Tebow Goes Out With A Bang
by Dave Congrove
January 1, 2010
Tim Tebow's final game was one for the record books. Tebow passed for 482 yards and 3 TD's, and ran for 51 yards and a score, as Florida trounced previously unbeaten Cincinnati 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl.
Tebow broke Vince Young's record of 467 total yards in a BCS game with 533 and the Gators churned up 659 yards of offense as a team.
Tebow completed his first 12 passes and finished 31-of-35. He wraps up his career with 145 total touchdowns (88 passing, 57 running).
Florida jumped out to a 23-0 lead before Cincinnati got on the scoreboard with a field goal. It was 30-3 at halftime and 44-10 at the end of three quarters.
You could have called this the "Coaching Confusion Bowl". First, Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong gets hired by Louisville on December 9. Next, Brian Kelly leaves Cincinnati for Notre Dame on December 11. Then, Urban Meyer's resignation is announced on December 26, only to be amended to an indefinite leave of absence the next day. Meyer and Strong coached in this game for Florida. Kelly was replaced by offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn who now leaves to be Buffalo's new head coach while the Bearcats welcome in Butch Jones.
None of it seemed to affect Florida negatively. The Gators were on a mission (pardon the pun, Tim).
Tony Pike was about the only thing that worked at all for Cincinnati. The senior QB somehow managed to complete 27-of-45 for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns, even without his normal play-calling head coach on the sideline.
Florida raised its bowl record to 18-19 while Cincinnati dropped to 5-6.