GAINESVILLE First quarter in the books here at The Swamp. The Gators are leading Florida International 14-0 behind an interception return by Brandon Spikes and a long touchdown run by quarterback Tim Tebow.
Spikes returned an interception by FIU's Paul McCall for a 41-yard touchdown return. It was Spikes second interception return for a touchdown this season. He's had four interception returns for touchdowns in the last two seasons. According to UF's sports information people, he's the only person to accomplish that statistic.
Some of UF's back ups are already receiving playing time. Receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. of Hollywood caught a seven-yard pass near the end of the first quarter.
Tebow's touchdown run of 55 yards was the longest carry of his career. (Was that Tebow's Heisman moment? Against FIU? We kid.) Tebow rushed for 81 yards on four carries in the first quarter.
The Gators' passing game was a bit off in the first quarter. Chris Rainey dropped a touchdown pass and Tebow overthrew Brandon James in the end zone. Tebow also under threw Riley Cooper in the end zone.