Florida bowl trivia — Day 2

Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is returning for his senior season at Michigan instead of entering the NFL draft. The quarterback announced his decision on Twitter. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)



1. Prior to the 1980 Tangerine Bowl, Florida players were invited to the home of a prominent Orlando resident who told the eventual MVP of the bowl game he was rooting for the Gators’ opponent. Who was the celebrity and who was the MVP?

2. What was the longest passing touchdown in Florida’s bowl history?

3. The last game of Steve Spurrier’s coaching career and the last game of Tim Tebow’s playing career had something in common other than they were both wins for the Gators. What was significant about 659?


In the 1967 Orange Bowl, with the Gators hanging on to a 7-6 lead against Georgia Tech in the third quarter, I took a handoff up the middle, bounced off two tacklers and found nothing but open space in the secondary. I sprinted 94 yards for a touchdown, the longest ever for a Florida player in a bowl game. People thought I did it despite my pants slipping down and it was a Gator legend for many years.


There is one player in this game who has a pretty good idea which league is better — the Big Ten or the SEC. Shea Patterson played for Ole Miss before transferring to Michigan. The Wolverines starting quarterback had this to say about the two conferences: “When you look at it overall, the best four teams, there is no difference. But when you look at the best eight in the SEC and the best eight in the Big Ten, the SEC may have a bit of an edge. (In the SEC), you don’t get a break.”

Trivia answers

1. Arnold Palmer, a Wake Forest grad, told Florida wide receiver Cris Collinsworth he was rooting for Maryland because the Terps played in the ACC. Collinsworth caught eight passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and was the MVP of UF’s 35-20 win.

2. It was just two seasons ago when Austin Appleby threw a screen pass to Mark Thompson, who weaved his way through the Iowa defense for an 85-yard touchdown in the 2017 Outback Bowl. It was only Thompson’s fourth catch of the season and the only receiving touchdown he scored during his two-year Florida career.

3. In both the 2002 Orange Bowl against Maryland and the 2010 Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati, Florida had 659 yards of offense. Those are tied for the most yards Florida has recorded in a bowl game.


I am Larry Smith, a sophomore running back at the time. The truth is my pants weren’t sliding down. My hip pads were sliding up to give that illusion. I finished the game with 187 rushing yards in a 27-12 win.