Goin' Bowlin'


Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

Great UF bowl moment

1997 Sugar Bowl: There was never a better night for Gators than Florida's 52-20 win over FSU. The win gave UF it's only national championship and avenged an earlier loss in Tallahassee. Danny Wuerffel threw three touchdown passes and ran for another. But it was Terry Jackson who added the punctuation with a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter that ended with his dive into the end zone.
Not-so-great UF bowl moment

Not-so-great UF bowl moment

1975 Gator Bowl: Florida's players felt slighted that they were sent to the Gator Bowl after losing only two games by a total of four points during the regular season. The Gators played like a team that didn't want to be in Jacksonville. On a rainy night, Maryland handed UF its only bowl shutout ever, a 13-0 embarrassment. The Gators allowed 209 rushing yards and turned the ball over four times.

UF record to remember

Maybe this is a bowl record to forget. Despite dominating early in 1992, the Gators had to settle for too many field goals in the red zone and eventually fell victim to Notre Dame and Jerome Bettis, 39-28. Still, Arden Czyzewski set a Sugar Bowl and UF bowl game record with five field goals (26, 24, 36, 37 and 24 yards).

Top Tampa moments

Although Florida would go on to win six in a row after this game, opening night against North Carolina in 1976 was hardly one to remember. Florida trailed 24-21 and was driving to get in position for a tying field goal when quarterback Jimmy Fisher lost track of the downs and threw a pass out of bounds to stop the clock. The trouble was it was fourth down.

Top 5 rushing yards

1. Fred Taylor, 234 (1998 Citrus Bowl) 2. Larry Smith, 187 (1967 Orange Bowl) 3. Errict Rhett, 182 (1992 Gator Bowl) 4. Emmitt Smith, 159 (1988 All-American Bowl)
5. Earnest Graham, 149 (2002 Orange Bowl)

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