Florida State Football - 1973 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Larry Jones, Head Coach
Bill Canty, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
Jon Conlin, Graduate Assistant
Jim Donnan, Running Backs
Ed Feely, Freshman
Gene Henderson, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
Wayne McDuffie, Offensive Line
Larry Pendleton, Graduate Assistant
Jim (Red) Phillips, Receivers
Mike Pope, Director of HS Relations
Bob Sanders, Graduate Assistant
Bill Shaw, Graduate Assistant
Moyer Smith, Defensive Line
Jack Stanton, Defensive Backs

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1973 FSU Football Handbook

Dan Sparkman and Phil Arnold

1973 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 1973 FSU Football Handbook, page 26.

Bobby Baker, 6-1, 176, QB, King of Prussia, PA

Mike Barnes, 6-1, 175, WR, Titusville

Ed Beckman, 6-5, 211, TE, Miami

Jimmy Black, 5-11, 185, QB-DB, Merritt Island

Brian Blizzard, 6-1, 188, DB, Miami Springs

Pat Booth, 6-3, 200, WR, Tampa

Ed Brodzik, 6-3, 215, OT, Tampa

Osborn Brown, 6-3, 280, OT, Jacksonville

Joe Camps, 6-2, 179, DB, Gainesville

Jay Caven, 6-3, 227, OT, Saint Petersburg

Harold Cheeseborough, 5-10, 213, DE, Jacksonville

Gus Crocco, 5-10, 185, RB, Fort Lauderdale - Sat out last season after transferring from Biscayne College. Had fine spring practice when opportunity presented itself after many running backs went down due to injuries. Gained scholarship following spring drills. Is outstanding receiver and sparkled in couple of scrimmages. Only handicap is size.

Doug Dane, 6-4, 225, OT, Fort Lauderdale

Collis Dennison, 6-3, 198, DE, Gainesville

Rudy Falana, 5-11, 165, RB, Largo

Jesse Forbes, 5-8, 157, DB, Tallahassee

Dan Fucarino, 6-1, 212, OG, Tampa

Kevin Gabriel, 5-10, 171, WR, Orlando

Jeff Gardner, 5-10, 210, OG, Miami - Considered best offensive lineman on last season's freshman team. Was making outstanding progress during spring practice before knee injury sidelined him near end. Coaches think he can be good one. Has ability to be good drive blocker.

Doug Glosson, 6-1, 209, FB, Lexington, NC - Enrolled at Florida State in spring quarter after finishing prep school at Fork Union Military Academy. Got opportunity this spring when so many Seminole running backs were injured. Responded extremely well despite lack of experience. Has good size, speed and hands. Showed blocking improvement. Considering he was freshman, coaches were pleased with spring performance.

Rocky Graziano, 6-1, 208, LB-DE, Freeport, NY

Danny Greene, 6-2, 180, DB, Miami

Steve Hanks, 5-11, 184, LB, Orlando

John Harmeling, 6-3, 205, TE-DE, Winter Park

Bruce Harrison, 6-2, 220, OL, Vero Beach

Ken Harrison, 6-1, 197, LB, Auburndale

John Howerton, 5-11, 178, RB, Evansville, IN

Wade Johnson, 6-2, 215, OL, Valdosta, GA

Larry Jones, 6-1, 190, WR, Seminole

Phil Jones, 6-2, 234, DL, Miami Springs

Robbie Keyes, 6-4, 197, QB, Ocean Gate, NJ

Mike Kissner, 6-3, 230, LB, Delray Beach

Jeff Leggett, 5-11, 157, RB, Miami

Rudy Maloy, 6-4, 270, TE-LB, Frostproof

Mark Marshall, 6-4, 207, TE, Cape Coral - Hampered by injuries during spring but still made great deal of progress. Needs game experience. Has great attitude and potential to be fine tight end.

Steve Mathieson, 6-5, 210, QB, Rockville, MD

Walt McCully, 6-0, 168, DB, Orlando

Tom McDougal, 6-5, 207, TE, Miami

Billy McPhillips, 6-2, 227, OG, Temple Terrace

Pat O'Leary, 6-0, 179, QB, Hallandale

Scott Peacock, 6-2, 210, DT, Pensacola

Greg Pitt, 6-2, 211, OG, Knoxville, TN

Greg Pittman, 6-0, 175, DB, Monticello

Dave Porter, 6-3, 190, DL, Saint Petersburg

Billy Prescott, 6-0, 168, QB, Fort Walton Beach

Gene Revell, 6-1, 197, LB, Bristol

Detroit Reynolds, 6-0, 206, LB, Tallahassee

Jeff Ridings, 6-0, 180, RB-DB, Marietta, GA

Alan Risk, 6-3, 210, OL, Miami

Vic Rivas, 6-2, 230, OL, Miami

Bill Sawyer, 6-3, 220, OL, Cordele, GA

Brian Schmidt, 6-1, 214, LB, Lehigh Acres

Garis Shaw, 6-1, 221, DT, Clearwater

Mike Shumann, 6-1, 165, WR, Tallahassee

Mitch Skinner, 6-2, 229, C, Fort Myers

Jon Thames, 5-11, 234, DT, Gainesville

Rudy Thomas, 5-10, 190, RB, Quincy


1973 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 82 Mike Allen            WR      6-3   181  Jr   *    Willoughby, OH (Union)
  71 Bob Anderson          OG      6-1   213  Jr   *    Rockledge (Rockledge)
     Bobby Anderson        DT      5-10  200  Sr-R **   Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 61 Phil Arnold           LB      6-0   214  Sr   **   Hollywood (South Broward)
*  1 Ahmet Askin           PK      6-1   168  So   *    Tallahassee (Godby)
  12 Bobby Baker           QB      6-1   176  Fr        King of Prussia, PA (Upper Merion)
  32 Mike Barnes           WR      6-1   175  Fr        Titusville (Titusville)
* 81 Ed Beckman            TE      6-5   211  Fr        Miami (South Miami)
* 49 Bruce Bell            LB      5-11  194  So-R      Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)
  16 Jimmy Black           QB-DB   5-11  185  Fr        Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
  42 Brian Blizzard        DB      6-1   188  So        Miami Springs (Miami Springs)
  90 Ricky Blythe          TE      6-1   208  Jr        Winter Park (Winter Park)
  80 Pat Booth             WR      6-3   200  Fr        Tampa (Tampa Catholic)
* 57 Steve Bratton         DE      5-11  202  Sr-R **   Oviedo (Oviedo)
  68 Ed Brodzik            OT      6-3   215  Fr        Tampa (Leto)
     Mack Brown            RB      6-0   195  Sr-R *    Cookeville, TN (Putnam County/Vanderbilt)
  67 Osborn Brown          OT      6-3   280  Jr        Jacksonville (Raines)
  35 Brooks Burroughs      FB      5-11  216  Jr-R      Somerset, NJ (Ferrum JC)
* 41 Phil Cahoon           DB      5-11  171  So-R      Mobile, AL (Davidson)
  42 Joe Camps             DB      6-2   179  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
  75 Jay Caven             OT      6-3   227  So        Saint Petersburg (Boca Ciega)
* 66 Tom Chandler          DT      5-11  219  So        Pensacola (Washington)
  63 Harold Cheeseborough  DE      5-10  213  So        Jacksonville (Lee)
     Jeff Chestnut         RB      5-11  175  So-R      Stone Mountain, GA (Tucker)
* 84 Randy Coffield        DE      6-3   212  So-R      Hialeah (Hialeah)
  90 Bert Cooper           DE      6-1   236  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Florida)
  50 Tom Cooper            LB      6-1   205  So        Panama City (Rutherford)
     Gus Crocco            RB      5-10  185  Jr        Fort Lauderdale (Cardinal Gibbons/Biscayne)
  75 Doug Dane             OT      6-4   225  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (South Plantation)
* 32 Ed Davis              WR-TE   6-1   183  Sr-R **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 28 Mike Davison          RB      5-11  198  Jr   *    Bradenton (Manatee)
  80 Mike Dely             DE      6-3   210  Sr        Miami (Miami Springs)
  67 Collis Dennison       DE      6-3   198  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
*  3 Joe Downey            P       5-11  202  Jr-R *    Mobile, AL (Theodore)
  79 Bobby Elam            OT      6-2   217  Jr-R      Centreville, AL (Marion Institute)
* 11 Jimmy Everett         WR      6-3   177  So        Tallahassee (Godby)
  31 Rudy Falana           RB      5-11  165  Sr        Largo (Largo)
  37 Jesse Forbes          DB      5-8   157  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  51 Dan Fucarino          OG      6-1   212  So        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  12 Kevin Gabriel         WR      5-10  171  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
* 64 Jeff Gardner          OG      5-10  210  So        Miami (Columbus)
* 36 Doug Glosson          FB      6-1   209  Fr        Lexington, NC (West Davidson)
* 21 Joe Goldsmith         WR      6-0   174  Jr-R *    Lakeland (Kathleen)
  40 Ben Graham            DB      6-2   184  So        Punta Gorda (Charlotte)
  48 Rocky Graziano        LB-DE   6-1   208  Fr        Freeport, NY (Freeport)
  53 Danny Greene          DB      6-2   180  Fr        Miami (South Miami)
* 23 Chris Griffin         DB      5-11  165  So        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  30 Steve Hanks           LB      5-11  184  Fr        Orlando (Edgewater)
  27 Mike Harder           WR      6-3   179  So        Bristol, PA (Woodrow Wilson)
     John Harmeling        TE-DE   6-3   205  Fr        Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 77 David Harper          OT      6-3   241  Jr        Farmville, VA (Prince Edward Academy)
  69 Bruce Harrison        OL      6-2   220  Fr        Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
  60 Ken Harrison          LB      6-1   197  So        Auburndale (Auburndale)
  26 Donnie Holley         RB      5-11  182  Jr        Elba, AL (Elba)
  90 Dick Hopkins          TE      6-2   202  Jr-R      West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
  22 John Howerton         RB      5-11  178  So        Evansville, IN (Harrison)
* 43 Earl Humes            DB      6-0   163  Jr        Miami (Miami Beach)
  60 Bill Johnson          DE      6-1   206  Jr        Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach)
* 78 Greg Johnson          DT      6-4   240  So-R      Fruitland Park (Leesburg)
  27 Ken Johnson           DB      6-0   169  So        Lutz (Chamberlain)
  61 Wade Johnson          OL      6-2   215  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)
* 62 Bob Jones             OG      6-3   230  Jr   *    Lighthouse Point (Pompano Beach)
* 88 Larry Jones           WR      6-1   190  Fr        Seminole (Seminole)
* 55 Phil Jones            DL      6-2   234  Fr        Miami Springs (Miami Springs)
* 31 Randy Kaiser          DB      5-11  173  Jr        Oak Park, IL (Oak Park-River Forest)
  14 Robbie Keyes          QB      6-4   197  So        Ocean Gate, NJ (Central Regional)
  30 John Kilmurray        FB      6-1   209  So        Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Central Regional)
  60 Mike Kissner          LB      6-3   230  Fr        Delray Beach (Cardinal Newman)
  30 Jeff Leggett          RB      5-11  157  Fr        Miami (Norland)
* 38 Buzzy Lewis           DB      6-1   193  Sr   **   Bristol (Liberty County)
  17 Gary Loucks           P       6-2   210  Jr-R *    Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 70 Jim Malkiewicz        DT      6-2   227  Sr-R *    Perth Amboy, NJ (Ferrum JC)
* 83 Rudy Maloy            TE-LB   6-4   270  Fr        Frostproof (Frostproof)
  89 Mark Marshall         TE      6-4   207  So        Cape Coral (Cypress Lake)
  12 Steve Mathieson       QB      6-5   210  Fr        Rockville, MD (Peary)
  37 Walt McCully          DB      6-0   168  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
* 89 Tom McDougal          TE      6-5   207  Fr        Miami (Palmetto)
* 47 David McGinn          DB      6-1   172  So        Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 22 Bobby McKinnon        FB      6-1   183  So        Lake Worth (Lake Worth)
* 65 Billy McPhillips      OG      6-2   227  Fr        Temple Terrace (King)
* 59 Scott Meseroll        DE-C    6-1   214  Jr-R      Piscataway, NJ (Piscataway/Wesley JC)
  46 David Miles           LB      5-10  210  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Leon)
  29 Fred Miller           RB      6-0   212  So   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 44 Hodges Mitchell       RB      5-9   177  Sr-R *    Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff/Texas Christian)
* 56 John Murphy           LB      5-9   213  Jr-R *    Albany, GA (Albany)
  15 Pat O'Leary           QB      6-0   179  So        Hallandale (Chaminade)
  73 Paul Oglesby          OG      6-2   225  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 18 Mark Orlando          QB      6-1   185  So-R      Westfield, NY (Mindszenty)
* 87 John Palermo          DT      6-3   222  Sr   *    Newburgh, NY (Wesley JC)
* 85 Earl Passwaters       DE      6-3   212  Sr   *    Bridgeville, DE (Woodbridge/Wesley JC)
  30 Lester Payton         RB      6-1   194  So-R      Orlando (Oak Ridge)
     Scott Peacock         DT      6-2   210  So        Pensacola (Escambia)
  39 Ralph Petrillo        DB      6-1   191  So-R      Newburgh, NY (Free Academy)
  55 Greg Pitt             OG      6-2   211  So        Knoxville, TN (Tennessee Military Institute)
  48 Greg Pittman          DB      6-0   175  Fr        Monticello (Jefferson County)
  60 Dave Porter           DL      6-3   190  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Gibbs)
* 58 Greg Pounds           LB      6-1   200  So   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  14 Billy Prescott        QB      6-0   168  Fr        Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton Beach)
  65 Tom Prestwood         DT      6-4   211  Jr   *    Chattanooga, TN (Baylor School)
* 72 Smokey Ragins         OT      6-2   235  So-R      Plant City (Plant City)
     Gene Revell           LB      6-1   197  So        Bristol (Liberty County)
* 46 Detroit Reynolds      LB      6-0   206  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  39 Jeff Ridings          RB-DB   6-0   180  Fr        Marietta, GA (Wheeler)
  68 Alan Risk             OL      6-3   210  Fr        Miami (Norland)
  70 Vic Rivas             OL      6-2   230  Fr        Miami (Coral Park)
* 52 Rocky Saldana         C       6-0   219  Sr        Dallas, TX (Cisco JC)
  50 Bill Sawyer           OL      6-3   220  Fr        Cordele, GA (Crisp County)
* 53 Brian Schmidt         LB      6-1   214  Fr        Lehigh Acres (Riverdale)
  54 Melvin Scruggs        DT      5-11  200  Jr        Dixie, GA (Brooks County)
* 16 Billy Sexton          QB      6-2   192  Sr-R      Tallahassee (Leon/Alabama)
  54 Garis Shaw            DT      6-1   221  Fr        Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 20 Mike Shumann          WR      6-1   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  51 Mitch Skinner         C       6-2   229  Fr        Fort Myers (North Fort Myers)
  77 Harry Slagle          OG      6-4   213  So        Phenix City, AL (Phenix City)
* 74 Don Sparkman          OT      6-4   236  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Englewood)
  24 Andy Stockton         DB      5-11  172  So        Saint Petersburg (Boca Ciega)
* 63 Jon Thames            DT      5-11  234  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
  86 Joe Thomas            WR      5-11  180  Jr-R      Tallahassee (Godby)
  33 Rudy Thomas           RB      5-10  190  Fr        Quincy (Shanks)
  39 Steve Vickers         DB      5-11  167  So        Tampa (King)

1973 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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     Bobby Anderson        DT      5-10  200  Sr-R **   Tifton, GA (Tift County)
     Mack Brown            RB      6-0   195  Sr-R *    Cookeville, TN (Putnam County/Vanderbilt)
     Jeff Chestnut         RB      5-11  175  So-R      Stone Mountain, GA (Tucker)
     Gus Crocco            RB      5-10  185  Jr        Fort Lauderdale (Cardinal Gibbons/Biscayne)
     John Harmeling        TE-DE   6-3   205  Fr        Winter Park (Winter Park)
     Scott Peacock         DT      6-2   210  So        Pensacola (Escambia)
     Gene Revell           LB      6-1   197  So        Bristol (Liberty County)
*  1 Ahmet Askin           PK      6-1   168  So   *    Tallahassee (Godby)
*  3 Joe Downey            P       5-11  202  Jr-R *    Mobile, AL (Theodore)
* 11 Jimmy Everett         WR      6-3   177  So        Tallahassee (Godby)
  12 Bobby Baker           QB      6-1   176  Fr        King of Prussia, PA (Upper Merion)
  12 Kevin Gabriel         WR      5-10  171  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
  12 Steve Mathieson       QB      6-5   210  Fr        Rockville, MD (Peary)
  14 Robbie Keyes          QB      6-4   197  So        Ocean Gate, NJ (Central Regional)
  14 Billy Prescott        QB      6-0   168  Fr        Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton Beach)
  15 Pat O'Leary           QB      6-0   179  So        Hallandale (Chaminade)
  16 Jimmy Black           QB-DB   5-11  185  Fr        Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 16 Billy Sexton          QB      6-2   192  Sr-R      Tallahassee (Leon/Alabama)
  17 Gary Loucks           P       6-2   210  Jr-R *    Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 18 Mark Orlando          QB      6-1   185  So-R      Westfield, NY (Mindszenty)
* 20 Mike Shumann          WR      6-1   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 21 Joe Goldsmith         WR      6-0   174  Jr-R *    Lakeland (Kathleen)
  22 John Howerton         RB      5-11  178  So        Evansville, IN (Harrison)
* 22 Bobby McKinnon        FB      6-1   183  So        Lake Worth (Lake Worth)
* 23 Chris Griffin         DB      5-11  165  So        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  24 Andy Stockton         DB      5-11  172  So        Saint Petersburg (Boca Ciega)
  26 Donnie Holley         RB      5-11  182  Jr        Elba, AL (Elba)
  27 Mike Harder           WR      6-3   179  So        Bristol, PA (Woodrow Wilson)
  27 Ken Johnson           DB      6-0   169  So        Lutz (Chamberlain)
* 28 Mike Davison          RB      5-11  198  Jr   *    Bradenton (Manatee)
  29 Fred Miller           RB      6-0   212  So   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
  30 Steve Hanks           LB      5-11  184  Fr        Orlando (Edgewater)
  30 John Kilmurray        FB      6-1   209  So        Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Central Regional)
  30 Jeff Leggett          RB      5-11  157  Fr        Miami (Norland)
  30 Lester Payton         RB      6-1   194  So-R      Orlando (Oak Ridge)
  31 Rudy Falana           RB      5-11  165  Sr        Largo (Largo)
* 31 Randy Kaiser          DB      5-11  173  Jr        Oak Park, IL (Oak Park-River Forest)
  32 Mike Barnes           WR      6-1   175  Fr        Titusville (Titusville)
* 32 Ed Davis              WR-TE   6-1   183  Sr-R **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
  33 Rudy Thomas           RB      5-10  190  Fr        Quincy (Shanks)
  35 Brooks Burroughs      FB      5-11  216  Jr-R      Somerset, NJ (Ferrum JC)
* 36 Doug Glosson          FB      6-1   209  Fr        Lexington, NC (West Davidson)
  37 Jesse Forbes          DB      5-8   157  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  37 Walt McCully          DB      6-0   168  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
* 38 Buzzy Lewis           DB      6-1   193  Sr   **   Bristol (Liberty County)
  39 Ralph Petrillo        DB      6-1   191  So-R      Newburgh, NY (Free Academy)
  39 Jeff Ridings          RB-DB   6-0   180  Fr        Marietta, GA (Wheeler)
  39 Steve Vickers         DB      5-11  167  So        Tampa (King)
  40 Ben Graham            DB      6-2   184  So        Punta Gorda (Charlotte)
* 41 Phil Cahoon           DB      5-11  171  So-R      Mobile, AL (Davidson)
  42 Brian Blizzard        DB      6-1   188  So        Miami Springs (Miami Springs)
  42 Joe Camps             DB      6-2   179  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
* 43 Earl Humes            DB      6-0   163  Jr        Miami (Miami Beach)
* 44 Hodges Mitchell       RB      5-9   177  Sr-R *    Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff/Texas Christian)
  46 David Miles           LB      5-10  210  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Leon)
* 46 Detroit Reynolds      LB      6-0   206  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 47 David McGinn          DB      6-1   172  So        Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
  48 Rocky Graziano        LB-DE   6-1   208  Fr        Freeport, NY (Freeport)
  48 Greg Pittman          DB      6-0   175  Fr        Monticello (Jefferson County)
* 49 Bruce Bell            LB      5-11  194  So-R      Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)
  50 Tom Cooper            LB      6-1   205  So        Panama City (Rutherford)
  50 Bill Sawyer           OL      6-3   220  Fr        Cordele, GA (Crisp County)
  51 Dan Fucarino          OG      6-1   212  So        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  51 Mitch Skinner         C       6-2   229  Fr        Fort Myers (North Fort Myers)
* 52 Rocky Saldana         C       6-0   219  Sr        Dallas, TX (Cisco JC)
  53 Danny Greene          DB      6-2   180  Fr        Miami (South Miami)
* 53 Brian Schmidt         LB      6-1   214  Fr        Lehigh Acres (Riverdale)
  54 Melvin Scruggs        DT      5-11  200  Jr        Dixie, GA (Brooks County)
  54 Garis Shaw            DT      6-1   221  Fr        Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 55 Phil Jones            DL      6-2   234  Fr        Miami Springs (Miami Springs)
  55 Greg Pitt             OG      6-2   211  So        Knoxville, TN (Tennessee Military Institute)
* 56 John Murphy           LB      5-9   213  Jr-R *    Albany, GA (Albany)
* 57 Steve Bratton         DE      5-11  202  Sr-R **   Oviedo (Oviedo)
* 58 Greg Pounds           LB      6-1   200  So   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 59 Scott Meseroll        DE-C    6-1   214  Jr-R      Piscataway, NJ (Piscataway/Wesley JC)
  60 Ken Harrison          LB      6-1   197  So        Auburndale (Auburndale)
  60 Bill Johnson          DE      6-1   206  Jr        Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach)
  60 Mike Kissner          LB      6-3   230  Fr        Delray Beach (Cardinal Newman)
  60 Dave Porter           DL      6-3   190  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Gibbs)
* 61 Phil Arnold           LB      6-0   214  Sr   **   Hollywood (South Broward)
  61 Wade Johnson          OL      6-2   215  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)
* 62 Bob Jones             OG      6-3   230  Jr   *    Lighthouse Point (Pompano Beach)
  63 Harold Cheeseborough  DE      5-10  213  So        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 63 Jon Thames            DT      5-11  234  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
* 64 Jeff Gardner          OG      5-10  210  So        Miami (Columbus)
* 65 Billy McPhillips      OG      6-2   227  Fr        Temple Terrace (King)
  65 Tom Prestwood         DT      6-4   211  Jr   *    Chattanooga, TN (Baylor School)
* 66 Tom Chandler          DT      5-11  219  So        Pensacola (Washington)
  67 Osborn Brown          OT      6-3   280  Jr        Jacksonville (Raines)
  67 Collis Dennison       DE      6-3   198  Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
  68 Ed Brodzik            OT      6-3   215  Fr        Tampa (Leto)
  68 Alan Risk             OL      6-3   210  Fr        Miami (Norland)
  69 Bruce Harrison        OL      6-2   220  Fr        Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
* 70 Jim Malkiewicz        DT      6-2   227  Sr-R *    Perth Amboy, NJ (Ferrum JC)
  70 Vic Rivas             OL      6-2   230  Fr        Miami (Coral Park)
  71 Bob Anderson          OG      6-1   213  Jr   *    Rockledge (Rockledge)
* 72 Smokey Ragins         OT      6-2   235  So-R      Plant City (Plant City)
  73 Paul Oglesby          OG      6-2   225  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 74 Don Sparkman          OT      6-4   236  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Englewood)
  75 Jay Caven             OT      6-3   227  So        Saint Petersburg (Boca Ciega)
  75 Doug Dane             OT      6-4   225  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (South Plantation)
* 77 David Harper          OT      6-3   241  Jr        Farmville, VA (Prince Edward Academy)
  77 Harry Slagle          OG      6-4   213  So        Phenix City, AL (Phenix City)
* 78 Greg Johnson          DT      6-4   240  So-R      Fruitland Park (Leesburg)
  79 Bobby Elam            OT      6-2   217  Jr-R      Centreville, AL (Marion Institute)
  80 Pat Booth             WR      6-3   200  Fr        Tampa (Tampa Catholic)
  80 Mike Dely             DE      6-3   210  Sr        Miami (Miami Springs)
* 81 Ed Beckman            TE      6-5   211  Fr        Miami (South Miami)
* 82 Mike Allen            WR      6-3   181  Jr   *    Willoughby, OH (Union)
* 83 Rudy Maloy            TE-LB   6-4   270  Fr        Frostproof (Frostproof)
* 84 Randy Coffield        DE      6-3   212  So-R      Hialeah (Hialeah)
* 85 Earl Passwaters       DE      6-3   212  Sr   *    Bridgeville, DE (Woodbridge/Wesley JC)
  86 Joe Thomas            WR      5-11  180  Jr-R      Tallahassee (Godby)
* 87 John Palermo          DT      6-3   222  Sr   *    Newburgh, NY (Wesley JC)
* 88 Larry Jones           WR      6-1   190  Fr        Seminole (Seminole)
  89 Mark Marshall         TE      6-4   207  So        Cape Coral (Cypress Lake)
* 89 Tom McDougal          TE      6-5   207  Fr        Miami (Palmetto)
  90 Ricky Blythe          TE      6-1   208  Jr        Winter Park (Winter Park)
  90 Bert Cooper           DE      6-1   236  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Florida)
  90 Dick Hopkins          TE      6-2   202  Jr-R      West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
Lettermen from the 1974 FSU Football Handbook, page 41.

1973 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Jim Malkiewicz           Detroit Sports Extra - 3rd Team All-American

All-Americans -  1

1973 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Richard Amman            73      DE-DT              Baltimore Colts
Tom Bailey               31      RB                 Philadelphia Eagles
Fred Biletnikoff         25      WR                 Oakland  Raiders
Bill Cappleman           17      QB                 Detroit Lions
Rhett Dawson             86      WR                 Minnesota Vikings
Chip Glass               83      TE                 Cleveland  Browns
Gary Huff                19      QB                 Chicago Bears
Charlie Hunt             61      LB                 San Francisco 49ers
Eddie McMillan           41      CB                 Los Angeles Rams
Gary Parris              80      TE                 San Diego Chargers
Ron Sellers              34      WR                 Miami Dolphins
Barry Smith              80      WR                 Green Bay Packers
Walt Sumner              29      DB                 Cleveland  Browns
J.T. Thomas              24      DB                 Pittsburgh Steelers
Del Williams             61      OG                 New Orleans Saints

Noles in the Pros - 15

1973 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/15
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
L 7- 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
1-9-1
09/22
Ref
H
KANSAS
L 0-28
 
 
 
 
18
15
7-4-1
09/29
Ref
H
MIAMI
L 10-14
 
 
18
18
 
 
5-6
10/06
Ref
A
BAYLOR
L 14-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-9
10/13
Ref
H
MISSISSIPPI STATE
L 12-37
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-5-2
10/20
Ref
H
MEMPHIS STATE
L 10-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-3
10/27
Ref
A
SAN DIEGO STATE
L 17-38
 
 
 
 
 
19
9-1-1
11/03
Ref
A
HOUSTON
L 3-34
 
 
18
16
9
13
11-1
11/10
Ref
A
VIRGINIA TECH
L 13-36
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-9
11/17
Ref
H
SOUTH CAROLINA
L 12-52
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-4
12/01
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 0-49
 
 
 
 
 
19
7-5
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    0-11     0-5     0-6     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   0- 2     0-1     0-1     0-0


1973 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hodges Mitchell 10/20/1973 MEMPHIS STATE 20 111 5.55 0 Hodges Mitchell 10/06/1973 BAYLOR 21 109 5.19 0 Hodges Mitchell 10/27/1973 SAN DIEGO STATE 23 101 4.39 0

1973 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

1973 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

1973 EOY Stats

From the 1974 FSU Football Handbook, page 60.
Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 98 331 Points Per Game............. 8.9 30.1 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 13 43 TDs Rushing................. 5 28 TDs Passing................. 8 14 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 0 TDs Interception............ 0 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 8-13 39-43 Kick........................ 8- 9 38-42 Pass........................ 0- 3 1- 1 Run......................... 0- 1 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 4- 9 11-21 SAFETY........................ 0 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 144 226 Rushing..................... 51 143 Passing..................... 73 76 Penalty..................... 20 7 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1166 3041 Yards gained rushing........ 1453 3339 Yards lost rushing.......... 287 298 Rushing Attempts............ 377 605 Average Per Rush............ 3.1 5.0 Average Per Game............ 106.0 276.5 PASSING YARDAGE............... 1698 1855 Att-Comp-Int................ 325-138-21 252-130-15 Efficiency.................. 81.55 119.85 Average Per Pass............ 5.2 7.4 Average Per Catch........... 12.3 14.3 Average Per Game............ 154.4 168.6 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 2864 4896 Total Plays................. 702 857 Average Per Play............ 4.1 5.7 Average Per Game............ 260.4 445.1 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 56- 973 24- 508 Average Per Return.......... 17.4 21.2 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 20- 52 37-166 Average Per Return.......... 2.6 4.5 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 15-101 21-245 Average Per Return.......... 6.7 11.7 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 39-22 36-15 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 63- 570 75- 791 Average Per Game............ 51.8 71.9 PUNTS-YARDS................... 81-3092 53-1959 Average Per Punt............ 38.2 37.0 Net punt average............ 36.1 36.0 ATTENDANCE.................... 103,008 188,312 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5-20,602 6-31,385
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
20
26
20
32
98
Opponents
74
113
55
89
331
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Hodges Mitchell         171  714   45   669   3.9   2  18 
Bobby McKinnon           57  238   14   224   3.9   1  74t
Mike Davison             55  186   16   170   3.1   0  20 
Rudy Thomas              15   62    4    58   3.9   0  20 
Billy Prescott           17   74   25    49   2.9   1  11 
Doug Glosson              3   22    0    22   7.3   0  15 
Billy Sexton             40  130  119    11   0.3   0  24 
Joe Downey                1    0    1    -1  -1.0   0  -1 
Mark Orlando             18   27   63   -36  -2.0   0  11 

Total.........      11  377 1453  287  1166   3.1   5  74t  106.0
Opponents.....      11  605 3339  298  3041   5.0  28       276.5


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Billy Sexton             80.89 128- 51-12   .398  754   4  57 
Mark Orlando             83.50 153- 71- 8   .464  709   4  44 
Billy Prescott           86.14  43- 16- 1   .372  235   1  34 
Joe Downey                0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0 

Total.........      11   81.55 325-138-21   .425 1698   8  57   154.4
Opponents.....      11  119.85 252-130-15   .516 1855  14       168.6


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Mike Shumann            21   380  18.1   2  49 
Mike Allen              19   279  14.7   1  57 
Eddie Davis              6   160  26.7   1  41 
Joe Goldsmith            7   131  18.7   0  39 
Larry Jones             11   127  11.5   0  20 
Jimmy Everett            8   121  15.1   2  44 
Tom McDougal             7   100  14.3   2  20 
Hodges Mitchell         11    86   7.8   0  18 
Ed Beckman              10    82   8.2   0  15 
Mike Davison            15    75   5.0   0  13 
Bobby McKinnon          13    63   4.8   0  13 
Ricky Blythe             3    43  14.3   1  17 
Doug Glosson             3    23   7.7   0  13 
Pat Booth                2    17   8.5   0  12 
Joe Thomas               1    11  11.0   0  11 
Billy McPhillips         1     0   0.0   0   0 

Total.........      11 138  1698  12.3   8  57   154.4
Opponents.....      11 130  1855  14.3  14       168.6


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Mike Shumann         10   46   4.6  0  16 
John Murphy           1   11  11.0  0  11 
Andy Stockton         3   10   3.3  0  10 
Greg Johnson          1    6   6.0  0   6 
David McGinn          3   -6  -2.0  0   0 
Larry Jones           2  -15  -7.5  0   3 

Total.........       20   52   2.6  0  16 
Opponent......       37  166   4.5  0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Buzzy Lewis           4   27   6.8  0  14 
Randy Kaiser          3    8   2.7  0   8 
Earl Humes            3    4   1.3  0   4 
Phil Cahoon           2   39  19.5  0  24 
Greg Pounds           1   17  17.0  0  17 
Earl Passwaters       1    6   6.0  0   6 
Jim Malkiewicz        1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       15  101   6.7  0  24 
Opponent......       21  245  11.7  1     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Joe Goldsmith        29   538 18.6  0  31 
Larry Jones           8   184 23.0  0  53 
Rudy Thomas           7   122 17.4  0  26 
Mike Shumann          2    40 20.0  0  32 
Hodges Mitchell       1    23 23.0  0  23 
Andy Stockton         2    22 11.0  0  14 
David Harper          2    22 11.0  0  14 
Mike Davison          1    17 17.0  0  17 
Ed Beckman            1     7  7.0  0   7 
Phil Jones            1     0  0.0  0   0 
Doug Glosson          1     0  0.0  0   0 
Danny Greene          1     0  0.0  0   0 

Total.........       56   973 17.4  0  54 
Opponent......       24   508 21.2  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Randy Coffield        3    0   0.0  0   .    0
Steve Bratton         2    0   0.0  0   .    1
Scott Meseroll        2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Phil Cahoon           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Greg Johnson          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Phil Jones            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Buzzy Lewis           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Greg Pounds           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Detroit Reynolds      1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Jon Thames            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
David McGinn          1    0   0.0  0   .    0

Total.........       15        0.0  0        1
Opponent......       22        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Ahmet Askin           0   4-9     8-9    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    20
Jimmy Everett         2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Hodges Mitchell       2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Tom McDougal          2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Mike Shumann          2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Mike Allen            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Eddie Davis           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bobby McKinnon        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Ricky Blythe          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Billy Prescott        1   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-1   0   0     6
Mark Orlando          0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-2   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  13   4-9     8-9    0-1   0   0-3   0   0    98
Opponent             43  11-20   38-42   0-0   1   1-1   0   0   331
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Jimmy Everett
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Hodges Mitchell
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Tom McDougal
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Mike Shumann
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Mike Allen
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Eddie Davis
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bobby McKinnon
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ricky Blythe
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Billy Prescott
1
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Mark Orlando
.
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
Billy Sexton
.
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
4
9
9
.
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
28
14
14
1
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Billy Sexton            168    11  754   765
Mark Orlando            171   -36  709   673
Hodges Mitchell         171   669    0   669
Billy Prescott           60    49  235   284
Bobby McKinnon           57   224    0   224
Mike Davison             55   170    0   170
Rudy Thomas              15    58    0    58
Doug Glosson              3    22    0    22
Joe Downey                2    -1    0    -1

Total.........      11  702  1166 1698  2864 260.4
Opponent......      11  857  3041 1855  4896 445.1


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Ahmet Askin           4- 9  .444  0- 0  0- 0  2- 2  0- 3  2- 4 52
FG SEQUENCE Ahmet Askin
WAKE FOREST
42
KANSAS
None
MIAMI
(51)
BAYLOR
None
MISSISSIPPI STATE
None
MEMPHIS STATE
52, 40, (35)
SAN DIEGO STATE
45, (30)
HOUSTON
(52)
VIRGINIA TECH
53
SOUTH CAROLINA
None
FLORIDA
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Joe Downey          81 3092  38.2  80                 

Total.........      81 3092  38.2  80                 
Opponent......      53 1959  37.0                    1


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Hodges Mitchell         669    86    0   23    0    0  778
Joe Goldsmith             0   131    0  538    0    0  669
Mike Shumann              0   380   46   40    0    0  466
Larry Jones               0   127  -15  184    0    0  296
Bobby McKinnon          224    63    0    0    0    0  287
Mike Allen                0   279    0    0    0    0  279
Mike Davison            170    75    0   17    0    0  262
Rudy Thomas              58     0    0  122    0    0  180
Eddie Davis               0   160    0    0    0    0  160
Jimmy Everett             0   121    0    0    0    0  121
Tom McDougal              0   100    0    0    0    0  100
Ed Beckman                0    82    0    7    0    0   89
Billy Prescott           49     0    0    0    0    0   49
Doug Glosson             22    23    0    0    0    0   45
Ricky Blythe              0    43    0    0    0    0   43
Phil Cahoon               0     0    0    0   39    0   39
Andy Stockton             0     0   10   22    0    0   32
Buzzy Lewis               0     0    0    0   27    0   27
David Harper              0     0    0   22    0    0   22
Greg Pounds               0     0    0    0   17    0   17
Pat Booth                 0    17    0    0    0    0   17
Billy Sexton             11     0    0    0    0    0   11
John Murphy               0     0   11    0    0    0   11
Joe Thomas                0    11    0    0    0    0   11
Randy Kaiser              0     0    0    0    8    0    8
Greg Johnson              0     0    6    0    0    0    6
Earl Passwaters           0     0    0    0    6    0    6
Earl Humes                0     0    0    0    4    0    4
Joe Downey               -1     0    0    0    0    0   -1
David McGinn              0     0   -6    0    0    0   -6
Mark Orlando            -36     0    0    0    0    0  -36

Total.........      11 1166  1698   52  973  101    0 3990 362.7
Opponent......      11 3041  1855  166  508  245    0 5815 528.6


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Buzzy Lewis               .    .     .      .            .          4- 27   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Randy Kaiser              .    .     .      .            .          3-  8   .    .    .      .   .   .
Earl Humes                .    .     .      .            .          3-  4   .    .    .      .   .   .
Phil Cahoon               .    .     .      .            .          2- 39   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Greg Pounds               .    .     .      .            .          1- 17   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Earl Passwaters           .    .     .      .            .          1-  6   .    .    .      .   .   .
Jim Malkiewicz            .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   1   .
Randy Coffield            .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
Scott Meseroll            .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Steve Bratton             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   1   .   .
David McGinn              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Greg Johnson              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   1   .
John Murphy               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   1   .
Phil Jones                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Detroit Reynolds          .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jon Thames                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  WF      KU      UM      BU      MsSt    UM      SDSU    UH      VT      SC      UF      
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
82  Mike Allen                    9- 2  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-WR    xx                      xx      O-WR  
71  Bob Anderson                  0- 0                                                                                   
    Bobby Anderson                0- 0                                                                                   
61  Phil Arnold                  10- 4  D-SLB   D-SLB   xx      xx      D-SLB   D-SLB           xx      xx      xx      xx
 1  Ahmet Askin                  10- 0  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
12  Bobby Baker                   0- 0                                                                                   
32  Mike Barnes                   0- 0                                                                                   
81  Ed Beckman                    6- 4                          xx      xx      O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE             
49  Bruce Bell                   11- 7  xx      xx      D-SLB   D-SLB   xx      xx      D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB 
16  Jimmy Black                   0- 0                                                                                   
42  Brian Blizzard                0- 0                                                                                   
90  Ricky Blythe                  3- 1                                                                  xx      xx      O-TE  
80  Pat Booth                     3- 1                                                  xx      xx      O-WR             
57  Steve Bratton                11- 9  D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    xx      D-RE    D-RE    D-LE    xx
68  Ed Brodzik                    3- 0                                                          xx      xx      xx       
    Mack Brown                    0- 0                                                                                   
67  Osborn Brown                  0- 0                                                                                   
35  Brooks Burroughs              0- 0                                                                                   
41  Phil Cahoon                  11-11  D-SS    D-SS    D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-ROV   D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS    D-SS  
42  Joe Camps                     5- 0                                                  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
75  Jay Caven                     0- 0                                                                                   
66  Tom Chandler                  9- 1  xx      xx      xx      xx      D-LT                    xx      xx      xx      xx
63  Harold Cheeseborough          0- 0                                                                                   
    Jeff Chestnut                 0- 0                                                                                   
84  Randy Coffield               11- 8  D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    xx      xx      D-RE    xx
90  Bert Cooper                   0- 0                                                                                   
50  Tom Cooper                    5- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx      xx                                       
    Gus Crocco                    0- 0                                                                                   
75  Doug Dane                     7- 0                          xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx
32  Ed Davis                     10- 5  O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
28  Mike Davison                  8- 6          xx                      xx      O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB  
80  Mike Dely                     0- 0                                                                                   
67  Collis Dennison               7- 0  xx                      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx               
 3  Joe Downey                   11- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
79  Bobby Elam                   10- 2  O-TT    O-TT            xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
11  Jimmy Everett                10- 6  O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    O-FL    O-WR    xx      xx      O-SE    xx      xx       
31  Rudy Falana                   0- 0                                                                                   
37  Jesse Forbes                  0- 0                                                                                   
51  Dan Fucarino                  1- 0                                                                                  xx
12  Kevin Gabriel                 0- 0                                                                                   
64  Jeff Gardner                 11-10  O-WG    O-WG    O-WG    xx      O-WG    O-WG    O-WG    O-WG    O-WG    O-WG    O-WG  
36  Doug Glosson                  8- 1  xx              O-FB    xx      xx                      xx      xx      xx      xx
21  Joe Goldsmith                10- 7  O-WR    O-WR    O-WR    O-SE    O-WR    O-WR    xx      xx              xx      O-WR  
40  Ben Graham                    2- 0                                  xx      xx                                       
48  Rocky Graziano                0- 0                                                                                   
53  Danny Greene                  1- 0                                                                  xx               
23  Chris Griffin                11- 5  D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LCB   D-LC    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
30  Steve Hanks                   0- 0                                                                                   
27  Mike Harder                   0- 0                                                                                   
    John Harmeling                0- 0                                                                                   
77  David Harper                  9- 6  xx              O-ST    O-ST    xx      xx      O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST     
69  Bruce Harrison                4- 0                                                  xx      xx              xx      xx
60  Ken Harrison                  0- 0                                                                                   
26  Donnie Holley                 0- 0                                                                                   
90  Dick Hopkins                  0- 0                                                                                   
22  John Howerton                 0- 0                                                                                   
43  Earl Humes                   11-11  D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RCB   D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RC    D-RC  
60  Bill Johnson                  3- 0  xx      xx              xx                                                       
78  Greg Johnson                  8- 4  D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT            xx      xx      xx                      xx
27  Ken Johnson                   0- 0                                                                                   
61  Wade Johnson                  0- 0                                                                                   
62  Bob Jones                    11-11  O-TG    O-TG    O-C     O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-C     O-SG    O-SG    O-ST  
88  Larry Jones                   7- 4                                  xx      xx      O-WR    O-FL    O-WR    O-WR    xx
55  Phil Jones                   10- 2  xx      xx      D-MLB   D-MLB   xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx
31  Randy Kaiser                 11-11  D-WS    D-WS    D-WS    D-S     D-WS    D-WS    D-WS    D-WS    D-WS    D-WS    D-WS  
14  Robbie Keyes                  0- 0                                                                                   
30  John Kilmurray                0- 0                                                                                   
60  Mike Kissner                  0- 0                                                                                   
30  Jeff Leggett                  0- 0                                                                                   
38  Buzzy Lewis                  11- 6  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LC  
17  Gary Loucks                   0- 0                                                                                   
70  Jim Malkiewicz               11-11  D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT  
83  Rudy Maloy                    3- 1                                                          xx              xx      D-RE  
89  Mark Marshall                 0- 0                                                                                   
12  Steve Mathieson               0- 0                                                                                   
37  Walt McCully                  0- 0                                                                                   
89  Tom McDougal                  4- 1                                                          xx      xx      O-TE    xx
47  David McGinn                 11- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
22  Bobby McKinnon               11- 4  O-TB    O-TB    xx      O-TB    O-FB    xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
65  Billy McPhillips              7- 1                                  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-SG  
59  Scott Meseroll                7- 3  xx      xx      xx      xx                      D-LE    D-LE    D-LE             
46  David Miles                   0- 0                                                                                   
29  Fred Miller                   0- 0                                                                                   
44  Hodges Mitchell              11-11  O-FB    O-FB    O-TB    O-FB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB  
56  John Murphy                  11-10  D-WLB   D-WLB   xx      D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB 
15  Pat O'Leary                   0- 0                                                                                   
73  Paul Oglesby                  1- 1                          O-WG                                                     
18  Mark Orlando                  8- 5          xx                      xx      O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    xx
87  John Palermo                  4- 2                          xx      xx      D-LT    D-LT                             
85  Earl Passwaters              10- 1  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      D-LE  
30  Lester Payton                 0- 0                                                                                   
    Scott Peacock                 0- 0                                                                                   
39  Ralph Petrillo                0- 0                                                                                   
55  Greg Pitt                     0- 0                                                                                   
48  Greg Pittman                  0- 0                                                                                   
60  Dave Porter                   0- 0                                                                                   
58  Greg Pounds                  10- 9  D-MLB   D-MLB   xx              D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB 
14  Billy Prescott                3- 1                                                                  xx      xx      O-QB  
65  Tom Prestwood                 0- 0                                                                                   
72  Smokey Ragins                 9- 7                  O-SG    xx      O-ST    O-ST    xx      O-SG    O-WT    O-WT    O-WT  
    Gene Revell                   0- 0                                                                                   
46  Detroit Reynolds             11- 1  xx      xx      D-WLB   xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
39  Jeff Ridings                  0- 0                                                                                   
68  Alan Risk                     0- 0                                                                                   
70  Vic Rivas                     0- 0                                                                                   
52  Rocky Saldana                10- 9  O-C     O-C             O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     xx      O-C     O-C     O-C   
50  Bill Sawyer                   0- 0                                                                                   
53  Brian Schmidt                 3- 0                  xx                              xx                              xx
54  Melvin Scruggs                0- 0                                                                                   
16  Billy Sexton                  9- 5  O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    xx      xx      xx              xx       
54  Garis Shaw                    4- 0                                                  xx      xx      xx      xx       
20  Mike Shumann                 10- 2          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O-WR    xx      xx      O-WR    xx
51  Mitch Skinner                 1- 0                          xx                                                       
77  Harry Slagle                  0- 0                                                                                   
74  Don Sparkman                  8- 8  O-WT    O-WT    O-WT    O-WT    O-WT    O-WT    O-WT    O-WT                     
24  Andy Stockton                 8- 0                          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
63  Jon Thames                    7- 4                                  xx      xx      xx      D-LT    D-LT    D-LT    D-LT  
86  Joe Thomas                    1- 0                                                                          xx       
33  Rudy Thomas                   9- 0          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
39  Steve Vickers                 0- 0                                                                                   

WAKE FOREST 9, FLORIDA STATE 7

09/15/1973, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 16, 1973, page 41, by Bill McGrotha.

Wake Forest Kicks Seminoles 9-7.
FSU Falls in Last Seconds.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Florida State played defense as though it merited a better fate, but an interceptions-plagued offense indicated nothing of that sort as the Seminoles fell to Wake Forest in a football opener here Saturday night 9-7.

Chuck Ramsey's 42-yard field goal with three seconds left dealt Florida State its first opening-game loss since 1967.

The Seminoles were backed up most of the long evening, with Ramsey's booming punts contributing considerably to the fact.

But they had moved in front on their first series of the last half, 7-6, and held that lead until Ramsey boomed the big one through.

For the start the Seminoles shifted Hodges Mitchell to fullback, from his normal tailback slot, and opened with soph Bobby McKinnon at the tailback position. It was a clear evening following a fair, sunshiny day. Friday's rain had quickly dispersed.

The new stadium of 31,000 capacity was a little more than half full. There were more Florida State rooters on hand than one might have anticipated. About 75 showed up for a pre-game gathering.

Wake Forest got first turn with the football, after winning the coin toss. The Seminoles led with a freshman Collis Dennison kicking off - to the 10. Wake ran it back to the 29.

Three runs were short, to the 38, and a 40-yard punt put the Seminoles at their 22. Florida State tried three runs, got to the 28 before Joe Downey punted to the 34.

A 14-yard pass to Ken Griffith gained the 50. On third down at the 47 a screen pass to Clayton Heath picked up 13, to the 33. Heath shot up the middle for a dozen more yards. QB Andy Carlton kept, struggled to the 14, and Frank Harsh's running led to a first down at the eight.

The Seminoles stiffened, held at the seven. Chuck Ramsey came in and kicked a 24-yard field goal for 3-0.

With the help of an offsides penalty and a short pass to Mitchell, the Seminoles struggled to the 37, but no further. Downey's 47-yard punt backed Wake to its 16.

A motion penalty nullified Heath's 23-yard run, and eventually the Deacons kicked from the 16. Dave McGinn, back to catch the punt, got racked before having a chance to catch it, and Wake was penalized 15 yards for interfering. That gave the Seminoles a shot from the Wake 40.

Mitchell gained five. But two Billy Sexton passes missed as the quarter ended.

Ahmet Askin entered for a 51-yard try at a field goal. Short.

On third and one, Greg Johnson and John Murphy stopped Heath short on a plunge. Ramsey's 52-yard punt placed the Seminoles at their 23.

A pass to Mitchell for nine and Doug Glosson's plunge got a first down. But on a play when a pass bounced off an intended receiver and was plucked out of the air by center Rocky Saldana, the Seminoles got penalized 15. Soon Downey punted to the Wake 35.

On third and seven, Bill Armstrong, who had just come in at quarterback for the home team, shot a screen pass to Heath, who rambled for 15 to FSU's 47. The Seminoles held, and Ramsey's punt was a bit short, to the 22.

On third and two, FSU faked a run, with Sexton slipping back and throwing - but John Harris happened to be in the right spot for Wake, and the end intercepted at the 40.

Soon heath plunged for 14 to the 26. Tom Fehring grabbed a 16-yard pass at the 10. Harsh hit to the seven, but following passes were broken up.

Ramsey kicked another 24-yard field goal, making it 6-0.

Quickly the Deacons got another chance. Tony Barnes, a freshman, stole Sexton's first-down pass and hustled it 10 yards to FSU's 31.

A busted play and two incomplete passes left Wake at the 29. Ramsey tried for three points from 46 yards out. Wide.

The half ran out, with the Seminoles standing fourth down at the 30.

At this stage Florida State showed just 53 yards of offense, 37 of it on the ground, of which Mitchell had got 33 - plus all 16 of the passing yards on two receptions.

By comparison, Wake had totaled 140 on offense, with 81 running. Heath had accounted for 90, on 46 rushing, 44 receiving.

The Seminoles had just two first downs.

Joe Goldsmith wheeled with the third-quarter kickoff from the goal to the 29.

First play, Goldsmith raced deep and hauled in a 39-yard bomb from Sexton.

Mitchell got caught for a loss of two, but Goldsmith pulled in another throw, at the 13. Mitchell got a couple. A pass missed then Jim Everett caught one just over the five. It came to fourth and one, and the Seminoles went for it.

The play was a quick pitchout to Mitchell, who scored easily. Askin put a point on the board for a 7-6 FSU lead.

Then Felix Glasco danced 62 yards with the kickoff before Buzzy Lewis bumped him out of bounds at the FSU 34.

But two runs and a pass didn't get it. Ramsey's 45-yard bid for a field goal was short.

A 21-yard pass to Everett and a 13-yarder to Glosson led the Seminoles to the Wake 46.

Then, after a penalty, Rich Severs intercepted a Sexton toss, and presented the Deacons another chance inside FSU territory, at the 47.

After Heath got a first down at the 34, the Deacons failed to make it on a fourth-and-two run from the 26.

The Seminoles couldn't maneuver. Downey punted to the 35. Carlton got Wake to FSU's 46 on a pass, but Randy Coffield soon nailed the quarterback for a 13-yard loss, blunting that bid. Ramsey punted into the end zone.

Sexton's 38-yard throw to Ed Davis lifted the Tribe to its 47.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
7
0
7
WAKE FOREST
3
3
0
3
9

1st   0- 3  Opp, 24, field goal, 9:59 
2nd   0- 3  Ahmet Askin, 42, field goal failed
      0- 6  Opp, 24, field goal, 2:24 
      0- 6  Opp, 36, field goal failed
3rd   7- 6  Hodges Mitchell, 5, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 12:07
      7- 6  Opp, 45, field goal failed
4th   7- 6  Opp, 38, field goal failed
      7- 9  Opp, 41, field goal, 1:11 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 15 Rushes-yards 34- 97 39-116 Passing 163 173 Att-Comp-Int 21-11-4 35-14-1 Total Yards 55-260 74-289 Punt Returns 1--6 2-3 Kickoff Returns 2-60 2-81 Interception Ret. 1-0 4-27 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 6-37.3 7-40.4 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-Yds 4-30 5-63 Time of Posession 27:35 32:25 Attendance 18,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 25- 83 Doug Glosson 2- 18 Bobby McKinnon 7- 4 Billy Sexton 4- -8 Receiving Joe Goldsmith 2- 60 Jimmy Everett 2- 26 Ed Davis 1- 26 Mike Allen 2- 19 Hodges Mitchell 2- 16 Doug Glosson 2- 16 Passing Billy Sexton 20-11-4-163 Joe Downey 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return David McGinn 1- -6 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 2- 37 Hodges Mitchell 1- 23 Punting Joe Downey 6- 224 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Phil Arnold 9 2 11 . . . . . . . . . Earl Humes . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR   11  Jimmy Everett
QB   16  Billy Sexton
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
TB   22  Bobby McKinnon
TE   32  Ed Davis
FB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
TG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
WT   74  Don Sparkman
TT   79  Bobby Elam
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LC   23  Chris Griffin
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
SLB  61  Phil Arnold
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   78  Greg Johnson
RE   84  Randy Coffield
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
36  Doug Glosson
38  Buzzy Lewis
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
48  Collis Dennison
49  Bruce Bell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
50  Tom Cooper
55  Phil Jones
59  Scott Meseroll
60  Bill Johnson
66  Tom Chandler
77  David Harper
82  Mike Allen
85  Earl Passwaters

KANSAS 28, FLORIDA STATE 0

09/22/1973, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Orlando Sentinel, September 23, 1973, page 56, by Bill Buchalter.

Kansas Inflicts 1st FSU Shutout In Eight Years.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - You have to go back 80 football games and eight years to find the last time a Florida State University football team was blanked.

But those imposing statistics notwithstanding, that's exactly what happened to the Seminoles Saturday afternoon. Kansas imposed the scoring blackout, 28-0, in a less than artistic intersectional battle that sent many of an equally disappointing 19,280 Doak Campbell Stadium crowd home early.

Not since midway through the 1965 season when North Carolina State applied the whitewash, 3-0, have the Seminoles failed to dent the scoreboard.

Never has the nation's leading passing team over the past half decade looked so inept. "The chorus line offense," mumbled one Seminole fan. "You know. One-two-three-kick."

While FSU's offense turned the ball over to the Big Eight Conference Jayhawks on eight occasions - five intercepts and three fumbles - the Seminole defense had their shining moments averting what could have been the worst setback in tribal lore.

Two of those fumble recoveries by KU linebacker Odell Weidner were turned into touchdowns by veteran quarterback David Jaynes, who wound up with 15 of 28 for 168 yards and two TDs, clearly winning the passing duel against the one-two FSU punch of Billy Sexton and Mark Orlando.

The touchdown makers were bruising running back Delvin Williams (15 carrier, 89 yards), touted wide receiver Bruce Adams and sophomore back Luvurne Smith.

Williams broke the scoring ice with 3:11 remaining in the first quarter on a 24-yard tackle-busting run, running over three Seminoles in the process. His second score, following a Hodges Mitchell fumble, was a twisting seven-yard scamper with a Jaynes option pitchout.

Jaynes split defenders Chris Griffin and Phil Cahoon on a perfect 24-yard scoring pass minutes into the final period after Weidner's second recovery. Jaynes teamed with Smith on a 15-yard swing pass two exchange of series later, a tiring Seminole secondary finally wilting under the oppressive number of KU offensive plays.

Only once did the Seminoles resemble an offensive team, Sexton guiding an aborted length-of-the-field drive at the onset of the third quarter. Steve Taylor took the wind out of the Seminoles' sails with an end zone interception that wiped out a 42-yard Sexton-to-Ed Davis big gainer that had the look of confidence about it.

Sexton and Orlando wound up with 17-for-26 and 134 but nothing to show for it, a factor that greatly disturbed both Larry Jones, the befuddled Seminole coach, and Sexton who is used to having better days.

"I'm definitely disappointed," snapped an unhappy Jones afterward. "We knew Mitchell was hurt and (Mike) Davison was not ready to play but we still should have moved the ball better. I'm disappointed we didn't generate anything. That really bothers me. I haven't seen much to get excited about so far."

Sexton seconded the motion. "I'm disappointed, very much so," said the lanky senior. "It's just a bunch of intangibles that are hard to explain. You've got to make something happen and that's my job. And I didn't do it."

A lack of intangibles or whatever, the eight turnovers plus some consistently favorable KU field position gave the 2-0 Jayhawks an opportunity to start at the FSU 15, 46, 32, 49, 47, 33, 32, 36, 35 and 18 plus once on their own 45. It also kept the tiring FSU defense on the field for 88 plays while their offensive buddies were handling the pigskin on only 52 occasions.

Thus the 28 points were misleading to some headhunters like John Murphy, who blocked a field goal, Jim Malkiewicz, who led a goal-line stand, and numerous Seminole defenders who came up with enough big plays to keep the final score respectable.

"When you give them the ball at your end of the field, the percentage of your chances of stopping them go way down. Usually the offense will score, some studies show, three out of four times," offered Jones. "I was proud of them (defense) at times but this is a team game and they simply have to come up with some bigger plays."

The defensive efforts simply were not enough as the offense sputtered to a decade low of 151 yards.

Jones offered no excuses although he knew since Monday that Mitchell, his No. 1 runner, had a lame ankle that would keep him at half speed, and Davison was still a question mark with his torn thigh muscle.

"We wanted to play them because of their leadership and experience," he explained. "But it just didn't work out."

Which brings Seminole fans back to more Tribe trivia. If there were 80 games played between blankings, when was the last time an FSU team stood 0-2? Would you believe 1967, the year some followers think was the best squad ever? FSU started 0-2-1 that autumn, the tie with Alabama.

For Jones, however, there is no Alabama, just Miami, the team that knocked off nationally-ranked Texas.

"We just got off to a bad start," offered Jones. "So we have to get back to work to get something accomplished now. We're not looking to next year or the year after. We want to do something now."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
KANSAS
7
7
0
14
28
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

1st   0- 7  Opp, 24, run (kick), 3:11 
2nd   0-14  Opp, 7, run (kick), 14:12
      0-14  Opp, 30, field goal blocked by John Murphy
4th   0-21  Opp, 28, pass (kick), 14:11
      0-28  Opp, 15, pass (kick), 9:42 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 7 18 Rushes-yards 26- 17 54-191 Passing 134 176 Att-Comp-Int 27-9-5 32-16-1 Total Yards 53-151 86-367 Punt Returns 2-0 4-39 Kickoff Returns 4-96 1-25 Interception Ret. 1-0 5-52 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 7-40.0 8-38.3 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 2-1 Penalties-Yds 2-5 6-70 Attendance 19,240 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Davison 6- 7 Hodges Mitchell 8- 4 Rudy Thomas 1- 1 Mark Orlando 2- 0 Billy Sexton 7- -2 Receiving Mike Shumann 4- 65 Ed Davis 1- 41 Mike Allen 1- 13 Jimmy Everett 1- 7 Mike Davison 1- 5 Joe Goldsmith 1- 3 Passing Billy Sexton 22- 7-4-116 Mark Orlando 5- 2-1- 18 Punt Return David McGinn 2- 0 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 3- 75 Rudy Thomas 1- 21 Punting Joe Downey 7- 280 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Randy Kaiser . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . John Murphy . . . . . . . . . . 1 . David McGinn . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR   11  Jimmy Everett
QB   16  Billy Sexton
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
TB   22  Bobby McKinnon
TE   32  Ed Davis
FB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
TG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
WT   74  Don Sparkman
TT   79  Bobby Elam
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LC   23  Chris Griffin
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
SLB  61  Phil Arnold
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   78  Greg Johnson
RE   84  Randy Coffield
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 3  Joe Downey
18  Mark Orlando
20  Mike Shumann
28  Mike Davison
33  Rudy Thomas
38  Buzzy Lewis
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Bruce Bell
50  Tom Cooper
55  Phil Jones
59  Scott Meseroll
60  Bill Johnson
66  Tom Chandler
82  Mike Allen
85  Earl Passwaters

MIAMI 14, FLORIDA STATE 10

09/29/1973, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Orlando Sentinel, September 30, 1973, page 55, by Bill Buchalter.

Hurricanes Shed Seven-Year Itch.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Miami finally scratched its seven-year FSU itch Saturday.

But to finally eradicate the nagging sensation it took a one-man gang effort by Woody Thompson to put down a youthful Seminole Team that severed relations with the pitiful performers of the previous two weeks.

Thompson's tackle-busting antics produced 57 of 72 yards in a powerful Miami drive midway through the final drive, including the final four which ground out a 14-10 Hurricane victory.

The huge Hurricanes proved they were real and they were human all in one bruising battle. At the same time, the Seminoles gained some maturity and respect.

"We didn't beat ourselves," admitted a downcast but proud Seminole boss Larry Jones afterward. "That was our first objective. To cut down on our mistakes. We wanted to make Miami beat us and I think we made them do that with that fourth quarter drive. They are so big and physical and that Thompson is, well, something else."

Trailing 10-7 and seemingly caught in a maze of mistakes that are reminiscent of the past seven Seminole victories in succession, Miami awoke with a blazing fury, ignited by a successful fourth-and-one gamble at its own 37.

For practical purposes that was the ball game. Thompson followed a fanatical block by Alan Reynaud for nine yards and a first down at the Hurricane 46.

Then it was Thompson for 10. After a 'Cane first down at the FSU 32, it was Thompson for 27 more. A penalty pushed Miami back to the 10 but it was Thompson to the six, Thompson to the 4, then Thompson on a super second effort ripping into the end zone like a relentless shark smelling blood.

It was the culminating blow to seven years of Seminole success but at the same time provided these same Seminoles with impetus which could produce happier results in the near future.

FSU's impetus was offensive execution and a myriad of his plays on defense which included two fumble recoveries by Hialeah sophomore Randy Coffield, a pass interception by Buzzy Lewis and a blocked field goal by Leesburg sophomore Greg Johnson.

"We just aren't physical enough to beat a team like Miami," said defensive coordinator Gene Henderson afterward, "But I can't complain about our effort. We showed a lot of progress and that's a start in the right direction."

For the 0-3 Seminoles, mired in the worst beginning since 1952 - ironically the same year FSU played a similar amount of freshman on the varsity - the effort sustained brought more locker room smiles than tears and quarterback Billy Sexton, who ran and passed with poise, felt the close loss "would bring us even closer together."

Sexton directed a 60-yard, 12-play third-period drive which gave the Seminoles their 10-7 lead, a perfectly executed effort that controlled the football for 6 minutes and gave 22,378 Doak Campbell Stadium fans high hopes on a gritty two-yard slam into the teeth of the beefy Hurricane line after Sexton set it with a bullet 14-yard pass to hustling Joe Goldsmith.

Earlier, with just 6:40 left in the first half, Ahmet Askin had ended a 110-minute, six-quarter Seminole scoring drought with a 51-yard field goal, a side-winding beauty that was the second longest three-pointer in Seminole history. Ironically, Grant Guthrie's record 53-yarder also came against the Hurricanes.

But as FSU's Jones was to point out later, "This is a game of mistakes, inches, seconds and efforts and I think you saw that out there today."

One of those mistakes Jones referred to was a costly 15-yard roughing the kicker penalty assessed against Oviedo's Steve Bratton with 3:09 remaining in the first half maintaining Miami ball possession at the Seminole 39. Instead of FSU starting from its own 28 on the punt, the 214 pound Thompson had another crack at the Seminole defense.

Thompson worked the ball to just inches from the goal line and quarterback Coy Hall barely nudged it across for a touchdown that gave Miami a 7-3 halftime lead. Only 10 seconds were left on the clock before intermission.

If there was a disappointment for Jones, other than the ultimate football fate of defeat, it was the fact his club did not get a final opportunity to pull out a victory.

"We didn't get the ball that one more time and that really hurt," said Jones, "but I think you have to give Miami tremendous credit for that fact. It showed what a fine physical force they are by running out the final four minutes on the clock. This was definitely out best game. We cut down on mistakes but still had too many. We had great effort and you can't ask for more than that."

Unless you would ask to find a Woody Thompson.

"Do you know where I can find one?" grinned Jones. "He's a great back, He scratched it out for them, gouged us and ran over us."

He ran over FSU for 119 yards in 24 runs and presented Pete Elliot with a prized 47th birthday present. He should have presented him with a backscratcher too. The itch had finally departed and Miami sighed in relief.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIAMI
0
7
0
7
14
FLORIDA STATE
0
3
7
0
10

1st   0- 0  Opp, 44, field goal blocked by Greg Johnson, 0:53 
2nd   3- 0  Ahmet Askin, 51, field goal, 6:40 
      3- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 0:10 
3rd  10- 7  Hodges Mitchell, 1, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:22 
4th  10-14  Opp, 4, run (kick), 6:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 11 23 Rushes-yards 38- 71 57-275 Passing 61 126 Att-Comp-Int 14-7-0 17-9-1 Total Yards 52-132 74-401 Punt Returns 2-7 4-25 Kickoff Returns 3-35 5-53 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 6-42.5 2-35.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2 Penalties-Yds 2-20 9-74 Time of Posession 25:37 34:23 Attendance 22,278 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bobby McKinnon 13- 27 Hodges Mitchell 14- 26 Billy Sexton 8- 9 Rudy Thomas 3- 9 Receiving Joe Goldsmith 2- 23 Mike Allen 1- 19 Mike Shumann 1- 9 Bobby McKinnon 2- 6 Hodges Mitchell 1- 4 Passing Billy Sexton 14- 7-0- 61 Punt Return Greg Johnson 1- 6 Kickoff Return Rudy Thomas 1- 18 David Harper 1- 11 Joe Goldsmith 1- 6 Mike Shumann 1- 1 Punting Joe Downey 6- 255 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Lewis . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Randy Coffield . . . . . . . . 2- 0 . . . Greg Johnson . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR   11  Jimmy Everett
QB   16  Billy Sexton
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
TE   32  Ed Davis
FB   36  Doug Glosson
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
SG   72  Smokey Ragins
WT   74  Don Sparkman
ST   77  David Harper
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LC   23  Chris Griffin
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
ROV  41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
WLB  46  Detroit Reynolds
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
MLB  55  Phil Jones
LE   57  Steve Bratton
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   78  Greg Johnson
RE   84  Randy Coffield
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
20  Mike Shumann
22  Bobby McKinnon
33  Rudy Thomas
38  Buzzy Lewis
47  David McGinn
53  Brian Schmidt
##  NAME
-----------------------------
56  John Murphy
58  Greg Pounds
59  Scott Meseroll
61  Phil Arnold
66  Tom Chandler
82  Mike Allen
85  Earl Passwaters

BAYLOR 21, FLORIDA STATE 14

10/06/1973, WAYCO, TX

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From the Orlando Sentinel, October 7, 1973, page 45, by Park Morgan.

Baylor Inflicts FSU's Fourth Loss, 21-14.
Fourth Quarter Seminole Rally Falls Short.

WACO, TX - Florida State, stumbling and still groping for a consistent offense, almost overcame its mistakes with an 11th-hour rally here Saturday night, but Baylor wouldn't allow it and handed the Seminoles their fourth straight defeat, 21-14, before 22,000 fans.

Down 21-7 in the dying minutes of the fourth period on a warm evening in central Texas, FSU rallied for a late touchdown to pull closer to the foe it had trailed all night long, but ran out of steam in the last three minutes.

Quarterback Billy Sexton, who had thrown for one touchdown in the second quarter, drew back and connected on a 57-yard aerial to flanker Mike Allen with 6:13 to play and put FSU back in the ball game.

Then Collis Dennison kicked short, an apparent onsides attempt, and Scott Meseroll recovered for the Seminoles at the Baylor 40. FSU had time and the chance to spoil the Bear's night, but only got as far as the 20.

On fourth down, Sexton's pass for Ed Davis fell incomplete and the Seminole threat for all practical purposes, was over.

Because in the end it was the Seminoles' six turnovers - three fumbles and three interceptions - that designed their fall. The last ditch effort might have been valiant but without offensive consistency it was useless.

Penalties, not offense, provided most of the football movement during the first period as neither Baylor nor Florida State was able to mount a drive.

With three minutes to go in the quarter, the falling flags of the officials had accounted for 96 yards in penalties - that was three more than FSU's total and 19 more than Baylor.

FSU's deepest penetration was the Baylor 40 after Billy Sexton hit Joe Goldsmith on a 34-yard pass play, but Goldsmith fumbled as he was hit by cornerback Charles McClanahan and McClanahan came up with the ball for Baylor.

But the Bears didn't move it, and after four penalties punted to FSU and the Seminoles took over on their 17.

Still, both offenses sputtered and it was not until 11:33 to go in the second period that Baylor was able to move toward the FSU goal. The TD was set up by an interception by Baylor's Lester Ealey, who snared Sexton's aerial when Goldsmith slipped down at the FSU 36.

Despite a clipping penalty that pushed the Bears back to the FSU 46, it took only five plays for tailback Gary Lacy to crack the Seminole line for one yard and six points. Two big gains, one of 26 by Brian Kilgore on a reverse and a 17-yard sprint by Lacy, made it possible.

And with 10:15 to play in the half Bubba Hicks put Baylor in front 7-0.

FSU was unable to move on its next possession and on third and two from its own 33, Rudy Thomas fumbled and Dale Keohter recovered for Baylor at that spot.

Baylor's Billy Wilson picked up seven, then three straight runs at the FSU line by fullback Pat McNeill got the Bears to the 13.

Then with a first down at the 11, senior running back Godfrey White took a pitchout around right end for the touchdown. With 6:41 left, Hicks made it 14-0.

The Seminoles advanced only as far as midfield following the Baylor kickoff and punted deep to the Bears who wound up at the two-yard line. Ealey actually fielded the ball at the seven, but was driven backward five yards by Scott Meseroll, down fast on coverage.

Baylor moved out to its own 35, but as White ripped up the middle, he was hit and fumbled to Meseroll at the 37. FSU battled back, determined to go into the dressing room with some points on the board.

The effort paid off. With 25 seconds left, Sexton passed to flanker Jim Everett for 12 yards and the score. Ahmet Askin converted and the Seminoles appeared to be making a game of it.

Statistically, FSU and Baylor were even in first downs with seven apiece but Baylor had the edge in total offense - 199 to 166. Hodges Mitchell led the FSU ground attack with 48 yards in 14 carries, followed by Bobby McKinnon with 26. Sexton passed five times, completed two for 43 yards.

FSU threatened at the start of the third quarter when freshman Detroit Reynolds recovered Godfrey White's fumble on the kickoff at the 40.

Sexton passed the Seminoles to well within striking distance, getting them down to the four. But the Bear defense would yield no more and forced Florida State to surrender the ball.

Then it was FSU defense's turn. Baylor got only as far as the 11, and punted out to its own 43.

Sexton, spreading the Bear secondary out with his passing, appeared on the way to tying the score, but was intercepted at the four by Bear rover Tom Turnipseed. The pass, intended for Ed Beckman, the tight end, was deflected, and Turnipseed made a tumbling catch.

That was the second interception of a Sexton pass, and the fifth Seminole turnover. The other three were fumbles.

The contest moved down toward the last act which saw Sexton intercepted a third time, then Baylor dealt the Seminoles another blow when Lacy ripped 58 yards to the FSU seven, in the last seconds of period three.

Earl Humes saved the TD, but with 14:16 to go in the game Lacy went nine yards to put the Bears in command.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
0
7
14
BAYLOR
0
14
0
7
21

1st   0- 0  Opp, 55, field goal failed, 6:50 
2nd   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 10:15
      0-14  Opp, 11, run (kick), 6:41 
      7-14  Jimmy Everett, 12, pass from Billy Sexton (Ahmet Askin, kick), 0:17 
4th   7-21  Opp, 9, run (kick), 14:16
     14-21  Mike Allen, 56, pass from Billy Sexton (Ahmet Askin, kick), 6:13 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 12 Rushes-yards 45-183 54-307 Passing 179 45 Att-Comp-Int 29-12-3 8-4-0 Total Yards 74-362 62-352 Punt Returns 5-20 1--5 Kickoff Returns 4-64 2-46 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-1 Fumble Returns 3-0 3-0 Punts 6-38.2 9-36.7 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-3 Penalties-Yds 5-57 9-93 Attendance 29,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 21- 109 Bobby McKinnon 11- 54 Rudy Thomas 6- 19 Billy Sexton 7- 1 Receiving Mike Allen 1- 57 Joe Goldsmith 1- 31 Jimmy Everett 2- 24 Ed Davis 2- 24 Ed Beckman 2- 16 Bobby McKinnon 2- 15 Mike Shumann 2- 12 Passing Billy Sexton 29-12-3-179 Punt Return Mike Shumann 5- 20 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 4- 64 Punting Joe Downey 6- 229 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott Meseroll . . . . . . . . 2- 0 . . . Detroit Reynolds . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
FL   11  Jimmy Everett
QB   16  Billy Sexton
SE   21  Joe Goldsmith
TB   22  Bobby McKinnon
TE   32  Ed Davis
FB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
SG   62  Bob Jones
WG   73  Paul Oglesby
WT   74  Don Sparkman
ST   77  David Harper
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LCB  23  Chris Griffin
S    31  Randy Kaiser
ROV  41  Phil Cahoon
RCB  43  Earl Humes
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
MLB  55  Phil Jones
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   78  Greg Johnson
RE   84  Randy Coffield
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
20  Mike Shumann
24  Andy Stockton
33  Rudy Thomas
36  Doug Glosson
38  Buzzy Lewis
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
50  Tom Cooper
51  Mitch Skinner
59  Scott Meseroll
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Bill Johnson
61  Phil Arnold
64  Jeff Gardner
66  Tom Chandler
67  Collis Dennison
72  Smokey Ragins
75  Doug Dane
79  Bobby Elam
81  Ed Beckman
82  Mike Allen
87  John Palermo

MISSISSIPPI STATE 37, FLORIDA STATE 12

10/13/1973, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 14, 1973, page 39, by Bill McGrotha.

Fumbles Help Put FSU Into Deep 37-12 Hole.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State got 21 first downs, and Florida State threw the football 48 times. Forget it.

The Seminoles were nothing more than an inept team as they lost 37-12 here Saturday afternoon to aggressive Mississippi State representatives that never before had beaten the Garnet and Gold.

Mississippi State was as good as Coach Larry Jones of FSU thought it might be on offense. The score could have been bigger.

Though a loser of five straight this season, the Seminoles, for the first time, performed poorly on both offense and defense.

"We just weren't ready to play," Jones said afterward.

If the Seminoles had been "ready to play," they might have put the visitors in an early hole, instead of vice versa, for they got a liberal share of "breaks" at the start.

"It was the worst start I've ever seen," said Jones.

After holding off the Bulldogs at their 9-yard line, the Seminoles turned over the football three straight times on fumbles. Mississippi State scored after each of those fumbles and led 21-0 before the first quarter was over.

Then, before a rather quiet turnout of 19,829 on this sunny afternoon, M-State put it out of reach, really, by scoring on their first series of the second quarter, for 28-0. On four consecutive series M-State got touchdowns.

The Bulldogs cut up Florida State's defense in a variety of ways, but notably with the running of big Wayne Jones, who whacked out 140 yards in a mere 16 carries. Rockey Felker was the spectacular quarterback that had been anticipated, passing for 152 yards and two touchdowns, running for 33 yards.

Felker jammed a thumb on his throwing hand in the third quarter - there's a possibility it may be broken - and turned over the mop-up work to Mike Monaghan, who directed the team to a last-quarter field goal and touchdown.

Trailing by so much so early, the Seminoles shucked their running game and threw repeatedly.

Billy Sexton quarterbacked the first quarter and two plays of the second. Mark Orlando was in there the rest of the way. Sexton was 2-for-7 on his passing before departure. Orlando went 20-for-41, getting two intercepted, total 228 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Shumann, the Tallahassee freshman, accounted for both FSU scores, on a 5-yard Orlando pass that narrowed the halftime score to 28-6, on a 37-yarder from Orlando that brought the Seminoles within 31-12 with 3:37 left. Saturday was Schumann's 18th birthday.

While Shumann caught four passes for the day, Mike Allen collared eight.

But Florida State passing was not as good as the overall figures may lead some to surmise. M-State appeared vulnerable on defense. Both quarterbacks failed to hit with receivers wide open - and the receivers themselves showed some inconsistency, particularly in hanging onto balls that might have been retained.

The Seminoles ran Hodges Mitchell not a time in the last half. Also back in action, if not exactly fit, was Mike Davison, who looked at times as though he may soon be ready.

Mississippi State got those three early fumbles at FSU's 31, 24 and its own 44. Stan Murray scored the first TD from the four. The second came on Felker's 13-yard pass to Danny Malone, the third on Murray's 2-yard run with a pitchout.

A bit later it was Felker throwing to All-American hopeful Bill Buckley for a TD on a 50-yard play. (Buckley got 154 yards out of six catches, scored the Bulldogs' last TD on a 33-yarder from Monaghan.)

"I think," said Bob Tyler, the new coach of the Mississippians in a possibly remarkable statement, "FSU's young players did a good job. Just the fumbles hurt bad."

Next week: homecoming for the Seminoles, versus Memphis State.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MISSISSIPPI STATE
21
7
0
9
37
FLORIDA STATE
0
6
0
6
12

1st   0- 0  Opp, 27, field goal failed, 11:33
      0- 7  Opp, 4, run (kick), 6:22 
      0-14  Opp, 13, pass (kick), 4:03 
      0-21  Opp, 1, run (kick), 1:21 
2nd   0-28  Opp, 50, pass (kick), 12:43
      6-28  Mike Shumann, 5, pass from Mark Orlando (Mark Orlando, pass failed), 1:21 
4th   6-31  Opp, 24, field goal, 14:19
     12-31  Mike Shumann, 37, pass from Mark Orlando (Mark Orlando, pass failed), 3:37 
     12-37  Opp, 33, pass (kick failed), 2:09 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 19 Rushes-yards 25- 45 52-259 Passing 247 221 Att-Comp-Int 48-22-2 18-12-0 Total Yards 73-292 70-480 Punt Returns 1-16 2-10 Kickoff Returns 6-138 2-38 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-3 Fumble Returns 0-0 3-0 Punts 6-39.0 4-43.8 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-0 Penalties-Yds 6-87 8-108 Time of Posession 29:45 30:55 Attendance 19,829 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 8- 42 Mike Davison 9- 11 Mark Orlando 3- 6 Bobby McKinnon 2- 3 Billy Sexton 3- -17 Receiving Mike Shumann 4- 76 Mike Allen 8- 68 Larry Jones 4- 42 Hodges Mitchell 1- 18 Joe Goldsmith 1- 14 Ed Beckman 2- 13 Mike Davison 1- 13 Bobby McKinnon 1- 3 Passing Mark Orlando 41-20-2-228 Billy Sexton 7- 2-0- 19 Punt Return Mike Shumann 1- 16 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 6- 138 Punting Joe Downey 6- 234 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jim Malkiewicz . . . . 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
WR   11  Jimmy Everett
QB   16  Billy Sexton
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
FB   22  Bobby McKinnon
TE   32  Ed Davis
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
SG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
ST   72  Smokey Ragins
WT   74  Don Sparkman
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LC   23  Chris Griffin
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
ROV  41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
SLB  61  Phil Arnold
LT   66  Tom Chandler
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   84  Randy Coffield
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
18  Mark Orlando
20  Mike Shumann
24  Andy Stockton
28  Mike Davison
33  Rudy Thomas
36  Doug Glosson
38  Buzzy Lewis
40  Ben Graham
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
49  Bruce Bell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
50  Tom Cooper
55  Phil Jones
63  Jon Thames
65  Billy McPhillips
67  Collis Dennison
75  Doug Dane
77  David Harper
79  Bobby Elam
81  Ed Beckman
82  Mike Allen
85  Earl Passwaters
87  John Palermo
88  Larry Jones

MEMPHIS STATE 13, FLORIDA STATE 10

10/20/1973, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Orlando Sentinel, October 21, 1973, page 46, by Bill Buchalter.

FSU: 1 Less Yard, 1 More Loss.
Seminoles Lose Sixth Straight, 13-10.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State now measures its defeats by the yard. One lonesome, bittersweet yard.

Memphis State's spunky defense, keyed by Florida-bred Van Anderson, stacked up Hodges Mitchell one yard shy of the goal line on two consecutive plays late in the third period Saturday.

The result was a 13-10 Tiger triumph, the sixth consecutive setback this season by FSU, the first Homecoming loss suffered at Doak Campbell Stadium in 11 years and the seventh straight loss over a two-year period for the long-suffering Seminoles who came oh, so very close.

It marked the fourth time among those six losses that these Seminoles fell by a touchdown or less but that was little consolation for Coach Larry Jones.

"They're all heartbreaking," he admitted, his face a mirror of frustration. "It was a lousy call," Jones mourned, referring to Mitchell's last-gasp victory effort, "and it was my call. Hodges was running good. Maybe we ran him once too often. I don't know. You always second guess. We had just run Hodge three times in there and didn't make it. It was that close."

The final outcome was indeed that close. Memphis State's Fred Pancoast, a popular Florida figure, said he held his breath on Mitchell's final, fateful burst. "Our players said he took a deep breath and we keyed on him," revealed Pancoast. "I just held my breath and watched the referee expecting him to signal touchdown."

But there was to be no signal, nor no Seminole war-whoop among the 23,883 partisans. Before Mitchell could dent the line of scrimmage, the 245-pound Anderson, from Fort Pierce Central, smashed into the squatty 185-pound runner and extended Seminole frustrations by still another Saturday.

"Our defense gave us the gut play," said Pancoast. "FSU had the momentum. They had the spirit. They had us right where they wanted but we got up off our butts and did a job. A win is a win and I've never seen a better one."

Of course, the defense didn't put points on the board and the eventual outcome was decided by two punchless but accurate placements by Hal McGeorge. The field goals covered 37 and 32 yards, both barely clearing the crossbar. The kicks brought the Tigers all the way back from a 10-0 deficit to give them a 5-2 record.

But Pancoast put the praise back on his defense. "This game turned out exactly like I was afraid it would. They didn't make any errors. We gave them something early to hang their hat on. But our defense rose to the occasion. Otherwise we would be 4-3."

That something Pancoast referred to was a 74-yard scoring burst by sophomore Bobby McKinnon, who broke five tackles in the process of turning an option pitch from Mark Orlando for an attempted first down into the game's big play and the fourth longest TD run in FSU history.

McKinnon broke two tackles past the scrimmage line in driving for the first down. He was hit, miraculously kept his balance on the sideline, then found himself in the clear and gone. When Ahmet Askin kicked the seventh point, the clock read 9:17 in the first period. It was FSU's first touchdown of the year in the initial 15 minutes.

Four more times before intermission, the Seminoles carried the attack to Memphis State, but the Orlando directed offense could only convert the consistent defensive play into three points, a 35-yard fielder by Askin following a Buzzy Lewis interception.

Two missed Askin field goals, from 52 and 35 yards, and clipping penalty plus fumble late, stymied the efforts.

The defense suffered just one breakdown during the first half, but it proved costly. On third-and-16 in his own territory, Tiger Dan Dary escaped two Seminoles on the draw play and maneuvered 26 yards to highlight a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive which narrowed the gap to 10-7.

Speedy Bobby Ward returned the second half kickoff 46 yards to set up McGeorge's tying field goal 11:02 into the third quarter. Just 4 minutes later, Floridian Joe Bruner directed Memphis to the 14, where McGeorge entered for his 32-yarder with 6:30 on the clock.

That set it up for the Tiger defense to play up to their nicknames. They got the opportunity when Greg Pounds intercepted a Bruner pass and returned to Memphis 21.

Billy Sexton took command at QB on this fateful series and Mitchell carried six of the eight times for all of the yardage, moving to the one-yard line. The artful Hodger, as he is sometimes called, totaled 111 yards for the afternoon.

It was third-and-one from the one when FSU's victory bid came up short, not once but twice. To every disheartened Seminole, that yard seemed as long as the season.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MEMPHIS STATE
0
7
6
0
13
FLORIDA STATE
7
3
0
0
10

1st   7- 0  Bobby McKinnon, 74, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 9:17 
      7- 0  Ahmet Askin, 52, field goal failed, 2:55 
2nd   7- 0  Ahmet Askin, 40, field goal failed, 13:49
     10- 0  Ahmet Askin, 35, field goal, 8:55 
     10- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 5:30 
3rd  10-10  Opp, 37, field goal, 11:02
     10-13  Opp, 32, field goal, 6:30 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 17 Rushes-yards 40-202 49-222 Passing 68 108 Att-Comp-Int 22-14-0 27-15-2 Total Yards 62-270 76-330 Punt Returns 1-6 1-3 Kickoff Returns 4-52 2-68 Interception Ret. 2-22 0-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 6-38.5 4-33.8 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-2 Penalties-Yds 4-36 6-70 Time of Posession 28:18 31:42 Attendance 23,883 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 20- 111 Bobby McKinnon 8- 77 Mike Davison 8- 17 Billy Sexton 1- 2 Joe Downey 1- -1 Mark Orlando 2- -4 Receiving Hodges Mitchell 5- 40 Bobby McKinnon 2- 13 Mike Davison 6- 10 Larry Jones 1- 5 Passing Mark Orlando 33-14-0- 68 Punt Return Mike Shumann 1- 6 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 3- 35 Mike Davison 1- 17 Punting Joe Downey 6- 231 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Lewis . . . . . 1- 5 . . . . . . Greg Pounds . . . . . 1- 17 . . . . . . Steve Bratton . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Phil Jones . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   18  Mark Orlando
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
SG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
ST   72  Smokey Ragins
WT   74  Don Sparkman
TE   81  Ed Beckman
WR   82  Mike Allen
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
LC   38  Buzzy Lewis
ROV  41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
SLB  61  Phil Arnold
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   84  Randy Coffield
LT   87  John Palermo
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
11  Jimmy Everett
16  Billy Sexton
20  Mike Shumann
22  Bobby McKinnon
23  Chris Griffin
24  Andy Stockton
32  Ed Davis
33  Rudy Thomas
40  Ben Graham
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
##  NAME
-----------------------------
49  Bruce Bell
50  Tom Cooper
55  Phil Jones
63  Jon Thames
65  Billy McPhillips
67  Collis Dennison
75  Doug Dane
77  David Harper
78  Greg Johnson
79  Bobby Elam
85  Earl Passwaters
88  Larry Jones

SAN DIEGO STATE 38, FLORIDA STATE 17

10/27/1973, SAN DIEGO, CA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 29, 1973, page 14, by Bill McGrotha.

Aztecs Slap FSU Defense With Record Total Yards.

SAN DIEGO, CA - What it was, among other things, was a game in which a Florida State football team yielded more yardage than it ever had in any previous encounter in its history.

San Diego State, as it stretched its record to 5-1 with a 38-17 thumping of the Seminoles on Saturday night, amassed 590 yards. Of that, 231 came on the ground, 359 in the air.

That topped, by much, the previous high of 510 granted by a Florida State team, at Texas Tech in 1966 - and the Seminoles won that one 43-33.

And the 359 yards passing were the most ever against a Florida State team in a single game. Previous high was 324 by South Carolina in 1968. The Seminoles won that one, too, 35-28.

Interestingly, and ironically, Claude Gilbert, the San Diego coach, indicated after the game he was far from pleased with his team's record-buster against Florida State.

"Right now," he said, 'we are not playing well. Nor are we playing with any character or class right now."

He seemed to feel his Aztecs should have scored more. "We stop ourselves with mistakes," he said, "It is totally frustrating to get down there in scoring position and have an interception or fumble stop us or a mental mistake. If we keep playing like this, we are going to get beat somewhere along the way."

What the game also was was one that reminded the few Florida State followers who made the trip of a team they used to know.

Jesse Freitas, possibly as good a passer as there is in the college game this year, was reminiscent of Florida State quarterbacks of recent years. The way San Diego's aerial game opened the door for the running game was another reminder.

Completing 22 of 36 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns, Freitas may have climbed to No. 1 statistical rank nationally in passing. Last week he was No. 5. In six games he has hit 101 of 165 for 1,232 yards.

Frank Geary, a big one, led the running charge for the Aztecs with 113 in just 18 carries.

Florida State had a creditable yardage total itself, 386.

Mark Orlando, completing 19 of his 34 throws, accounted for 199 of FSU's 283 passing sum. Billy Sexton was 3-for-13, completing just one of seven last-half tosses.

Hodges Mitchell, with 101 yards in 23 carries, accounted for all except two iof FSU's rushing net yardage of 103, if you want to slice it that way. Bobby McKinnon gained 19 in just three carries. Mike Davison nine in four. (Orlando finished with a net loss of 17.)

Nine different Seminoles caught passes. Mike Shumann collared four. Five - Ed Beckman. Larry Jones, Jim Everett, McKinnon and Davison - got three apiece.

Though the defense yielded all those yards, it also provided more than a normal run of "breaks" - five interceptions plus one fumble recovery. Buzzy Lewis had two interceptions, Jim Malkiewicz, Randy Kaiser and Phil Cahoon one apiece.

But three of those breaks came in the early going of the game, and the Seminoles got just three points out of 'em.

"What really disappoints us," said Coach Larry Jones, "is that we should have had more points in the first half.

"San Diego is a fine football team - as good offensively as we've played this season. Freitas hurt us in the clutch. I'll say it again - Freitas is a good one. We knew that coming in.

"Our idea going in was to try to throw more and try to loosen them up. It was pleasing that we got as much offense as we did, but we didn't get enough points.

"They were upset that they hadn't been scoring enough in previous games and they really came after us."

Jones said that the kicking game "really killed us."

Joe Downey averaged just 29 yards on six punts.

In the fourth quarter, after scoring its last touchdown and cutting the score to 31-17, Florida State was obliged to kick off three straight times.

Collis Dennison, a freshman who has as strong a leg as any player in FSU history but needs improvement on his form, but the first kickoff out of bounds. Ahmet Askin came in for the next one, and did well - but the Seminoles were offsides. On the third kickoff, Ahmet rocketed it from his 30 to the enemy 10 - but Keith Denson, a 5-8, 161-pounder who had already pulled in two touchdown passes, returned it 64 yards.

And that paved San Diego's last touchdown.

San Diego State was obliged to punt only once all night.

The Seminoles apparently came out of the game with no binding new injuries, though there was perhaps more that a normal amount of "bumps and bruises."

They flew home right after the game that ended at 1:30 a.m. (Tallahassee time), arriving shortly after daylight following a flight of more than five hours.

This week it's a date in the Astrodome against always troublesome Houston, a foe the Seminoles have beaten just once, a foe with a 6-1 record freshly stung by its first loss (7-0 at Auburn on Saturday).

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
7
0
7
17
SAN DIEGO STATE
7
10
14
7
38

1st   0- 0  Ahmet Askin, 45, field goal failed, 8:18 
      3- 0  Ahmet Askin, 30, field goal, 3:58 
      3- 7  Opp, 33, pass (kick), 2:00 
2nd   3-10  Opp, 32, field goal, 12:44
      3-17  Opp, 10, pass (kick), 1:07 
     10-17  Eddie Davis, 35, pass from Billy Sexton (Ahmet Askin, kick), 0:09 
3rd  10-24  Opp, 6, run (kick), 13:24
     10-31  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 5:19 
4th  17-31  Jimmy Everett, 9, pass from Mark Orlando (Ahmet Askin, kick), 13:40
     17-38  Opp, 3, run (kick), 11:10


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 26 Rushes-yards 35-103 48-231 Passing 283 359 Att-Comp-Int 47-22-1 43-26-5 Total Yards 82-386 91-590 Punt Returns 1-0 2-1 Kickoff Returns 7-116 4-86 Interception Ret. 5-54 1-33 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 6-29.2 1-30.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 3-1 Penalties-Yds 4-30 5-51 Attendance 26,492 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 23- 101 Bobby McKinnon 3- 19 Mike Davison 4- 9 Billy Sexton 1- 1 Mark Orlando 4- -17 Receiving Jimmy Everett 3- 64 Mike Shumann 4- 63 Ed Davis 1- 35 Ed Beckman 3- 32 Larry Jones 3- 31 Mike Davison 3- 30 Bobby McKinnon 3- 19 Mike Allen 1- 12 Hodges Mitchell 1- -3 Passing Mark Orlando 34-19-1-199 Billy Sexton 13- 3-0- 84 Punt Return Andy Stockton 1- 0 Kickoff Return Mike Shumann 2- 58 Larry Jones 2- 31 Joe Goldsmith 1- 20 Ed Beckman 1- 7 Phil Jones 1- 0 Punting Joe Downey 6- 175 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Lewis 12 2 14 . . 2- 22 . . . . . . Phil Cahoon 6 7 13 . . 1- 24 . . . . . . Steve Bratton 10 2 12 . . . . . . . . . John Murphy 2 10 12 . . . . . . . . . Scott Meseroll 4 6 10 . . . . . . . . . Greg Pounds 7 3 10 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Randy Kaiser 5 4 9 . . 1- 8 . . . . . . Jim Malkiewicz 3 5 8 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Bruce Bell 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Earl Humes 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Phil Jones 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Garis Shaw 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Detroit Reynolds 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Joe Camps 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Larry Jones 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jon Thames 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Greg Johnson 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Pat Booth . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Ed Davis 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   18  Mark Orlando
WR   20  Mike Shumann
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
SG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
WT   74  Don Sparkman
ST   77  David Harper
TE   81  Ed Beckman
WR   88  Larry Jones
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
LC   38  Buzzy Lewis
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
WLB  56  John Murphy
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
LE   59  Scott Meseroll
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   84  Randy Coffield
LT   87  John Palermo
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
11  Jimmy Everett
16  Billy Sexton
21  Joe Goldsmith
22  Bobby McKinnon
23  Chris Griffin
24  Andy Stockton
32  Ed Davis
33  Rudy Thomas
42  Joe Camps
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
53  Brian Schmidt
##  NAME
-----------------------------
54  Garis Shaw
55  Phil Jones
57  Steve Bratton
63  Jon Thames
65  Billy McPhillips
67  Collis Dennison
69  Bruce Harrison
72  Smokey Ragins
78  Greg Johnson
79  Bobby Elam
80  Pat Booth
82  Mike Allen
85  Earl Passwaters

HOUSTON 34, FLORIDA STATE 3

11/03/1973, HOUSTON, TX

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From the Orlando Sentinel, November 4, 1973, page 55, by Bill Buchalter.

FSU suffers Eighth Loss In Row, 34-3.

HOUSTON, TX - Houston doled out its annual flogging of Florida State Saturday night in the Astrodome, 34-3.

The Seminoles took the battle to the heavily favored, angered Cougars in the early going, then reeled under an 87-yard D.C. Nobles-to-Brian Willingham TD bomb two minutes before halftime, a play which turned around a defensive struggle into a typical Houston rout.

It was the Seminoles' eighth consecutive loss and the brightest spot was the linebacker play of Bruce Bell who forced Nobles to change the game plan and start throwing the ball.

Throw D.C. did. He fired 11 times, completed seven for 189 yards and the big TD play. Most of his throws were on third down plays which eventually led to short TD bursts by Leonard Parker, Donnie McGraw and DeLand's Reggie Cherry concluded the scoring as Cougar Coach Bill Yeoman emptied his bench in the second half.

Cherry's score, a 36-yard burst, was his 11th TD of the year as he closed in on Elmo Wright's single season mark of 14. Parker amassed 151 yards, his fifth 100-plus of the year.

FSU's lone points came on Ahmet Askin's 52-yard field goal as neither Mark Orlando nor Billy Sexton could find the passing range.

Houston wasted little time in venting its offensive anger on the Seminoles, a slow burn that had lasted seven days since Auburn inflicted a 7-0 setback.

Parker ripped seven yards up the middle to set the tone, then Nobles swept down the line on the veer, stuck the ball under his arm and cut upfield for 56 yards before Earl Humes chased him down at FSU's 16.

Three plays later, Parker dove into the end zone and the potent Cougars enjoyed a 6-0 advantage with just 11:39 showing on the clock. Ricky Terrell's PAT was wide.

FSU had an opportunity moments later when an errant Houston pitchout was recovered by freshman defensive tackle John Thames of Gainesville. Mitchell burst 25 yards on a delay and Orlando got inside the 25 on a busted play but a movement penalty set the Seminoles back and Ahmet Askin came on to try a 52-yard field goal. The sophomore sidewinded one barely over the bar but true for his personal record and the second longest in school history. Askin's previous best was 51 and the best ever was Grant Guthrie's of 53.

The clock showed 8:22 when the lights changed to 6-3.

Houston roared right back, thanks to a clutch third down Nobles to Brian Willingham pass which gave the Cougs a first down in Seminole Country. A holding penalty pushed Houston back to the 30 where two long passes failed and the Seminoles took over on downs.

The period ended with Houston at the Seminole 38, fourth and five, and the home towners leading, 6-3.

In deep trouble from their own nine, Joe Downey extricated the Seminoles with a 44-yard punt. It proved to be a net 54-yard gain when Tampa freshman Pat Booth ran down Cougar Joe Rust for a 10-yard loss eventually leading to a Hal Roberts' punt.

Again the offense sputtered and Downey got a big break on a squibber that took a Seminole bounce and rolled off Rust's hands for 44 yards, two Seminoles narrowly losing a battle for the errant ball at the Cougar 41.

Building hope against hope, FSU's young defense, led by linebacker Bruce Bell, played great for two plays but time and again Nobles would throw accurately on this down. He hit Willingham for 20 and a first down at the FSU 33. Then he hit tight end Miller Basler for a first down at the 19.

FSU held Parker for no gain but defensive holding was detected, moving the ball half the distance to the goal. Parker got a first down at the seven and fumbled, FSU recovering. But officials declared the ball down and Houston retained possession. After a procedure penalty and no gain, Nobles passed into the end zone and pass interference was ruled against Earl Humes.

From the one, it took the Cougars three plays to score and even that was controversial when Parker was stacked up on the goal line. The head linesman did not rule TD but the back judge, under the goal posts, signaled for the score.

FSU's anguished defenders stomped in vain protest while Ken Faulkner of the Southwest Conference explained to two Seminoles that Parker penetrated with 4:15 on the clock.

Nobles then passed to Bassler for the two-point conversion and a 14-3 lead.

Undaunted, Orlando finally found a receiver and hit freshman Tom McDougal for a 16-yard play to the 47, but wouldn't you know it, a 15-yard penalty was imposed after the play ended and the Seminoles ended up punting once more.

To add insult to injury, Downey was injured on a 45-yard punt when he was clipped. The penalty set Houston up at its own 17 but the time bomb offense was ready to explode.

Nobles dropped straight back, got little rush, and fired downfield to the 50. Willingham got behind Humes and caught Nobles' pass in stride. Humes dove and missed and it was a simple 83-yard footrace. Terrell missed the PAT and it was 20-3 with 2:30 left in the half.

Sexton entered the game and raced 22 yards on a busted pass play to t first down at the Cougar 32. He recovered his own fumble for a nine-yard loss, then was sacked seconds later and the half ended, 20-3.

A freakish beginning helped Houston begin in good field position at the outset of the second half. A 15-yard penalty assessed on the final play of the first half and an out-of-bounds kickoff helped the Cougars begin at midfield.

But Randy Coffield recovered a Nobles fumble at the Seminole 44 as the defense continued to play tough.

Sexton ran to the Houston 48 but was hit and hurt on the play by Mark Mitchell. Orlando returned but his pass was batted down by the 6-8 Mitchell, forcing a punt.

Linebacker Bell, continuing his consistent play, stopped Houston and a short 19-yard punt gave FSU an opportunity at the Houston 43.

But Harold Evans intercepted Sexton, a one-handed beauty and the 16th thrown by the Seminoles this year, and Houston was moving from its own 38. A 25-yard Nobles-to-Bassler pass moved the ball to the FSU 33, another third-down play with the pass caught in front of the safeties.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
0
0
3
HOUSTON
6
14
7
7
34

1st   0- 6  Opp, 1, run (kick failed), 11:39
      3- 6  Ahmet Askin, 52, field goal, 8:22 
2nd   3-14  Opp, 1, run (pass), 4:30 
      3-20  Opp, 83, pass (kick failed), 2:20 
3rd   3-27  Opp, 5, run (kick), 2:11 
4th   3-34  Opp, 26, run (kick), 8:56 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 7 22 Rushes-yards 39-123 60-356 Passing 65 250 Att-Comp-Int 24-6-1 23-10-1 Total Yards 63-188 83-606 Punt Returns 2-10 7-9 Kickoff Returns 6-119 2-23 Interception Ret. 1-6 1-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 2-0 Punts 12-38.8 5-34.2 Fumbles-Lost 5-2 5-3 Penalties-Yds 11-93 9-75 Attendance 27,587 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Davison 8- 37 Hodges Mitchell 12- 36 Rudy Thomas 3- 28 Bobby McKinnon 5- 25 Billy Sexton 6- 16 Mark Orlando 5- -19 Receiving Tom McDougal 2- 36 Larry Jones 1- 12 Hodges Mitchell 1- 11 Doug Glosson 1- 7 Mike Davison 1- -1 Passing Mark Orlando 20- 6-0- 65 Billy Sexton 4- 0-1- 0 Punt Return Andy Stockton 2- 10 Kickoff Return Rudy Thomas 3- 62 Larry Jones 2- 46 David Harper 1- 11 Punting Joe Downey 12- 465 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bruce Bell 13 1 14 . . . . . . . . . Jim Malkiewicz 3 6 9 . . . . . . . . . Earl Humes 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Greg Pounds 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Buzzy Lewis 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Phil Cahoon 2 3 5 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . John Murphy 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Jon Thames 1 3 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Randy Kaiser 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Detroit Reynolds 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . David McGinn 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Earl Passwaters 1 2 3 . . 1- 6 . . . . . . Garis Shaw 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Ed Brodzik 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Doug Glosson 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Randy Coffield . 1 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Rudy Maloy . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Gardner 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Joe Camps 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Joe Downey . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Mike Davison . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Collis Dennison . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bruce Harrison 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Smokey Ragins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Pat Booth . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jimmy Everett 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Steve Bratton . . . . . . 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
SE   11  Jimmy Everett
QB   18  Mark Orlando
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
SG   72  Smokey Ragins
WT   74  Don Sparkman
ST   77  David Harper
TE   81  Ed Beckman
FL   88  Larry Jones
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
LC   38  Buzzy Lewis
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
WLB  56  John Murphy
RE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
LE   59  Scott Meseroll
LT   63  Jon Thames
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
16  Billy Sexton
20  Mike Shumann
21  Joe Goldsmith
22  Bobby McKinnon
23  Chris Griffin
24  Andy Stockton
33  Rudy Thomas
36  Doug Glosson
42  Joe Camps
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
48  Collis Dennison
52  Rocky Saldana
54  Garis Shaw
##  NAME
-----------------------------
55  Phil Jones
61  Phil Arnold
65  Billy McPhillips
66  Tom Chandler
68  Ed Brodzik
69  Bruce Harrison
75  Doug Dane
78  Greg Johnson
79  Bobby Elam
80  Ed Davis
80  Pat Booth
83  Rudy Maloy
84  Randy Coffield
85  Earl Passwaters
89  Tom McDougal

VIRGINIA TECH 36, FLORIDA STATE 13

11/10/1973, BLACKSBURG, VA

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From the Orlando Sentinel, November 11, 1973, page 57, by Park Morgan.

Virginia Tech Gobbles Winless FSU.
Loss No. 9 Comes By 36-13 Count.

BLACKSBURG, VA - In their never ending battle against the evils of sub-mediocrity, the Florida State Seminoles once again took up the sword to strike a blow for victory.

And once again, the enemy knocked the sword from their hands and the Seminoles retreated, beaten.

This Saturday, it was Virginia Tech, a team with almost as unimpressive a record as FSU. Entering the contest on this cold, windy day here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Gobblers were 1-8, while the Seminoles sported a consistent 0-8 story.

Playing before 25,000 bundled and wind-blown fans, the Gobblers added their second victory of the old season, 36-13, running through gaping holes in the FSU line and embarrassing the FSU running game with a defense that had allowed over 3,100 yards to opposing runners.

Florida State, hoping to spring Hodges Mitchell for perhaps his best game, netted only 100 yards on the ground. Passing, divided between sophomore Mark Orlando and freshman Billy Prescott, accounted for 232 yards but three interceptions by John Bell cut down considerably on any serious scoring chances.

Only once did Florida State manage an aerial touchdown. That was a 15-yarder from Orlando to tight end Tom McDougal in the first quarter when it looked like the Seminoles might make a game of it.

But as the day wore on, enthusiasm waned. VPI kept scoring and FSU lost its ninth straight game of 1973.

"It was the worst game we've played, and our worst effort," Larry Jones said.

The FSU coach leaned against a locker and tried to explain why his team, perhaps a slight favorite, had lost another one.

"Things happened too fast, too quick, and we had a let down. But they did a good job, and we didn't get after anybody."

Someone sympathetically brought up the old weather-factor topic: It was, after all, 31 degrees at the kickoff.

Jones cracked a semi-smile. "Weather? Heck, that's no excuse. It won't bother a good football team."

It appeared that FSU suspected somewhere in the early going in the second half that it wasn't able to win, and decided after that to prove it. True, Gobbler backs James Barber and Phil Rogers were running all over the stadium floor, but until VPI scored its third touchdown, the Seminoles were still in it.

The play, one that FSU supporters were calling "controversial," was a pass from freshman quarterback Eddie Joyce to Ricky Scales that went for 47 yards with less than two minutes gone in the third period.

Scales was still in his backfield when the ball hit his hands. He dropped it, then picked it up and sprinted for the end zone. The officials ruled it was a lateral and the score, by then, stood 29-7.

"Some strange things happened to us, but still we didn't get a good effort," Jones said. "They got those three quick touchdowns on those two interceptions and that dropped pass. The official said it was a backward pass, but I wasn't in a position to see it."

The first of those two interceptions that Jones referred to came late in the second period when FSU was trying to move the ball on first down and 10 from its own 23. Orlando dropped back looking for McDougal, but Bell snared it at the 37 and returned it to the one. Barber, who rushed for 124 yards, scored and VPI took a 22-7 lead.

The next interception followed closely on the heels of Scales' dropped-lateral-run TD, and for all intent and purpose finished Florida State. Bell stole this one at the FSU 33, when Orlando threw on first down, and zipped 33 yards with 12:52 to go in the third quarter. Fifty-two seconds had elapsed.

VPI Coach Charlie Coffey, who has suffered through his own miseries, said, "It's been a long time coming. Our game plan was to run at them, which we did well most of the time. We still stalled too much in the scoring area.

"Our defense wanted to get after them, and they did. I think linebacker Dennis Dodson - with his performance last week in a hopeless cause at Memphis - had as much to do with firing up our defense as anything."

Dodson had five unassisted tackles, helped on one and batted away one FSU pass.

"They stopped us," Jones said. "We didn't block well and we didn't throw well."

Between Barber and Rogers, VPI put 279 yards in the books and two touchdowns - both by Barber. And if they impressed the FSU coach, they certainly didn't go unnoticed by the defense.

Said senior linebacker John Murphy, "We expected them to have a good offense but not that good. Those running backs were some of the best we've played against."

Murphy had been suffering from an injured knee and reinjured it early in the game. He spent most of the afternoon on the sidelines.

"I don't think we played good defense. We came through in certain situations but not in clutch situations."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
6
0
13
VIRGINIA TECH
9
13
14
0
36

1st   0- 6  Opp, 19, run (kick failed), 12:47
      0- 9  Opp, 30, field goal, 5:55 
      7- 9  Tom McDougal, 15, pass from Mark Orlando (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:39 
2nd   7-12  Opp, 27, field goal, 9:56 
      7-12  Opp, 56, field goal failed, 7:40 
      7-15  Opp, 28, field goal, 3:13 
      7-22  Opp, 1, run (kick), 2:37 
3rd   7-29  Opp, 47, pass (kick), 13:04
      7-36  Opp, 33, interception return (kick), 12:52
      7-36  Ahmet Askin, 53, field goal failed, 10:27
     13-36  Billy Prescott, 1, run (Billy Prescott, run failed), 3:07 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 20 Rushes-yards 34-100 60-346 Passing 232 84 Att-Comp-Int 39-16-3 15-6-2 Total Yards 73-332 75-430 Punt Returns 0-0 4-66 Kickoff Returns 4-20 3-56 Interception Ret. 2-15 3-69 Fumble Returns 2-0 3-0 Punts 6-35.2 3-37.0 Fumbles-Lost 3 2 Penalties-Yds 53 109 Attendance 25,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Davison 10- 55 Hodges Mitchell 13- 22 Billy Prescott 4- 17 Bobby McKinnon 5- 8 Mark Orlando 1- 2 Rudy Thomas 1- -4 Receiving Mike Shumann 4- 83 Tom McDougal 3- 53 Ed Davis 1- 34 Ed Beckman 3- 21 Larry Jones 1- 20 Pat Booth 2- 17 Bobby McKinnon 2- 4 Passing Mark Orlando 21- 8-3-122 Billy Prescott 18- 8-0-110 Kickoff Return Andy Stockton 2- 20 Doug Glosson 1- 0 Danny Greene 1- 0 Punting Joe Downey 6- 211 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Lewis 5 2 7 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Steve Bratton 6 1 7 . . . 1 . 1- 0 . . . Phil Cahoon 6 . 6 . . 1- 15 . . . . . . Bruce Bell 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Randy Kaiser 5 1 6 . . . 1 . . . . . Jon Thames 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Jim Malkiewicz 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Detroit Reynolds 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Greg Pounds 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Randy Coffield 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Garis Shaw 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Tom Chandler 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Andy Stockton 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . John Murphy 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Earl Passwaters 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ed Brodzik 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Joe Camps 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ed Davis 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Phil Arnold 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . David McGinn 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Rocky Saldana 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Phil Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ricky Blythe 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Larry Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Earl Humes . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   18  Mark Orlando
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
SG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
WT   72  Smokey Ragins
ST   77  David Harper
WR   80  Pat Booth
TE   81  Ed Beckman
WR   88  Larry Jones
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
LC   38  Buzzy Lewis
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
WLB  56  John Murphy
RE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
LE   59  Scott Meseroll
LT   63  Jon Thames
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
11  Jimmy Everett
14  Billy Prescott
20  Mike Shumann
22  Bobby McKinnon
23  Chris Griffin
24  Andy Stockton
32  Ed Davis
33  Rudy Thomas
36  Doug Glosson
42  Joe Camps
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
51  Ricky Blythe
##  NAME
-----------------------------
53  Danny Greene
54  Garis Shaw
55  Phil Jones
61  Phil Arnold
65  Billy McPhillips
66  Tom Chandler
67  Collis Dennison
68  Ed Brodzik
75  Doug Dane
79  Bobby Elam
84  Randy Coffield
85  Earl Passwaters
89  Tom McDougal
90  Ricky Blythe

SOUTH CAROLINA 52, FLORIDA STATE 12

11/17/1973, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Orlando Sentinel, November 18, 1973, page 57, by Bill Buchalter.

FSU: No Way.
Seminoles Score 12! (But Carolina Gets 52).

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The rich get richer, and well, the poor keep on suffering football setbacks.

Poor old Florida State really suffered Saturday. Suffered its worst licking in a dozen autumns when South Carolina ran and passed to 52-12 victory.

Not since 1959 when Georgia formally introduced FSU to the really big time, 42-0, has a Seminole squad been so physically embarrassed. Not since Houston put a 53-21 licking on the Seminoles in 1970 has an FSU defense allowed so many points.

Yet, despite the impending slaughter, some 17,778 Campbell Stadium fans roared their approval in the game's waning minutes when freshman Billy Prescott emerged from some seemingly hidden tarpaulin, entered the game and immediately directed his freshman-dominated mates 78 yards in seven touchdown-producing plays.

Prescott's arrival, although too late to help FSU survive a disastrous season - one that has now reached 0-10 proportions - did signal an outlook of future optimism, particularly among the FSU cult of young football players who have been looking frustration and defeat square in the eye for the past 10 weeks.

Some 36 freshman and sophomores played extensively against Paul Dietzel's express Saturday and a multitude of minor mistakes they made helped the final tally mushroom.

There was little doubt in folks' minds that South Carolina was trying to impress Tom Crumbley of the Peach Bowl with a late 21-point explosion against a host of FSU reserves seeking game experience.

But Pepsodent Paul, flashing his famed smile, said he did not try to run up the score, but rather had called for a final quarter running game. South Carolina got its final TD on an 18-yard Clyde Rushing-to-Randy Chastain pass.

Despite the final outcome, it really was a ball game for 24 minutes. FSU trailed only 7-0 and the Seminoles defense had held the potent Gamecocks without a first down for four consecutive series.

Then it hit. Boom. Boom.

Freshman Larry Jones let a punt bounce off his shoulder, Gamecock Ken Muldrew recovered at the Seminole one. Ron Bass, the freshman engineer of the high-powered (565 total yards) offense, plunged for the score and the rout was on.

On the ensuing series, Mark Orlando hit Jim Everett in the chest with a pass, but it popped out into the arms of Gamecock linebacker Eddie Mott. This time it took just two plays to score. Bass keeping for nine and handing off to Casper Carter for the final 14.

Thus in less than two minutes, the gamecocks had turned it around to 21-0, tacked on a Bobby Marino field goal 38 seconds before intermission, then coasted home to victory No. 6 in 10 outings.

"I think we played exceptionally well and it was a big win," explained Dietzel. "It was a terrible exhibition, the worst of the year," countered Larry Jones.

Continued Jones, "We're just not good enough to overcome the mistakes we make. South Carolina beat us as bad as the score indicates. This is the best South Carolina team I've played against. For what it's worth, Paul told me to cheer up afterward. We played decently on defense until they got the quick ones. That's the way it happens when you are losing."

South Carolina moved at will in the second half, the scoring going like this:

Lynn Hodgins, five-yard run with 3:37 left in third period; eight-yard Rushing-to Jay Saldi pass; 19-yard run by Carter and Chastain's TD catch. Randy Spinks tacked on the initial TD with a 10-yard first-quarter burst.

Sandwiched between Rushing's TD tosses was a Billy Sexton-to-Tom McDougal payoff pitch of five-yards which put the Seminoles on the board. Finally, it was left to Prescott to do his thing in the final 48 seconds, getting the TD with just :15 on the clock with a 10-yard pass to Winter Park's Ricky Blythe.

Prescott's ability to move the football team seemed to give everyone a lift and afterward Jones admitted "We probably should have gotten him in there earlier."

His South Carolina counterpart Bass was simply sensational on the option plays. He wound up with 115 yards rushing, another 60 on four-of-six passes and personally set up the first score on a tackle-busting 51-yard scamper.

Bass now owns a 2-0 record against FSU, having whipped the Seminole jayvee with a similar performance. That earlier effort should have indicated to the FSU coaches just what a freshman is capable of doing. The Seminoles didn't find out until the final seconds.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTH CAROLINA
7
17
7
21
52
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
12
12

1st   0- 7  Opp, 10, run (kick), 12:16
2nd   0-14  Opp, 1, run (kick), 8:28 
      0-21  Opp, 12, run (kick), 7:05 
      0-24  Opp, 32, field goal, 0:21 
3rd   0-31  Opp, 10, run (kick), 3:37 
4th   6-31  Tom McDougal, 5, pass from Billy Sexton (Ahmet Askin, kick failed), 14:57
      6-38  Opp, 10, pass (kick), 13:09
      6-45  Opp, 20, run (kick), 7:27 
      6-52  Opp, 18, pass (kick), 1:05 
     12-52  Ricky Blythe, 10, pass from Billy Prescott (Billy Prescott, pass failed), 0:15 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 24 Rushes-yards 28-120 67-382 Passing 196 183 Att-Comp-Int 33-14-1 13-8-1 Total Yards 61-316 80-565 Punt Returns 2--15 6-3 Kickoff Returns 8-169 2-32 Interception Ret. 1-4 1-5 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 11-37.8 6-39.5 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0 Penalties-Yds 10-90 2-20 Attendance 17,778 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 12- 61 Mike Davison 7- 27 Billy Prescott 2- 18 Billy Sexton 3- 9 Rudy Thomas 1- 5 Doug Glosson 1- 4 Bobby McKinnon 1- 0 Mark Orlando 1- -4 Receiving Mike Shumann 2- 72 Mike Allen 3- 59 Ricky Blythe 2- 27 Mike Davison 2- 13 Tom McDougal 2- 11 Joe Thomas 1- 11 Bobby McKinnon 1- 3 Billy McPhillips 1- 0 Passing Billy Sexton 19- 9-0-132 Billy Prescott 4- 3-0- 55 Mark Orlando 10- 2-1- 9 Punt Return Larry Jones 2- -15 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 5- 94 Larry Jones 1- 54 Rudy Thomas 2- 21 Punting Joe Downey 11- 416 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Earl Humes . . . . . 1- 4 . . . . . . Steve Bratton . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   18  Mark Orlando
WR   20  Mike Shumann
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
SG   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
WT   72  Smokey Ragins
ST   77  David Harper
WR   88  Larry Jones
TE   89  Tom McDougal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
LC   38  Buzzy Lewis
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
LT   63  Jon Thames
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   84  Randy Coffield
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
11  Jimmy Everett
14  Billy Prescott
16  Billy Sexton
21  Joe Goldsmith
22  Bobby McKinnon
23  Chris Griffin
24  Andy Stockton
32  Ed Davis
33  Rudy Thomas
36  Doug Glosson
42  Joe Camps
46  Detroit Reynolds
##  NAME
-----------------------------
47  David McGinn
54  Garis Shaw
61  Phil Arnold
65  Billy McPhillips
66  Tom Chandler
68  Ed Brodzik
69  Bruce Harrison
75  Doug Dane
79  Bobby Elam
82  Mike Allen
83  Rudy Maloy
85  Earl Passwaters
86  Joe Thomas
90  Ricky Blythe

FLORIDA 49, FLORIDA STATE 0

12/01/1973, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 2, 1973, page 27, by Bill McGrotha.

Gators Maul Seminoles 49-0.
UF Cures Offensive Ills.

GAINESVILLE, FL - There was nothing wrong with Florida's offense that Florida State's defense did not cure.

Before the game UF fans made small jokes about their offense, which had been averaging less than 245 yards per game, only 13 points per game, and had scored no more than 21 in any previous 10 games.

In possibly the strangest of all contests between these two one-time football rivals, Florida dealt the Seminoles the worst defeat that any team ever had anytime, anywhere. It was 49-0.

It was strange, most of all, because there was nothing from the crowd at any time that approached the noise generated in any of the previous 15 encounters between the two. There were 62,233 fans in Florida Field, an approximate sellout, but even the UF majority was relatively quiet.

A thoroughly tough football team, mentally and physically, Florida was in absolute control from the time the Seminoles started things with a desperation onside kick, that the Gators recovered, until Larry Brinson scored for UF on the last play.

Probably never has a Florida State football team come really close to being as much out-classed as it was on this mercifully final Saturday of an 0-11 season - the worst of any team in the collegiate history of this state.

Florida's offense got 494 yards and 29 first downs.

Billy Prescott, the freshman, went all the way at quarterback for the Seminoles. Against a defense that is very probably among the best in the country, he never had a real chance of getting anything going.

The Seminoles finished with 165 yards, with 95 running, but the figures are deceptive. Fifty-seven of those yards came on the final series of the Seminoles - along with four of their seven first downs - against UF reserves.

It was late in the third quarter before FSU managed a first down on its own initiative. Only previous one had come on a penalty.

Defensively, Florida State lost three of its key players early. Buzzy Lewis, the senior cornerback, broke his leg on the first defensive play. Linebackers Bruce Bell and John Murphy also went out for good with first-quarter injuries.

Nat Moore, the runner who broke his leg in the Alabama game, spurred Florida's early offensive charge, but played little late. In 15 runs he gained 109 yards. But the UF effort was diversified. It was much more than Moore.

Coach Doug Dickey put his No. 2 quarterback, Robby Davis, in the game as early as the second quarter. Scoring four of the first five times it got the football, Florida led 28-0 with that second quarter only about half gone.

"We got the best offensive execution," said Dickey, "we've gotten all year, and we played the same way defensively.

"FSU is very young. There was a lot of pressure out there today - a big crowd and a pressure game. When you are young and inexperienced, it gets difficult to execute properly at times. This is where we won the game - we out-executed them."

Florida played more than 65 Gators.

The Gators claimed that game-opening onside kick and drove quickly, 54 yards to a touchdown that Moore scored from the one.

After that the scoring came on:

(1) Moore's 5-yard run, (2) James Richards' 62-yard sprint with a pitchout, (3) Vince Kendrick's one-yard run, (4) Don Gaffney's 31-yard pass to Lee McGriff, (5) Chan Gailey's 2-yard pass to Glenn Severs, and (6) Brinson's game-ending 12-yard scamper.

As UF hit on 10 of 21 passes, Gaffney completed six of 12, Davis three of eight. McGriff and Hank Foldberg caught three apiece. Richards finished with 81 yards for seven runs, and Kendrick 59 in nine as 11 different Gators ran on this day.

Hodges Mitchell, playing his last game for the Seminoles, gained 74 yards in 15 runs. Prescott was checked with a net of 14 on 11, connected on only five of 21 passes for 70 yards.

Perhaps the Seminoles' most notable performer was punter Joe Downey, who got off one 80-yard effort and averaged 41.2 on nine.

In the first half the Seminoles didn't get across midfield until near the end, after a roughing-the-punter penalty gave them their initial first down. They got as fas as the Florida 25 on their last series of the game, but that culminated in an interception and a 55-yard runback by Randy Ball that paved UF's final touchdown.

But turnovers were not a factor in this one. The Seminoles lost a single fumble plus that interception. Florida also lost one fumble, had one pass intercepted.

Headed for a Dec. 22 Tangerine Bowl date, on its own campus, against Miami of Ohio, the Gators closed their regular season with a 7-4 record, and a sixth consecutive victory over a Florida State team that has not beaten them since 1967.

Florida controlled the football, 86 plays to 50.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA
14
14
7
14
49

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 11:51
      0-14  Opp, 5, run (kick), 2:37 
2nd   0-21  Opp, 62, run (kick), 14:47
      0-28  Opp, 1, run (kick), 6:46 
3rd   0-28  Opp, 34, field goal failed, 10:31
      0-35  Opp, 31, pass (kick), 5:38 
4th   0-42  Opp, 2, pass (kick), 4:49 
      0-49  Opp, 12, run (kick), 0:00 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 7 29 Rushes-yards 29- 95 65-364 Passing 70 130 Att-Comp-Int 21-5-1 21-10-1 Total Yards 50-165 86-494 Punt Returns 2-3 4-12 Kickoff Returns 7-122 1-0 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-55 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 9-41.3 3-36.7 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-1 Penalties-Yds 6-69 6-58 Attendance 62,273 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 15- 74 Billy Prescott 11- 14 Mike Davison 3- 7 Receiving Mike Allen 2- 32 Larry Jones 1- 17 Ricky Blythe 1- 16 Mike Davison 1- 5 Passing Billy Prescott 21- 5-1- 70 Punt Return Mike Shumann 2- 3 Kickoff Return Joe Goldsmith 4- 69 Larry Jones 3- 53 Punting Joe Downey 9- 372 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Randy Kaiser . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   14  Billy Prescott
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    52  Rocky Saldana
ST   62  Bob Jones
WG   64  Jeff Gardner
SG   65  Billy McPhillips
WT   72  Smokey Ragins
WR   82  Mike Allen
TE   90  Ricky Blythe
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   31  Randy Kaiser
LC   38  Buzzy Lewis
SS   41  Phil Cahoon
RC   43  Earl Humes
SLB  49  Bruce Bell
WLB  56  John Murphy
MLB  58  Greg Pounds
LT   63  Jon Thames
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   83  Rudy Maloy
LE   85  Earl Passwaters
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
18  Mark Orlando
20  Mike Shumann
22  Bobby McKinnon
23  Chris Griffin
24  Andy Stockton
36  Doug Glosson
42  Joe Camps
46  Detroit Reynolds
47  David McGinn
53  Brian Schmidt
##  NAME
-----------------------------
55  Phil Jones
57  Steve Bratton
60  Dan Fucarino
61  Phil Arnold
66  Tom Chandler
69  Bruce Harrison
75  Doug Dane
78  Greg Johnson
79  Bobby Elam
84  Randy Coffield
88  Larry Jones
89  Tom McDougal