Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel
December 6, 2008
WHERE: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Southeastern Conference title game
THE BUZZ: Alabama had imposed its will on the Gators for the most of the game, taking a 20-17 lead into the fourth quarter after a dominant third. But Tim Tebow orchestrated two fourth-quarter scoring drives for his first career come-from-behind victory after five tries. Alabama couldn't get a first down in the fourth quarter.
KEY PLAY: Riley Cooper's 5-yard touchdown reception with 2:50 left to cement the 31-20 win.
STARS: Who else? Tebow carried the Gators without Percy Harvin, who was out with a right ankle injury. With Alabama's defense pushing around the Gators' running attack early, Tebow passed for 216 yards and three touchdowns while gaining 56 yards on the ground.
STATS: In the previous four games, Alabama's defense had given up 28 points total before the Gators put up 31. Florida is now 7-2 in SEC title games.
QUOTE: "I've had some great players, and I've got some great players on this team. But I've never had one like this. Tim's got something special inside him. I'm not talking about throwing. I'm not talking about running. I'm talking about making everyone around him better. That fourth quarter was vintage Tim Tebow." --Florida Coach Urban Meyer