Gators Take SEC Crown
ATLANTA - Tim Tebow rallied No. 2 Florida with his arm, legs and sheer will, leading the Gators past No. 1 Alabama 31-20 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday and likely giving them a chance to play for the national title.
Tebow threw three touchdown passes, including the clinching score with under 3 minutes remaining. The Gators (12-1) trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter beforelast year's Heisman Trophy led the comeback against the previously unbeaten Crimson Tide (12-1).
Florida began the day ranked fourth in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Gators won the national title two seasons ago when Tebow was a freshman, and this impressive win surely will be enough to move them into one of the top spots. Alabama will probably have to settle for a spot in the Sugar Bowl, ruining its hopes of a seventh national championship in school history.
Jeff Demps, helping fill in for injured Percy Harvin, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run with 9:21 remaining. Tebow finished the scoring, hitting Riley Cooper on a 5-yard scoring pass with 2:50 left.
The victory likely sent the Gators into a title matchup with No. 4 Oklahoma on Jan. 8 in Miami. The Sooners routed Missouri 62-21 in the Big 12 championship game.
Tebow was 14 of 22 passing for 216 yards, led the team in rushing with 57 yards and was picked as the game's MVP.
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