Tebow was medically cleared to play before the game.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said earlier in the day that the quarterback would play if he received clearance from doctors.
On Florida's first play from scrimmage, Tebow handed off to Chris Rainey.
The Gators were pinned inside their own 10 on that possession, and Tebow didn't need to do much more than hand off to lead the Gators to a 28-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis.
Tebow took one solid hit on the first drive, getting rid of a pass just before blitzing defensive back Patrick Peterson put a shoulder in Tebow's midsection. He connected with Aaron Hernandez for an 8-yard gain on the play.
Tebow carried the ball twice on the 82-yard drive, once on a keeper into the line and once scrambling away from pressure, and gained no yards. He completed 1 of 2 passes.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.