until the last possible moment.

Florida's Joey Sorrentino (walk-on alert!!!) blocks an FAU punt and Markus Manson returns it 19 yards for a touchdown. Florida 14, FAU 0; 6:08. This is going to be a long game.

Florida freshman cornerback Joe Haden is having a great first quarter with three pass break-ups in two drives.

Florida takes the lead with a nine-yard run from Kestahn Moore. The scoring drive (85 yards in four minutes) featured four catches from Andre Caldwell, who is now four catches away from the record. Tebow is perfect (6-of-6) so far against the Owls. Hoot cares?!? Florida 7, FAU 0; 8:39.

Two Tebow passes. Two Andre Caldwell catches. Florida's all-time receptions record is only six catches away now.

Florida Atlantic's fight name is the Owls. That's a great name. Howard Schnellenberger hates that name. Can't imagine why. The Fighting Owls ... now there's a great name. In related news, the game is under way and there's a few line-up changes to report. Jarred Fayson just returned the Gators first punt for three yards. Where is Brandon James, the kick return extraordinary? Maybe's he's in trouble. That would explain why he didn't want to speak with any reporters this week...(and Markus Manson moved to running back.)

Noon game vs. Florida Atlantic? This is a recipe for disinterest. But never mind that, here we are in The Swamp in our favorite press box seat. Florida Field is freshly painted and Florida Atlantic is looking very oceanic. That made no sense but it does rhyme...Off to find Percy Harvin, I'll be back for kickoff. 

-jo-

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"Terrible pass from Tebow. Intended for Louis Murphy but intercepted by Corey Small."

Frankly, those of us who are Gator/Tebow fans were shocked at that throw/interception. What? TT is fallible? However, order has been restored to the universe. In his post game comments, TT revealed that he suffered a cut on his throwing hand just prior to that play, and the blood caused the ball to slip on that throw.

While we're relieved that TT didn't just make a bad throw on his own, we're a little nonplussed to find out that Tim bleeds like other mortals.............

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