Saturday November 17, 2007Football Powers Past Florida Atlantic, 59-20
Sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow (
In a day filled with highlights, senior receiver Andre Caldwell (
After forcing the Owls to punt on their first possession, junior running
back Kestahn Moore (
The Gators added another quick six after sophomore wide receiver Joey Sorrentino (
Following a three-and-out possession for the Owls, Tebow found junior
tight end Cornelius Ingram (Hawthorne, Fla.) in the end zone for a
four-yard touchdown reception with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter. Tebow
connected with four different receivers during the 74-yard, nine-play scoring
drive, giving the
The Owls added 13 straight points to the scoreboard in the second quarter. The first three points came from a 40-yard field goal completion by Warley Leroy with 12:55 remaining in the half. FAU regained possession at the Gators’ 37 yard line after Tebow’s pass was intercepted by defensive back Corey Small. They capitalized on the turnover when quarterback Rusty Smith connected with wide receiver Cortez Gent on a 20-yard touchdown pass play, narrowing the Gators’ lead 21-10 with 10:25 remaining. After forcing the Gators to punt, Leroy added another three points on a 43-yard field goal completion bringing the score to 21-13 with 7:18 remaining in the half.
The Gators answered to extend their lead, 28-13, with 5:04 remaining in
the half with a 2-yard touchdown run by Tebow.
The drive, spanning 69 yards in six plays, was highlighted by a 40-yard
The Owls put another seven on the scoreboard following a one-yard touchdown run by Smith with 1:13 remaining. It took only 1:04 for the Gators to expand their lead following a 63-yard, seven-play drive capped off with a 26-yard touchdown reception by Ingram with just nine seconds remaining. The score for Ingram marked the first time in his career that he had scored more than one touchdown in a game. The Gators led, 35-20, entering the locker room at the half.
The Gators opened the second half in impressive fashion beginning with a
22-yard kickoff return by junior wide receiver Louis Murphy (
After the Owls failed to convert on fourth and one, the Gators regained possession at their own 41-yard line. The Gators took advantage of the field position by mounting a 56-yard, nine-play scoring drive. The drive, lasting 4:28, ended with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Hernandez. The score marked the fifth game this season where Tebow has thrown for three or more touchdowns. With 5:16 remaining in the third quarter, the Gators controlled the game, 49-20.
Sophomore linebacker Ryan Stamper
The Gators will conclude their regular season when