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Florida Gators-Troy Trojans: Sloppy Second for the Gators

JC De La TorreAnalyst IIISeptember 12, 2009

As preseason games go, the sloppy and wet first quarter of this one would be one the top ranked Florida Gators would like to forget. Turnovers, dropped passes, and poor protection plagued the Gators in the first period, meaning many around the country began to follow this one.

With the Gators clinging to a 7-3 lead after one quarter of play and a turnover setting up the men of Troy deep in Gator territory, everyone's upset radars began to beep.

Superman Tim Tebow would have none of that. The Heisman Trophy winning Senior quarterback led Florida to 28 second-quarter points to blow the ballgame open and give Florida a 35-3 edge heading into half time.

After a botch snap robbed the Trojans of a point blank field goal attempt, Tebow capped a five play 65-yard drive with a 36 yard scoring pass to Riley Cooper to make it 14-3 Florida.

A three-and-out by Troy would give the ball back to the Gators and Florida went right back down the field, driving to the four-yard line where Tebow took it in.

After Gator corner Janoris Jenkins picked off his first pass of the season, Tebow would go to air, finding Deonte Thompson for a 33 yard score and a 28-3 lead. It was Thompson's second touchdown catch of the game but he would be injured on the play.

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Troy would turn the ball over again and Gators running back Jeff Demps would make them pay, weaving and bobbing his way to a 24 yard touchdown.

Tebow would add another touchdown pass in the third quarter and Chris Rainey would score to give Florida a 49-3 edge.

The Gators would empty their bench from there and go on to finish off the 56-6 win.

Tebow would finish 15-for-24 for 237 yards and four touchdowns. He would also rush for 71 yards and a score.

Florida opens their SEC schedule next week at the Swamp against rivals Tennessee. To win that game, the Gators will need to be much better with the football. Florida turned the ball over three times in the rain.

The Gator defense rebounded from a lackluster effort against Charleston Southern, limiting the Trojans to just 139 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.

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