Scores

Final

Troy 31

(0-2, 0-2 away)

(4) Florida 59

(2-0, 2-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL

1 2 3 4 T
TROY 7 0 17 731
#4FLA 21 28 0 1059

Top Performers

Passing: T. Tebow (FLA) - 236 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Tebow (FLA) - 17 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Ingram (FLA) - 7 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Gators' Tebow tosses 3 TDs, runs for two in romp

Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 4 Florida was nearly perfect early and Tim Tebow cleaned up after the Gators got sloppy late.

Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two more scores and led the defending national champions to a 59-31 victory over Troy Saturday night.

The Gators scored on all seven possessions in the first half. But they struggled in the second, turning the ball over twice and allowing the Trojans to slice the lead in half.

"I'm not disappointed at all,'' Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "We're 2-0. Go look around the country. There are other programs that aren't 2-0. I'll take it. I'm good. There's no bad. Now tomorrow, I'll be screaming and yelling and throwing coffee cups at the wall. But tonight it's good.''

The Gators moved the ball with relative ease early against Troy's soft zone. The Trojans (0-2) refused to give the Gators anything deep, keeping two safeties well back and prompting Tebow to throw underneath.

Tebow obliged, and the Gators ended up stringing together seven consecutive TD drives. They led 49-7 at halftime, and the starters figured to get much of the rest of the night off before facing SEC East rival Tennessee in a week.

"It's hard to say what happened,'' Troy linebacker Marcus Richardson said.

But the second half was much different from the first. Florida had two fumbles, two punts and two sacks, and the Trojans took advantage. Omar Haugabook ran for a touchdown, then hooked up with Austin Silvoy for two scores as Troy whittled into the lead.

"I don't think guys took off or anything,'' Tebow said. "I just think we had problems. I don't think anybody was letting up or wondering what they were doing after the game.''

Haugabook was 29-of-52 for 283 yards, with an interception, and Troy finished with 336 yards against Florida's inexperienced defense. Meyer said several players looked confused at halftime, not knowing what to do with such a big lead.

They looked even more flustered on the field.

Andre Caldwell fumbled on the first play of the third quarter, and Leodis McKelvin returned it to the 4-yard line. The Trojans, who nearly upset Florida State last year and played Arkansas tough last week, settled for a field goal.

The Gators punted on the next drive, and Haugabook capped a 68-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run. Freshman Chris Rainey fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Troy had good field position again.

The drive ended when Greg Whibbs missed a 45-yard field goal. But the Gators punted the ball right back after Tebow was sacked on third down.

Haugabook hooked up with Silvoy for an 11-yard score, cutting the lead to 49-24 with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter.

The Gators looked like they would snap out of the funk following Joey Ijjas' first field goal of the season. But Haugabook found Silvoy for a 26-yard score with 7 minutes to go.

Tebow then took over.

After the 42-point lead was cut in half in the fourth quarter, Tebow scrambled for 25 yards, then Percy Harvin followed with a 20-yard run. Tebow ran a few more times and scored from 16 yards out to make it 59-31 with 2:50 remaining.

"We were a little frustrated going into the final drive, so we were determined to get it done,'' Tebow said.

Tebow finished 18-of-25 passing for 236 yards, connecting with Harvin, Cornelius Ingram and Jarred Fayson for scores. Tebow also ran 17 times for 93 yards. Harvin finished with 98 total yards, and Ingram caught seven passes for a career-high 105 yards.

The second half, though, provided plenty of concern for Florida as it heads into conference play against the 24th-ranked Volunteers.

Not only were there problems, but there also were injuries.

Running back Brandon James injured an ankle. Fayson was having his left knee checked out. And Caldwell sprained a knee ligament and was having an MRI.

"They think he'll be fine for next week,'' Meyer said of Caldwell. "Obviously, a major, major deal.''

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TROY
FLA
1st Downs2128
Total Yards336500
Passing283236
Rushing53264
Penalties5-2511-104
3rd Down Conversions7-167-12
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers22
Possession27:1732:43

Passing Leaders

TroyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Haugabook29/522835.421
FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tebow18/252369.430

Rushing Leaders

TroyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris6183.007
Jernigan3186.008
FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tebow17935.5225
Moore15785.2216

Receiving Leaders

TroyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Silvoy57214.4226
Allen33712.3020
FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ingram710515.0137
Murphy67813.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTROYFLA
TD10:46Kestahn Moore 1 Yd Run (Joey Ijjas Kick) 07
TD07:55Omar Haugabook 31 Yd Run (Greg Whibbs Kick) 77
TD04:52Tim Tebow 3 Yd Run (Joey Ijjas Kick) 714
TD02:20Percy Harvin 4 Yd Pass From Tim Tebow (Joey Ijjas Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERTROYFLA
TD14:56Kestahn Moore 1 Yd Run (Joey Ijjas Kick) 728
TD09:55Andre Caldwell 18 Yd Run (Joey Ijjas Kick) 735
TD02:57Cornelius Ingram 5 Yd Pass From Tim Tebow (Joey Ijjas Kick) 742
TD00:22Jarred Fayson 3 Yd Pass From Tim Tebow (Joey Ijjas Kick) 749
THIRD QUARTERTROYFLA
FG14:08Greg Whibbs 21 Yd 1049
TD09:49Omar Haugabook 1 Yd Run (Greg Whibbs Kick) 1749
TD02:53Austin Silvoy 11 Yd Pass From Omar Haugabook (Greg Whibbs Kick) 2449
FOURTH QUARTERTROYFLA
FG10:05Joey Ijjas 32 Yd 2452
TD07:00Austin Silvoy 26 Yd Pass From Omar Haugabook (Greg Whibbs Kick) 3152
TD02:50Tim Tebow 16 Yd Run (Joey Ijjas Kick) 3159