LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Tim Tebow threw for a career-high four
touchdowns and No. 14 Florida rebounded from back-to-back losses
with a 45-37 victory over No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday. It was the
Gators' 21st straight win against the Wildcats.
The victory puts the defending national champions back in the
Southeastern Conference title hunt despite their recent losses to
Auburn and LSU. The Gators (5-2, 3-2) are now tied with South
Carolina and Georgia for first in the SEC East.
Kentucky (6-2, 2-2), which knocked off then-No. 1 LSU in triple
overtime a week earlier, came into the game concerned Tebow's
Gators presented a bigger threat because of his running. The
Wildcats held him to 78 rushing yards, but the junior's left arm
proved far more problematic.
Tebow connected on 18 of 26 passes for 256 yards. He nearly had
a fifth TD pass, but Cornelius Ingram allowed the ball to slip
through his fingers. Tebow's previous career-high of three TDs came
earlier this year in games against Troy and Western Kentucky.
Although the Heisman candidate has long been heralded for his
versatility because of his running ability, he showed Saturday he
is also a versatile passer, able to connect both on long bombs and
At the end of the first quarter, Tebow dissected Kentucky's
double-coverage of Louis Murphy, hitting him stride as he ran
through the defenders and completed a 66-yard scoring play.
Just before halftime, Tebow showed finesse. He started toward
the line, stopped, and threw a jump pass to Aaron Hernandez for a
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