Florida Responds to Shannon's Comments

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is standing by his coach.

Tebow defended Urban Meyer from criticism by Miami coach Randy Shannon about Meyer's decision to kick a field goal in the final minute of UF's 26-3 victory at Florida Field on Saturday night.

Shannon is apparently upset about fourth-ranked Florida's final drive. After forcing Miami to punt for the ninth time, the Gators took over at the Hurricanes' 16-yard line with 1:56 to play.

Florida threw on the first and second downs but couldn't convert on the third. Senior Jonathan Phillips made a 29-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining, his first career field goal.

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