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BCS National Championship: Tim Tebow jump pass seals the deal

By John Helsley - Staff Writer Modified: January 9, 2009 at 12:56 am •  Published: January 9, 2009
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Up 17-14 and looking for a clinching score at the OU 7 Thursday night, David Nelson sensed it was time for the jump pass.

The wide receiver, with just one catch in the game, got a tip-off from Gators coach Urban Meyer as the Florida offense went back on the field.

“Before we even went on the field,” Nelson said, “Coach Meyer looks at me and goes, ‘Go win the game for us.' So I pretty much knew that play was going to be called. We've been practicing it for about a month now.”

On first down from the 7, Gators quarterback Tim Tebow crashed up the middle for three years to the 4.

On second down, Tebow took the snap, ducked like he was off on another run, then jumped up and delivered a throw to Nelson in the end zone, resurrecting a play that Tebow made famous two years ago. That put Florida ahead 24-14 with 3:07 to play.


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