Florida State Football - 1950 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1950 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Don Veller, Head Coach
Charlie Armstrong, Assistant Coach
Bob Harbison, Assistant Coach
Ralph Matherly, Graduate Assistant
Dave Thomas, Graduate Assistant
John Westberg, Graduate Assistant

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1950 FSU Football Guidebook

Captain Duke Maltby

1950 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Jim Arnold, 5-8, 152, E, Bainbridge, GA

Sam Baker, 6-3, 226, T, Summerton, SC

Wayne Benner, 5-11, 190, HB, LaPorte, IN

Tommy Betts, 5-11, 167, HN, Quincy

Preston Bradley, 5-6, 175, HB, Lake Wales

Earl Brown, 5-10, 180, C, Tallahassee

Tommy Brown, 5-11, 155, HB, Tallahassee

Warren Cobb, 5-11, 160, QB, Deland

Wendell Dennis, 5-10, 175, G, Tampa

Bill Driver, 6-2, 205, QB, Girard, IL

Donn Eichar, 6-0, 170, HB, Decatur, IN

Harold Farmer, 6-1, 210, T, Clearwater

Bobby Fiveash, 5-9, 175, HB, Bainbridge, GA

Gary Folsom, 5-11, 155, HB, Jacksonville

Don Gladden, 5-10, 177, QB, Jacksonville

Eddie Gray, 5-10, 168, HB, Tallahassee

Pat Harris, 6-0, 173, E, Crescent City

John Hedrick, 6-1, 180, E, Saint Petersburg

Tal Henry, 6-0, 178, HB, Greensboro, NC

Bill Heth, 6-2, 200, E, Los Angeles, CA

Bill Hoppe, 5-11, 205, T, Baltimore, MD

Mac Huey, 5-10, 190, QB, Tampa

Ernie Huggett, 5-8, 177, HB, South Bend, IN

Ray Inlow, 5-10, 170, FB, Bainbridge, GA

Nelson Italiano, 5-11, 182, HB, Tampa

Steve Kalenich, 5-11, 180, C, Barberton, OH

George Kinnear, 6-1, 185, FB-QB, Brooksville

George Klimes, 5-8, 165, G, Tarpon Springs

Don Linton, 6-0, 205, HB, Port Saint Joe

Ed Lockard, 6-1, 186, C, Jacksonville

Carmine Lombardi, 5-10, 200, T, Tampa

Frazier Long, 5-9, 205, G, Jacksonville

Virgil McHargue, 6-0, 187, T, Greenville

James McKeown, 5-11, 175, HB, Quincy

Earl McPherson, 6-0, 175, C, Jacksonville

Lawrence Mero, 6-1, 180, T, Miami

Walt Miller, 5-11, 195, G, LaPorte, IN

Fred Moates, 6-0, 165, G, Panama City

Walter Morris, 5-11, 195, G, Jacksonville

Bob O'Connell, 6-1, 175, C, Chicago, IL

Earl O'Neal, 6-0, 200, G, Valdosta, GA

Tommy Owen, 6-0, 175, C, Webster

Plen Phelps, 6-0, 202, FB, Niceville

Jack Phillips, 6-0, 195, G, Quincy

Cliff Powell, 6-0, 200, E, Wrightsville, GA

Red Ryan, 5-8, 180, HB, Hopkinton, MA

Mike Sellers, 6-1, 215, FB, Barberton, OH

Skeets Strickland, 6-0, 180, E, Tallahassee

Dick Sutherland, 5-11, 170, HB-E, Plant City

Clint Thomas, 5-11, 165, E, Jacksonville

Dudley Thomas, 5-11, 177, QB, Jacksonville

Jack Tinney, 5-9, 160, HB, Hollywood

Fred Turner, 5-8, 190, G, Tallahassee

Joe Wells, 6-0, 171, E, Bartow

Tommy Wester, 5-9, 185, QB, Bainbridge, GA

Joe White, 5-7, 160, HB, West Palm Beach

Jimmy Williams, 6-1, 188, G, Green Cove Springs

Bob Wodrich, 6-0, 190, G-T, Miami


1950 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
N 19 Phil Alvers           HB      5-11  175  Fr        Pompano Park
* 23 Jim Arnold            E       5-8   152  Fr        Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
* 56 Sam Baker             T       6-3   226  Sr        Summerton, SC
     Jack Barker                                        
* 43 Wayne Benner          HB      5-11  190  Jr        LaPorte, IN (Indiana)
  38 Tommy Betts           HN      5-11  167  Fr        Quincy
* 27 Preston Bradley       HB      5-6   175  Jr        Lake Wales (Tampa)
* 49 Harry Bringger        HB      5-11  164  So   *    Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
     Earl Brown            C       5-10  180  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 20 Tommy Brown           HB      5-11  155  So        Tallahassee (Leon/West Point)
     Buddy Bryant          C       6-2   175  So   *    Perry (Perry)
* 45 Curt Campbell         E       6-1   170  So        Pensacola (Tate)
  17 Warren Cobb           QB      5-11  160  Fr        Deland
* 39 Bill Dawkins          G       5-11  195  Jr   **   Miami (Jackson)
* 12 Wendell Dennis        G       5-10  175  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 32 Bill Driver           QB      6-2   205  So        Girard, IL (Community/Indiana)
     Bob Duckworth         T       6-0   220  So   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
     Donn Eichar           HB      6-0   170  So        Decatur, IN
* 51 Norman Eubanks        E       6-2   190  Sr   **   Clearwater (Clearwater/Presbyterian)
  58 Harold Farmer         T       6-1   210  Fr        Clearwater
  28 Bobby Fiveash         HB      5-9   175  Fr        Bainbridge, GA
N 21 Gary Folsom           HB      5-11  155  Fr        Jacksonville (Landon)
* 40 Don Gladden           QB      5-10  177  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 22 Eddie Gray            HB      5-10  168  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Irwin Hanson          FB      5-10  170  So        Port Orange (Mainland)
N 28 Pat Harris            E       6-0   173  Fr        Crescent City (Crescent City)
  53 John Hedrick          E       6-1   180  Fr        Saint Petersburg
  13 Tal Henry             HB      6-0   178  So        Greensboro, NC
     Bill Heth             E       6-2   200  Jr        Los Angeles, CA (Manual Arts)
* 25 Ted Hewitt            E       5-10  167  Sr   **   Detroit, MI (Kalamazoo Central/Tulane)
* 64 Leslie High           C       5-10  180  Sr        Jacksonville
  60 Bill Hoppe            T       5-11  205  So        Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Poly/Maryland)
* 24 Mac Huey              QB      5-10  190  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 29 Ernie Huggett         HB      5-8   177  Jr        South Bend, IN (Mishawaka/Indiana)
N 14 Ray Inlow             FB      5-10  170  Fr        Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
* 42 Nelson Italiano       HB      5-11  182  Jr        Tampa (Plant/Florida)
* 35 Steve Kalenich        C       5-11  180  Fr        Barberton, OH
* 50 Dub Kendrick          T       6-0   185  Sr   **   Center Hill (Bushnell/Norman Park JC)
  17 George Kinnear        FB-QB   6-1   185  Jr        Brooksville
     George Klimes         G       5-8   165  Fr        Tarpon Springs
  54 Don Linton            HB      6-0   205  So        Port Saint Joe
* 36 Ed Lockard            C       6-1   186  So        Jacksonville (Landon)
* 58 Carmine Lombardi      T       5-10  200  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
     Frazier Long          G       5-9   205  So        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 55 Duke Maltby           T       5-11  225  Sr   *    Dade City (Mishawaka/Indiana)
     Bo Manuel             FB-G    5-7   190  Sr   ***  Newberry
* 47 Monte May             C       6-1   188  Sr   **   Miami (Edison)
     Lonnie McClelland                                  
     Virgil McHargue       T       6-0   187  Fr        Greenville
  33 James McKeown         HB      5-11  175  Fr        Quincy
N 62 Earl McPherson        C       6-0   175  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
     Leonard Melton        E       5-11  160  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Leon)
N 61 Lawrence Mero         T       6-1   180  Fr        Miami (Miami Senior)
  38 Walt Miller           G       5-11  195  Sr        LaPorte, IN
N 18 Fred Moates           G       6-0   165  Fr        Panama City
  63 Walter Morris         G       5-11  195  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  26 Bob O'Connell         C       6-1   175  So        Chicago, IL (Tilden Tech)
* 57 Earl O'Neal           G       6-0   200  So        Valdosta, GA
* 41 Dwight Osha           T       6-1   220  Jr   *    Linton, IN (Linton)
N 16 Tommy Owen            C       6-0   175  Fr        Webster
  31 Dick Peterson         HB      5-9   165  Sr   **   Chicago, IL (Austin)
  35 Plen Phelps           FB      6-0   202  Fr        Niceville
  46 Jack Phillips         G       6-0   195  Jr        Quincy (Alabama)
* 52 Cliff Powell          E       6-0   200  Fr        Wrightsville, GA
     Red Ryan              HB      5-8   180  Jr        Hopkinton, MA
* 59 Bob Schmelz           G       6-0   195  Jr   **   Willoughby, OH (Union)
* 44 Mike Sellers          FB      6-1   215  Jr        Barberton, OH (Barberton/Indiana)
     Jack Smith                                         
  63 George Spurling       G       5-9   200  So        Miami (Jackson)
  48 George Storey         T       5-10  190  Fr        Tallahassee
     Skeets Strickland     E       6-0   180  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
N 37 Dick Sutherland       HB-E    5-11  170  Fr        Plant City (Plant City)
     Louie Sutton          E       5-11  169  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 30 Vic Szczepanik        T       5-10  190  So   *    Rochester, PA (Freedom)
  15 Don Thixton           HB      5-9   160  So        Fort Lauderdale
N 10 Clint Thomas          E       5-11  165  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  11 Dudley Thomas         QB      5-11  177  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
N 15 Jack Tinney           HB      5-9   160  Fr        Hollywood
* 34 Dick Turk             FB      5-10  195  So        South Bend, IN (Riley)
     Fred Turner           G       5-8   190  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  45 Joe Wells             E       6-0   171  Fr        Bartow
     Tommy Wester          QB      5-9   185  So        Bainbridge, GA
N 46 Joe White             HB      5-7   160  So        West Palm Beach (Bartow)
     Jimmy Williams        G       6-1   188  Fr        Green Cove Springs (Clay)
* 33 Bob Wodrich           G-T     6-0   190  Fr        Miami (Miami Senior)

1950 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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     Jack Barker                                        
     Earl Brown            C       5-10  180  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Buddy Bryant          C       6-2   175  So   *    Perry (Perry)
     Bob Duckworth         T       6-0   220  So   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
     Donn Eichar           HB      6-0   170  So        Decatur, IN
     Irwin Hanson          FB      5-10  170  So        Port Orange (Mainland)
     Bill Heth             E       6-2   200  Jr        Los Angeles, CA (Manual Arts)
     George Klimes         G       5-8   165  Fr        Tarpon Springs
     Frazier Long          G       5-9   205  So        Jacksonville (Lee)
     Bo Manuel             FB-G    5-7   190  Sr   ***  Newberry
     Lonnie McClelland                                  
     Virgil McHargue       T       6-0   187  Fr        Greenville
     Leonard Melton        E       5-11  160  Sr   ***  Tallahassee (Leon)
     Red Ryan              HB      5-8   180  Jr        Hopkinton, MA
     Jack Smith                                         
     Skeets Strickland     E       6-0   180  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Louie Sutton          E       5-11  169  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Fred Turner           G       5-8   190  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Tommy Wester          QB      5-9   185  So        Bainbridge, GA
     Jimmy Williams        G       6-1   188  Fr        Green Cove Springs (Clay)
N 10 Clint Thomas          E       5-11  165  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  11 Dudley Thomas         QB      5-11  177  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 12 Wendell Dennis        G       5-10  175  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  13 Tal Henry             HB      6-0   178  So        Greensboro, NC
N 14 Ray Inlow             FB      5-10  170  Fr        Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
  15 Don Thixton           HB      5-9   160  So        Fort Lauderdale
N 15 Jack Tinney           HB      5-9   160  Fr        Hollywood
N 16 Tommy Owen            C       6-0   175  Fr        Webster
  17 Warren Cobb           QB      5-11  160  Fr        Deland
  17 George Kinnear        FB-QB   6-1   185  Jr        Brooksville
N 18 Fred Moates           G       6-0   165  Fr        Panama City
N 19 Phil Alvers           HB      5-11  175  Fr        Pompano Park
* 20 Tommy Brown           HB      5-11  155  So        Tallahassee (Leon/West Point)
N 21 Gary Folsom           HB      5-11  155  Fr        Jacksonville (Landon)
* 22 Eddie Gray            HB      5-10  168  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 23 Jim Arnold            E       5-8   152  Fr        Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
* 24 Mac Huey              QB      5-10  190  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 25 Ted Hewitt            E       5-10  167  Sr   **   Detroit, MI (Kalamazoo Central/Tulane)
  26 Bob O'Connell         C       6-1   175  So        Chicago, IL (Tilden Tech)
* 27 Preston Bradley       HB      5-6   175  Jr        Lake Wales (Tampa)
  28 Bobby Fiveash         HB      5-9   175  Fr        Bainbridge, GA
N 28 Pat Harris            E       6-0   173  Fr        Crescent City (Crescent City)
* 29 Ernie Huggett         HB      5-8   177  Jr        South Bend, IN (Mishawaka/Indiana)
* 30 Vic Szczepanik        T       5-10  190  So   *    Rochester, PA (Freedom)
  31 Dick Peterson         HB      5-9   165  Sr   **   Chicago, IL (Austin)
* 32 Bill Driver           QB      6-2   205  So        Girard, IL (Community/Indiana)
  33 James McKeown         HB      5-11  175  Fr        Quincy
* 33 Bob Wodrich           G-T     6-0   190  Fr        Miami (Miami Senior)
* 34 Dick Turk             FB      5-10  195  So        South Bend, IN (Riley)
* 35 Steve Kalenich        C       5-11  180  Fr        Barberton, OH
  35 Plen Phelps           FB      6-0   202  Fr        Niceville
* 36 Ed Lockard            C       6-1   186  So        Jacksonville (Landon)
N 37 Dick Sutherland       HB-E    5-11  170  Fr        Plant City (Plant City)
  38 Tommy Betts           HN      5-11  167  Fr        Quincy
  38 Walt Miller           G       5-11  195  Sr        LaPorte, IN
* 39 Bill Dawkins          G       5-11  195  Jr   **   Miami (Jackson)
* 40 Don Gladden           QB      5-10  177  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 41 Dwight Osha           T       6-1   220  Jr   *    Linton, IN (Linton)
* 42 Nelson Italiano       HB      5-11  182  Jr        Tampa (Plant/Florida)
* 43 Wayne Benner          HB      5-11  190  Jr        LaPorte, IN (Indiana)
* 44 Mike Sellers          FB      6-1   215  Jr        Barberton, OH (Barberton/Indiana)
* 45 Curt Campbell         E       6-1   170  So        Pensacola (Tate)
  45 Joe Wells             E       6-0   171  Fr        Bartow
  46 Jack Phillips         G       6-0   195  Jr        Quincy (Alabama)
N 46 Joe White             HB      5-7   160  So        West Palm Beach (Bartow)
* 47 Monte May             C       6-1   188  Sr   **   Miami (Edison)
  48 George Storey         T       5-10  190  Fr        Tallahassee
* 49 Harry Bringger        HB      5-11  164  So   *    Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
* 50 Dub Kendrick          T       6-0   185  Sr   **   Center Hill (Bushnell/Norman Park JC)
* 51 Norman Eubanks        E       6-2   190  Sr   **   Clearwater (Clearwater/Presbyterian)
* 52 Cliff Powell          E       6-0   200  Fr        Wrightsville, GA
  53 John Hedrick          E       6-1   180  Fr        Saint Petersburg
  54 Don Linton            HB      6-0   205  So        Port Saint Joe
* 55 Duke Maltby           T       5-11  225  Sr   *    Dade City (Mishawaka/Indiana)
* 56 Sam Baker             T       6-3   226  Sr        Summerton, SC
* 57 Earl O'Neal           G       6-0   200  So        Valdosta, GA
  58 Harold Farmer         T       6-1   210  Fr        Clearwater
* 58 Carmine Lombardi      T       5-10  200  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 59 Bob Schmelz           G       6-0   195  Jr   **   Willoughby, OH (Union)
  60 Bill Hoppe            T       5-11  205  So        Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Poly/Maryland)
N 61 Lawrence Mero         T       6-1   180  Fr        Miami (Miami Senior)
N 62 Earl McPherson        C       6-0   175  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  63 Walter Morris         G       5-11  195  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  63 George Spurling       G       5-9   200  So        Miami (Jackson)
* 64 Leslie High           C       5-10  180  Sr        Jacksonville
N = Freshman Numeral

Note - Letterman End Ted Hewitt is not listed above as he reports he will not arrive until school starts in late September and that he may give up football this year to concentrate on basketball in whihch sport he is also a letterman.

Players listed above who are transfer students with college Freshman or Varsity experience include: Baker, Benner, Bradley, T. Brown, Driver, Eichar, Henry, Heth, Huggett, Italiano, Linton, O'Connell, Phillips, Ryan, Sellers, Strickland and Webster.


Lettermen listed in the Tallahassee Quarterbacks Club Banquet Program, January 14, 1951.

James Arnold, Samuel Baker, Wayne Benner, Preston Bradley, Harry Brinnger, Thomas Brown, Curtis Campbell, William Dawkins, Wendell Dennis, William Driver, Norman Eubanks, Donald Gladden, Edward Gray, Theodore Hewitt, Robert Huey, Ernest Huggett, Nelson Italiano, Steven Kalenich, W.A. Kendrick, Edward Lockard, Carmine Lombardi, Loren Maltby, Almore May, Earl O'Neal, Dwight Osha, Clifford Powell, Robert Schmelz, Milan Sellers, Victor Szczepanik, Richard Turk, Robert Wodrich.

Freshmen numerals awarded to: Phillip Alverts, Gary Folsom, Pat Harris, Ray Inlow, Lawrence Mero, Earl McPherson, Fred Moates, Thomas Owen, Richard Sutherland, Clinton Thomas, Jack Tinney, Joseph White.


1950 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/30
Ref
A
TROY STATE
W 26- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-6-1
10/07
Ref
H
RANDOLPH-MACON COLL
First game played at Doak S. Campball Stadium
W 40- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-4
10/14
Ref
H
HOWARD
W 20- 6
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-8
10/21
Ref
A
NEWBERRY COLLEGE
W 24- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
1-9
10/28
Ref
H
SEWANEE
Stadium dedicated, band named "Marching Chiefs", FSU Fight Song introduced
W 14- 8
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-6
11/10
Ref
A
STETSON
W 27- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-3
11/18
Ref
H
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
W 33- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-2
11/25
Ref
H
TAMPA
Dixie Conference Champ
W 35-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-4
Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    8- 0     5-0     3-0     0-0
VS DIXIE CONF    4- 0     3-0     1-0     0-0

NOTE: The first Poll of the year was not conducted until the middle of October



1950 DIXIE CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  FLORIDA STATE         4- 0     8- 0 
 2  STETSON               0- 0     8- 3 
 3  MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE   0- 0     6- 2 
 4  TAMPA                 0- 0     5- 4 
 5  HOWARD                0- 0     2- 8 

1950 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mike Sellers 10/14/1950 HOWARD 30 130 4.33 2 Mike Sellers 10/07/1950 RANDOLPH-MACON COLL 14 110 7.86 2 Nelson Italiano 10/21/1950 NEWBERRY COLLEGE 110 1 Mike Sellers 11/25/1950 TAMPA 34 108 3.18 1

1950 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Harry Bringger 11/18/1950 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE 2 125 62.50 2

1950 - 300 Yard Passing Club

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

1950 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 219 54 Points Per Game............. 27.4 6.8 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 33 8 TDs Rushing................. 20 6 TDs Passing................. 11 1 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 1 0 TDs Interception............ 1 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 1 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 19-33 4- 8 Kick........................ 19-33 3- 7 Pass........................ 0- 0 1- 1 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 0- 0 0- 0 SAFETY........................ 1 1 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1807 818 Rushing Attempts............ 420 352 Average Per Rush............ 4.3 2.3 Average Per Game............ 225.9 102.3 PASSING YARDAGE............... 939 572 Att-Comp-Int................ 119- 44-12 138- 60-19 Efficiency.................. 113.59 53.15 Average Per Pass............ 7.9 4.1 Average Per Catch........... 21.3 9.5 Average Per Game............ 117.4 71.5 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 2746 1390 Total Plays................. 539 490 Average Per Play............ 5.1 2.8 Average Per Game............ 343.3 173.8 ATTENDANCE.................... 34,746 7,200 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5- 6,949 3- 2,400
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
52
79
47
41
219
Opponents
7
19
9
19
54
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Sellers            130  597   19   578   4.4   9     
Nelson Italiano          76  485   61   424   5.6   5  33t
Dick Turk                56  286    7   279   5.0   4     
Eddie Gray               39  179   33   146   3.7   0     
Dick Peterson            22   99   15    84   3.8   1     
Tommy Brown              12   77    2    75   6.3   1     
Harry Bringger           31   78   19    59   1.9   0     

Total.........       8  420 1807       1807   4.3  20       225.9
Opponents.....       8  352 1075  257   818   2.3   6       102.3


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Nelson Italiano         192.19  39- 16- 3   .410  459   8  80t
Dick Peterson           198.43  13-  7- 1   .538  169   2     
Gary Folsom              82.99  15-  5- 2   .333   97   1     
Wayne Benner             47.11  13-  3- 1   .231   61   0     

Total.........       8  113.59 119- 44-12   .370  939  11  80t  117.4
Opponents.....       8   53.15 138- 60-19   .435  572   1        71.5


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Harry Bringger           5   246  49.2   5  76t
Eddie Gray               9   234  26.0   2  80t
Norman Eubanks          13   175  13.5   0     
Clint Thomas             4    72  18.0   1  20t
Ted Hewitt               4    56  14.0   0     
Tommy Brown                              1     
Bill Driver                              1     
Cliff Powell                             1  16t

Total.........       8  44   939  21.3  11  80t  117.4
Opponents.....       8  60   572   9.5   1        71.5


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Wayne Benner                        1     

Total.........                      1     
Opponent......                      0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Ted Hewitt            3        0.0  1  54t
Tommy Brown           2        0.0  0     
Harry Bringger        1        0.0  0     
Wayne Benner          1        0.0  0     
Jim Arnold            1        0.0  0     
Mac Huey              1        0.0  0     
George Kinnear        1        0.0  0     

Total.........                      1  54t
Opponent......                      0     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------

Total.........                      0     
Opponent......                      1     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Ted Hewitt            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Dwight Osha           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bill Dawkins          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ernie Huggett         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bob Wodrich           1    0   0.0  0   .    0

Total.........                      0        0
Opponent......                      0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Sellers          9   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    54
Harry Bringger        5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Nelson Italiano       5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Dick Turk             4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Ernie Huggett         0   0-0    19-33   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    19
Tommy Brown           2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Eddie Gray            2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Ted Hewitt            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Dick Peterson         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Wayne Benner          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bill Driver           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Cliff Powell          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Clint Thomas          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bob Schmelz           0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   1     2
====================================================================
FSU                  33   0-0    19-33   0-0   0   0-0   0   1   219
Opponent              8   0-0     3-7    0-0   1   1-1   0   1    54

Runs and receptions after a touchdown were worth 1 point before 1958
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Mike Sellers
9
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Harry Bringger
.
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Nelson Italiano
5
.
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
Dick Turk
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Tommy Brown
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Eddie Gray
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ted Hewitt
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Dick Peterson
1
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Wayne Benner
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
Bill Driver
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Cliff Powell
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Clint Thomas
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Gary Folsom
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
20
11
11
1
.
1
.
.
.
Opponents
6
1
1
.
.
.
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
--------------------------------------------------
Nelson Italiano         115   424  459   883
Mike Sellers            130   578    0   578
Dick Turk                56   279    0   279
Dick Peterson            35    84  169   253
Eddie Gray               39   146    0   146
Gary Folsom              15     0   97    97
Tommy Brown              12    75    0    75
Wayne Benner             13     0   61    61
Harry Bringger           31    59    0    59

Total.........       8  539  1807  939  2746 343.3
Opponent......       8  490   818  572  1390 173.8


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Tommy Brown         22  734  33.4  84                 
Nelson Italiano     10  350  35.0                     
Wayne Benner         8  315  39.4                     

Total.........                0.0                     
Opponent......                0.0                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Sellers            578     0    0    0    0    0  578
Nelson Italiano         424     0    0    0    0    0  424
Eddie Gray              146   234    0    0    0    0  380
Harry Bringger           59   246    0    0    0    0  305
Dick Turk               279     0    0    0    0    0  279
Norman Eubanks            0   175    0    0    0    0  175
Dick Peterson            84     0    0    0    0    0   84
Tommy Brown              75     0    0    0    0    0   75
Clint Thomas              0    72    0    0    0    0   72
Ted Hewitt                0    56    0    0    0    0   56

Total.........       8 1807   939    0    0    0    0 2746 343.3
Opponent......       8  818   572    0    0    0    0 1390 173.8


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ted Hewitt                .    .     .      .            .          3-      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Tommy Brown               .    .     .      .            .          2-      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jim Arnold                .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   2   .
Wayne Benner              .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .
Harry Bringger            .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .
Mac Huey                  .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .
George Kinnear            .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .
Bill Dawkins              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ernie Huggett             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Dwight Osha               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bob Wodrich               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   1   .
Bob Schmelz               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   1

FLORIDA STATE 26, TROY STATE 7

09/30/1950, TROY, AL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 1, 1950, page 6, no reporter listed.

TROY, AL - Florida State opened its season tonight with a 26-7 victory over Troy State Teachers.

FSU started rolling early in the first quarter after Dick Wade's punt was blocked on the Troy 13. FSU drove to a first down on the 2 and Tom Brown went around left end for the score. Ernie Huggett's kick was good.

A 34-yard pass from Dick Peterson to Brown brought Florida State its second touchdown. Brown ran 15 yards without interference for the touchdown.

Late in the second quarter, Mike Sellers drove five yards over left guard and then 24 inside right tackle for the third touchdown. Huggett's kick was blocked a second time.

James Arnold blocked his second punt in the third to set up Florida State's last touchdown. The kick was good.

In the closing minutes of the game, Troy drove 90 yards for its only score. Dewey Renfro's pass to Ted Franklin gave Troy its seven points.

First Quarter

A strong cross wind was blowing across the field from east to west as the Seminoles and Red Wave collided in sunken Memorial Field here tonight. Harrell kicked off to Brown into the end zone, and Tommy came out to the 12 as the Indians started off to the football wars. FSU tolled up a first down on the 27, but bogged down and Brown booted a booming 64-yarder that backed Troy up to their 19. The Wave rolled up two quick first downs before running out of gas, and then little Jim Arnold turned the tide in favor of FSU when he blocked Wade's punt and gave the Seminoles the ball on Troy's 13.

After Sellers got one at the middle Peterson slipped inside right tackle to the two. Brown scored from there on a reverse and Huggett converted to put the Seminoles out in front 7-0 with seven minutes to go in the first quarter.

Seven plays later it was 13-0 as FSU forced Troy to punt after the kickoff and took over on their 47. A running play moved to the 49 and Peterson speared Brown with a pass that covered 49 yards and a touchdown. Huggett's kick was blocked on the extra point.

After an exchange of punts the Seminoles took the ball on Sellers' pass interception and were on the Troy 33 as the period ended.

Second Quarter

After an exchange of punts in the opening minutes of the second period Mac Huey gave the Seminoles the ball deep in Troy's territory with a pass interception that he returned four yards to the Wave 23. Mike Sellers punished the center of the line, but a steady stream of offside penalties nullified a total of 37 yards the big fullback gained , and Troy finally took over on their own 4. Wade punted out short to his own 31, and FSU struck for another score with Sellers bulling the last 24 yards in one rambling run. Huggett's kick was blocked again and it was 19-0 FSU with two minutes remaining in the half. Troy moved to the 44 before fumbling, and FSU was knocking at the door on the six-yard line when the half caught them.

Third Quarter

Both teams sparred for an opening in the early minutes of the second half, exchanging punts that backed Troy deep into their own territory. A Renfroe fumble gave FSU the ball on Troy's 20, but the Wave held on their 11 and picked up a first down to their 21. After the Indians held, Wade tried to punt out, and little Jim Arnold broke through and blocked the boot again, giving FSU possession on the Troy 20. Turk, Gray and Peterson moved the leather to the one, and Turk cracked right guard for the score. Huggett converted and FSU led 26-0 with three minutes to play in the period.

Troy mustered up a drive as the quarter ended, moving to the FSU 44.

Fourth Quarter

Wade punted into the end zone on the first play of the period, and FSU went on the march again. With Brown ripping off a 40-yard dash and Turk and Folsom sprinting to first downs, the Seminoles went to the Wave 10 before a pass interception halted them.

Troy struck back at this point, and with Riddle running hard and Renfroe's passes clicking the Wave sped 90 yards to a score with Riddle getting the last foot at right guard. Renfroe passed to Franklin for the extra point, making the score 26-7 with three minutes to play. With Dick Turk spearheading a counter attack, the Seminoles took Troy's kickoff and moved 63 yards before time ran out with the ball on the Wave one.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
13
6
7
0
26
TROY STATE
0
0
0
7
7

1st   7- 0  Tommy Brown, 2, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)
     13- 0  Tommy Brown, 49, pass from Dick Peterson (Ernie Huggett, kick blocked)
2nd  19- 0  Mike Sellers, 24, run (Ernie Huggett, kick blocked)
3rd  26- 0  Dick Turk, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)
4th  26- 7  Opp, 1, run (pass)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing
Tommy Brown                  0-   0
Mike Sellers                 0-   0
Dick Turk                    0-   0

Receiving
Tommy Brown                  0-   0

Passing
Dick Peterson                0- 0-0-  0

                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS     UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Jim Arnold                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   2   .
Mac Huey                  .    .     .      .            .          1-  4   .    .    .      .   .   .
Mike Sellers              .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .

 STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   22  Eddie Gray
QB   24  Mac Huey
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
LH   31  Dick Peterson
C    35  Steve Kalenich
RG   41  Dwight Osha
FB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   22  Eddie Gray
DB   24  Mac Huey
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
DB   31  Dick Peterson
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
RG   41  Dwight Osha
LB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
20  Tommy Brown
21  Gary Folsom
23  Jim Arnold
##  NAME
-----------------------------
29  Ernie Huggett
34  Dick Turk

FLORIDA STATE 40, RANDOLPH-MACON COLL 7

10/07/1950, TALLAHASSEE, FL, First game played at Doak S. Campball Stadium

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 8, 1950, page 6, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University's Seminoles saluted the opening of Doak S. Campbell Stadium here last night by firing a six-touchdown broadside into the ranks of a game, but out-classed Randolph-Macon eleven that enabled Coach Don Veller's Garnet and Gold legions to romp to t 40-7 before a record crowd of 9,676 fans.

The rampaging FSU redmen, rolling to their 18th victory in 20 starts under the tutelage of Veller, started slowly and rumbled to t one touchdown lead in the first period after taking the play away from a Jacket eleven that dominated the early minutes of the game.

Then, with shocking suddenness, the Indians leveled their full attack, rolling up four fat touchdowns in eight scant minutes of play in the second quarter.

Stunning Barrage

Randolph-Macon bounced back from that stunning barrage to score its only touchdown of the game late in the second period when quarterback Ted Keller raced 36-yards to a score after being trapped on a pass play, but that was only token resistance.

FSU came back after the half and racked up its final touchdown in convincing fashion, speeding 70 yards in nine plays with Eddie Gray going 25 yards into paydirt on a screen pass to complete the journey.

Ernie Huggett, who had hit four placements in a row after having the first boot blocked, was wide on his last attempt.

The remainder of the third, and the entire fourth quarter passed scoreless, though the two teams both posed serious scoring threats in the final period when FSU rolled to the two before a fumble and Randolph-Macon ventured as far as the Seminoles' seven before being cut short by an intercepted pass.

Second Win

The Seminoles, racking up their second decisive win of the season and their sixth in a row over a two-year span, displayed a versatile and powerful attack headed by line-cracking Mike Sellers and shifty tailback Dick Peterson.

Up front the Indians operated behind a big, tough forward wall that opened big holes on the offense and gave ground grudgingly on the defense while the regulars were on duty.

Coach Paul Severin's Jackets, light and fast, flashed their attack in spots, but were no match for the big redmen, who refused to yield in the clutch.

Sellers headed the touchdown parade, hitting paydirt twice. Peterson, Dick Turk, Nelson Italiano and Eddie Gray all reached six-point land once apiece.

First Quarter

Chunky Ernie Huggett toed the first leather in FSU's new stadium, kicking off to the 4, where Keller took the ball and returned to the 18 as football was introduced to Doak S. Campbell stadium.

With Ted Keller and Wayne Begor carrying the mail the Jackets moved quickly to the Indian 39 on three successive first downs before little Jim Arnold slowed the assault by trapping Begor for a 9-yard loss. The Jackets punted to Brown, and FSU went on the attack from the five.

The ball traded hands three times on fumbles before either team could get in gear and it was the Seminoles who rolled to paydirt.

After Dawkins fell on a Jacket fumble on the 39 the Indians swung into high with Sellers blasting the middle and Driver loosening up the middle with a short pass to Eubanks. FSU went to the Jacket 41. Sellers slammed through to middle to the 20. Another Sellers buck and a penalty moved the Indians to the 12 and Brown wheeled to the seven on a reverse. Sellers scored from there up the middle alley, fumbling after he hit the end zone where Eubanks recovered. Huggett's kick was partially blocked and it was 6-0 with less than three minutes remaining.

FSU forced Randolph-Macon to punt, then started another drive from their own 43 that had reached the 27 when the period ended.

Second Quarter

The Seminoles wasted little time scoring in the second period as Sellers continued to blast the middle and Peterson passed to Gray to the 4. Sellers cracked right guard for the score, and Huggett converted to make it 13-0 in the first two minutes of the second period.

That set the Seminoles off, and they went to the races in a hurry.

Huggett kicked off to the Jackets and recovered a fumble on the Randolph 31.

Turk went to the 21, Gray to the 7 and Peterson went over. Huggett kicked and it was 20-0.

Before you could draw a breath it was 27-0. Huggett kicked off deep into Jacket territory and Osha flopped on a fumble on the 17 on the first running play. Turk slammed to the 2 and then operated on right guard for the score. Huggett was true again and it was 27-0 with 10 minutes to play in the period.

FSU wasn't through yet. Bringger intercepted Keller's pass on the third play after the kickoff on the Jacket 48, and the Indians were on the warpath again. With Bradley and Italiano punishing the middle FSU moved to the one foot line, and Italiano wriggled over from there to make it 33-0. Huggett converted. It was 34-0 with five minutes to go in the half.

The Jackets hadn't folded, despite the Seminole barrage. They worked the ball up to the Indian 34 after the kickoff, and Ted Keller ran for a touchdown after going back to pass and failing to locate a receiver. George Bell converted to make it 34-7.

Third Quarter

Gray carried the Jackets kickoff from the 4 to the 30 and the Seminoles rolled right on to a score. Gray went the last 25, taking a screen pass from Peterson, running wide at right end and cutting back sharply up the middle. Huggett's kick was wide and it was 40-7.

FSU forced the Jackets to kick and marched 54 yards before a fumble stopped them on the two-yard line. After Randolph-Macon punted out the Indians tried to come back again but a pass interception by Barrett stopped them this time. Randolph-Macon posed a brief threat, then punted out on the FSU 20 as the quarter came to a close.

Fourth Quarter

Veller flooded the field with subs and the little Indians bottled the Jackets up and forced them to punt twice after making two short assaults of their own. Benner, Gray and Italiano sparked a drive to the Jacket 19 before a penalty slowed them down, and Huggett's attempt for a field goal was ruined by a bad pass from center.

Randolph-Macon took over on their 30 and went to the FSU seven before Kinnear intercepted a pass and ran to the 33 as the game ended.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
RANDOLPH-MACON COLL
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
6
28
6
0
40

1st   6- 0  Mike Sellers, 7, run (Ernie Huggett, kick blocked), 2:49 
2nd  13- 0  Mike Sellers, 4, run (Ernie Huggett, kick), 13:29
     20- 0  Dick Peterson, 14, run (Ernie Huggett, kick), 10:23
     27- 0  Dick Turk, 2, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)
     34- 0  Nelson Italiano, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick), 5:16 
     34- 7  Opp, 36, run (kick), 3:47 
3rd  40- 7  Eddie Gray, 25, pass from Dick Peterson (Ernie Huggett, kick failed), 11:55


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 10 Rushes-yards 348 142 Passing 84 49 Att-Comp-Int 15-6-1 12-4-2 Total Yards 432 191 Kickoff Returns 125 89 Interception Ret. 2-29 1-22 Fumble Returns 4-0 2-0 Punts 3-39.7 7-34.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 5-4 Penalties-Yds 11-75 5-35 Attendance 9,676 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Sellers 14- 110 Nelson Italiano 8- 54 Eddie Gray 5- 45 Dick Peterson 5- 34 Wayne Benner 1- 20 Preston Bradley 5- 19 Ernie Huggett 1- 11 Tommy Brown 3- 10 Don Linton 1- 9 Gary Folsom 2- 7 Harry Bringger 4- 5 Mac Huey 1- 3 Dick Turk 0- 0 Receiving Eddie Gray 0- 0 Passing Dick Peterson 0- 0-0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Harry Bringger . . . . . 1- . . . . . . George Kinnear . . . . . 1- . . . . . . Bill Dawkins . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Dwight Osha . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ted Hewitt . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ernie Huggett . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   22  Eddie Gray
QB   24  Mac Huey
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
LH   31  Dick Peterson
C    35  Steve Kalenich
RG   41  Dwight Osha
FB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   22  Eddie Gray
DB   24  Mac Huey
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
DB   31  Dick Peterson
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
RG   41  Dwight Osha
LB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
10  Clint Thomas
12  Wendell Dennis
14  Ray Inlow
16  Tommy Owen
17  George Kinnear
18  Fred Moates
19  Phil Alvers
20  Tommy Brown
21  Gary Folsom
23  Jim Arnold
26  Bob O'Connell
27  Preston Bradley
28  Pat Harris
29  Ernie Huggett
30  Vic Szczepanik
32  Bill Driver
33  Bob Wodrich
34  Dick Turk
36  Ed Lockard
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Dick Sutherland
38  Walt Miller
39  Bill Dawkins
40  Don Gladden
42  Nelson Italiano
43  Wayne Benner
46  Jack Phillips
47  Monte May
48  George Storey
49  Harry Bringger
52  Cliff Powell
53  John Hedrick
54  Don Linton
55  Duke Maltby
57  Earl O'Neal
58  Carmine Lombardi
60  Bill Hoppe
61  Lawrence Mero
62  Earl McPherson

FLORIDA STATE 20, HOWARD 6

10/14/1950, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 15, 1950, page 8, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University's Seminoles, whose name was being bandied about with "big-time" elevens all last week, had to pull out all the stops and take advantage of a couple of breaks last night to score a 20-6 triumph over a battling band of Howard College Bulldogs in Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

A crowd of 5,537 fans saw the lightly regarded invaders from Birmingham, Ala. bottle up the heavily-favored Indians in the first quarter and than take a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter before Coach Don Veller's Garnet and Gold legions finally began to roll.

Two third period touchdowns which climaxed drives of 60 and 59 yards and a 30-yard power exhibition by fullback Mike Sellers in the third period were the blows that finally broke the Bulldogs' backs.

The victory was the seventh in a row over a two year span, and their 19th in 21 games under Dr. Don Veller - and it was one of their toughest wins in that streak.

No 'Buyer' for Sellers

Howard, with a seven-man line that confused the Indian offense in the opening minutes and with a determined spirit that was still burning in the closing minutes, just didn't have the manpower and they didn't have a "buyer" for the Seminoles' Sellers.

Big Mike trampled 130 yards in 30 carries, scored twice and was a bull all night long despite the fact that the 'Dogs were cracking him hard on most carries.

At the half some FSU students carried a banner around the field which proclaimed in big letters "Bring on Florida." At that time the score was only 13-6, and the Indians were a lot more concerned about beating Howard than they were with anything else.

After a see-saw battle throughout most of the first period, Howard started a drive late in the quarter that covered 59 yards and was climaxed by George Pappas' drive into the end zone.

Howard Foote's attempted conversion was wide.

FSU Bounces Back

FSU bounced back to tie the score with the aid of a pass inference play in the end zone.

After a 25-yard aerial from Dick Peterson to little Eddie Gray had advanced the leather to the 33, Grey threw a high, wobbly pass from the 31 to Norman Eubanks in the end zone. Jim "Spud" Wallace interfered with the big Indian end back of the goal, and FSU was awarded the ball on the two. Sellers bulled to the one, took a big breath and smashed over.

Huggett's kick was wide and it was 6-6.

Four plays later the Indians had up another head of steam. This time they rolled 59 yards with Nelson Italiano getting the last one after setting up the score with an 11-yard dash on fourth down.

Huggett's kick was good.

An intercepted pass and Bowden's neat 17-yard run after being trapped while trying to pass gave Howard the ball on the FSU 11, but the clock caught them there in what may have been the turning point of the ball game.

Final TD

After muffing two scoring chances FSU racked up its final TD in the third period when Sellers stomped 28 yards in five running plays and finally went over from a foot out.

Hugett's kick was good.

Italiano had a 52-yard scoring sprint called back on the first play of the final period, and Howard took over and staged two drives that reached the 14 and 25 before the weary Bulldogs ran out of gas.

Billy Bancroft and linebacker Russ Banks were key figures in the grim Bulldog defense all the time they were in there as the four-to-six touchdown underdogs tried their best to upset the old dope bucket.

Jim Arnold, the little 151-pound end who is so hard to get out of there, Dub Kendrick and Dwight Osha hit hard for the Seminoles.

FSU's marching band put on a lively halftime show.

First Quarter

Hewitt carried H Foote's opening kickoff from the 25 to his 39, and FSU went right to war with Sellers shredding the middle, and Peterson hitting Eubanks with a 10-yarder the Indians rolled to the 22 before T Smith intercepted Driver's pass to halt the drive.

Simms shook loose around left end to give Howard a quick first down on the 36 but the Bulldogs stalled and Cutcliffe punted dead to the 30. A 12-yard dash by Sellers and a Driver-Eubanks aerial moved FSU to their 41, but Cutcliffe intercepted Driver's pass and Howard took over on the 39.

Bowden hit H Foote on the Seminole 30 as Howard posed an early threat, but Arnold grabbed Bowden's next heave on the Indian 24 and FSU took over.

Sellers sparked tow first downs. Then Italiano kicked dead on the bulldog 14. A quick kick by Cutcliffe set the Indians back to their own 28 with less than three minutes to go in the period.

Benner kicked out short on Howard's 41, and the Dogs moved over into FSU territory on a Bowden-Banks pass to the Seminole 41. Two 15-yard penalties in succession moved the Dogs to the 10 and Simms moved to the 8 as the period ended.

Second Quarter

The second period opened with a bang, both teams scoring in the first five minutes. Howard set up their score when Bowden's fourth down pass from the eight was complete to Cutcliffe, who fought to the 2 1/2. Pappas cracked left guard for the score. H Foote's placekick was wide and it was 6-0 Howard with only a minute and two seconds gone.

Driver Hauled Howard's kickoff from his 25 to the 40, and the Seminoles set their sights on paydirt. Gray got 6, Sellers 8, and Peterson hit Gray with a 25-yard toss to the Howard 33. Sellers got 2 then Gray got off a high, broken-wing pass to Eubanks in the end zone. J. Wallace interfered with Eubanks on the play and the pass was ruled complete on the two. In two plays sellers tied the score, getting the last yard off right guard. Huggett's kick was wide to the left and it was 6-6 with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

FSU stopped Howard after the kickoff and Cutcliffe punted to Brinnger on the 28. Harry came back to his own 41 and the Indians started rolling again.

Peterson wheeled around end for 13 and 15 yards to the 28. Sellers got two then hit Eubanks on the 19. Gray cut back to the 12 for the first down.

A penalty set the Indians back to the 17, but Gray and Sellers moved to the 11 in two plays and on fourth down Italiano, behind good blocking, ran wide to the right then cut back to the 1. Italiano dove over the top of the pile to score, and when Huggett converted it was 13-6 with three minutes left.

Howard punted after going nowhere with the kickoff, setting FSU back to the 37. Marsh intercepted Peterson's pass on the Indian 48, and ran to the 28. Bowden raced to the 11 after being trapped trying to pass, and the half ended.

Third Quarter

Pappas ran the second half kickoff 43 yards to his 45, but Benner intercepted a third down pass on his own 43. A Peterson-Gray pass good for 43 yards moved FSU to the Howard seven before a penalty slowed the drive and it fizzled out on the 15.

After a punt exchange FSU got a break when Hewitt intercepted a Cutcliffe pass on the Bulldog 27, but the Seminole air attack failed and Howard took over on its 23. Maltby recovered a third-down fumble on the Howard 28, and FSU was threatening again. A fumble set FSU back to the 30, but they started giving the ball to Sellers, and he gave the Bulldogs the power treatment, getting 28 of these 30 yards in five tries. The final lunge was from a foot out. Huggett converted and it was 20-6 with two minutes to go in the quarter. Howard punted to midfield as the period ended.

Fourth Quarter

On the first play of the period Italiano raced 52 yards to score, but the play was called back and FSU was penalized 15 yards to their own 42.

After a punt exchange Howard went on the offense with Bowden hitting Banks with a 26-yarder to the FSU 31. Another Bowden-Banks pass was good for a first down on the 18, but two end zone passes failed to connect and FSU took over on their own 14.

Howard forced FSU to punt and came right back to knock at the door again before their passing attack failed and Bowden was smothered on the 25.

The Seminoles moved over into Howard territory on the 47 as the game ended.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
HOWARD
0
6
0
0
6
FLORIDA STATE
0
13
7
0
20

2nd   0- 6  Opp, 2, run (kick failed)
      6- 6  Mike Sellers, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)
     13- 6  Nelson Italiano, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)
3rd  20- 6  Mike Sellers, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 11 Rushes-yards 185 167 Passing 137 83 Att-Comp-Int 21-9-3 17-6-3 Total Yards 322 250 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 6-37.0 7-46.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 65 5 Attendance 5,537 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Sellers 30- 130 Nelson Italiano 6- 16 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jim Arnold . . . . . 1- . . . . . . Wayne Benner . . . . . 1- . . . . . . Ted Hewitt . . . . . 1- . . . . . . Duke Maltby . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   22  Eddie Gray
QB   24  Mac Huey
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
LH   31  Dick Peterson
C    35  Steve Kalenich
RG   41  Dwight Osha
FB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   22  Eddie Gray
DB   24  Mac Huey
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
DB   31  Dick Peterson
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
RG   41  Dwight Osha
LB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
10  Clint Thomas
12  Wendell Dennis
18  Fred Moates
21  Gary Folsom
23  Jim Arnold
26  Bob O'Connell
27  Preston Bradley
29  Ernie Huggett
30  Vic Szczepanik
32  Bill Driver
33  Bob Wodrich
34  Dick Turk
36  Ed Lockard
37  Dick Sutherland
38  Walt Miller
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Don Gladden
42  Nelson Italiano
43  Wayne Benner
46  Jack Phillips
47  Monte May
48  George Storey
49  Harry Bringger
52  Cliff Powell
53  John Hedrick
54  Don Linton
55  Duke Maltby
58  Carmine Lombardi
61  Lawrence Mero
62  Earl McPherson

FLORIDA STATE 24, NEWBERRY COLLEGE 0

10/21/1950, NEWBERRY, SC

From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 22, 1950, page 7, no reporter listed.

Florida State's Seminoles overcame the effects of a mountainous total of penalties, a wet field and a gallant Newberry College eleven to fashion a 24-0 triumph here tonight that kept the Floridians among the ranks of the nation's undefeated and untied teams.

The victory was the fourth of the season for Coach Don Veller's husky Garnet and Gold squad, and the loss was the sixth straight for the luckless Newberry team. And it spoiled Newberry's Homecoming.

FSU punched over a score in each of the four quarters, while keeping the Newberry attack pretty well bottled up with a hard-charging line and an alert secondary.

Italiano and Sellers

Halfback Nelson Italiano and fullback Mike Sellers paced the FSU attack. Italiano figured in three of the scores, passing for two and running for one. Sellers failed to score, but it was his thrusts into the line when the chips were down that kept the Seminoles on the move.

The Seminoles scored in the opening minutes of the game without relinquishing the ball after the kickoff. Italiano, filling in for the injured Dick Peterson, speared little Eddie Gray with a pass on a play that covered 80 yards. Gray took the ball on his 45 and outraced the pursuers to the goal.

Italiano hit paydirt himself late in the second period when he shook free on a 33-yard scoring dash over tackle.

Early in the third quarter FSU marched 40 yards to score after a 35-yard punt return by Harry Bringger moved the ball over into Newberry territory. Italiano and Dick Turk sparked the drive, with Turk getting the last yard with a dive into the line.

Final TD

The Final TD came on a 20-yard pass from Italiano to end Clint Thomas in the end zone.

Little Ernie Huggett, placekicking specialist, had a tough evening, getting none for four. Penalties robbed him of two conversions, however.

The Seminoles, who ate up 304yards along the ground and added another 95 through the airlanes, were hit for a staggering total of 190 yards in penalties and had to overcome assessments practically every time they got their hands on the ball.

Newberry too, came in for its share of setbacks, losing 110 yards in penalties as the officials practically took over the play of the ball game with an almost weird display of flag throwing.

Newberry made only one serious threat all night, getting to the Seminole 15-yard line after a pass interception had given them an opportunity in the first period.

Quarterback Charlie Berry's passing and running provided most of the spark for the South Carolinians with an occasional boost from Max DuBose.

Most of the time the big Florida line, led by Dwight Osha, Dub Kendrick and Earl O'Neal kept the Indians locked up on the ground. When the forwards missed, linebacker Mike Sellers was there to stop the ball carriers.

Bringger and Wayne Benner thwarted the Newberry air game with alert work in the secondary.

The game was played in an almost constant drizzle. A crowd of 1,200 saw the tilt.

First Quarter

Eddie Gray took the opening kickoff three yards deep in his end zone and brought it out to the FSU 17, and the Seminoles started through the mud and drizzle to their first score.

After each team had drawn the first of many penalties that were to follow, Sellers cracked five yards back up to the 22 and Italiano skirted right end for a first down on the 31. Gray moved to the 40, but the play was nullified with a penalty that set the Floridians back to their own 16. Sellers plowed to the 20, and on the next play Italiano faded back and speared Gray with a pass on the 45. Taking the ball over his shoulder in back of the Newberry secondary, the fleet Gray outraced the opposition to score on a play that covered 80 yards. Hewitt's kick was good, but the Seminoles were penalized back to their 17, and the attempted boot from there missed.

Generating a little steam of their own Newberry drove to the FSU 40, but Benner stole a pass on the 12 and came out to the 19 to halt the threat. The South Carolina squad kept FSU backed up in its own territory through the remainder of the period.

Second Quarter

Getting underway again, FSU drove 75 yards to the Newberry 8 before a penalty set them back, and the ball went over on the 10. Newberry kicked out to Bringger on the 45. He came back to the 33 and the Tribe was rolling again. Italiano sliced off right tackle, shook over tacklers at the 20 and 17 and galloped to the score. Huggett's lick was wide and it was 12-0 with time running out in the half.

The Seminoles kicked off to Newberry and the half ended with the ball on the 48.

Third Quarter

FSU kicked off to Newberry to open the second half, and forced the Indians to punt after limiting them to two yards in three tries. Bringger took Berry's boot on his own 25 and whizzed back 35 yards to the enemy 40. With Italiano and Turk alternating in thrusts at the line FSU rolled to the five. Turk took over from there and slammed across the final yard. Huggett missed with his kick and it was 18-0.

The two teams see-sawed around midfield for the remainder of the period.

Fourth Quarter

After the ball had traded hands without any serious threats during the first portion of the final period, the Seminoles took the bit in their teeth again when Linton intercepted a Berry pass on the Newberry 20 and went to the 15.

Another penalty rocked the Seminoles back to the 30. Sutherland went to the 24 and FSU moved to the 20 when a penalty nullified a pass interception for Newberry and set the South Carolina squad back on its own 20.

Italiano passed to end Clint Thomas in the end zone for the score.

Huggett's kick was good but the Seminoles caught another penalty to the 17 and the succeeding placement was short from there.

The game ended after FSU had kicked off to Newberry again.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
6
6
6
6
24
NEWBERRY COLLEGE
0
0
0
0
0

1st   6- 0  Eddie Gray, 80, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)
2nd  12- 0  Nelson Italiano, 33, run (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)
3rd  18- 0  Dick Turk, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)
4th  24- 0  Clint Thomas, 20, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP Rushes-yards 304 97 Passing 95 65 Att-Comp-Int 13-4-2 14-7-2 Total Yards 399 162 Punts 6-28.5 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1 Penalties-Yds 190 110 Attendance 1,200 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Nelson Italiano 0- 110 Dick Turk 0- 0 Receiving Eddie Gray 0- 0 Clint Thomas 0- 0 Passing Nelson Italiano 0- 0-0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wayne Benner . . . . . 1- 7 . . . . . . Don Linton . . . . . 1- 5 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   22  Eddie Gray
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
C    35  Steve Kalenich
QB   40  Don Gladden
RG   41  Dwight Osha
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
FB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   22  Eddie Gray
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
DB   40  Don Gladden
RG   41  Dwight Osha
DB   42  Nelson Italiano
LB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
10  Clint Thomas
12  Wendell Dennis
21  Gary Folsom
24  Mac Huey
26  Bob O'Connell
27  Preston Bradley
29  Ernie Huggett
32  Bill Driver
33  Bob Wodrich
34  Dick Turk
36  Ed Lockard
37  Dick Sutherland
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Bill Dawkins
43  Wayne Benner
47  Monte May
49  Harry Bringger
52  Cliff Powell
53  John Hedrick
54  Don Linton
55  Duke Maltby
57  Earl O'Neal
58  Carmine Lombardi
61  Lawrence Mero
62  Earl McPherson

FLORIDA STATE 14, SEWANEE 8

10/28/1950, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Stadium dedicated, band named "Marching Chiefs", FSU Fight Song introduced

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/29/50, page 6, no reporter mentioned.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University's Seminoles had to struggle, strain and then pull out all the stops in a second half comeback to subdue a stubborn Sewanee eleven 14-8 before a record Homecoming crowd in Doak S. Campbell Stadium yesterday afternoon.

While an estimated crowd of 12,033 homecoming fans watched in dismay, the Purple Tigers from Tennessee, a three-to-four-touchdown underdog before they trotted out on the turf, battled Coach Don Veller's big Indians on even terms throughout the first half and then clawed out a 2-0 margin in the second half before the tide finally turned.

The Seminoles, who apparently came to life after Harry Bringger had fallen in the end zone while trying to run a fumbled punt out past the goal line, giving Sewanee a safety, struck quickly for scores in the third and fourth period to avoid another one of the startling upsets that have marked this 1950 football season.

Hewitt Grabs, Runs

Late in the third period Ted Hewitt, an offensive end who doubles in brass as a defensive back, hauled in a Tiger pass on his own 46 yard line and fled 54 yards for a touchdown that put FSU out in front 6-2.

Little Ernie Huggett upped the ante to 7-2 with a perfect placement.

Early in the fourth period, the Seminoles' Wayne Benner gathered in a punt on the Purple and White 45-yard line and hauled it back to the 20-yard line to set up the second score.

It took FSU only two plays to score from there as they finally flashed some of the scoring power that has kept them among the nation's unbeaten and untied elevens this fall.

Reserve fullback Dick Turk knifed off tackle for seven yards to the Sewanee 13. Nelson Italiano, junior halfback from Tampa, who was the offensive spark of the sluggish Indian attack, wheeled around his own left end at that point, picked up a key block from Turk on the six and then dived into "coffin corner" at the south end of the field, barreling into a Tiger defender on the goal line and carrying him and the ball both across for the score.

Huggett drew another bead from placement to give Veller's Garnet and Gold legions a 14-2 margin.

Tigers Rally

That should have been the blow that broke the Tigers' backs, but it wasn't. Instead the Tigers came right back and rode the pitching arm of halfback Dave Wendel to a score that put the fans back on the edges of their seats until the final whistle blew.

Starting on his own 42-yard line, Wendel pitched four times in six plays to move the Tigers 58 yards through the air for the final score.

The payoff pitch was a five-yard shot into the end zone that Caywood Gunby, a DeLand boy, grabbed for the money after it had deflected off the hands of a Seminole defender.

End Bill Porter, who had nabbed two of Wendel's passes en route to the score, including a 33-yarder that he snatched from two Indians on the five yard line, had two chances to convert the point, but missed them both.

The game ended after Sewanee had kicked off short to FSU.

Tenth Straight

The win was FSU's second six point triumph over Sewanee in this series, and it was just as bitter as the 6-0 triumph they gained up in the Tennessee mountains last fall.

For the record, it was FSU's 10th consecutive triumph over a two-year span and their fifth in the current campaign. It was also the 21st win in 23 games that they have racked up under the tutelage of Don Veller.

The loss was Sewanee's fourth of the year against only one victory.

The first half was a dull defensive struggle marked and marred by poor punting and a series of pass interceptions which prevented either team from hitting paydirt though they each had several opportunities.

FSU's 85-piece band, sporting their new name the "Marching Chiefs" which was derived from a "name the band" contest, put on a colorful halftime show that came as a welcome relief after the somewhat lulling effects of the first two periods.

First Quarter

Jones took Huggett's opening kickoff from his 25 to the 31, and the Purple Tigers got their offense in gear without any wasted motion. A McKeithan-Lamb pass was good for one first down to the 45 and McKeithan hit Mulkin with another aerial that went to the FSU 39. Hewitt bobbed up on the 25 to steal McKeithan's next pass, however, and the Seminoles took over.

A penalty set the Seminoles back, and Italiano punted out on Sewanee's 48. The Indians gained ground when Wakefield's return boot went out on FSU's 37, but the advantage was short-lived as Jones intercepted Italiano's pass on his own 46 and raced to the 30.

The Indians held and Wakefield kicked out on the Seminole 26, slicing another boot off the side of his foot and bouncing the ball into the stands.

The Seminoles got their first down of the game on Italiano's 14-yard run around right end, but the attack bogged down again and Italiano punted dead to the 7.

A Wakefield-Hall pass was good for Sewanee's third first down of the game to the 20, but Arnold intercepted McKiethan's pass on the 17 to set up the Seminoles' first real threat. The Indians rumbled to the 9, but the Tigers held and took over there as the period ended.

Second Quarter

Wakefield punted 36-yards to Bringger who returned four to the 45, and the fans began to stir in their seats. Sellers bulled for three and then speared Eubanks with a jump pass that carried to the 30 for FSU's second first down.

Gladden and Sellers got two apiece to the 24, but Italiano's pass misfired and Bringger's aerial was just off Eubanks' fingertips in the end zone.

Lamb got five on an end-around and Hall moved to a first down, Sewanee's fourth, on the 35. But the Tigers lost their touch and Wakefield punted to Bringger who fumbled and recovered on his own 28.

A seven-yard dash around end by Italiano and a 15-yard penalty against the Tigers gave FSU its third first down on the Tiger 46, but three long Indian passes failed and Italiano punted to the Sewannee 19.

The Tigers took to the air again, Benner intercepting on his 44 and coming back to the 46, but FSU's air attack misfired again and Italiano punted dead to the 19.

Nichopoulos got eight yards and the Tigers were working from their own 27 as the half ended 0-0.

Third Quarter

Hewitt carried Keyer's second half kickoff from his 40 to the 41, and on the first running play the Seminoles set the stands buzzing with a jump pass from Italiano to Eubanks that carried to Sewanee's 42. When Italiano slashed to the 37, the big crowd thought the Indians were finally on the march, but it was another false alarm. The running attack failed after being slowed by a penalty and Benner punted out on the Tiger 16.

Wakefield punted high to Bringger on the 41, and he returned to the Sewanee 47. Two running plays and a jump pass from Sellers to Hewitt moved the leather to the Purple 29, but Milkin stole Italiano's aerial on the 14 and brought it back to the point of origin.

The Tigers chugged up to the 38, then Wakefield kicked a high twisting spiral that Bringger tried to field at the 9. The ball got away from him into the end zone and Bringger fell back there for a safety when trying to run the ball out and Sewanee had a 2-0 lead.

On the free kick that followed, Huggett kicked from his 20 to Mulkin on the 21, and the tiny Tiger came back to the 47. Wakefield punted to Bringger who returned eight yards to the 29. Sellers and Italiano punched out a first down on their 41, but FSU took to the air and Morrow intercepted on his 40 and returned to the 43.

On the next play Nichopoulos tried to pass down the middle, Hewitt grabbed the ball on his own 46 and raced 54 yards to a touchdown with the aid of a key block on the Tiger 35.

Huggett converted and it was 7-2 with three minutes of playing time remaining in the period.

Gunby took Huggett's short kickoff on his 28 and returned to the 35 where he was hit hard and fumbled. Wodrich flopped on the leather there and FSU was in scoring position again.

Italiano circled right end to the 12 after apparently being stopped on the 23, but the Tigers rose up and threw the Indians back to the 21 where they took over.

Fourth Quarter

Wakefield kicked out to the FSU 44 and the Seminoles started to roll. Bringger dashed 12 to the Tiger 44 for FSU's eighth first down. After Gray and Sellers had picked up nine in two carries, Gladden sneaked for another first down on the 33.

Bringger, Gray and Turk charged to the 20 to move the chains again, but the Tigers finally braced and took over on their 12.

The Tigers ground out a first down on their 22, but stalled and Wakefield kicked out to Benner on the Tiger 45. He returned to the 20 and the Seminoles finally flashed some of their scoring power. Turk cracked left tackle for seven to the 13, and Italiano swept around right end and dived into coffin corner for a score after Turk's block on the six had cleared the way.

Huggett converted and it was 14-2.

Sewanee returned the kickoff to the 40, but had to kick. Wakefield booted to Hewitt who came back from his 26 to the Sewanee 48 where he fumbled and Wendel recovered for the Tigers. Wendel passed to Miller on the FSU 42 and to Porter on the 36 for a first down. Wendel cranked up and pitched to Porter on the five, where the big end snatched the ball away from two Seminoles.

Two running plays lost a yard, then Wendel passed into the end zone where Gunby grabbed the ball after it had glanced off an Indians' hands. Porter's kick was no good and the game ended 14-8 after a short kickoff.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SEWANEE
0
0
2
6
8
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
7
7
14

3rd   0- 2  Opp, safety
            Note: Harry Bringger ran a fumbled snap out of the end zone 
                  for a safety.                                         
      7- 2  Ted Hewitt, 54, interception return (Ernie Huggett, kick), 3:00 
4th  14- 2  Nelson Italiano, 13, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)
     14- 8  Opp, 6, pass (kick failed)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 11 7 Rushes-yards 164 67 Passing 43 91 Att-Comp-Int 15-3-3 17-9-4 Total Yards 207 158 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1 Penalties-Yds 26 55 Attendance 12,033 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Nelson Italiano 13- 85 Harry Bringger 6- 21 Eddie Gray 6- 17 Mike Sellers 9- 14 Punt Return Wayne Benner 0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ted Hewitt . . . . . 2- . . . . . . Jim Arnold . . . . . 1- . . . . . . Wayne Benner . . . . . 1- 2 . . . . . . Bob Wodrich . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   22  Eddie Gray
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
C    35  Steve Kalenich
QB   40  Don Gladden
RG   41  Dwight Osha
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
FB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   22  Eddie Gray
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
DB   40  Don Gladden
RG   41  Dwight Osha
DB   42  Nelson Italiano
LB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
10  Clint Thomas
12  Wendell Dennis
23  Jim Arnold
24  Mac Huey
26  Bob O'Connell
27  Preston Bradley
29  Ernie Huggett
30  Vic Szczepanik
31  Dick Peterson
32  Bill Driver
33  Bob Wodrich
34  Dick Turk
36  Ed Lockard
38  Walt Miller
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Bill Dawkins
43  Wayne Benner
47  Monte May
49  Harry Bringger
52  Cliff Powell
53  John Hedrick
54  Don Linton
55  Duke Maltby
57  Earl O'Neal
58  Carmine Lombardi
60  Bill Hoppe
61  Lawrence Mero
62  Earl McPherson

FLORIDA STATE 27, STETSON 7

11/10/1950, DELAND, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 12, 1950, page 8, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

MUNICIPAL STADIUM, DELAND, FL - Florida State University's Seminoles, who have resembled a sleeping giant during most of their 1950 campaign, awoke with a start here Friday night and jabbed, punched and pounded Stetson's Hatters into submission in a 27-7 triumph that left most of a record crowd of 6,000 stunned and subdued.

Opening up their offense with a series of flanker plays, jump passes and pitch-outs, the Indians gave by far their most impressive performance of the season and at times approached the brilliance which marked their 19-6 upset victory over Wofford in Tampa's Cigar Bowl.

The Seminoles worked two weeks getting ready for this big-state squabble with the Hatters, and the time wasn't wasted.

Fiery, determined and quick to take advantage of the breaks, FSU shot off to a 13-0 lead in the first four minutes, scored again on a beautiful 57-yard pass play at the end of the first half and then had enough left for one final touchdown thrust in the fourth period.

The game, which attracted around 1,500 more fans than Stetson has ever been able to lure into their cement stadium in the past, was a rough renewal of a series that started in 1947 and has grown fiercer every year.

The tackles and the blocks were layed on for keeps. FSU was hitting harder, and as the game went on it was apparent that the Indians were carrying too many guns for the Green and White eleven.

Their were stars aplenty in the Seminole skies, but four players stood out above the constellation. They were Mike Sellers and Bill Dawkins, whose linebacking arrested the Hatter running game, and Tommy Brown and Wayne Benner whose pass defense work was brilliant.

Sellers, a raging demon on the defense, was credited with 16 tackles during the game.

Brown, making his first appearance in the Seminole lineup since injuring his shoulder against Randolph-Macon in the second game of the season, intercepted three passes, punted well and handled the safety chores with polish considering the fact he had difficulty raising the injured arm.

Veller, a master at building a defense, was set for the Hatters with 5-3-3, 6-2-2-1 and 4-4 setups, and the Indian forwards harried and rushed Hatter air ace Bill Johnson on every play. The tall quarterback completed only six of 19 attempts, but he handled the ball with the smoothness of a pickpocket and never quit trying.

On the offense, of course, it was Nelson Italiano who set the spark. Running hard and then harder, and passing with surprising accuracy and coolness, Italiano was there to set the spark every time the Indians needed more.

One play when passing from the very edge of his own end zone, he was as cool as a big league pitcher in the face of a wave of Hatter tacklers.

Sellers, used sparingly on the attack and concentrating on his defensive work, scored twice with bull-like trusts. He got the second touchdown after Ted Hewitt's terrific 54-yard dash with an intercepted pass that carried to the one, and Sellers banged over for the fourth and final touchdown late in the last period.

Driver notched the initial score, taking a pass from Italiano out on the flank and angling nicely to paydirt.

The other TD, and the most colorful counter of the night, was a 57-yard toss from Italiano to Harry Bringger.

Stetson was primed for this one, make no mistake about that. The squad felt it was ready, so did the student body. And even when the Indians got those two quickies in four minutes the Green and White kept flying their flag.

Billy Joe Leathers, a great little guard, and Guido Tamur, a fine end, backboned the Hatter defense.

The loss of Jerry Gallagher, a hard, bucking runner who was hurt early in the game, was a blow to the Hatter hopes, but with the Seminole defense showing few loopholes he couldn't have made the difference.

The Seminoles stormed out in the opening minutes of the ball game as though they were going to run the Hatters right out of their own ball park.

Eubanks returned the opening kickoff from this 15 to FSU's 36, and the Indians were underway.

Spreading their offense with flankers, the Seminoles caught the Hatter defense bunched.

Italiano speared Driver with a 22-yard toss out on the flank that carried to the Hatter 42 and then Italiano slashed off tackle for 22 more yards to the 20.

Italiano nailed Eubanks on the 15, then threw again to Driver out on the left flank and the FSU quarterback angled into the end zone for the score. Huggett converted and it was 7-0 with only 2 1/2 minutes gone.

Stetson brought the kickoff back to their own 30, and on the third play Ted Hewitt intercepted one of the heralded Bill Johnson's passes and angled all the way to the Hatter one before Gibson finally ran him down. Sellers bulled through right guard for the score and it was 13-0, with 4 1/2 minutes elapsed.

The Hatters, fighting mad, slammed right back to score after Brown fumbled a punt on the 27. With Johnson feeding the ball beautifully and catching the Seminoles defense napping. Gallagher and Marks sped to the 14. Gallagher shot through a hole at right guard to score almost untouched while the Indians ganged Marks.

Martin converted to make it 13-7.

Stetson roared to the 14 once in the second quarter, and twice got breaks when Jim King flopped one Indian fumble, but the Hatters couldn't muster up the big punch. Finally on the last play of the second half the Seminoles scored again. Tommy Brown set up the score by intercepting Bowden's pass and coming out from his 12 to the FSU 43. On the first play Italiano dropped back and nailed Brinnger with a pass on the 22. The flashy halfback outran two pursuers to the goal line. Huggett converted to boost it to 20-7.

FSU Content

FSU, apparently content to rest on its lead, crawled back into its shell in the third quarter and played straight football. The Hatters, trying desperately to get back into the game twice got drives underway, going once to the Seminole 31 and again to the seven. On the deep thrust Johnson fired three high passes over the end zone attempting to hang a ball up there that towering end Jim Yonge could latch onto without danger of interception.

Early in the fourth period and Armstrong punt put FSU back to their one, and from there the Seminoles started to roll. With Italiano and Turk carrying the load. FSU rumbled to the 21 before they gave out of gas.

On the first play after Stetson held for downs, Brown intercepted Johnson's pass on the 50 and free-wheeled back to the Hatter 14. Driver, lined up at tight end, slashed to the two on an end around and Sellers crunched over guard from there for the score. Huggett tacked on the final point to make it 27-7, and the ball game ended with FSU in possession around midfield after Brown had committed larceny on a DeLilla pass at midfield.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
13
7
0
7
27
STETSON
7
0
0
0
7

1st   7- 0  Bill Driver, 15, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick), 12:30
     13- 0  Mike Sellers, 1, run (Ernie Huggett, kick failed), 11:00
     13- 7  Opp, 14, run (kick), 8:00 
2nd  20- 7  Harry Bringger, 57, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick), 0:08 
4th  27- 7  Mike Sellers, 2, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 10 Rushes-yards 215 134 Passing 161 64 Att-Comp-Int 14-8-3 21-6-4 Total Yards 376 198 Interception Ret. 4-135 3- Fumble Returns 2-0 3-0 Punts 7-37.0 8-41.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 2-2 Penalties-Yds 79 15 Attendance 6,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Sellers 0- 0 Receiving Bill Driver 0- 0 Harry Bringger 0- 0 Passing Nelson Italiano 0- 0-0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mike Sellers 16 . 16 . . . . . . . . . Ted Hewitt . . . . . 1- 54 . . . . . . Tommy Brown . . . . . 3- 81 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   22  Eddie Gray
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
C    35  Steve Kalenich
QB   40  Don Gladden
RG   41  Dwight Osha
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
FB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   22  Eddie Gray
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
DB   40  Don Gladden
RG   41  Dwight Osha
DB   42  Nelson Italiano
LB   44  Mike Sellers
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
20  Tommy Brown
29  Ernie Huggett
32  Bill Driver
34  Dick Turk
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Bill Dawkins
43  Wayne Benner
49  Harry Bringger

FLORIDA STATE 33, MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE 0

11/18/1950, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 19, 1950, page B-1, by Fred Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University's Garnet and Gold legions continued their relentless, unbeaten march here last night blasting Mississippi College out of their path 33-0, before a chilled crowd of 5,000 in Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

Coach Don Veller's slick Seminoles, playing under wraps most of the way, were a band of opportunists against the out-manned Choctaws. They struck through the airlanes with startling swiftness for two of their scores and got some terrific broken field running from Tommy Brown on punt returns that set up two other touchdowns before the reserves came in to put on the finishing touches with a 66-yard scoring march.

The Former Mark

The win was the seventh of the season for Florida State, and the 11th in a row over a two year span - tying a winning streak that Veller's clubs set in the latter part of 1948 and the early part of '49.

The victory, which was reported to have been watched by a couple of Gator Bowl scouts, may have proved a costly one, however. Three valuable Indians, end Norman Eubanks, tackle Dub Kendrick and quarterback Don Gladden went to the sidelines with injuries and may be forced to sit out the season finale with Tampa here next Saturday. Eubanks received a separated shoulder, Kendrick tore some cartilages in his knee, and Gladden suffered a recurrence of his old knee ailment.

Good in Spots

Mississippi College which came to town with a six-game winning streak of its own and was expected to provide a pretty stiff test for Vellers' unbeaten crew, looked good in spots - particularly during a spirited first quarter when they threatened twice - but they didn't pack the guns or the manpower to stay there with the Seminoles.

The Chocs were kept on the defensive through most of the last three quarters until they mustered up a 58-yard drive that had reached to 10-yard line when time expired.

David Lee, the 168-pound fullback was a fine ballplayer all night in the losing cause, and it was his passing and running which sparked a 76-yard drive that reached the 8-yard line in the first period before dying out.

Reserve back Billy Lowe ignited the Chocs final rally with five pass completions and a 12-yard sprint. Halfback Bill Cassell, however, turned in the longest run of the night for the Mississippians, zipping 26-yards on the Chocs first play from scrimmage and almost getting away for a score.

Passing Combination

The passing combination of Nelson Italiano and Harry Bringger, Brown's open field work and the plunging of Mike Sellers and Dick Turk sparked the FSU attack.

Italiano and Bringger got together twice for touchdowns. The first coming on a screen pass play - the first time the Indians have used that play since the opener against Troy State - in the first quarter. Taking the ball on the 24, Italiano passed to Bringger on his own 20. The fleet Winter Park back cut quickly over to the east sidelines and raced to the score.

Brown's 45-yard punt return to the eight-yard stripe set up the second tally in the second period. Sellers bulling over tackle from there on the next play.

Late in the first half Italiano nailed Bringger with a touchdown pass that covered 49 yards. Bringger took the ball over his shoulder on the 20 and outraced the enemy to the goal.

Brown, who appeared on the verge of breaking away for a long one every time he handled a kick, started the Seminoles going again in the second half when he got away on a weaving 24-yard dash to the Choc 35. FSU slammed to the 2, and Turk cracked over from there.

With Veller clearing the bench and playing 51 men, the reserves took over from there, manufacturing the final score in the third quarter on Gary Folsom's 16-yard pass to Cliff Powell in the end zone climaxing a 66-yard execution. Powell made a beautiful diving catch to grab the wobbly toss.

Little Ernie Huggett converted on three of five attempts, missing after touchdowns two and four.

Mississippi employed a seven-man line, holding the Seminoles to 145 yards along the ground, but that left the Chocs vulnerable in the secondary, and FSU picked up another 186 through the airlanes.

On the defense the old reliable hatchet men, Sellers and Bill Dawkins, and Mac Huey, Bob Schmelz and Bob Wodrich limited the Chocs to 82 yards running. Lee and Lowe completed 14 of 26 passes for another 98 yards.

The half-time show was highlighted by a big fireworks display.

First Quarter

Mississippi kicked off to Driver on the 27, and the Seminole quarterback came back to his own 41 as play got underway with a cold wind whipping through the half empty stands.

The Seminoles couldn't go anywhere, and Brown kicked out on the Choctaw's 34.

Mississippi threw an early scare into the Garnet and Gold, Cassell shaking loose up the middle for 26 yards to the FSU 40 before he was downed from behind. There was a fumble on the play, but officials ruled the ball was dead.

The Seminoles braced, forcing Mississippi to kick, and Brown returned 18 yards to his own 24. After two plays failed the Seminoles struck for a score. Italiano threw a screen pass to Bringger, who took the ball on the 20, darted to the east sidelines and raced to paydirt. The play officially covered 76 yards. Huggett converted and it was 7-0 with only four minutes and twenty seconds gone.

The Choctaws charged right back with a serious threat. With Lee running and passing they went 76 yards to the FSU eight before the drive stalled and the Seminoles took over.

Sellers churned out a first down on the 23, with three blasts at the middle as the period ended.

Second Quarter

With Bringger and Sellers running and Italiano hitting Powell with a 20-yard pass, the Seminoles rumbled 52 yards to the Choc 40 before stalling. Brown punted out to the 19. When Mississippi couldn't get anywhere through the stout Seminole line, Lee punted to Brown on the FSU 47. The swivel-hipped Seminole safety man took the ball near the west sidelines, swept around a knot of Chocs who were converging on him, and ankled all the way to the eight before he was stopped. On the next play Sellers crunched over right tackle for the touchdown. Huggett's placement was wide and it was 13-0 with nine and one - half minutes to play in the half.

Brown almost got away on another kick return, stepping off 29 yards to the Choc 34, but the Seminoles stalled there.

After Lee's punt went out on the FSU 25, the Garnet and Gold started moving again. Italiano turned right end for nine, then Turk punched the line five times to the Choctaw 49. At that point Italiano stepped back and arched a beauty that Bringger gathered in on the 20 on the dead run and carried over for the score. Huggett was true again, and the half ended 20-0.

Third Quarter

A big, colorful fireworks display highlighted the half-time show, and it was hard to tell when it was over, with the Seminoles keeping things popping.

Brown started the scoring explosion again, this time with a beautiful, weaving 24-yard punt return that carried to the Choctaw 35 before he fell when he was out in the clear and headed for paydirt. Italiano passed to Driver to the 28, and Bringger swept left end to the 15. Italiano and Turk punched to the two, and Turk slammed right guard from there for the score. Huggett's kick was wide and it was 26-0.

Veller flooded the field with his offensive reserves, but you couldn't tell it from the results. The reserves went 66 yards for a score, Folsom passing to Powell for the last 16 after Folsom's running and passing and the work of Linton and Gray had set the score up. Huggett converted and it was 33-0.

Arnold partially blocked a punt late in the period, and FSU was on the Choctaw 29 when the quarter ended.

Fourth Quarter

The reserves kept moving to the 24 before stalling and the two teams battled in Choctaw territory throughout most of the period as the Seminole defense kept the Mississippians bottled up and FSU generated two short drives of its own that reached the 27 and 32 before dying.

In the closing minutes the Choctaws started a final drive. Sub back Billy Lowe came in and immediately began hitting the mark with his passes.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
7
13
13
0
33

1st   7- 0  Harry Bringger, 76, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick), 10:40
2nd  13- 0  Mike Sellers, 8, run (Ernie Huggett, kick failed), 9:00 
     20- 0  Harry Bringger, 49, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick)
3rd  26- 0  Dick Turk, 2, run (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)
     33- 0  Cliff Powell, 16, pass from Gary Folsom (Ernie Huggett, kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 14 Rushes-yards 145 82 Passing 186 98 Att-Comp-Int 20-7-2 26-14-0 Total Yards 331 180 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 3-26.7 9-33.0 Fumbles-Lost 1 1 Penalties-Yds 10 15 Attendance 5,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Sellers 0- 0 Dick Turk 0- 0 Receiving Harry Bringger 2- 125 Cliff Powell 0- 0 Passing Nelson Italiano 0- 0-0- 0 Gary Folsom 0- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Tommy Brown 4- 116 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mac Huey . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jim Arnold . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
QB   32  Bill Driver
C    35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
FB   44  Mike Sellers
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
RG   57  Earl O'Neal
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LE   25  Ted Hewitt
DB   32  Bill Driver
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
DB   42  Nelson Italiano
LB   44  Mike Sellers
DB   49  Harry Bringger
LT   50  Dub Kendrick
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
RG   57  Earl O'Neal
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
    Fred Turner
10  Clint Thomas
12  Wendell Dennis
14  Ray Inlow
16  Tommy Owen
18  Fred Moates
19  Phil Alvers
20  Tommy Brown
21  Gary Folsom
22  Eddie Gray
23  Jim Arnold
24  Mac Huey
26  Bob O'Connell
27  Preston Bradley
28  Pat Harris
30  Vic Szczepanik
33  Bob Wodrich
34  Dick Turk
36  Ed Lockard
37  Dick Sutherland
##  NAME
-----------------------------
38  Walt Miller
39  Bill Dawkins
40  Don Gladden
41  Dwight Osha
43  Wayne Benner
45  Joe Wells
45  Curt Campbell
46  Jack Phillips
46  Joe White
47  Monte May
52  Cliff Powell
53  John Hedrick
54  Don Linton
55  Duke Maltby
58  Carmine Lombardi
60  Bill Hoppe
61  Lawrence Mero
62  Earl McPherson
63  George Spurling

FLORIDA STATE 35, TAMPA 19

11/25/1950, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Dixie Conference Champ

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 26, 1950, page A-6, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

Florida State University exploded for three lightning-like touchdowns in the short space of four minutes and eight seconds of a fast and furious fourth quarter here in Campbell Stadium yesterday afternoon to bury the Tampa Spartans' hopes of an upset under a 35-19 score and became the first college eleven in the state to complete an official season undefeated and untied.

Bowl Offers

The Seminoles rocket-like spurt came with the score tied at 13-all, and the concussion blew Florida State's bowl rating sky-high.

Shortly after the end of the game Larry Satariano, of Orlando's Tangerine Bowl, extended an official invitation to the Indians, and Tampa's Cigar Bowl is expected to put in a bid Monday.

FSU officials announced last night, however, that no decision on any post-season game will be made until after the Seminole squad is assembled for a meeting here Tuesday afternoon.

The victory, the eighth that Coach Don Veller's Garnet and Gold legions have scored this fall and their 12th in a row over a two-year span, was one of their most colorful and one of their toughest.

Tampa Ties Score

Tampa, a two touchdown underdog when they took the field, never gave up and never gave in. After FSU punched out a 13-0 lead with single scores in the first and second period, the Spartans came from behind to tie the score at 13-all, and even after the Seminoles three touchdown splurge in the final period the Tampans were able to shake swift Vince Chicko loose on a 92-yard scoring run on a kick-off that put them back in the ball game. Time got too short. Chicko's run ranked as the finest single play in a game that was full of good football despite the near-freezing weather that limited the attendance to an estimated 2,500 - most of which sat huddled together in the two midfield sections of the stadium in overcoated and blanketed silence.

For the hardy ones who sat through the wintry blasts, that fourth period was a warming, tingling reward.

Seminoles Explode

Actually the stage for the explosion was set in the waning minutes of the fourth period when big Holland Aplin punted to Tommy Brown and the Seminole safety man squirmed back two yards to the Spartan 45.

Nelson Italiano and Mike Sellers thumped their way to the Spartan 34 as the period ended, and the fuse was ignited.

It sputtered as Italiano failed to gain after being trapped while trying to pass, but it burst into flame when Italiano faded back and arched a long pass down the middle. The ball skimmed off Freddie Pancoast's fingertips and into the arms of Harry Bringger, who nestled the leather to his chest on the 12 and carried it quickly across.

Ernie Huggett's conversion made it 20-13, and Seminole fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Their breath wasn't all expelled for the Seminoles fourth score in this one came just six plays later. Chicko had been dropped on the eight returning Huggett's kick-off. Three Tampa thrusts failed and Aplin punted out to Brown who took the ball on the Spartan 35 and eeled back to the 30.

Bringger bit off three yards at right end, then Italiano burst over right tackle, cut back and scampered 27 yards to a score. Huggett was true with his toe again, and it was 27-13.

Neither Team Stops

That should have been enough, but it wasn't. In fact neither team was anywhere near through.

The Seminoles trapped Chicko deep in Spartan territory on the kickoff again, nailed him on the 13. Three plays later the Spartans were on their own five, and Aplin had to kick from his end zone. He got off a high, short boot that bounded high into the air at the 11-yard line near the west sidelines.

Defensive halfback Wayne Benner, raced over, snared the ball and stepped off those 11 yards for the Seminoles third score in 248 action-packed seconds. Huggett missed this time.

Teeing up on the 40, Huggett kicked off to Chicko for the third straight time, and this one held the charm for the Spartans.

Taking the ball on his eight, Chicko moved over to the west sidelines and raced upfield to his own 40, where he cut across the turf to the east boundary and sped 92 yards to a touchdown after Tom Battaglia's key block had erased the last Seminole defender on the Garnet and Gold 25.

Cecil Perrette's conversion was wide to the right, leaving the score 33-19 after a total of five TDs had been crammed across the goal lines in five minutes and 21 seconds.

Safety Last

The Seminoles final points came as an anti-climax. Late in the game Bob Wodrich broke through and blocked a Holland Aplin kick on the 10, and Bob Schmelz nailed the tall Tampa flankman in the end zone for a safety.

Florida State, as slow to start as the crowd was to arrive, got its first score late in the first period after Ray Jackson fumbled on his own five. An FSU fumble set the Seminoles back to the Tampa 10, but big Mike Sellers, whose bull-like rushes pierced the Spartan forward wall for 108 yards yesterday, made it home in two thrusts from there. He blackjacked his way over right guard for the last five, and Ernie Huggett converted to make it 7-0.

Midway in the second period the Seminoles scored again.

Aplin got off a short 23-yarder to his 31, and the Indians hit the warpath.

Sellers chewed off four at right tackle, then Italiano speared Bringger with a 27-yard scoring pass.

Unusual Record

The two touchdown passes that Bringger gathered in today gave him the unusual record of scoring on all five of the aerials he caught this season. Those five-for-five covered a total of 241 yards.

Huggett's kick after Bringger's first score missed, but nobody minded right then - it didn't seem important. A few minutes later it was different.

With time running out in the first half Tampa scored its first touchdown on a 64-yard pass play from Jackson to Aplin. The long-legged end grabbed the leather on the FSU 40 and fled down the west boundary to pay dirt. Perrette's kick was no good and it was 13-6.

Coming out after the intermission the Spartans quickly tied the score after an FSU fumble gave them the ball on the Seminole 43.

A Jackson-Aplin pass moved the ball to the 32, and Lou Sequella, a slippery gent who always appeared on the verge of breaking away, chopped off five yards to the 27. From that point Jackson fired a pitch into the southwest corner of the end zone that Charlie Harris after it had been hit by Tommy Brown.

Perrette's aim was true this time and it was 13-13. The score stayed that way until that fantastic fourth-period uprising, though Italiano broke away for a 60-yard dash to the Tampa eight late in the third frame.

Aside from the weather, the tilt was a crowd-pleaser - probably the most interesting game the Indians have ever played here.

For the Seminoles, Sellers and Italiano were all the one-two punch they were supposed to be, gaining 216 yards on the ground combined.

Italiano completed only two pitches, but both of them were to Bringger - and that means they were on the money.

Up front the Seminole line limited the Spartans to 112 yards on the ground with Mac Huey, Schmelz, Wodrich, Dwight Osha and little Jim Arnold leading the assault.

Ray Jackson's pitching was the big Tampa threat. Sequella's twisting runs furnished most of their ground assault.

Defensive end Ray Escobar, fullback Frank Sinkwich, no relation to the Spartan coach, and guard Ernie Reid bulwarked the Tampa defense.

Florida State
Left End - Hewitt, Powell
Left Tackle - Szczepanik, Lombardi
Left Guard - Schmelz, Dawkins, Dennis, Phillips
Center - Kalenich, May, Lockard, O'Connell
Right Guard - O'Neal, Osha
Right Tackle - Baker, Maltby, Wodrich, Mero
Right End - Eubanks, Campbell, Arnold, Thomas
Quarterback - Driver, Huey, Linton
Right Halfback - Bringger, Brown, Gray, Huggett
Left Halfback - Italiano, Benner
Fullback - Sellers, Turk, Bradley


First Quarter

With a thoroughly chilled crowd of around 2,500 huddled together like sheep in the stands, big Holland Aplin kicked off to Bill Driver on the FSU 27 as the game got underway. Driver mushed back up to the 36, and the Seminoles went right to work, fashioning a first down on the Tampa 48 with Italiano and Sellers carrying the mail on two plays. The Spartans suddenly threw the FSU attack into reverse here, pushing the Indians all the way back to their own 16.

With the wind at his back, Brown unfurled a tremendous boot that hit the ground on the Spartans 30 and bounded all the way into the end zone. The kick traveled 85 yards from the line of scrimmage.

The Spartans picked up a first, but they had to kick, and Aplin punted out on FSU's 36. Sellers and Bringger squeezed out a first down by inches on their own 46, but they stalled again and Brown kicked to King on the 12. He fumbled and the ball went out on the 10. Two running plays lost two yards, then Jackson fumbled while spinning and Schmelz flopped on the oval on the five for FSU.

Sellers fumbled on the first play, Driver recovering on the run and returning nicely to the Spartan 10. Sellers thundered into right guard to the 5, then bulled his way into the end zone in a display of raw power. Huggett came in to convert and it was 7-0 with 5:32 remaining in the quarter.

Sequella brought Huggett's kickoff from his own 7 to the 30. The Spartans worked the ball to the 32, then Aplin punted straight up to the 26 where the Spartans caught a 15-yard penalty to their own 21 for fielding the ball on the fly. Two running plays and two passes failed, and Tampa took over on its own 17 and sped to the 48 as the period ended, with Sequella running off the tackles.

Second Quarter

The Spartans went to the FSU 43 on a Jackson to Aplin pass that was lateraled to Marley, Marley finally fell when almost in the clear.

Tampa went on to the 34, but a penalty set them back, and Aplin was downed on the Seminole 40 trying to run right end from punt formation on fourth down. FSU got up to their own 47, but had to kick, Brown booting to the Spartan 33. Two plays later Harris fumbled and Brown recovered the bounding ball on his own 45. Sellers and Italiano moved the ball to Tampa's 41, but the drive ended there and Brown kicked to the 11.

Aplin's return kick went out on his own 31, and FSU struck swiftly for its second score. Sellers cracked for four to the Tampa 27, then Italiano hit Bringger on the three and Hurry-Up Harry stepped quickly across. Huggett missed and it was 13-0 with 5:19 seconds remaining.

The Spartans wasted no time getting back in the ball game. Sequella returned the kickoff from his 7 to the 36. Jackson missed with a pass, and Mathis lost a yard. Then Jackson speared big Aplin over on the west of the field and the towering end raced 64 yards down the sidelines to score. Perrette's kick was no good and it was 13-6. The two teams exchanged punts as the period ended.

Third Quarter

Italiano took Aplin's second half kickoff on his own 8 and carried it back to the 22. Sellers plowed to the 28, and Eubanks skipped to the 36 on an end around for a quick first down. Sellers slammed to the 40, before Italiano fumbled and Sliman recovered on the Seminole 43.

Jackson passed to Aplin for a first down on the FSU 32, and Sequella wriggled to the 27. Jackson missed with a pass, then pitched one down into the southeast corner that banked off Brown's hands and into the waiting arms of Harris for a touchdown. Perrette bisected the uprights and it was 13-13 with 11:19 to go in the period.

Bringger took the following kickoff in the back of his own goal and came out to the 16. With Sellers carrying most of the load, the Seminoles ground up to the 41 before they stalled. Brown got off a short, short 5-yard kick and Tampa took over on the Indian 46.

Jackson ran to the 35 for a first down after being trapped, and two more plays carried to the 25, but the Spartans caught a 15-yard assessment for unnecessary roughness and after two passes failed Aplin punted over the goal.

Italiano and Sellers punched out a first down on the 32, and on the first play of the next series Italiano shook loose over tackle on a fake pass play and raced 60 yards to a Spartan 8 before Chicko ran him down from behind. Sellers went to the five in two plays, but a pass failed and Italiano was smeared on the 8 trying to circle right end.

Aplin punted to Brown on Tampa's 47 and Tommy came back to the 45. Italiano slashed to the 38, and Sellers bulled to the 34 as the period ended.

Fourth Quarter

Italiano was trapped trying to pass, but got back to the line of scrimmage. On the next play Italiano faded and shot a pass down the middle that went off Pancoast's fingertips into the hands of Bringger who took the ball on the 12 and raced over. Huggett converted and it was 20-13 with only 16 seconds of the period gone.

Chicko returned the kickoff from his 6 to the 8, and the Spartans ran into a stone wall, moving only 2 yards in three plays. Aplin punted to Brown, who came back 5 yards to the Spartan 30, and the Seminoles were underway again. Bringger swung around left end to the 27, then Italiano burst off right tackle, cut back and scampered 27 yards to paydirt. Huggett converted again and it was 27-13.

Touchdowns were coming thick and fast now. Huggett kicked off to Chicko who returned 4 yards to the 13. After Jackson was trapped on the 5 while trying to pass. Aplin punted short and high to the 11 yard line. Benner grabbed the bounding ball on the west sidelines and streaked to the score. Huggett missed with his kick and it was 33-13.

Huggett kicked off to Chicko again, this time on the 8, and the speedy Spartan swung over to west sidelines, sped upfield to the 35, then cut over to the eastern boundary and went 92 yards to a score with the aid of Battaglia's key block on the FSU 25. Perrette's kick was wide to the right and it was 33-19 with 9:23 left to play.

FSU couldn't get anywhere with Tampa's kickoff, and the two teams exchanged punts, with Aplin getting off another short one that went out on the Seminole 42. Sellers made a quick first in two tries before the attack bogged down, and Brown kicked out on the Tampa 15. Beach ran the ball out to his own 20 on a third down play, and when Aplin tried to punt, Wodrich broke through and blocked the ball. Aplin ran back and picked up the leather in the end zone, but was hit back there by Schmelz for a safety making it FSU 35, Tampa 19. Two plays after Tampa's free kick the game ended.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TAMPA
0
6
7
6
19
FLORIDA STATE
7
6
0
22
35

1st   7- 0  Mike Sellers, 5, run (Ernie Huggett, kick), 5:32 
2nd  13- 0  Harry Bringger, 27, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick failed), 5:19 
     13- 6  Opp, 0, run (kick failed)
3rd  13-13  Opp, 0, run (kick), 11:19
4th  20-13  Harry Bringger, 34, pass from Nelson Italiano (Ernie Huggett, kick), 14:44
     27-13  Nelson Italiano, 27, run (Ernie Huggett, kick)
     33-13  Wayne Benner, 11, punt return/blocked punt (Ernie Huggett, kick failed)
            Note: Tampa's punter shanked the punt, Benner picked it up  
                  at the 11 and scored.                                 
     33-19  Opp, 92, kickoff return (kick failed), 9:23 
     35-19  Bob Schmelz, safety
            Note: Bob Wodrich blocked a punt on the 10. The punter      
                  picked up the ball in the end zone where Schmelz      
                  tackled him.                                          


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 7 Rushes-yards 247 112 Passing 66 89 Att-Comp-Int 8-3-0 19-10-0 Total Yards 313 201 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 9-31.1 10-28.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2 Penalties-Yds 35 45 Attendance 2,500 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Sellers 34- 108 Nelson Italiano 16- 98 Harry Bringger 6- 17 Norman Eubanks 3- 12 Mac Huey 2- 7 Bill Driver 3- 3 Eddie Gray 1- 0 Receiving Harry Bringger 2- 61 Passing Nelson Italiano 2- 2-0- 61 Punt Return Wayne Benner 0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Wodrich . . . . . . . . . . 1 . Bob Schmelz . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . 1 Tommy Brown . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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LE   25  Ted Hewitt
LT   30  Vic Szczepanik
QB   32  Bill Driver
C    35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
FB   44  Mike Sellers
RH   49  Harry Bringger
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
RG   57  Earl O'Neal
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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LE   25  Ted Hewitt
LT   30  Vic Szczepanik
DB   32  Bill Driver
MG   35  Steve Kalenich
DB   42  Nelson Italiano
LB   44  Mike Sellers
DB   49  Harry Bringger
RE   51  Norman Eubanks
RT   56  Sam Baker
RG   57  Earl O'Neal
LG   59  Bob Schmelz
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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10  Clint Thomas
12  Wendell Dennis
20  Tommy Brown
22  Eddie Gray
23  Jim Arnold
24  Mac Huey
26  Bob O'Connell
27  Preston Bradley
29  Ernie Huggett
33  Bob Wodrich
34  Dick Turk
##  NAME
-----------------------------
39  Bill Dawkins
41  Dwight Osha
43  Wayne Benner
45  Curt Campbell
46  Jack Phillips
52  Cliff Powell
54  Don Linton
55  Duke Maltby
58  Carmine Lombardi
61  Lawrence Mero