STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Pretty exciting game here in the beautiful state of Mississippi. Florida defeated Mississippi State 29-19 on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. Here's a link to my game story in Sunday's Miami Herald. LINK!
A record crowd of 57,178 watched Florida quarterback Tim Tebow tie former Georgia running back Herschel Walker's Southeastern Conference record of 49 career touchdown. Tebow rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries. He didn't throw a touchdown pass on Saturday, however, and completed 12 of 22 passing attempts with two touchdowns. After the game, Tebow refused to speak with reporters for the first time in his career.
Florida didn't look very good doing it but won its 17th straight game, which is the nation's longest current winning streak. Florida is 7-0 for the first time since 1996. Florida won at Mississippi State for the first time since 1985, breaking an 0-4 skid.
UF keeps on winning but how long will it last with the Gators struggling so mightily in the red zone? Florida was 1 of 6 converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. It's much more than a trend at this point. Now, it seems like a serious problem. In SEC play, Florida is 7 of 26 in converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns.
I asked Urban Meyer after the game who was calling the Gators' red-zone plays and he said, "When it doesn't work, I call them."
Meyer said red-zone scoring is a major problem and will be addressed immediately. He said he planned to begin correcting it "on the plane ride home."