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That's why Tebow carried the load in last week's 23-13 victory against Tennessee.
Tebow ran 24 times for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Volunteers, with most of his attempts and yardage coming in the second half.
He completed 14 of 19 passes for 115 yards. His nation-leading streak of 30 games with a touchdown pass ended. He threw an interception, fumbled near the goal line in the fourth quarter and was sacked three times. But most of the blame landed on the receivers.
Senior David Nelson refused to point the finger at his fellow wideouts.
"We were open," Nelson said. "We take a lot of pride in what we have. I'll never say we're not as explosive as we used to be or we're not as good as we used to be. I think we're every bit as good as we were last year. We're just looking for the opportunity to prove that. Maybe we didn't show it this past weekend, but we won the game. That's all that matters."
Tennessee dropped as many as eight defenders into coverage on passing downs -- a scheme designed to take away deep routes and big plays -- and left Tebow room to run. Tebow took advantage, and the Gators ended up with 44 runs and just 19 passes.
"You don't have to be a genius to figure out the strength of our team right now," Meyer said. "And that's a big offensive line running off the ball and a freak quarterback that just takes the game over.
"Is it perfect? No, it's not perfect. But until we get the full allotment, the full compliment, of wide receivers playing at the level we need them to play, we've got to do what we've got to do to win."
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