Capital One Bowl: Michigan Wins, Heisman Jinx Continues

Tim PollockSenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2008

Urban Meyer has been talking about next year’s Florida team quite a bit lately. 

Meyer thinks his team has a good chance to make a title run in 2009. 

But it looks like he forgot his Gators still had one game left this year. 

Plain and simple, Michigan outplayed, outsmarted, and out-coached the Florida Gators on New Year’s Day. 

The Wolverines simply wanted it more—and no one was going to take the game from them.

The Wolverines offense was brilliant.  The defense was just as good, harassing Tim Tebow all day and forcing him into bad throws, en route to his worst statistical game of the year. 

Speed in the SEC?  Michigan looked faster—and hit harder. 

As much as Michigan did well, however, they did turn the ball over four times.  Yet despite the turnovers, Florida couldn’t pull off the win.  After the Gators briefly took a 35-31 lead, Florida defensive backs were torched yet again, as Henne and Co. responded with a touchdown-scoring drive in under two minutes, putting Michigan back up 38-35. 

Then the Heisman jinx took over.

Down three points with over four minutes to play, Tim Tebow looked to march his Gators down the field for a win.  After four plays produced four yards, the Gators’ potent offense gave it over on downs.   

Amazingly, Michigan gave Florida a chance to win the game for a second time, as the Wolverines ran three running plays with no success and settled for a field goal, bringing the score to 41-35. 

In other words, the perfect scenario for a Heisman quarterback to lead his team to a one-point win. 

Gator fans relaxed. Surely you can’t give Superman two chances to win the game.

Apparently, you can.

With over two minutes to play—and only trailing by six—Tebow jogged onto the field with visions of a comeback victory in his head. 

Four plays and zero yards later, Touchdown Timmy jogged back to the sideline with a loss firmly in hand. 

Tebow had an unbelievable year—and I think he rightfully deserved the Heisman—but eight plays for four yards? 


Blame the play-calling all you want, but Tebow is ultimately responsible for his team’s offensive success.  And given two opportunities to win a game for his team, he failed.  Miserably. 

Tebow has yet to lead his team to a comeback finish.  He has yet to run a two-minute drill down the field, leading his team to a win.   

It has to make you wonder:  Is Tebow strictly a fantasy player, only good for fun stats at which to marvel? 

Based on today’s performance, would you want Tebow as your quarterback if you needed a touchdown from 80 yards away, all the pressure in the world, and a few minutes left?