Florida football countdown


Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.

70: Yards from Tim Tebow to Percy Harvin against LSU in 2008.

Tim Tebow's pledge has been immortalized on the wall of the stadium, but if there was one play that energized the Florida football team, it came two weeks after Tebow's speech.

After the loss to Ole Miss, UF played an uninspiring game at Arkansas before returning home to face No. 4 LSU. The Swamp was electric for the night game, and Gator fans knew that a second SEC loss would make it tough to win the conference.

Florida started the game at its own 32-yard line and two plays netted minus-two yards. It was time for a play the coaches had put in for this game which had Percy Harvin running a deep post pattern against the grain.

Harvin was open, but Tebow's pass was slightly underthrown. Nickelback Danny McCray got a hand on it, but tipped it right to Harvin.

Harvin split two defenders and outraced free safety Curtis Taylor to the end zone to complete the 70-yard play. Florida went on to a 51-21 win and its second national title in three years.

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