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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tim Tebow vs. Colt McCoy on key downs

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Much has been made this week about Florida's Tim Tebow being so good on third down and being able to find the end zone when the Gators get close.

Tebow's third-down prowess in the fourth quarter was what separated Florida from Alabama a year ago in the SEC championship game.

There's no doubt that Tebow is one of the best in the business when it comes to converting in those key situations.

But thanks to some legwork by Texas sports information director John Bianco, Tebow hasn't been THE best this season.

Texas' Colt McCoy has actually been better on third down and in the red zone.

See for yourself:

THIRD DOWNS:

Colt McCoy
74-of-103 (71.8%) for 765 yards and 8 TDs (two INTs) (156.0 rating)
- Conversions: 46-of-103 (44.7%)
28 rushes for 130 yards (4.6 ypc) and 1 TD
- Conversions: 15-of-28 (53.6%)
Total Conversions: 61-of-131 (46.7%)

Tim Tebow
39-of-61 (63.9%) for 490 yards and 4 TDs (one INT) (149.8 rating)
- Conversions: 25-of-61 (41.0%)
52 rushes for 221 yards (4.5 ypc) and 6 TDs
- Conversions: 26-of-52 (50%)
Total Conversions: 51-of-113 (45.1%)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY:

Colt McCoy
37-of-52 (71.2%) for 273 yards and 15 TDs (two INTs) (202.8 rating)
20 rushes for 16 yards (0.8 ypc) and 1 TD
Conversions: 49-of-51 (96.1% / 36 TDs / 13 FGs) (73.5% TDs)

Tim Tebow
10-of-29 (34.5%) for 82 yards and 4 TDs (one INT) (96.9 rating)
61 rushes for 114 yards (1.9 ypc) and 10 TDs
Conversions: 38-of-46 (82.6% / 21 TDs / 17 FGs ) (45.7% TDs)