Goin' Bowlin'


Published: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

Great UF bowl moment

1994 Sugar Bowl: Florida ended West Virginia's unbeaten season with a 41-7 win. The Gators fell behind 7-0, but one of the wildest plays in UF bowl history gave the Gators the lead. Safety Lawrence Wright intercepted a pass at the UF 48 and began weaving his way from sideline to sideline while Florida coaches were screaming at him to run toward the goal. Wright eventually found the end zone and the Gators never looked back.

Not-so-great UF bowl moment

1977 Sun Bowl: The Gators had no answer for 250-pound Texas A&M fullback George Woodard, who rushed for 125 yards and two scores and also caught a 15-yard scoring pass from quarterback David Walker. Florida's whoosh-bone offense was limited to 27 yards and two first downs in the first half and the Gators lost four fumbles in the game. A&M also had a weapon at kicker in Tony Franklin, who bombed an NCAA bowl-record 62-yarder.
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)
GOIN' BOWLIN' Top 5 scoring plays Great UF bowl moment Not-so-great UF bowl moment Bowl record to remember Tampa moment Top 5 Vernell Brown

UF record to remember

The two teams were decades apart but the opponent wore the same simple uniforms. In the 1962 Gator Bowl and the 1998 Citrus Bowl, Florida defenders dominated Penn State offenses. In each game, the Nittany Lions managed only 139 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by a Gator team in a bowl game. The '62 Gator Bowl was a big surprise as Penn State came in highly favored.

Top Tampa moments

Florida trailed 38-30 as Michigan's Chris Perry ran for four touchdowns in the 2003 Outback Bowl. But Rex Grossman had found his rhythm and was driving the Gators down the field when Florida offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher made a strange call, a double reverse pass back to Grossman. Vernell Brown found two defenders in his grill when he got the lateral from Keiwan Ratliff and had to throw it up for grabs. Michigan intercepted to end the game.

Top 5 scoring plays

1. Larry Smith, 94-yard run (1967 Orange Bowl)
2. Reidel Anthony, 93-yard kickoff return
(1997 Fiesta Bowl) 3. Ike Hilliard, 84-yard pass reception (1995 Sugar Bowl) 4. Kelvin Kight, 70-yard pass reception (2004 Outback Bowl) 5. Donald Douglas, 67-yard run (1989 Freedom Bowl)

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