The biggest difference in the second half was Tebow's running, as he gained 81 of his 105 yards on 15 carries after the break. He also completed 7-of-13 passes for 87 yards and a score.
“He made some big plays when they needed him,” said Sooner tackle Gerald McCoy.
Tebow, who made news with his statewide apology after Florida's lone loss, to Ole Miss, felt he had some explaining to do in the halftime locker room Thursday night.
“In the locker room, he came up to us and apologized to us and blamed the first half on himself,” Nelson said. “That's something he didn't need to do, but he did. He's led us to victories all year. And he really turned it on in the second half.
“You could tell, he just had a different approach, a different attitude in the second half.
“We know Tim's going to lead us to victory. We knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was going to bounce back and play his heart out.”