Auburn-Florida: Tim Tebow Finds His Kryptonite
Freshman Wes Byrum kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tigers a 20-17 victory over the fourth-ranked Florida Gators.
The kick came on Bryum's second attempt, after Florida head coach Urban Meyer had tried to ice the youngster before his first try.
The Gators have lost only two games in the past two seasons—both to Auburn.
Tim Tebow, or "Superman" as he's been called in Gainesville, didn't deliver his usual stellar performance. Tebow passed for 201 yards and rushed for 75, but failed to lead his team to victory.
Auburn RBs Ben Tate and Mario Fannin both fought hard on the ground; each rushed for over 60 yards. Junior Rodgeriqus Smith caught nine passes for 102 yards.
The game's biggest playmaker—and biggest surprise—was Auburn QB Brandon Cox, who passed for 227 yards on 17 completions.
Poor performances had left the fifth-year senior with a tenuous hold on his job, but Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville handed the reins to Cox in the Swamp.
The QB didn't disappoint—and looks to have redeemed himself in the eyes of Auburn fans.
The Tigers defense also deserves credit. Even without Quentin Groves, Auburn held Florida to only 111 yards on the ground, less then half of what the Gators produced against Mississippi last week.
The Tigers used the game's closing minutes to set up the winning field goal. Tate ran for 18 yards on the final drive, and Cox twice found Smith for 16 yards.
Byrum delivered when it counted—even in the face of Meyer's wily timeout.
After his 43-yard game-winner, Byrum mockingly performed the "Gator Chomp" in front of 90,000 shocked Gator fans.
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(AP Photos/Chris O'Meara/Phil Sandlin)
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