GAINESVILLE -- Before we break down the report card from UF 49, UGA 10 and hand out percentages Urban-Meyer style, let's give out Player of the Game awards.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
UF junior quarterback Tim Tebow earns Gator Clause's offensive player of the game award after accounting for five touchdowns, including three rushing touchdowns. Tebow's eight-yard run on a sprained ankle gave UF a 35-3 lead with 3:29 left in the third quarter. Tebow completed 10-of-13 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Tebow's 44-yard pass to Louis Murphy gave UF a 28-3 lead. The 25-yard touchdown throw to a wide-open Percy Harvin was a great play call. Tebow also rushed for 39 yards on 12 carries.
Is Tebow back in the Heisman Trophy discussion? Hope so. I always enjoy a free trip to New York.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
UF sophomore cornerback Joe Haden's interception and 88-yard interception return was the play of the game. It led to Tebow's one-yard touchdown run with 7:51 left in the third quarter and tipped the game's momentum to the Gators. Haden was named the defensive player of the week by the Southeastern Conference. In addition to the interception, Haden led the Gators in tackles with 10 and also broke up a pass.
Is Haden an All-American candidate? Haden is second on the team with 50 tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE GAME
UF sophomore punter Chas Henry placed 3-of-4 punts inside the 20. He averaged 40 yards per punt, including a 54-yarder.
QUARTERBACKS 97 percent
Subtract three points for UF quarterback Tim Tebow's poor pass in the first half, which would have been a UGA interception had the play not been nullified by a UGA penalty. Tebow managed the game well. UF back-up quarterback John Brantley entered the game in the fourth quarter and looked impressive. He completed 3-of-4 passes for 34 yards.
RUNNING BACKS 89 percent
Georgia held UF running backs Chris Rainey and Jeffery Demps to 30 yards combined on 13 carries. Redshirt sophomore running back Emmanuel Moody entered the game in the fourth quarter and rushed for a game-high 71 yards on seven carries.
Did Moody earn more carries for his performance against UGA?
RECEIVERS 96 percent
UF junior Percy Harvin receiver had 91 all-purpose yards, including 52 yards receiving on three receptions. He also rushed for 39 yards on four carries. He rushed for a touchdown and caught another. UF senior receiver Louis Murphy only had one catch but it was an important one, a 44-yard touchdown.
OFFENSIVE LINE 95 percent
The Gators' scatbacks never broke a long run but the offensive line allowed just one sack. In 2007, Georgia sacked Tebow six times.
PLAY CALLING 98 percent
Sometimes playing conservatively is the best call, especially when Georgia's offense is self-destructing. Subtract two points for the late-game timeouts.
DEFENSIVE LINE 99 percent
UGA running back Knowshon Moreno was held to 65 yards on 17 carries. Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford was never given time in the pocket and he tossed three interceptions.
LINEBACKERS 98 percent
UF junior linebacker Brandon Spikes got things going early with a big open-field tackle on Moreno. Dustin Doe played inspired football, deflecting two passes on back-to-back plays and later intercepting Stafford.
SECONDARY 98 percent
Cornerback Joe Haden's interception changed the game and safety Ahmad Black's interception started the celebration. Georgia exploited the Gators' secondary in 2007 but in 2008 UF returned the favor.