Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel
September 27, 2008
WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
THE BUZZ: Everything went wrong for the Gators late in the game, from a blocked extra point to Shay Hodge's 86-yard touchdown to Tim Tebow's failed 4th-and-1 conversion in the last minute. This is the only game during the regular season in which the Gators trailed. Florida went 1-of-11 on third-down conversion, and Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead threw for two touchdowns and 185 yards.
KEY PLAY: On 4th-and-1 with 40 seconds left, the Gators botched plans for a 49-yard field goal in favor of Tebow's running ability. Ole Miss put 11 in the box and stopped the run, at the time reducing Florida's chances for a national title.
STARS: Wide receiver Percy Harvin touched the ball 23 times for 268 total offensive yards, including 13 receptions and two touchdowns.
STATS: Ole Miss has defeated Florida in three of the last four meetings, and the Gators fumbled five times against the Rebels, three for a loss.
QUOTE: "You have never seen any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of this season and you'll never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of this season, and you'll never see a team play harder than we will the rest of this season." -quarterback Tim Tebow