Gators Win "Battle on the Bayou"
Tim Tebow was ready to play in Death Valley - Leading #1 Florida over #4 LSU 13-to-3.
Two weeks after suffering a concussion, Tebow - with plenty of help from the Gators' swarming defense - silenced the largest crowd in the history of Tiger Stadium with a 13-3 victory Saturday night.
The day began with Tebow's status uncertain for what looked like the defending national champions' toughest regular-season test. By the time it was over, Tebow had thrown a touchdown pass and Brandon Spikes had led a Florida defense that sacked Jordan Jefferson five times.
"I'm feeling great," Tebow said. "The doctors did a great job. I just want to thank them for the work they put in on me the last two weeks, our trainers, and then all the fans that were praying for me."
Florida (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) has won 15 straight games, the best in the nation. LSU (5-1, 3-1) had its 32-game winning streak in Saturday night home games snapped.
Tebow completed 11 of 16 passes for 134 yards with an interception, and ran for 38 yards on 17 carries. Far from his best game, but more than good enough. After a conservative start, he bounced off tacklers, scrambled
away from pass rushers and generally looked like the guy Florida fans have grown to adore and SEC defenses have not quite figured out how to stop.
"You know Tim," coach Urban Meyer said. "It was, 'Let me
play. Let me play.' Nonstop." Tebow was cleared to play before he arrived at Tiger Stadium.
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