GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Number 4 Florida was nearly perfect early and sloppy late.
Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two more scores and led the defending national champion Gators to a 59-31 victory against Troy.
Florida scored on all seven possessions in the first half, moving the ball with relative ease against Troy's soft zone.
The Trojans (0-2) refused to give the Gators (2-0) anything deep, keeping two safeties well back and prompting Tebow to throw underneath.
Tebow obliged, and the Gators ended up stringing together seven consecutive scoring drives. They led 49-7 at halftime, and the starters figured to get much of the rest of the night off before facing SEC East rival Tennessee in a week.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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