Tebow has career day in farewell

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NEW ORLEANS --- Tim Tebow rose above all the distractions caused by coach Urban Meyer's uncertain future and capped a storied college career with his finest performance. It was the best in BCS history, too.

Florida's Tim Tebow (left), who passed for 482 yards and three touchdowns vs. Cincinnati, celebrates with Mike Pouncey.  Associated Press
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Florida's Tim Tebow (left), who passed for 482 yards and three touchdowns vs. Cincinnati, celebrates with Mike Pouncey.

Tebow threw for a career-high 482 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 51 yards and another score, and fifth-ranked Florida overwhelmed No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 Friday night in the Sugar Bowl.

For the Gators (13-1), this certainly was The Big Easy.

Florida's most anticipated season ever ended in New Orleans instead of Pasadena. It came against Cincinnati (13-1) instead of Texas.

None of that mattered in the Louisiana Superdome.

Tebow wouldn't let it.

He led the Gators to scores on their first five possessions and finished with 533 yards --- more than anyone in Bowl Championship Series history.

Florida became the first school in the Football Bowl Subdivision to win 13 games in consecutive seasons.

The Gators had hoped to repeat as national champions, but a 32-13 loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game knocked them out of the title picture.

Things got worse when Meyer announced his resignation last Saturday, three weeks after being rushed to the hospital because of chest pain. Meyer changed his mind the following day, and instead said he would take an indefinite leave of absence.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/02/10 - 03:56 am
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Cincinnati is a fine team

Cincinnati is a fine team with top players and coach. SEC football is different from any other conference and playing the cream of the league isn't like playing Pittsburg or Oregon St.

DaGatorBoy60
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DaGatorBoy60 01/02/10 - 04:37 am
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That was fun! Godspeed Tim

That was fun! Godspeed Tim and Coach Meyer. It's-Great-to-be-a-Florida Gator!

gogbd
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gogbd 01/02/10 - 08:41 am
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All of college football will

All of college football will miss a player like Tebow

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/02/10 - 08:57 am
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I wonder how many more of

I wonder how many more of these mismatches we have to endorse before the powers that be quit giving these "undefeated" teams like Hawaii/Cinn/Boise State a place in the BSC games??

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willienelson 01/02/10 - 09:10 am
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just the facts, in my opinion

just the facts, in my opinion you can add Ohio State to that list. In order to finally get them a win in a bowl game, they had to be mismatched by some even weaker conference. Want a serious play off. Let the top 3 SEC teams play all of the other conference winners. Start the playoffs one week after the season ends and play until everyone is eliminated. I support Tim Tebow as the best player in college football. I love my DAWGS!!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/02/10 - 09:21 am
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Playoff don't seem workable

Playoff don't seem workable to me, but it seems we could get better matchups. At least the Rose Bowl was exciting. The Sugar was terrible.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/02/10 - 12:02 pm
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I think the first thing the

I think the first thing the BCS people should do is eliminate the automatic-bid placements of teams that win their conferences. What good does it do to match an 8-4 team against a 12-0 team? Just because the 8-4 team is the winner of their sorry conference? And forget the automatic placements for the Rose Bowl. That's one thing that's throwing a monkey wrench into the rest of the equations. Alright...if they insist on having the winner of the conferences in there, then make it where they HAVE to be in the top 10, at least. Otherwise, simply have 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4, 5 vs 6, and so on. Those should be some good matchups. And, if the day finally comes, matchup the winners of 1 vs 2 against the winner of 3 vs 4, or some other arrangement (1 vs 3 and 2 vs 4?). Whatever. BTW, glad Tebow is finally gone. I had to take a 6-pack of Pepto-Bismol last night....a Tebow-cam?? Really? Now, how can people really, honestly, realistically, not see that this is just pure man-love that is way over the top?? See ya, Tebow. I'll admit that you were good and that the man-love stuff was not your fault. If you didn't have an ego-maniac for a coach, your stats wouldn't have been as high though.

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smartie 01/02/10 - 12:09 pm
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this dawg says that tebow is

this dawg says that tebow is deserving of a trophy named after himself. he's embodied everything great about college football, and nothing negative. i'll never forget his proclamation after the mississippi game last year. he delivered on it. he's been the most admirable young man i've seen in college sports in a long time. congratulations on a stellar career. mark my word, he'll be a great pro quarterback. he's got tremendous heart.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/03/10 - 12:26 am
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Chomp Chomp.. Gooooo Tebow...

Chomp Chomp.. Gooooo Tebow... He will be greatly missed and I hope for all the best to him in his professional career and life itself. He's a good person!

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