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The difference between Florida and Tennessee: Tim Tebow

GAINESVILLE -- Well, you're going to have to wait until the morning (Or whenever they post it on the web tonight.) to read my game story, but I'll give you guys a hint: Saturday's win was all about No.15.

Tebow's final stat line: 14 of 19 passing for 115 yards, one fumble and one interception. Most importantly, Tebow rushed for 76 yards ON 24 CARRIES! His one-yard rushing score gave UF a 10-3 lead in the first quarter. (Not exactly the kind of stat line you want for your quarterback.)

According to Florida coach Urban Meyer, some Florida's best players were sick this week with the flu. Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, tight end Aaron Hernandez and running back Jeff Demps all played ill, according to Meyer, who said Demps had a fever of 101 degrees. Demps rushed for 31 yards on four carries, including a seven-yard touchdown to essentially ice the game at 23-6.

(Yeah, it seemed kind of like Meyer was making excuses during the post-game press conference.) 

UF linebacker Brandon Spikes played with an injured Achilles heel, according to Meyer. That explains Spikes' poor start to the begin the season. He missed several tackles on Saturday before he was taken out of the game. Senior linebacker Ryan Stamper moved from weak-side linebacker to interior linebacker and finished the game with 12 tackles.

Joe Haden and, of course, Ahmad Black had interceptions in the second half.

My prediction for this game (34-6) was looking pretty good until Tebow fumbled on the two-yard line in the fourth quarter. Oh, well. Much more on this game tomorrow. Off to watch the end of Auburn-West Virginia.

-jo- 

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