Florida State Football - 1958 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1958 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Tom Nugent, Head Coach
Hugh Adams, Assistant Coach
Lee Corso, Assistant Coach
Bob Harbison, Assistant Coach
Herb Hughes, Graduate Assistant
Charlie LaPradd, Assistant Coach
Paul Odom, Assistant Coach
Frank Toomey, Assistant Coach

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1958 FSU Football Handbook

Bobby Renn

1958 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Lou Barona, 5-9, 175, G, Miami

John Bell, 6-0, 199, C, Atlanta, GA

Herman Brown, 6-0, 174, E, Auburndale

Jim Calhoon, 6-1, 191, FB, Winslow, AZ

George Canning, 5-10, 193, G, Mobile, AL

Ken Cone, 6-0, 173, HB, Lakeland

Bobby Conrad, 6-0, 181, QB, Marianna

Jim Daniel, 6-3, 180, E, Atlanta, GA - One of Florida State's most promising newcomers...this slender former Georgia All-Stater from Atlanta's Fulton High could become great pass receiver.

Jack Espenship, 6-2, 185, HB, Lake City - After so-so freshman season, Espenship developed so rapidly in spring coaches figure he could become starter...paced his squad in spring game with eight tackles...displayed sparkling pass-catching ability by grabbing five...one of the team's bigger backs...could be pleasant surprise with more experience.

Jack Hardy, 5-10, 191, C, Miami

Ron Hinson, 6-0, 193, E, Waycross, GA

Bob Kavanaugh, 6-0, 200, E, Miami - Leading freshman pass receiver last season (11 for 172 yards)...Bob still is growing at 18...made difficult catches for one touchdown and two points in fine spring game showing...good speed and size...needs work defensively.

Ken Kestner, 5-9, 200, C, Cleveland, OH - On basis of spring practice, Ken holds wide-open scrap for starting center berth...lacks height, but is solidly constructed for his position...a hustler who likes it rugged...he was one of the leading tacklers in spring game...needs experience...could develop into top prospect.

Ray Lamb, 6-0, 182, G, Atlanta, GA

Dink Lawrence, 6-0, 202, FB, Saltville, VA

John Martin, 5-11, 195, E, Columbus, GA

Carl Meyer, 5-11, 177, HB, Melbourne - Perhaps team's most promising sophomore back...Carl started as freshman quarterback, performed brilliantly before breaking a finger...moved to halfback in spring...he drew praise for exceptional defensive knack...good speed...sound ball-carrier and growing.

Terry Moran, 5-9, 180, G, New Orleans, LA - Challenging veteran Leo Baggett for the No. 1 right guard spot...Terry was outstanding lineman of 1957 freshman team...missed spring game with injury...lacks experience, but finesse and dogged spirit offensively and defensively make him excellent prospect, despite small stature.

Paul Pasquale, 5-8, 186, FB, Binghamton, NY

Tony Romeo, 6-0, 224, E, Tampa - Offensive and defensive standout of the spring game...he scored two touchdowns for the victors...Tony could be best sophomore in Seminole history...a gifted pass receiver who likes defense even better...he has potential to be one of the best ends in America...needs experience...no question about ability.

Denny Schou, 5-8, 185, G, Delray Beach

Wayne Shewey, 6-0, 178, HB, Bronson

John Slaton, 6-1, 183, E, Coral Gables

Frank Springer, 5-11, 180, QB, Delray Beach

Bob Stewart, 5-10, 183, E, Saint Petersburg

Bob Swoszowski, 6-3, 192, T, Orlando - Still growing...this rangy prospect was outstanding tackle on 1957 freshman team...showed promise in spring game...may be shifted to tackle of center to help personnel shortage at those positions...height makes Bob strong candidate at any interior line spots.

Bud Whitehead, 5-10, 171, HB, Marianna - Pitching in a fullback during spring...Bud will be leading right half candidate this fall...despite weight, he's real power runner and more than capable on defense...second leading ground-gainer (5.1 average) and scorer (5 TD's) for 1957 freshmen...attentive worker...has bright future.

Jim Worthington, 6-1, 198, T, Oak Ridge, TN


1958 Roster - By Name

From the 1958 FSU Football Handbook, page 20
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 60 Leo Baggett           G       5-10  191  Sr   ***  Panama City
* 74 Clare "Bud" Bagnell   T       6-1   208  Jr   *    Battle Creek, MI (Central)
  65 Lou Barona            G       5-9   175  So        Miami
* 52 John Bell             C       6-0   199  So        Atlanta, GA
* 73 Bill Brown            T       6-0   200  Sr-R *    Orlando (Edgewater)
* 85 Herman Brown          E       6-0   174  So        Auburndale
  44 Jim Calhoon           FB      6-1   191  So        Winslow, AZ
  69 George Canning        G       5-10  193  So        Mobile, AL
  21 Bob Carnes            HB      6-0   176  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
  24 Ken Cone              HB      6-0   173  So        Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 11 Bobby Conrad          QB      6-0   181  So        Marianna
* 78 John Craig            T-C     6-0   214  Sr   ***  Orlando
  86 Jim Daniel            E       6-3   180  So        Atlanta, GA (Fulton)
* 51 Bo Davis              C       6-2   195  Sr        Hapeville, GA
  73 Bob Douglas           E       6-0   192  So-R      Dayton, OH (Fairmont)
* 27 Jack Espenship        HB      6-2   185  So        Lake City (Columbia)
  89 Pete Fleming          E       6-0   175  Jr-R      Pensacola
* 83 Bob Fountain          E       6-0   190  Sr   **   Crestview
* 79 Jerry Graham          T-C     6-0   224  Sr   **   Chicago, IL
* 54 Jack Hardy            C       5-10  191  So        Miami (Miami Senior)
* 87 Ron Hinson            E       6-0   193  So        Waycross, GA (Waycross)
* 28 Jim Hooks             E-HB    5-9   173  Jr   *    West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
  73 Bill Jacobs           T       6-1   176  Jr        Lake City (Columbia)
* 81 Bob Kavanaugh         E       6-0   200  So        Miami
* 68 Stu Keith             G       6-0   183  Sr   **   Panama City
* 50 Ken Kestner           C       5-9   200  So        Cleveland, OH (Benedictine)
* 84 Bill Kimber           E       6-2   193  Sr   *    Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 64 Ray Lamb              G       6-0   182  So        Atlanta, GA (Murphy)
  41 Dink Lawrence         FB      6-0   202  Jr        Saltville, VA
* 22 Lenny Levy            HB      5-8   180  Jr        Miami Beach
* 13 Joe Majors            QB      6-0   176  Jr   *    Huntland, TN (Huntland/Alabama)
  91 John Martin           E       5-11  195  So        Columbus, GA
* 12 Gene McCormick        QB      5-9   151  So-R      Miami (Edison)
* 61 Joe McGee             G       5-9   186  Sr   **   Raleigh, NC
* 25 Carl Meyer            HB      5-11  177  So        Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 63 Terry Moran           G       5-9   180  So        New Orleans, LA (Redemptorist)
* 40 Paul Pasquale         FB      5-8   186  So        Binghamton, NY
* 43 Fred Pickard          HB      5-9   165  Jr   *    Columbia, TN (Central)
* 10 Vic Prinzi            QB      6-0   178  Sr-R ***  Waverly, NY
* 20 Bobby Renn            HB      5-11  175  Sr-R **   Henderson, NC (Henderson/Davidson College)
  67 Jim Rogers            G       5-10  180  Jr        Miami
* 53 Ramon Rogers          C       5-11  182  Jr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
* 80 Tony Romeo            E       6-0   224  So        Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 42 Pappy Rozman          HB      5-9   182  Jr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  66 Denny Schou           G       5-8   185  So        Delray Beach (Fort Lauderdale)
* 23 Johnny Sheppard       K-HB    5-8   182  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Leon)
  28 Wayne Shewey          HB      6-0   178  So        Bronson
  82 John Slaton           E       6-1   183  So        Coral Gables (Coral Gables)
* 77 John Spivey           T       6-2   200  Jr   *    Panama City (Bay)
  14 Frank Springer        QB      5-11  180  So        Delray Beach
  88 Bob Stewart           E       5-10  183  So        Saint Petersburg
* 75 Dan Strickland        T       6-1   214  Jr        Sopchoppy (Sopchoppy)
* 71 Bob Swoszowski        T       6-3   192  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
  40 Terrell Teague        FB      6-1   197  So-R      Auburndale (Auburndale)
* 62 Al Ulmer              G       5-10  176  Jr   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
  76 Lou Wallace           T       6-2   197  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Sylvan Hills)
* 26 Bud Whitehead         HB      5-10  171  So        Marianna (Marianna)
  70 Jim Worthington       T       6-1   198  So        Oak Ridge, TN (Oak Ridge)

1958 Roster - By Number

From the 1958 FSU Football Handbook, page 20
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 10 Vic Prinzi            QB      6-0   178  Sr-R ***  Waverly, NY
* 11 Bobby Conrad          QB      6-0   181  So        Marianna
* 12 Gene McCormick        QB      5-9   151  So-R      Miami (Edison)
* 13 Joe Majors            QB      6-0   176  Jr   *    Huntland, TN (Huntland/Alabama)
  14 Frank Springer        QB      5-11  180  So        Delray Beach
* 20 Bobby Renn            HB      5-11  175  Sr-R **   Henderson, NC (Henderson/Davidson College)
  21 Bob Carnes            HB      6-0   176  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
* 22 Lenny Levy            HB      5-8   180  Jr        Miami Beach
* 23 Johnny Sheppard       K-HB    5-8   182  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Leon)
  24 Ken Cone              HB      6-0   173  So        Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 25 Carl Meyer            HB      5-11  177  So        Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 26 Bud Whitehead         HB      5-10  171  So        Marianna (Marianna)
* 27 Jack Espenship        HB      6-2   185  So        Lake City (Columbia)
* 28 Jim Hooks             E-HB    5-9   173  Jr   *    West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
  28 Wayne Shewey          HB      6-0   178  So        Bronson
* 40 Paul Pasquale         FB      5-8   186  So        Binghamton, NY
  40 Terrell Teague        FB      6-1   197  So-R      Auburndale (Auburndale)
  41 Dink Lawrence         FB      6-0   202  Jr        Saltville, VA
* 42 Pappy Rozman          HB      5-9   182  Jr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 43 Fred Pickard          HB      5-9   165  Jr   *    Columbia, TN (Central)
  44 Jim Calhoon           FB      6-1   191  So        Winslow, AZ
* 50 Ken Kestner           C       5-9   200  So        Cleveland, OH (Benedictine)
* 51 Bo Davis              C       6-2   195  Sr        Hapeville, GA
* 52 John Bell             C       6-0   199  So        Atlanta, GA
* 53 Ramon Rogers          C       5-11  182  Jr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
* 54 Jack Hardy            C       5-10  191  So        Miami (Miami Senior)
* 60 Leo Baggett           G       5-10  191  Sr   ***  Panama City
* 61 Joe McGee             G       5-9   186  Sr   **   Raleigh, NC
* 62 Al Ulmer              G       5-10  176  Jr   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 63 Terry Moran           G       5-9   180  So        New Orleans, LA (Redemptorist)
* 64 Ray Lamb              G       6-0   182  So        Atlanta, GA (Murphy)
  65 Lou Barona            G       5-9   175  So        Miami
  66 Denny Schou           G       5-8   185  So        Delray Beach (Fort Lauderdale)
  67 Jim Rogers            G       5-10  180  Jr        Miami
* 68 Stu Keith             G       6-0   183  Sr   **   Panama City
  69 George Canning        G       5-10  193  So        Mobile, AL
  70 Jim Worthington       T       6-1   198  So        Oak Ridge, TN (Oak Ridge)
* 71 Bob Swoszowski        T       6-3   192  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
* 73 Bill Brown            T       6-0   200  Sr-R *    Orlando (Edgewater)
  73 Bob Douglas           E       6-0   192  So-R      Dayton, OH (Fairmont)
  73 Bill Jacobs           T       6-1   176  Jr        Lake City (Columbia)
* 74 Clare "Bud" Bagnell   T       6-1   208  Jr   *    Battle Creek, MI (Central)
* 75 Dan Strickland        T       6-1   214  Jr        Sopchoppy (Sopchoppy)
  76 Lou Wallace           T       6-2   197  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Sylvan Hills)
* 77 John Spivey           T       6-2   200  Jr   *    Panama City (Bay)
* 78 John Craig            T-C     6-0   214  Sr   ***  Orlando
* 79 Jerry Graham          T-C     6-0   224  Sr   **   Chicago, IL
* 80 Tony Romeo            E       6-0   224  So        Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 81 Bob Kavanaugh         E       6-0   200  So        Miami
  82 John Slaton           E       6-1   183  So        Coral Gables (Coral Gables)
* 83 Bob Fountain          E       6-0   190  Sr   **   Crestview
* 84 Bill Kimber           E       6-2   193  Sr   *    Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 85 Herman Brown          E       6-0   174  So        Auburndale
  86 Jim Daniel            E       6-3   180  So        Atlanta, GA (Fulton)
* 87 Ron Hinson            E       6-0   193  So        Waycross, GA (Waycross)
  88 Bob Stewart           E       5-10  183  So        Saint Petersburg
  89 Pete Fleming          E       6-0   175  Jr-R      Pensacola
  91 John Martin           E       5-11  195  So        Columbus, GA
Letters are listed in the Florida Times Union, January 18, 1959, page 47.
From the Florida Times Union, November 27, 1958, page 34
MIAMI, FL - November 26, 1958 (UPI) - Florida's hard hitting tackle Vel Heckman and five other players from the Sunshine State, including four from Florida State, were mentioned today in the 1958 United Press International All-America football team selections.

...

Halfback Bobby Renn and and fullback Fred Pickard of Florida State's "Cinderella" team also were chosen for honorable mention, along with end Tony Romeo and guard Al Ulmer.


From the Florida Times Union, December 5, 1958, page 62
NEW YORK, NY - December 4, 1958 (AP) -

...

Four other players from Florida were placed on the (Associated Press All-American) honorable mention list. Don Fleming of Florida and Tony Romeo of Florida State were mentioned at end; Al Ulmer, FSU, at guard and Fred Pickard, FSU, in the backfield.


From the Florida Times Union, December 10, 1958
TALLAHASSEE, FL, December 9, 1958 -

...

Among the nation's leading rushers with 602 yards, (Fred) Pickard has been named honorable mention All-America on the UPI, AP and Williamson Rating All-America teams.

...


Bobby Renn signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns

1958 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fred Pickard             Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention
                         United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention
                         Williamson Middle Group - All-American - Honorable Mention

Bobby Renn               United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

Tony Romeo               Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention
                         United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

Al Ulmer                 Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention
                         United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  4

1958 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/13
Ref
H
TENNESSEE TECH
W 22- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-3
09/20
Ref
H
FURMAN
W 42- 6
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-7
09/26
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
L 3-17
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-4-1
10/04
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 27-24
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-7
10/11
Ref
N
GEORGIA
Jacksonville, Fl
L 13-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-6
10/18
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 28- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-4-1
10/25
Ref
A
TENNESSEE
W 10- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-6
11/01
Ref
H
TAMPA
W 43- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-4
11/07
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 17- 6
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-8
11/22
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 7-21
 
 
12
 
14
15
6-4-1
12/13
Ref
N
OKLAHOMA STATE
Bluegrass Bowl, Louisville, Ky
L 6-15
 
 
19
 
19
 
8-3
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    7- 4     5-0     2-2     0-2
AGAINST TOP 25   0- 2     0-0     0-1     0-1


1958 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Fred Pickard 10/25/1958 TENNESSEE 22 133 6.05 0 Bobby Renn 09/20/1958 FURMAN 7 130 18.57 2

1958 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tony Romeo 10/11/1958 GEORGIA 5 103 20.60 1

1958 - 300 Yard Passing Club

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

1958 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 212 109 Points Per Game............. 21.2 10.9 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 29 15 TDs Rushing................. 15 12 TDs Passing................. 12 2 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 1 TDs Interception............ 2 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 24-29 10-15 Kick........................ 19-21 9-10 Pass........................ 1- 3 1- 3 Run......................... 4- 5 0- 2 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 3- 4 2- 3 SAFETY........................ 0 1 FIRST DOWNS................... 155 131 Rushing..................... 106 96 Passing..................... 45 28 Penalty..................... 4 7 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1773 1646 Yards gained rushing........ 2096 1646 Yards lost rushing.......... 323 Rushing Attempts............ 441 482 Average Per Rush............ 4.0 3.4 Average Per Game............ 177.3 164.6 PASSING YARDAGE............... 1043 675 Att-Comp-Int................ 176- 80-15 126- 51-14 Efficiency.................. 100.69 68.49 Average Per Pass............ 5.9 5.4 Average Per Catch........... 13.0 13.2 Average Per Game............ 104.3 67.5 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 2816 2321 Total Plays................. 617 608 Average Per Play............ 4.6 3.8 Average Per Game............ 281.6 232.1 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 30- 622 - Average Per Return.......... 20.7 0.0 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 26-267 - Average Per Return.......... 10.3 0.0 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 14-167 - Average Per Return.......... 11.9 0.0 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 26-16 31-20 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 64- 578 53- 495 Average Per Game............ 57.8 49.5 PUNTS-YARDS................... 46-1579 55-1974 Average Per Punt............ 34.3 35.9 Net punt average............ 34.3 31.0 ATTENDANCE.................... 77,783 138,970 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5-15,557 4-34,743 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 16,023 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-16,023
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
54
77
38
43
212
Opponents
25
36
19
29
109
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Fred Pickard            122  615   13   602   4.9   4     
Bobby Renn               69  487   45   442   6.4   5     
Dink Lawrence            39  155    4   151   3.9   0     
Paul Pasquale            30  122    1   121   4.0   0     
Vic Prinzi               54  202   85   117   2.2   2     
Bud Whitehead            22  111    0   111   5.0   1     
Joe Majors               43  162   69    93   2.2   1     
Carl Meyer                6   61    2    59   9.8   0     
Gene McCormick           11   45    0    45   4.1   0     
Pappy Rozman              8   35    0    35   4.4   1     
Jim Calhoon              10   27    2    25   2.5   0     
Bobby Conrad             10   40   24    16   1.6   1     
Jack Espenship            4   15    0    15   3.8   0     
Ken Cone                  2   11    0    11   5.5   0     
Lenny Levy                2    4    1     3   1.5   0     
Bob Carnes                1    0    2    -2  -2.0   0     
Frank Springer            4    4   17   -13  -3.3   0     
 Team                     4    0   58   -58 -14.5   0     

Total.........      10  441 2096  323  1773   4.0  15       177.3
Opponents.....      10  482 1646       1646   3.4  12       164.6


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Vic Prinzi              131.58  71- 40- 5   .563  480   7     
Joe Majors               78.62  71- 26- 6   .366  380   3     
Bobby Renn              155.47  12-  5- 0   .417   84   2     
Bobby Conrad             96.28  10-  6- 1   .600   67   0     
Gene McCormick           -3.12  10-  3- 3   .300   32   0     
Johnny Sheppard           0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     
Frank Springer            0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     

Total.........      10  100.69 176- 80-15   .455 1043  12       104.3
Opponents.....      10   68.49 126- 51-14   .405  675   2        67.5


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Tony Romeo              14   274  19.6   3     
Jack Espenship          18   200  11.1   1     
Bobby Renn              14   136   9.7   2     
Bill Kimber              7    88  12.6   2     
Bob Kavanaugh            6    78  13.0   1     
Fred Pickard             7    68   9.7   1     
Paul Pasquale            4    63  15.8   0     
Carl Meyer               3    55  18.3   1     
Jim Hooks                3    39  13.0   0     
Bob Fountain             1    13  13.0   1     
Pete Fleming             1    13  13.0   0     
Lenny Levy               1     9   9.0   0     
Dink Lawrence            1     7   7.0   0     

Total.........      10  80  1043  13.0  12       104.3
Opponents.....      10  51   675  13.2   2        67.5


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn            6  121  20.2  0     
Joe Majors            4   32   8.0  0     
Jack Espenship        3   25   8.3  0     
Bud Whitehead         4   23   5.8  0     
Gene McCormick        3   18   6.0  0     
Jim Calhoon           1   18  18.0  0     
Lenny Levy            2   17   8.5  0     
Paul Pasquale         1    9   9.0  0     
Fred Pickard          2    4   2.0  0     

Total.........       26  267  10.3  0     
Opponent......                      1     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Vic Prinzi            3   32  10.7  0     
Joe Majors            2   42  21.0  1     
Bud Whitehead         2   15   7.5  0     
Bobby Renn            2    6   3.0  0     
Ramon Rogers          2    6   3.0  0     
Herman Brown          1   55  55.0  1     
Al Ulmer              1    9   9.0  0     
Tony Romeo            1    2   2.0  0     
Jack Espenship        1    0   0.0  0     
Bob Kavanaugh         1    0   0.0  0     

Total.........       14  167  11.9  2     
Opponent......                      0     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn            6   182 30.3  0     
Fred Pickard          4   149 37.3  0     
Dink Lawrence         5    80 16.0  0     
Jack Espenship        3    49 16.3  0     
Paul Pasquale         2    42 21.0  0     
Gene McCormick        2    40 20.0  0     
Vic Prinzi            2    27 13.5  0     
Carl Meyer            1    21 21.0  0     
Lenny Levy            1    21 21.0  0     
Ron Hinson            1     9  9.0  0     
Joe Majors            1     1  1.0  0     
Pete Fleming          1     1  1.0  0     

Total.........       30   622 20.7  0     
Opponent......                      0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Bill Kimber           3    0   0.0  0   .    0
Terry Moran           3    0   0.0  0   .    0
Paul Pasquale         2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bobby Renn            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Joe Majors            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Carl Meyer            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Tony Romeo            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Craig            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Jerry Graham          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Pete Fleming          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Spivey           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Bell             1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ron Hinson            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ray Lamb              1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Al Ulmer              0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       20        0.0  0        1
Opponent......       16        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn            7   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    44
Fred Pickard          5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Johnny Sheppard       0   3-3    19-21   0-0   0   1-1   0   0    28
Vic Prinzi            2   0-0     0-0    3-3   0   0-2   0   0    18
Tony Romeo            3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Bill Kimber           2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Joe Majors            2   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-0   0   0    12
Bud Whitehead         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Pappy Rozman          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bob Fountain          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Herman Brown          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bobby Conrad          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Jack Espenship        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bob Kavanaugh         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Carl Meyer            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Gene McCormick        0   0-0     0-0    1-1   0   0-0   0   0     2
Ken Kestner           0   0-1     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  29   3-4    19-21   4-5   1   1-3   0   0   212
Opponent             15   2-3     9-10   0-2   1   1-3   0   1   109
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Bobby Renn
5
2
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Fred Pickard
4
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Vic Prinzi
2
.
7
.
.
.
.
.
.
Tony Romeo
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bill Kimber
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Joe Majors
1
.
3
1
.
.
.
.
.
Bud Whitehead
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Pappy Rozman
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bob Fountain
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Herman Brown
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Bobby Conrad
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jack Espenship
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bob Kavanaugh
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Carl Meyer
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
15
12
12
2
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
12
2
2
.
.
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
--------------------------------------------------
Fred Pickard            122   602    0   602
Vic Prinzi              125   117  480   597
Bobby Renn               81   442   84   526
Joe Majors              114    93  380   473
Dink Lawrence            39   151    0   151
Paul Pasquale            30   121    0   121
Bud Whitehead            22   111    0   111
Bobby Conrad             20    16   67    83
Gene McCormick           21    45   32    77
Carl Meyer                6    59    0    59
Pappy Rozman              8    35    0    35
Jim Calhoon              10    25    0    25
Jack Espenship            4    15    0    15
Ken Cone                  2    11    0    11
Lenny Levy                2     3    0     3
Bob Carnes                1    -2    0    -2
Frank Springer            5   -13    0   -13
 Team                     4   -58    0   -58

Total.........      10  617  1773 1043  2816 281.6
Opponent......      10  608  1646  675  2321 232.1


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Johnny Sheppard       3- 3  1.00  1- 1  1- 1  1- 1  0- 0  0- 0 31
Ken Kestner           0- 1  .000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 1  0- 0  0- 0  0
FG SEQUENCE Johnny Sheppard Ken Kestner
TENNESSEE TECH
None
None
FURMAN
None
None
GEORGIA TECH
(31)
None
WAKE FOREST
None
None
GEORGIA
None
None
VIRGINIA TECH
None
None
TENNESSEE
(17)
33
TAMPA
None
None
MIAMI
(22)
None
FLORIDA
None
None
OKLAHOMA STATE
34, 20
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn          35 1213  34.7                     
Bill Kimber          5  192  38.4                     
Bobby Conrad         2   70  35.0                     
Bud Whitehead        2   67  33.5                     
Frank Springer       1   37  37.0                     
 Team                1    0   0.0                    1

Total.........      46 1579  34.3                    1
Opponent......      55 1974  35.9                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn              442   136  121  182    6    0  887
Fred Pickard            602    68    4  149    0    0  823
Jack Espenship           15   200   25   49    0    0  289
Tony Romeo                0   274    0    0    2    0  276
Dink Lawrence           151     7    0   80    0    0  238
Paul Pasquale           121    63    9   42    0    0  235
Vic Prinzi              117     0    0   27   32    0  176
Joe Majors               93     0   32    1   42    0  168
Bud Whitehead           111     0   23    0   15    0  149
Carl Meyer               59    55    0   21    0    0  135
Gene McCormick           45     0   18   40    0    0  103
Bill Kimber               0    88    0    0    0    0   88
Bob Kavanaugh             0    78    0    0    0    0   78
Herman Brown              0     0    0    0   55    0   55
Lenny Levy                3     9   17   21    0    0   50
Jim Calhoon              25     0   18    0    0    0   43
Jim Hooks                 0    39    0    0    0    0   39
Pappy Rozman             35     0    0    0    0    0   35
Bobby Conrad             16     0    0    0    0    0   16
Pete Fleming              0    13    0    1    0    0   14
Bob Fountain              0    13    0    0    0    0   13
Ken Cone                 11     0    0    0    0    0   11
Al Ulmer                  0     0    0    0    9    0    9
Ron Hinson                0     0    0    9    0    0    9
Ramon Rogers              0     0    0    0    6    0    6
Bob Carnes               -2     0    0    0    0    0   -2
Frank Springer          -13     0    0    0    0    0  -13
 Team                   -58     0    0    0    0    0  -58

Total.........      10 1773  1043  267  622  167    0 3872 387.2
Opponent......      10 1646   675    0    0    0    0 2321 232.1


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Vic Prinzi                .    .     .      .            .          3- 32   .    .    .      .   .   .
Joe Majors                .    .     .      .            .          2- 42   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bud Whitehead             .    .     .      .            .          2- 15   .    .    .      .   .   .
Herman Brown              .    .     .      .            .          1- 55   .    .    .      .   .   .
Al Ulmer                  .    .     .      .            .          1-  9   .    .    .      1   .   .
Bobby Renn                .    .     .      .            .          2-  6   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ramon Rogers              .    .     .      .            .          2-  6   .    .    .      .   .   .
Tony Romeo                .    .     .      .            .          1-  2   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jack Espenship            .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Bob Kavanaugh             .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Terry Moran               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
John Bell                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Pete Fleming              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ron Hinson                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ray Lamb                  .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Carl Meyer                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
John Spivey               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
John Craig                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jerry Graham              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bill Kimber               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
Paul Pasquale             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .

FLORIDA STATE 22, TENNESSEE TECH 7

09/13/1958, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 14, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

Making a vigorous comeback after a year's convalescence from a football injury, senior Vic Prinzi quarterbacked Florida State to a 22-7 decision over Tennessee Tech in a season-opener here last night.

The slender Waverly, NY boy, who had to have his spleen removed after getting tackled hard in practice near the end of the 1956 season, scored the Seminoles’ first14 points.

Two of them may have been the first in collegiate history under the new after-touchdown rules that permit two on a successful pass or run, one on a kick through the goalposts.

The First One

Prinzi got FSU’s opening touchdown on a 4-yard run, climaxing a push from the Tech 46. The game was seven minutes old.

Then he ran wide from the “I” formation for a pair.

He scored in the second quarter on a 5-yard sweep.

Third Seminole touchdown came near the end of the third period on Bobby Renn’s 16-yard pass to Tony Romeo.

Florida State was content to rely on the trusty toe of Johnny Sheppard for conversions following its last two TDs. The Tallahassee senior, who never enters a game for any other reason, now has made good on 33 of 37 kicks during his FSU time.

A frustrated outfit during much of the early going, Tech’s thoroughly game Golden Eagles breathed fire after recovering a fumble on the FSU 40 shortly before halftime. They scored 12 plays later, John Moorhead going over from the two.

Quarterback Carroll Wright, no great shakes offensively, repeatedly ripped FSU’s own attack game, intercepting three passes, including two in the end zone.

Florida State, in picking up 224 yards on the ground, displayed more fullback power than it had in any of Tom Nugent’s five preceding seasons as head coach. Three fullbacks got 129 of that total, with 202-pound Dink Lawrence bagging 67 in 15 carries.

A surprisingly good crowd of 18,200 showed for the lid-lifter. The turnout topped that of any one game of last year, was the second largest first-game attendance in FSU history, exceeded only by the 19,200 that saw Georgia play here in 1954.

The Seminoles substituted freely but Tech never allowed them any relaxation.

Save for that one scoring threat, the visitors mustered little on offense. Their total yardage for that night, running and passing, was only 135.

Eager all the way, FSU’s young squad was taxed with 95 yards of infractions.

Passing ‘Off’

FSU’s passing game wasn’t up to advance billing. Neither Prinzi nor Joe Majors could hit consistently. Bobby Renn did hit on two of three from his halfback post.

Renn ran not at all in the first half but struck off 59 yards in nine carries during the last two quarters to end as runner-up to Lawrence for rushing laurels. He punted three times for a 42.9 average.

Starting end Pete Fleming hurt a knee and had to leave the arena early, but he should be ready for Furman next week.

Early Quick Kick

From the outset, FSU was a winner, game-captain Prinzi calling the coin-toss right for the Seminoles and choosing to receive.

With Floyd Lawrence banging up the middle on the first three plays, FSU pushed from its 38 following the kickoff to its 43. After Prinzi lost three, Bobby Renn quick-kicked 39 yards to Tech’s 14.

Starting from the Tech 46 after the Eagles punted from their 13, FSU got its first points of the season with the quarter seven minutes old.

Lawrence struck the line four straight times and got 15. Prinzi swept for 12 more, to the 19. Lawrence ran for four, got tackled, lateralled to Renn, who ripped for 11 more to the four. Two plays later, Prinzi ran outside left tackle for the TD.

For the conversion, FSU made no bones about its 2-points intentions. Shifted drastically to their right, the Seminoles lined up in the “I” formation. Prinzi somehow squeezed through the congested area near the sidelines and sprawled over the goal line for the two that made it 8-0.

Pasquale Romps

Moments later FSU drove from its 37 to the Tech eight. The running of Paul Pasquale featured the push. He got all save four of the 55 yards, 36 of it in one gulp after taking a short pass from Joe Majors.

But Carroll Wright intercepted Majors’ third-down pass in the end zone.

FSU sprinted to a second touchdown early in the second quarter. Wright got off a weak 8-yard punt when rushed briskly by Tony Romeo and FSU had a start from the Tech 32.

Fred Pickard was the leader here, hauling five times in a row for 27 yards to the five. Tech looked for Pickard again and up the middle he came. But he didn’t have the ball. Prinzi was slipping wide to his right for the TD.

Johnny Sheppard kicked the point for 15-0.

Ken Kestner’s kickoff was fumbled by Wright and Ron Hinson got the ball for FSU at Tech’s 20. Then Prinzi’s first-down pass was intercepted by Wright in the end zone.

Pickard’s fumble at the FSU 40, with Terry Stone recovering, put the Eagles in Indian country for the first time. Unable to notch a first down up to now, Tech made good on the opportunity, scored in a dozen plays.

Moorhead was the big guy, running for 24 of the needed yards, including the final two.

Al Cate booted the point home, narrowing things to 15-7 with 4:13 left in the half.

Penalties hamstrung the Seminoles as they went overhead in an effort to get another before the clock ticked out. Majors threw a 42-yarder to Bill Kimber at the Tech 13 but holding nullified it.

Florida State’s initial last-half bid was nipped after a 50-yard march on Wright’s third interception, this time at the Tech 28. Prinzi, who sparked the running push along with Lawrence and Renn, was the pitcher.

The Seminoles got a chance when Gordon Mason’s punt turned into a puny 14-yarder to the FSU 41.

Prinzi passed to Romeo for nine. Renn and Lawrence alternated in moving the sticks to the Tech 23. Jack Espenship got to the 16 in two runs.

Whereupon, Majors pitched out to Renn and the lefthalf nailed Romeo with a pass that brought TD No. 3.

For the conversion FSU lined up in running formation but shifted suddenly and Sheppard kicked the point. Things stood 22-7 two minutes before the fourth quarter started.

State’s next attempt ended at midfield when Majors fumbled after a 15-yard run, with Ray Thomas grabbing it for Tech.

The Seminoles had one other last-quarter chance, starting from their 44 when a Tech fourth-down running bid fell short.

But a fast-rushing Tech defense stymied passing attempts and FSU remained content with its two-touchdowns triumph.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TENNESSEE TECH
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
8
7
7
0
22

1st   8- 0  Vic Prinzi, 3, run (Vic Prinzi, run), 7:56 
2nd  15- 0  Vic Prinzi, 5, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 12:06
     15- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 4:13 
3rd  22- 7  Tony Romeo, 15, pass from Bobby Renn (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 2:06 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 7 Rushes-yards 57-224 41-110 Passing 93 25 Att-Comp-Int 15-6-3 7-2-0 Total Yards 72-317 48-135 Punt Returns 1-5 1-6 Kickoff Returns 2-34 4-48 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 3-42.7 8-33.8 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-1 Penalties-Yds 9-95 5-47 Attendance 18,200 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dink Lawrence 15- 67 Bobby Renn 9- 59 Fred Pickard 8- 35 Paul Pasquale 6- 27 Vic Prinzi 6- 19 Jack Espenship 3- 12 Bobby Conrad 1- 4 Lenny Levy 2- 3 Joe Majors 7- -2 Receiving Paul Pasquale 1- 36 Tony Romeo 2- 24 Jack Espenship 1- 19 Dink Lawrence 1- 7 Bill Kimber 1- 7 Passing Joe Majors 7- 2-1- 43 Bobby Renn 3- 2-0- 24 Bobby Conrad 1- 1-0- 19 Vic Prinzi 4- 1-2- 7 Punt Return Bud Whitehead 1- 5 Kickoff Return Dink Lawrence 1- 22 Vic Prinzi 1- 12 Punting Bobby Renn 3- 128 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Al Ulmer 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Terry Moran 7 1 8 . . . . . . . . . Tony Romeo 3 4 7 . . . . . . . . . Dink Lawrence 6 . 6 . . . . . . . . . Dan Strickland 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Ron Hinson 3 . 3 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bob Swoszowski 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Paul Pasquale 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Vic Prinzi 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jack Espenship 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Bill Brown 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Ramon Rogers 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bill Kimber . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . John Spivey 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Pete Fleming 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lenny Levy 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ray Lamb 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Joe McGee . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . John Craig . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Renn . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . John Bell 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   41  Dink Lawrence
C    54  Jack Hardy
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   41  Dink Lawrence
MG   54  Jack Hardy
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
13  Joe Majors
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
26  Bud Whitehead
40  Paul Pasquale
43  Fred Pickard
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
53  Ramon Rogers
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Joe McGee
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
75  Dan Strickland
79  Jerry Graham
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
85  Herman Brown
87  Ron Hinson

FLORIDA STATE 42, FURMAN 6

09/20/1958, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 21, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

Wide, knifing runs by Bobby Renn, who scissored out 106 yards his first four carries, ripped Furman open early last night and Florida State sprinted on to 42-6 football success.

Furman was minus passing whiz Bob Baker. He sat out the entire affair with a bad ankle.

But it scarcely would have mattered. The Furman defense was a sieve, and FSU never had to go more than 57 yards for any of its six touchdowns.

Senior lefthalf Renn got the first one on a 50-yard excursion, the third on a 10-yarder.

A ‘Big Inning’

FSU struck for 20 second-quarter points and led 28-0 at the half as 15,000 fans yelped approval.

Four different players got the others: quarterback Bobby Conrad on a 4-yard sweep, fullback Fred Pickard on a 3-yard plunge, end Bill Kimber on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Joe Majors, lefthalf Bud Whitehead on a 20-yard sweep. Quarterback Vic Prinzi ran for two points after the opening touchdown. Johnny Sheppard booted four extra points, moving his season mark to 6-for-6, his FSU career total to 36-for-40.

Furman scratched after FSU got its 42, getting six on Bill Canty’s 19-yard pass to end Tom Hery.

Florida State, moving its record to 2-0, hustled 43 men in and out of the fray. Furman used 39.

Biggest Margin

This one terminated a 7-year series, with FSU winning the last five, running up the most one-sided score of the rivalry.

The Seminoles displayed offensive versatility they hadn’t shown in a 22-7 opening conquest of Tennessee Tech a week ago. In that one they plugged away at the middle. Against Furman, they went wide – and handsomely.

They piled up 351 yards on the ground, with Renn finishing with 130 in seven runs. Fullback Dink Lawrence showed 50 for eight, Pickard 43 for eight.

And FSU passing, a bit dismal against Tennessee Tech, perked up some with the highly promising Conrad clicking on three of three, Majors on three of seven, fifth-stringer Gene McCormick on two of four.

Quick Penetrating

The Seminoles, on the running of Renn and Lawrence, had penetrated Furman territory early in the fray, moving to the Hurricane 46 after taking the opening kickoff. But the Tribe bogged down and Renn punted to the 20.

Next time, they made good.

Starting from the FSU 43 after a Furman kick, Lawrence blasted to the 50.

From the T-formation, with backs shifting to the right, Prinzi fed a short pitchout to Renn, who sliced wide to the right, picked up neat blocks from Prinzi and Al Ulmer, and danced through tacklers 50 yards to a touchdown.

Prinzi, bootlegging wide from the “I” formation, scored two points for 8-0.

Minutes later, Joe Majors and Paul Pasquale sparked a running drive to the Furman 27. A roughness penalty squelched that effort and Renn’s punt rolled dead on the six – a 33-yarder.

Pair of Fumbles

Furman backs Hicky Horton, Roy Nickels and Gary Hancock thumped hard in a game push out of the hole to the 38. A penalty placed Furman on FSU’s side of the 50 for the first time at the 48.

But, promptly, Ulmer racked Horton, producing a fumble that Terry Morgan got for the Tribe at the FSU 45 as the first quarter ended.

Five plays brought another six points.

Renn skipped through for 18 and Lawrence matched that, moving the sticks to Furman’s 19. Renn slipped wide for 17 to the two. After Lawrence lost a couple, Bobby Conrad ran right end, behind a Tony Romeo block, for the TD. Sheppard’s conversion boot made it 15-0.

Another Horton fumble, that Ray Lamb topped for the Tribe, offered more opportunity, this time from the Furman 38. It took five plays for a payoff here, too.

Prinzi, after failing on a pass, struck off six. Renn got nine and Lawrence 13. From the 10, Renn knifed around the right side for the payoff. Again Sheppard converted and it was 22-0.

A Weak Boot

A 13-yard Furman punt, up to its 44, opened the door still wider.

Majors got five. Fred Pickard hit for six in two carries. Majors nailed Romeo with a pass, good for 26 to the six. After Majors got three, Pickard pounded off left tackle for the last three. Major’s running try for two points was a yard short, and it stayed 28-0.

Furman drove 69 yards after the ensuing kickoff but failed at the goal line.

Running of Hancock and quarterback Sam Taylor led across the 50. A 17-yard Taylor pass to Ray Siminski and another 17-yard gain on a pass-interference call were the big licks in a move to the FSU six.

Horton got five to the one. Furman had three more downs to get a yard. But Horton was stopped for no gain. Nickels was thrown for a loss by Romeo, but a roughing penalty put the ball back on the one. Leo Baggett jammed the middle of FSU’s line and Horton could get no further than the 1-foot line on fourth down.

FSU’s two initial thrusts in the last half were thwarted by incomplete passes.

Furman got backed up to its goal line on a pair of 15-yard penalties. The Hurricanes punted out and Lenn Levy returned it to the Furman 26.

Roommate Deal

Paul Pasquale’s 8-yard run provided a first down on the 15. Majors threw to roommate Bill Kimber, who ignored an enveloping defender and caught the ball for six points. Shep swung his toe, and the board read 35-0.

This dividend sort of exuberated Kimber, for he was a terror on the on the next few plays.

After Bud Whitehead’s fumbled punt was recovered by Furman’s Bill Canty, Kimber intercepted a Canty pass and raced deep into Hurricane country – only to have the play cancelled by a holding penalty.

A couple of plays later, Herman Brown socked Canty hard, forcing a fumble that Kimber covered at the Furman 44.

The Tribe was substituting frequently, digging deep on the bench.

Early in the final quarter, FSU got its sixth touchdown.

Marianna Duo

It was a 54-yard jaunt directed by Conrad. He threw to Bob Kavanaugh for 27 yards, Pickard knocked off seven more. Conrad dealt to old Marianna running mate Whitehead, and the halfback whipped down the sidelines for 20 yards and the TD as Pickard cleared out a Furman defender with a deft block at the eight. Shep got the point, 42-0.

With five minutes left, Furman scored on the heels of a 68-yard movement. A freshman combination, Canty to end Tom Nery, brought the payoff on a 19-yard pass play.

Furman provided a late thrill when Nickles got loose on a pitchout and sailed 60 yards to the FSU 10. But a clipping penalty nullified it.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FURMAN
0
0
0
6
6
FLORIDA STATE
8
20
7
7
42

1st   8- 0  Bobby Renn, 50, run (Vic Prinzi, run), 10:10
2nd  15- 0  Bobby Conrad, 4, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 12:59
     22- 0  Bobby Renn, 10, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 10:56
     28- 0  Fred Pickard, 2, run (Joe Majors, run failed), 7:10 
3rd  35- 0  Bill Kimber, 15, pass from Joe Majors (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 7:10 
4th  42- 0  Bud Whitehead, 20, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 9:58 
     42- 6  Opp, 19, pass (run failed), 4:54 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 12 Rushes-yards 48-351 55-134 Passing 104 59 Att-Comp-Int 19-8-1 12-4-1 Total Yards 67-455 67-193 Punt Returns 6-46 1-3 Kickoff Returns 3-42 6-144 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-1 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 4-34.8 8-27.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-3 Penalties-Yds 8-72 8-56 Attendance 14,800 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bobby Renn 7- 130 Dink Lawrence 8- 50 Fred Pickard 8- 43 Bud Whitehead 3- 33 Paul Pasquale 3- 26 Joe Majors 4- 25 Vic Prinzi 3- 14 Bobby Conrad 3- 11 Gene McCormick 2- 10 Jim Calhoon 2- 8 Carl Meyer 2- 6 Pappy Rozman 1- 3 Bob Carnes 1- -2 Frank Springer 1- -6 Receiving Bob Kavanaugh 2- 39 Tony Romeo 1- 27 Paul Pasquale 2- 18 Bill Kimber 1- 15 Jim Hooks 1- 3 Jack Espenship 1- 2 Passing Joe Majors 7- 3-0- 58 Bobby Conrad 3- 3-0- 32 Gene McCormick 4- 2-1- 14 Bobby Renn 2- 0-0- 0 Vic Prinzi 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Lenny Levy 2- 17 Jack Espenship 2- 14 Paul Pasquale 1- 9 Bud Whitehead 1- 6 Kickoff Return Bobby Renn 1- 19 Gene McCormick 1- 14 Dink Lawrence 1- 9 Punting Bobby Renn 2- 59 Bud Whitehead 1- 43 Frank Springer 1- 37 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Terry Moran 4 3 7 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Al Ulmer 2 5 7 . . . . . . 1 . . John Bell 3 4 7 . . . . . . . . . Ray Lamb 3 2 5 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bill Brown 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Leo Baggett 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Dan Strickland 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Conrad 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . John Craig 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . John Spivey 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Jack Espenship 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Dink Lawrence 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Tony Romeo 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Ken Kestner 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Lou Wallace 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bill Kimber . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Joe Majors . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Herman Brown . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LH   20  Bobby Renn
RH   27  Jack Espenship
FB   41  Dink Lawrence
C    52  John Bell
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   41  Dink Lawrence
MG   52  John Bell
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
12  Gene McCormick
13  Joe Majors
14  Frank Springer
21  Bob Carnes
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Ken Cone
25  Carl Meyer
26  Bud Whitehead
28  Jim Hooks
40  Paul Pasquale
42  Pappy Rozman
43  Fred Pickard
44  Jim Calhoon
50  Ken Kestner
51  Bo Davis
53  Ramon Rogers
##  NAME
-----------------------------
54  Jack Hardy
60  Leo Baggett
61  Joe McGee
64  Ray Lamb
67  Jim Rogers
68  Stu Keith
73  Bill Brown
74  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
75  Dan Strickland
76  Lou Wallace
78  John Craig
79  Jerry Graham
81  Bob Kavanaugh
84  Bill Kimber
85  Herman Brown
88  Bob Stewart
89  Pete Fleming

GEORGIA TECH 17, FLORIDA STATE 3

09/26/1958, ATLANTA, GA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 27, 1958, page 7, by Bill McGrotha.

ATLANTA, GA – Florida State’s fighting sophomores led Georgia Tech for eight wonderful minutes here last night, held the engineers to a 3-3 deadlock for over half the game, but finally stumbled over their own inexperience, 17-3.

Twice during a surprisingly exciting evening Tom Nugent’s troops, 15 point underdogs, recovered fumbled kicks on Tech’s 26. One came on the opening kickoff. But they couldn’t cash in either time.

The first chance played out on the 24, the second on the seven.

The weather at Grant Field was hot last night. No rain fell. The Seminoles got by without a man being injured.

Near Record Crowd

A near record Grant Field assembly of 40,391 awoke to the fact Tech had a serious struggle on its hand when Bobby Renn hauled a punt 51 yards to the Jackets’ 25 after four minutes of action.

That set up a field goal by specialist Johnny Sheppard, the first in FSU history. It was a fourth-down play with FSU at the Tech 16. Kicked from the 21, it went into the book, under new rules allowing for the 10 yards of goalposts beyond the goal line, as a 31-yarder.

And that stood up until Tech, presented with a fumble at the FSU eight, got a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the quarter. Tommy Wells did the honors on fourth down, with the line of scrimmage at the five.

Tech whipped 60 yards in 11 plays to a touchdown the first time it got the ball in the last half. Frank Nix got it from the six.

Drought Ended

It was the Yellow Jackets’ first 6-pointer after a drought of three games and 14 quarters, spanning the last two matches of the ’57 season.

After missing a chance at the FSU 27 when FSU muffed a fourth-down punt attempt, Tech crushed FSU’s upset hopes with a touchdown in the last two minutes of play. Reggie Logan got that one from the seven, capping a 56-yard push in eight plays.

Well defensed for the dangerous runs of Renn, who went into the game with an 11.6 rushing average. Tech crowded him all night. The Jackets confined him to a net of nine yards on six efforts.

Pickard Leads

Over half of FSU’s 72 rushing total was hunt up by sub Fullback Fred Pickard, who managed 49 yards in 10 carries. FSU connected on seven of 16 throws – three of five by Vic Prinzi – for 63 yards.

Tech – its running game well distributed among half a dozen backs, got 195 on the ground, 56 in the air, with ace Fred Braselton hitting on five of 11 pitches.

It was Braselton’s throws that opened up FSU’s defense in the first touchdown drive.

“Florida State can hold its own with lots of teams in our league,” Tech Coach Bobby Dodd concluded, “it is a good, well coached team.

“I’d say that we were very mediocre the first half but played good football the last two quarters.”

Said FSU’s Tom Nugent: “I’ve never had a team I’d been prouder of. Our backs did a good job but we were even prouder of our men up front. At times they were outweighed by as much as 30-40 pounds a man.

“We did our very best.”

Tech used 35 players, FSU 29.

FSU Moves Well

FSU penetrated Tech’s side of the 50 on six different occasions.

FSU got a “break” on the first play of the game. The Tribe kicked off and Lester Simmerville fumbled when hit by Ken Kestner, the kicker, at Tech’s 26. Terry Moran was there to cover the bobble for FSU.

Floyd Lawrence dug for three. The FSU got taxed with a 5-yard penalty when Pete Fleming leaped offside. A Lawrence rush moved the ball back to the 24 but two Vic Prinzi passes failed and Tech took over.

Stiff Seminole defenders, sparked by Bob Swoszowski’s socking of Cal James for a 2-yard loss, contained Tech’s initial move short of a first down. Gerald Burch punted.

Renn gathered in the 49-yarder at his 21 and picked his way brilliantly through swarming Techmen, all the way to the Jackets’ 25, a 51-yard runback.

FSU Band Plays

Only noise you could hear from the huge crowd was the whooping strains of the FSU band.

Paul Pasquale lost a yard but Joe Majors passed to Lenny Levy for nine at the 17. Pasquale was stopped at the 16. Fourth down, a yard to go, and Shep came in to try a field goal. The game was five minutes old.

It sailed through true and FSU led, 3-0.

Tech, with its defensive team in, charged from the ensuing kickoff to the FSU 43. Fleming’s decking of Floyd Faucett for minus three was a key play in halting the push. Burch’s punt rolled dead on the FSU six.

Lawrence fumbled on first down and Nix got the ball for Tech on the eight.

It’s Tech’s Turn

Nix slipped through to the five. But James found no room off right tackle, gained naught. Braselton was tossed for a loss but managed to throw the ball wildly. Officials ruled it an incomplete pass, rather than an intentionally grounded one. Tech had a fourth-down shot from the five.

Wells kicked a field goal. It was his first varsity play for Tech. It was a 3-3 tie with two minutes left in the quarter.

After a punting trade, FSU went from its 18 to Tech’s 41 with Fred Pickard leading on 18 yards in four runs. Tech rose up, and in three plays FSU lost two yards. Renn punted out on the 12.

Tech couldn’t move much and Burch punted 55 yards to the FSU 20. With Pickard again dashing madly, the Tribe drove across midfield. Then Maxie Baugham intercepted a Majors pass.

Time Runs Out

The Jackets had time to complete a pass at the FSU 39 before the half ran out.

It was Tech’s turn for a kickoff “break.” The ball slipped by Jack Espenship and Lawrence was smothered when he picked it up at the five.

Two plays, and Renn punted 50 yards to the Tech 40. In 11 plays, Tech scored.

Braselton passes 12-yarders to both Tommy Rose and Jack Rudolph opened up the FSU defense and put Tech in business at the Seminole 33. Nix ran to the 22 in two carries. Nix made a falling catch of a Braselton pass at the two but officials ruled it incomplete. Summerville rushed twice and got a first down at the 10. James hit to the six. Nix smashed over left tackle for the six points. Wells added the point for 10-3. The quarter was half gone.

FSU Is Stubborn

Tech had another fine shot a couple of minutes later when Bud Whitehead, back to punt on fourth down, got a low snap, fumbled it, fell on it at the FSU 27.

But Tech couldn’t do it. Ray Lamb struck Ben Smith down for a loss of three on fourth down. FSU took over at the 23.

A little later Renn punted. Delaney fumbled it at the Tech 26. John Bell topped the ball for FSU.

This golden moment turned to ashes.

Renn shot a pass to Tony Romeo at the 16 for a first down just as the quarter ended.

Burch nailed Pickard for minus six to the 22. Passes by Prinzi then Renn just missed. It was fourth down. Prinzi whipped a short pass to Jack Espenship, who lateraled to Renn and the gain was for 17 to the five, and a first down.

Tech Halts Threat

Simmerville nailed Prinzi, trying to roll out, back on the 18. Prinzi passed to Espenship at the eight, again to Espenship for one yard. Fourth down and Majors came in to throw. Delaney broke up his shot over the middle to Bill Kimber in the end zone.

Tech drove out of the hole, beyond midfield, then punted over the goal.

A holding penalty put FSU back on its five. Renn finally punted from the seven to the FSU 41.

After drawing a 15-yard penalty that moved them back to their 44, Tech swept 56 yards for a clinching TD.

Delaney and Faucett sparked the movement. Sophomore Reggie Logan scored from five yards out. Wells again kicked the point. Two minutes to go.

FSU got to midfield on Bobby Conrad’s passing, but that was it.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
0
0
3
GEORGIA TECH
3
0
7
7
17

1st   3- 0  Johnny Sheppard, 31, field goal, 9:48 
      3- 3  Opp, 22, field goal, 2:09 
3rd   3-10  Opp, 6, run (kick), 8:31 
4th   3-17  Opp, 7, run (kick), 1:55 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 16 Rushes-yards 38- 72 48-192 Passing 63 56 Att-Comp-Int 16-7-1 12-6-0 Total Yards 54-135 60-248 Punt Returns 3-61 2-5 Kickoff Returns 4-56 2-51 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-8 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 5-36.8 5-42.6 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2 Penalties-Yds 4-30 3-25 Attendance 40,391 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 10- 49 Joe Majors 1- 10 Vic Prinzi 4- 9 Bobby Renn 6- 9 Dink Lawrence 1- 9 Paul Pasquale 4- 5 Bobby Conrad 1- -6 Team 1- -13 Receiving Jack Espenship 3- 19 Bobby Renn 1- 14 Bill Kimber 1- 11 Tony Romeo 1- 10 Lenny Levy 1- 9 Passing Vic Prinzi 5- 3-0- 28 Bobby Conrad 4- 2-0- 16 Bobby Renn 2- 1-0- 10 Joe Majors 5- 1-1- 9 Punt Return Bobby Renn 2- 56 Bud Whitehead 1- 5 Kickoff Return Bobby Renn 1- 24 Paul Pasquale 1- 23 Ron Hinson 1- 9 Dink Lawrence 1- 0 Punting Bobby Renn 5- 184 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Terry Moran . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . John Bell . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ken Kestner . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   41  Dink Lawrence
C    54  Jack Hardy
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   41  Dink Lawrence
MG   54  Jack Hardy
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
13  Joe Majors
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
26  Bud Whitehead
40  Paul Pasquale
43  Fred Pickard
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
53  Ramon Rogers
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Joe McGee
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
75  Dan Strickland
79  Jerry Graham
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
85  Herman Brown
87  Ron Hinson

FLORIDA STATE 27, WAKE FOREST 24

10/04/1958, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 5, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

Ahead 21-10 at intermission, Florida State was obliged to fight from behind for a last-quarter touchdown that kayoed Wake Forest, 27-24, in a ding-dong dilly of a football game here Saturday night.

The lead changed hands five times after Wake Forest went to the front on a field goal with the fray 10 minutes old.

Points were scored in just about every possible was as a capacity and record Campbell Stadium crowd of 19.700 – including a couple of thousand high school band-nighters – ate it up. No one minded a misting rain that fell much of the way.

Much Throwing

And neither did quarterbacks from both teams mind the soaked field as Wake Forest, a touchdown-plus favorite going in, threw 23 times, completing 11. FSU hit on nine of 14.

Heroes were multiple but the big one had to be Vic Prinzi, FSU senior quarterback. He completed nine of 12 throws for 141 yards, including two for TDs. He intercepted two WF tosses, at the FSU 12, at the FSU one. He directed touchdown marches of 86, 75 FSU swiped four WF pitches.

A big one was bagged by Jack Espenship, soph righthalf and a tremendous all-round worker this night. With a bit over three minutes to go, WF was confronted with a fourth-and-three situation at the FSU seven. Norman Snead, brilliant WF soph thrower, lof Gift 2-pointer

To preserve the victory, Joe Majors entered the game to take a deliberate safety for FSU with 40 seconds to go. The Seminoles kicked out from their own 20 after the 2-pointer and WF managed only a pair of futile plays before time ran out.

FSU got 21 of its 27 points in the second period, scoring on Prinzi’s 5-yard pass to Bobby Renn, Fred Pickard’s 25-yard dash up the middle, end Herman Brown’s 55-yard runback of an intercepted pass. The payoff score was a 21-yard Prinzi pass to end Bill WF counted points in the first half on Neil MacLean’s field goal kicked from the 22, and on Snead’s 40-yard pass to Bobby Robinson. The Deacons came from behind in the third quarter on MacLean’s 3-yard plunge after a 69-yard push and on Winston Futch’s But They Won

It was the most points ever yielded by FSU in a winning effort. The loss was Wake Forest’s first after knocking off Maryland (34-0) and Virginia Tech (13-6). For FSU it was victory No. 3 against a lone setback at Georgia Tech hands.

Snead completed ten of eighteen passes for 199 yards. MacLean, fifth-ranking rusher in the nation going in, got 81 yards in 17 carries.

Renn, No. 3 runner in college football entering the game, got 46 yards in seven carries – 11 yards short of an FSU career record. Pickard was FSU’s leader for the night, however, with 79 in 16.

Early Moving

Wake Forest took the game’s opening kick and moved well on the ground with Butch Ledford lugging the first three plays. A penalty slowed the Deacs and they punted to the FSU 30.

The Tribe moved to its 45, and Renn was almost away on a 7-yard run but got stopped when he ran up the back of blocker Al Ulmer. A pitchout mix-up lost nine yards and Renn booted one to the WF 33.

Snead started opening up FSU defenders with passes in a 67-yard march to a field goal. A 19-yard shot to Pete Manning put the Deacons in FSU territory for the first time, at the 41. Three plays later a 32-yarder to Winston Futch had the Carolina boys kn FSU stiffened and the Deacons go no further than the 15 on three downs. Then MacLean toed a field goal from the 22 to send the visitors to a lead, 3-0. Ten minutes were gone in the quarter.

Penalty Woes

Lawrence made a hot kickoff return to the FSU 38 but a penalty bottled the Seminoles moments later and another punt was forced.

Wake Forest moved up to its 40, was inches short of first down on fourth down. The Deacons played it safe, punted. It didn’t prove safe.

From there the Seminoles moved 75 yards to score after five minutes of the second period.

Prinzi directed the push. Renn and Pickard alternated on four running plays, and boom-boom-boom-boom, FSU was at the WF 42 with Renn getting 11 yards and Pickard 22.

Pickard picked up a first down at the 40 then Prinzi passed to Renn for six. Prinzi ran wide to the 25 but a clipping penalty set FSU back to the 42. Prinzi shot a pass to Jack Espenship for a first down at the 29. After Pickard got a yard, Prinzi, on a FSU In Front

Renn ran wide to the five, then hauled in Prinzi’s end-zone pass for the TD. Johnny Sheppard’s point-after was deflected by WF’s Jim Dalrymple, and it stayed 6-3. It was Shep’s first miss after six conversions this year.

It took an aroused band of Deacons less than two minutes to retake the lead. They went 66 yards in four plays against FSU’s No. 2 unit.

After Snead threw an incomplete pass, MacLean struck off 15 yards, then 12 on up-the-middle carries. Snead threw again, Robinson tucked it in at the FSU 20 and WF had a touchdown on a 40-yard play. MacLean kicked the point for 10-3.

Things looked rough moments later when Ledford intercepted a Bobby Conrad pass at the FSU 40.

The No. 2 unit went out and Prinzi got the ball back for the Tribe on the next play, intercepting Snead’s pass at the 12.

FSU ate up the 88 yards between it and goal.

Lawrence and Renn led to the 25. Prinzi and Pickard took it to the 39. Renn got 12 to the WF 49. Two plays more and Prinzi passed to Renn for 15 at the 32. Then Prinzi het Espenship for seven to the 25.

Pickard shot off tackle, cut to his right, got a saving block from Tony Romeo, and covered the distance. Shep booted the point and the Seminoles were ahead for the first time, 13-10.

Scarcely more than three minutes remaining in the half but there was enough for another FSU score.

WF returned the kick to its 48 and scooted quickly to the FSU 38. Charlie Carpenter faded far back to throw.

Brown intercepted his screen pitch at the FSU 45 and lumbered all the way.

Prinzi ran for two points, was tackled short of goal but managed to fall over the line with the ball. It was now 21-10.

FSU couldn’t move after taking the last-half kickoff, and Renn quick-kicked 42 yards to the WF 31.

In short order, the Deacons were ahead again.

Fast Movements

Wake Forest swept 69 yards in a hurry. Snead passed to Aubrey Currie for 24 yards to the FSU 40, then for 19 to Ledford at the 19. MacLean dug to the 13, then to the three. The fullback pounded off left tackle for the payoff. But MacLean missed the poin The No. 2 unit went in and pretty soon FSU was in more trouble.

The kick was returned to the FSU 21. Conrad lost 11, then eight, all the way back to the three. Renn came in to punt, kicked one 35 yards to the 38.

Snead’s passing did it again. After a ground movement to the 26, he passed to Ledford at the 14. Dalrymple got five. Snead passed to Dalrymple for an apparent TD but holding nullified it. From the 23, Snead promptly nailed Van Herring with a pass, good Renn returned the kickoff to the 28 and FSU was off again.

FSU’s Big One

Pickard, in two carries, moved the sticks to the 40. Prinzi dashed to the Wake Forest 48. After an offsides penalty against the Tribe, Prinzi passed to Espenship at the 37, then again to Espenship at the 21.

Pickard failed to gain and a pass went astray. But on third down a play came in from the bench and Prinzi executed it smartly, passing to Bill Kimber deep in the end zone for the TD. Prinzi tried to pass for the two points but it fell incomplete. FSU le FSU’s kick was returned to the WF 37, and again the Deacons were on the march. Sticking to the ground, Snead directed a march to the FSU 26. But Prinzi intercepted a pitch at the one.

Prinzi quarterback-sneaked three straight plays, up to the six. Renn standing deep in the end zone, punted beautifully, 51 yards. It was returned three yards to the WF 46.

Dalrymple sprinted to the FSU 44. Then Snead, faking smoothly, sent a pass into the arms of Dalrymple at the 25. MacLean, on the draw play, smashed to a first down on the 14.

Stopped Short

Ledford got two. Snead sneaked for one more, to the 11. MacLean pushed to the seven. Fourth down and three yards needed. Snead shot a short pass over the middle, Espenship intercepted. Three minutes, 20 seconds to go.

Prinzi ran three times, to a first down at the 17. Then he lost six. Joe Majors came in to run out the clock.

On fourth down from the nine, Majors went back into the end zone to take a deliberate safety. He ran back and forth, killing more time, until tackled. Thirty-four seconds to go now.

FSU kicked from its 20, got penalized five yards for illegal procedure. Kimber’s boot was run out of bounds by Bobby Robinson at the WF 36 as WF bid for time.

Snead got off one pass, incomplete. Romeo nailed him on the next try back at the 26.

And the Deacons never got another chance.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WAKE FOREST
3
7
12
2
24
FLORIDA STATE
0
21
0
6
27

1st   0- 3  Opp, 22, field goal, 5:18 
2nd   6- 3  Bobby Renn, 5, pass from Vic Prinzi (Johnny Sheppard, kick blocked), 11:15
      6-10  Opp, 40, pass (kick), 9:19 
     13-10  Fred Pickard, 25, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 3:01 
     21-10  Herman Brown, 55, interception return (Vic Prinzi, run), 1:38 
3rd  21-16  Opp, 3, run (kick failed), 8:32 
     21-22  Opp, 4, run (pass intercepted by Al Ulmer), 3:03 
4th  27-22  Bill Kimber, 21, pass from Vic Prinzi (Vic Prinzi, pass failed), 13:37
     27-24  Opp, safety, 0:34 
            Note: Quarterback Joe Majors ran out of the end zone for a  
                  deliberate safety.                                    


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 17 19 Rushes-yards 44-151 43-188 Passing 111 209 Att-Comp-Int 14-9-1 23-11-4 Total Yards 58-262 66-397 Punt Returns 2-18 2-7 Kickoff Returns 5-103 6-93 Interception Ret. 5-55 1-3 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 5-38.4 2-40.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties-Yds 8-58 5-51 Attendance 19,700 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 15- 79 Bobby Renn 7- 46 Vic Prinzi 12- 28 Dink Lawrence 4- 15 Bud Whitehead 1- 4 Joe Majors 2- -6 Bobby Conrad 3- -15 Receiving Jack Espenship 4- 52 Bobby Renn 3- 25 Bill Kimber 1- 21 Fred Pickard 1- 13 Passing Vic Prinzi 12- 9-0-111 Bobby Renn 1- 0-0- 0 Bobby Conrad 1- 0-1- 0 Punt Return Jack Espenship 1- 11 Bud Whitehead 1- 7 Kickoff Return Dink Lawrence 1- 31 Lenny Levy 1- 21 Fred Pickard 1- 18 Jack Espenship 1- 17 Bobby Renn 1- 16 Punting Bobby Renn 4- 159 Bobby Conrad 1- 33 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bo Davis 4 5 9 . . . . . . . . . Dink Lawrence 3 4 7 . . . . . . . . . John Spivey 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Al Ulmer 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Vic Prinzi 2 3 5 . . 2- 0 . . . . . . Bobby Renn 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Ray Lamb 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Terry Moran 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Joe McGee 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Bob Swoszowski 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . John Bell 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Bud Whitehead 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Pete Fleming 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Fred Pickard 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Lenny Levy 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Conrad 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Herman Brown . 1 1 . . 1- 55 . . . . . . Ron Hinson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Joe Majors 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bill Brown . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jack Espenship . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   41  Dink Lawrence
C    54  Jack Hardy
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   41  Dink Lawrence
MG   54  Jack Hardy
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Bobby Conrad
13  Joe Majors
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
26  Bud Whitehead
40  Paul Pasquale
43  Fred Pickard
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
53  Ramon Rogers
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Joe McGee
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
75  Dan Strickland
79  Jerry Graham
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
85  Herman Brown
87  Ron Hinson

GEORGIA 28, FLORIDA STATE 13

10/11/1958, Jacksonville, Fl

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 11, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Unable to cash in on some early golden moments, Florida State’s sparkling little battlers finally yielded to a grim University of Georgia football team, 28-13, in the Gator Bowl last night.

Before this one went into the books Tom Nugent’s dead-game crew gave Georgia a keenly agonizing time of it in this one the Bulldogs “had to win.” A turnout of 16,023 never had a dull instant.

Behind 14-0 at the half, FSU cut the score to 14-7. And later behind 21-7 they whacked it to 21-13. Able to connect on only two of 13 passes in the first half, the Tribe hit on 10 of 15 in the final two periods.

Score On Aerials

Both FSU scores came on aerials, the first a 42-yarder from Vic Prinzi to Tony Romeo, the second a 5-yarder from Bobby Renn to Bob Kavanaugh.

Renn, who tore loose for 33 yards on the first scrimmage play of the night, ended with a net of 22 yards on the ground after nine carries. It was enough to set an FSU career record of 1,279 yards as the senior lefthalf passed Lee Corso’s old standard of 1,267.

Fantastic 10 of 12

Prinzi, who hit on nine of 12 throws against Wake Forest, completed 11 of 20 against Georgia, including a fantastic 10 of 12 in the last half.

Fred Pickard was again a terror runner, picking up 79 yards on 19 runs.

First three times it got the ball, FSU penetrated to Georgia’s 38, 29 and 10 but ran out of gas as Georgia dug in with determination. And in the third quarter an FSU push was stopped at the Georgia two, but FSU finally got its touchdown following a Bulldog punt out of the hole.

No Fumbles

Georgia, which lost six fumbles and had six passes intercepted in its three losses going into this game, lost no bobbles, had no aerials stolen in this one. Neither did FSU lose a fumble. The Tribe did have one pass intercepted.

The Bulldogs had to work for all their TD’s, driving 61, 78, 62 and 81 yards. Charley Britt scored on runs of seven and four yards. Tommy Lewis scored from six yards out and Fred Brown from seven.

Biggest Damage

It was Brown who wrought the biggest damage. He got the last 16 yards in Georgia’s third touchdown drive, then set up the fourth with a 62-yard run to FSU’s 19. This sophomore lefthalf was the big runner of the night with 92 yards on five trips.

Georgia’s attack netted 311 yards, with 278 running. FSU’s 285, with 176 passing. FSU led in first downs, 17-16.

In the beginning it looked easy.

FSU chose to receive after winning the toss, and Renn was hauled down after a short kickoff return to the 17.

On the first play from scrimmage, Renn went wide to his right, found room, sliced in and out, and skipped to the 50 – a 33-yard gain.

Pickard Gains

Fred Pickard wheeled to the Georgia 43, then to the 41, and Renn picked up a first down on the 38. Vic Prinzi shot a pass to Ron Hinson at the 28 but FSU was detected illegally using its hands on the play and got taxed with a 15-yard penalty to its 47.

Came third down after an incomplete pass, and Renn quick-kicked 43 yards. Britt got back under it but could return only four yards to the 14.

Gambling down deep with a pass that went astray, then a fake-punt run by Britt, Georgia still couldn’t cut out enough for a first down and Bobby Walden came in to punt a 50-yarder, which Renn returned to the FSU 33.

Again the Seminoles moved smoothly, Floyd Lawrence, in three rushes, carved a first down on the 45, where the attack momentarily bogged.

On third down, Renn moved to the deep spot in the “I” formation – a tipoff, which opponents have come to recognize, for a quick-kick. Georgia detected this and a man dropped back deep but Renn crossed ‘em with a pass that Tony Romeo grabbed at the Bulldog 29 – a gain of 27 yards.

Georgia Holds

Tackle Nat Dye, going for Prinzi on every play, led a Georgia stand. Fourth down at the 30 and FSU elected to go for the 11. Dye dropped Prinzi for a loss back to the 39.

Georgia took over and marched to a touchdown that came with 44 seconds left in the quarter.

Lewis directed the 61-yard push. George Guisler’s runs led to midfield. After an offsides penalty, Lewis passed to Aaron Box, a Live Oak boy for 22 to the FSU 33. Gene Littleton dug for 10, then for six to the 16. Guisler and Littleton alternated, moved the ball to the six. The Tribe’s second unit stiffened for a moment. On fourth down, Lewis dropped back to pass, found no receiver, dashed off his left side for the touchdown. Lewis’ passing try for two points missed, and it stayed 6-0.

Renn took the kickoff, handed off to Prinzi, who raced forward, then tossed a lateral to Renn, who tore loose to the FSU 47 before finally getting tackled. In six plays FSU moved to a first down on the Georgia 26, with Prinzi’s 12-yard run the big gainer.

Prinzi Passes

Prinzi passed to Renn for another first down at the 14. Prinzi ran for four to the 10. But Pickard got nothing on a running try and a pass fell incomplete. Fourth down and Prinzi was nailed on the 22 by Dye and end Gordon Kelley.

From there, Georgia went 78 yards for another TD. Don Soberdash, a transfer from Notre Dame, got to the 42 in two runs. Britt passed to Bill Herron for 23 yards to the FSU 35. Littleton and Theron Sapp led to the eight. Britt sneaked to the five for a first down. On third down, Britt scored from the one. The quarterback then passed to Norman King for two points that made it 14-0 with 4:23 left in the half.

Joe Major’s passes failed. FSU got another chance after a Georgia punt. Prinzi came in to throw. Soberdash picked off one at the FSU 45, ran it to FSU’s 17 with 1:12 to go. But Romeo banged Francis Tarkenton for minus 14. A Tarkenton pass lost six yards. Then Tarkenton was chased way back to his 42 and decked by Bob Swoszowski for a 21-yard loss on the last play of the half.

At this point, Georgia’s offense had netted 116 yards versus 106 for FSU. Georgia had a slim 8-7 edge in first downs. But they don’t pay off on statistics.

Seminoles Determined

The Seminoles came out of the dressing room with blood in their eyes, halted Georgia’s initial effort then opened the throttle.

Starting from their 31 after a punt, they moved in a hurry. Prinzi shot a 23-yard pass into the arms of Romeo at the Georgia 43. FSU got penalized for illegal procedure but Pickard got it back, and more, with a 17-yard dash to the Bulldog 29. After another penalty, for an illegal lateral, Pickard dashed back to the 30.

Prinzi passed to Pickard for 12 at the 18, two plays later found Romeo for 14 yards and a first down at the four. Renn promptly smashed to the one, but got nothing on his next run. Prinzi went wide, was knocked out of bounds at the one by Guisler. Pickard struck off right tackle but met a pack of Bulldogs who ploughed him under at the two. No more downs remained.

But FSU was not to be denied. Walden immediately punted out of the hole, a 43-yarder to the Georgia 45.

Pickard dug for three yards. Prinzi, executing a smooth pass, shot a long one into the end zone.

Romeo Scores

Romeo outwrestled Lewis, came up with the ball in an amazing catch for the touchdown. Johnny Sheppard came in to kick the point and narrow things to 14-7 with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

Georgia drove to a first down on the FSU 42. The Seminoles tightened up, held, and Georgia punted over the goal line.

Early in the fourth quarter, Georgia took off on a journey from its 37. Sapp tore loose up the middle for a 32-yard gain to FSU’s 27.

Guisler, Britt and Soberdash pushed to the 16. Brown, on a quick-opener following a timeout, skipped to the seven. Then Brown raced around his right end for six points. Carl Manning’s kick made it 21-7.

FSU was far from finished.

Seminoles Drive

The Seminoles took the kickoff and drove 86 yards for another score. Pickard’s pounding runs led from the 14 to the 35. A Prinzi-Renn pass put FSU at Georgia’s 49. Pickard whipped to the 40. Prinzi passed to Bill Kimber for 10, two plays later socked one into the arms of Jack Espenship for 20 yards to the 10. A Prinzi-Pickard screen pass gained to the five.

Prinzi pitched out to Renn, who passed to Kavanaugh for the TD. Prinzi tried to pass for two points but it went astray.

And Georgia came tearing back. The kick was returned to the 19. One play from scrimmage and the ball was at FSU’s 19 as Brown found room down the sidelines on an end run and went 62 yards. Five plays later, Britt went wide from the four to score. Manning’s toe raised the margin to 28-13 with three minutes to go.

FSU got up to its 43 but a drastic reverse play, with Renn and Lawrence back way deep, lost 20 yards. Passes missed their marks and Renn was obliged to punt.

That was it.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
GEORGIA
6
8
0
14
28
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
7
6
13

1st   0- 6  Opp, 6, run (pass failed), 0:44 
2nd   0-14  Opp, 1, run (pass), 4:23 
3rd   7-14  Tony Romeo, 42, pass from Vic Prinzi (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 5:50 
4th   7-21  Opp, 7, run (kick), 11:27
     13-21  Bob Kavanaugh, 5, pass from Bobby Renn (Vic Prinzi, pass failed), 6:11 
     13-28  Opp, 4, run (kick), 2:53 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 17 16 Rushes-yards 39-109 55-278 Passing 176 33 Att-Comp-Int 28-12-1 8-3-0 Total Yards 67-285 63-311 Punt Returns 2-9 1-5 Kickoff Returns 5-101 3-70 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-27 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 4-38.5 5-38.2 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0 Penalties-Yds 3-25 5-45 Attendance 16,023 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 19- 79 Bobby Renn 9- 22 Dink Lawrence 5- 10 Vic Prinzi 6- -2 Receiving Tony Romeo 5- 103 Bobby Renn 2- 27 Fred Pickard 2- 18 Jack Espenship 1- 14 Bill Kimber 1- 9 Bob Kavanaugh 1- 5 Passing Vic Prinzi 20-11-1-171 Bobby Renn 2- 1-0- 5 Joe Majors 6- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Bobby Renn 2- 9 Kickoff Return Bobby Renn 2- 45 Carl Meyer 1- 21 Dink Lawrence 1- 18 Vic Prinzi 0- 9 Jack Espenship 1- 8 Punting Bobby Renn 4- 154 STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
MG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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13  Joe Majors
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Carl Meyer
40  Paul Pasquale
41  Dink Lawrence
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
60  Leo Baggett
61  Joe McGee
##  NAME
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64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
76  Lou Wallace
78  John Craig
79  Jerry Graham
81  Bob Kavanaugh
84  Bill Kimber
85  Herman Brown
89  Pete Fleming

FLORIDA STATE 28, VIRGINIA TECH 0

10/18/1958, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 19, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It was no day for ducks - much less Gobblers.

And Florida State's Seminoles, their taste for white meat whetted rather than blunted by the bruising, losing encounter with Georgia a week ago, chopped out a 28-0 football victory over Virginia Tech in the rain here Saturday afternoon.

The Gobblers of Tech, an even bet to win going in, never came close. FSU scored the first time it got its eager mitts on the ball, led 15-0 at the half, collected a pair of icing-on-the-cake touchdowns in the last quarter.

Multiple Fumbles

There were 17 fumbles on the soaked Campbell Stadium turf, eleven by FSU. Each team recovered five opposition bobbles. But the miscues weren't really a factor. None led to any scoring. The steady all-day drizzle limited attendance, which was liberally estimated at 8,000.

Hero of this one had to be Tony Romeo, the sophomore end from Tampa. The 190-pounder made a falling catch of a Vic Prinzi pass for the third touchdown on a 24-yard play, recovered a pair of fumbles, intercepted a pass, threw key blocks and led the confounding of the Gobblers' running game.

Tech ace Bill Holsclaw, who went in as the No. 1 yardage-gainer in the country, came out with a net of only 24 yards on 17 plays, 21 of it on two pass completions in six soggy tries.

The dampness didn't bother FSU throwers. Prinzi, the Seminoles red-hot quarterback, hit on four of four throws, including two for touchdowns. There was the one to Romeo, plus an 8-yarder to Jack Espenship that opened the scoring for the day.

Prinzi has now completed 24 of his last 36 throws.

Renn On Loose

FSU's other TDs came on Bobby Renn's 72-yard run on a fake kick and on Joe Major's 3-yard smash. Renn, a decoy almost all the way, ran only twice.

Fred Pickard, the Tribe's 160-pound fullback, led the team's ground attack for the third straight game. He got 64 yards in 15 runs. The Columbia, Tenn. junior was the nation's eight-ranking rushers going in.

All told, FSU got 188 yards on the ground, 86 via air. Tribe passers connected on six of nine. Tech got 134 yards rushing, 28 passing. End Ken Byrd caught all three of Tech's pass completions. The Gobblers tried eight throws.

Now 4-2 for the season, the Seminoles virtually assured themselves of at least a break-even year with Tennessee, Tampa, Miami and Florida remaining. It was Tech's second loss against three victories. The result evened the series between the two teams at 2-2.

FSU scored within the first five minutes of the game, moving from the kickoff 74 yards in 11 plays.

It was a Pickard-paced push. He carried eight times, got 43 yards. Prinzi, at key spots, ran wide for nine and 14 yards on the "keeper" as Pickard faked with plunges.

Second down at the eight, and Prinzi crossed up the defense, sending Pickard smashing up the middle but keeping the ball on a rollout to the right and passing on the run to Espenship waiting in the end zone to pick up the first six points of his varsity career.

Johnny Sheppard's kick for the point made it 7-0 with just 4:56 gone.

Tech couldn't move and a bit later FSU put in an all-sophomore backfield of Gene McCormick, Bobby Conrad, Carl Meyer and Paul Pasquale.

Pasquale's pounding and McCormick's keeps led across midfield to the Tech 39. There the Seminoles bogged and Renn punted out on the 13.

On third down, Billy Holsclaw quick-kicked 50 yards to the FSU 22.

Pickard drove to the 28 in two carries and Prinzi skipped to the 33 for a first down. But Carroll Dale threw Prinzi for minus nine. Prinzi got a couple yards, back up to the 28, as the quarter ended.

Renn dropped back as though to kick. He never had any intentions.

Heading to his left, he cleared the corner on a block by Meyer, then started picking his way to the right. Tony Romeo made a paving block at the 33 and suddenly Renn found no Gobblers close enough to do any damage. He cruised into the end zone unscathed.

Shep came in to kick. But kick he didn't.

The Tallahassee specialist managed to pick up the ball after a fumbled snap, faded - or rather waddled - back. As three Gobblers closed in on him, baseball catcher Sheppard lobbed the ball to Renn who caught it just short of the goal and stepped across the line unhindered for two points. That brought the count to 15-0.

The maneuver definitely was not a planned one.

The touchdown scamper was Renn's first run of the half - his only run of the half.

Tech Threatens

It wasn't until late in the quarter that Tech got out of its own backyard. Then, it wasn't under its own steam.

FSU was backed to its 16 after a high snap on a third-down punt attempt. Then a penalty put the Tribe back on its 11. Renn punted up to the Tech 49.

Spurred by halfback Patrick Henry's runs, Tech got to the FSU 33. But no further. Holsclaw punted out on the 10.

Renn again punted, this time up to the FSU 48.

Tech slashed to the 33, where Holsclaw fumbled and Jerry Graham recovered for FSU. Three plays later Prinzi fumbled and Mike Zeno covered the ball for Tech at the 44.

Tech moved to the FSU 33 on a Holsclaw pass to Byrd. Romeo intercepted a fourth-down pitch, however, and the Seminoles kept the ball the remaining seconds of the half.

The Gobblers returned from a dressing room dressing-down with new vigor, marched from their 23, with Henry's runs leading, to the FSU 36. Whereupon Sam Shaffer fumbled and Romeo bagged the ball for the Tribe.

They traded punts. Bob Fountain nipped one Tech effort by dropping Holsclaw for a 5-yard loss.

The third quarter was a stalemate.

Renn stirred the soaked crowd early in the final period when he picked up a punt explored his way 46 yards to the Tech 24. Looking for a man to lateral to as a tackler took aim on him, Renn fumbled and Shaffer topped it for Tech.

Promptly, Clyde Barnette bobbled one and Pete Fleming got it for FSU.

Prinzi immediately rolled out, fired a pass that Romeo retained with a falling catch in the end zone. It was a 24-yard play. Shep booted the point for 22-0. Only two minutes were gone in the quarter.

Another Shot

FSU had another crack a little later when Byrd, back to punt on fourth down, got a bad snap and failed to get a kick off. FSU took over at the Gobblers' 24.

Majors' first-down pass was intercepted by Ben Hunter at the goal line.

After taking the punt, FSU paraded from its 43 to a fourth TD. Major's passes to Jim Hooks, once for 26 yards to the Tech 30, again for 10 yards to the 18. Majors ran for 12 to the six but the Tribe drew a 5-yard penalty. Majors got seven to the four, then two plays later smashed across from the three with 3:35 to go in the game.

Shep missed on the point kick.

A recovered fumble at the FSU 22 gave Tech a final shot at FSU's goal with 40 seconds left. The Gobblers couldn't make itColu

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
7
8
0
13
28

1st   7- 0  Jack Espenship, 8, pass from Vic Prinzi (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 10:04
2nd  15- 0  Bobby Renn, 72, run (Bobby Renn, pass from Johnny Sheppard), 14:41
4th  22- 0  Tony Romeo, 24, pass from Vic Prinzi (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 13:00
     28- 0  Joe Majors, 3, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick failed), 3:35 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 7 Rushes-yards 48-188 49-134 Passing 86 28 Att-Comp-Int 9-6-1 8-3-1 Total Yards 57-274 57-162 Punt Returns 5-87 2-5 Kickoff Returns 1-1 3-62 Interception Ret. 1-2 1-0 Fumble Returns 5-0 5-0 Punts 5-35.2 8-33.6 Fumbles-Lost 11-5 6-5 Penalties-Yds 8-60 2-20 Attendance 8,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 15- 64 Bobby Renn 2- 60 Vic Prinzi 8- 25 Joe Majors 3- 22 Paul Pasquale 6- 22 Gene McCormick 5- 18 Pappy Rozman 1- 5 Jim Calhoon 3- 4 Bobby Conrad 1- 3 Frank Springer 2- -11 Team 2- -24 Receiving Jim Hooks 2- 36 Tony Romeo 1- 24 Jack Espenship 2- 19 Fred Pickard 1- 7 Passing Vic Prinzi 4- 4-0- 50 Joe Majors 3- 2-1- 36 Bobby Renn 1- 0-0- 0 Gene McCormick 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Bobby Renn 1- 51 Gene McCormick 3- 18 Jim Calhoon 1- 18 Kickoff Return Pete Fleming 1- 1 Punting Bobby Renn 4- 138 Bill Kimber 1- 38 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jerry Graham . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Tony Romeo . . . . . 1- 2 . . 1- 0 . . . Paul Pasquale . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Pete Fleming . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
MG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Bobby Conrad
12  Gene McCormick
13  Joe Majors
14  Frank Springer
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Ken Cone
25  Carl Meyer
28  Jim Hooks
40  Paul Pasquale
42  Pappy Rozman
44  Jim Calhoon
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
53  Ramon Rogers
##  NAME
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54  Jack Hardy
60  Leo Baggett
64  Ray Lamb
67  Jim Rogers
68  Stu Keith
73  Bill Brown
74  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
75  Dan Strickland
76  Lou Wallace
78  John Craig
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
87  Ron Hinson

FLORIDA STATE 10, TENNESSEE 0

10/25/1958, KNOXVILLE, TN

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 26, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

KNOXVILLE, TN - Riled by a newspaper reference to them as a "second-rate gridiron power," Florida State's astounding Seminoles had Tennessee's proud Volunteers looking strictly second-rate here Saturday afternoon as they ran off a 10-0 victory.

The stunning upset, FSU's first victory in 11 tries against Southeastern Conference opposition, was no freak, not by the stretch of even the liveliest imagination in the crowd of 23,700.

The score could have been - maybe should have been - worse for the Gator Bowl champions.

This, their fifth victory in seven starts, had to be the most impressive one-game accomplishment in the Seminoles' 12-year football history.

Tom Nugent's small, swift, sophomorish team, a 9-point underdog locally, repeatedly racked the running efforts of their single-wing foe. The Vols were limited to a net of 29 yards on the ground.

Operating from the "I" formation on 55 of 66 plays from scrimmage, the Seminoles piled up 230 yards rushing.

All the scoring came during a 3-minute span in the third quarter. FSU drove 89 yards from the opening kickoff, with Fred Pickard getting 51 in one gulp, to a field goal, which Johnny Sheppard booted from the 16.

Ulmer Intercepts

Seconds later, guard Al Ulmer intercepted a George Wright pass at the Vol 28. After a Vic Prinzi to Tony Romeo for a 27-yard gain, Bobby Renn got the touchdown from the one.

The Vols never got closer to paydirt than the FSU 15 - that in the last two minutes. Prinzi's pass interception stopped 'em there. Tennessee did have first-quarter shots from the FSU 17 and 29, the former penetration coming after a Renn punt went straight up and went a minus-two yards.

In the last half, FSU held the Volunteers to minus two yards rushing.

Statistics told a stirring Seminole story. FSU led in first downs, 14 to 8. FSU had an edge in ball control, running 66 plays to Tennessee's 59.

Tennessee had a slight edge in passing yardage, 82 to 77. The Vols hit on six of 12 throws. FSU on six of 19, including five of 12 by Prinzi.

Tennessee intercepted two FSU passes, recovered two Seminole fumbles. FSU stole two Vol aerials but covered no enemy fumbles.

The Seminoles were taxed not a yard for infractions. Tennessee had 45 penalty yards stepped off against it.

It was a good day for football, the weather just a bit cool. The sky was overcast but there was no sign of rain.

A touted dual between the Major brothers of Huntland, Tenn., Vol tailback Bill and FSU quarterback Joe, never came off. Bill went to the dressing room with badly bruised ribs late in the first quarter after colliding with teammate Joe Schaeffer, a tackle who was pulling to block.

It was Pickard, the 160-pound fullback from Columbia, Tenn., who sparked FSU's smashing ground game. The junior, tenth-ranking rusher in the nation entering the game, whacked out 133 yards in 22 runs, running his season's mark to 482 for 97.

FSU drove to the Tennessee 28 just before halftime. A field-goal attempt by Ken Kestner failed. The Seminoles ripped to the Vol 14 in the third period but Tom Husband's pass interception ended it. And in the last period they got to the Tennessee 25, where a pass by Sheppard on a fake field goal bid just missed. Other shots played out around the Tennessee 35.

Early Break

Tennessee couldn't cash in on a break that came soon after the game-opening kick.

The Seminoles had won the toss, chose to receive, giving Tennessee a wind advantage. Jack Espenship returned the kickoff to the FSU 33 after the Vols were offsides on their initial boot.

With the help of another offside assessment against the eager Volunteers, FSU worked up to its 42.

Renn punting on fourth down had plenty of time but the ball sliced off the side of his foot as he tried for an out-of-bounds angle. The effort went straight up, came down for a deficit of minus-two yards and the Vols had a shot from the FSU 40.

With Bill Majors and Carl Smith running alternately, Tennessee was at the FSU 17 in four plays. Majors smashed to the 14 but the Vols were taxed 15 for holding. Peter Fleming hit Majors for minus five and Jerry Graham socked the tailback for a loss of seven. Majors punted out on the seven.

FSU moved up to its 28. Renn quick-kicked and Majors returned it to the Tennessee 41.

Effort Stopped

A 16-yard Majors pass to Mike LaSorsa carried to the FSU 48. Majors and Smith ran once each, got to the 34. A pass grab by Tommy Potts gained to the 29 but on fourth down Smith was stopped by Al Ulmer for no gain.

A 15-yard Prinzi pass to Romeo spurred FSU to its 49. But Romeo fumbled when tackled and Smith recovered for Tennessee.

Terry Moran's decking of George Wright for minus nine stymied the Vols and Wright punted to the FSU 31.

Another exchange of kicks and the second quarter was underway.

Majors entered and quarterbacked the Seminoles inside Tennessee territory for the first time. But the bid played out when passes failed at the 47. Bobby Conrad punted out on the Tennessee 10.

Gene Etter replied with a first-down boot that Joe Majors returned to the Tennessee 38. But FSU couldn't move beyond the 33. Renn's punt rolled dead at the five. Etter quick-kicked to the FSU 44.

A Prinzi-Romeo pass placed FSU at the Vol 43. Pickard pounded to the 38. Renn to the 28. Then Renn dug to the 23. LaSorsa slashed in to down Prinzi for minus nine. Tommy Potts intercepted Prinzi's third-down pass at the 28.

Field Goal Fails

Just before the half ended, FSU marched from its 35 to the Vol 28 with Majors' running and passing leading the charge. First down, 15 seconds to go and Ken Kestner tried for a field goal. The effort was high enough, but wide.

The wind had died, the flag hanging almost limp from the pole, but Tennessee stuck with the slight advantage, kicked off again to FSU at the start of the second half.

Espenship was downed at the 11 as he gathered the ball in. Pickard stuck his head into the line, got to the 14. Renn got four. Third down, needing three. Pickard got 51.

It was right up the middle. At least three Vols laid hands on him. Tackle Sammy Burklow finally nailed him from behind at the Vol 31.

Renn ran for eight, then seven. Pickard bagged seven more to the nine. The Vols stiffened, stopped Pickard, then Renn cold. Fourth down and Johnny Sheppard came in for a field-goal attempt. The ball shot through the uprights. FSU led, 3-0.

Ulmer's interception of a George Wright pass at the Vol 28 gave FSU a warm opportunity moments later.

Renn Scores

Prinzi promptly passed to Romeo, who grabbed it at the 15, drove to the one. Renn hit the right side for the TD. Sheppard added the point for 10-0.

Etter fumbled the ensuing kick, FSU recovering, but officials said the whistle had blown.

A short punt, an 8-yard return by Majors to the Vol 37, provided another FSU chance. Paul Pasquale ran for four. Majors lateraled to Conrad for a 17-yard gainer to the 14. But Tom Husband came up with a one-hand interception of a Majors' throw at the six.

Etter quick-kicked to the 50. FSU moved to the 40, inches short of a first down, played it safe with a Renn punt sailing out on the 17. After Fleming stacked Etter for a 10-yard loss, Etter quick-kicked 68 yards.

A clipping call against Tennessee while an FSU punt was in the air gave FSU a chance from the Vol 39. But Renn fumbled and Joe Lukowski got it for the Vols as the third quarter ended.

Another Shot

Still another FSU opportunity was provided when Tennessee on fourth down needing inches at its 30 elected to go for it. Smith fumbled a low snap, however, and FSU took over at the 29.

The Seminoles had trouble and Sheppard came in on fourth down at the 25. Instead of a field-goal bid, it was a pass by Sheppard. Fleming had it in his hands at the one but the ball was batted out of his mitts by a defender.

Tennessee finally mustered a drive. Etter passes to Murray Armstrong and LaSorsa, plus Neyle Sollee's running, led all the way to the FSU 15.

But Prinzi intercepted a first-down pass of Etter's at the two, raced it up to the Vol 34.

Only 1:50 remaining. FSU ran out the clock. Then jubilantly the Seminoles lifted Nugent in the air and danced him around the field.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
10
0
10
TENNESSEE
0
0
0
0
0

2nd   0- 0  Ken Kestner, 33, field goal failed
3rd   3- 0  Johnny Sheppard, 17, field goal, 10:30
     10- 0  Bobby Renn, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 6:48 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 8 Rushes-yards 47-230 37- 29 Passing 77 82 Att-Comp-Int 19-6-2 12-6-2 Total Yards 66-307 49-111 Punt Returns 6-32 1-8 Kickoff Returns 1-24 2-29 Interception Ret. 2-41 2-4 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 6- 5.3 10-37.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 5-0 Penalties-Yds 0-0 4-45 Attendance 23,700 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 22- 133 Bobby Renn 10- 42 Bobby Conrad 1- 19 Paul Pasquale 3- 18 Joe Majors 6- 18 Vic Prinzi 5- 0 Receiving Tony Romeo 3- 55 Bobby Renn 2- 17 Jack Espenship 1- 5 Passing Vic Prinzi 12- 5-1- 66 Joe Majors 6- 1-1- 11 Johnny Sheppard 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Joe Majors 3- 23 Bobby Renn 1- 5 Fred Pickard 2- 4 Kickoff Return Jack Espenship 1- 24 Punting Bobby Renn 7- 195 Bobby Conrad 1- 37 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vic Prinzi . . . . . 1- 32 . . . . . . Al Ulmer . . . . . 1- 9 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
MG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
13  Joe Majors
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Carl Meyer
40  Paul Pasquale
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
60  Leo Baggett
63  Terry Moran
##  NAME
-----------------------------
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
74  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
78  John Craig
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
89  Pete Fleming

FLORIDA STATE 43, TAMPA 0

11/01/1958, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 2, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Scoring in every quarter, Florida State's light-footed Seminoles danced to a 43-0 homecoming victory over a stumbling Tampa football team that tried.

Seven Seminoles scored two or more points as Coach Tom Nugent gave all 42 men on his bench a workout, playing the first unit only about one-fourth of the fray.

Bobby Renn got a pair of touchdowns that ran his FSU career total to a school-record 99 points.

Joe Majors threw four passes, completed two of them - both for touchdowns.

Impressive One

The score, among other things, provided:

(1) The most one-sided margin in the 10-year history of the series.

(2) FSU's biggest margin of triumph since Louisville went down, 59-0, in the second game of the 1953 campaign.

(3) A third straight shutout for the Seminoles - something no other team in the school's history has accomplished.

It also gave the Tribe a clean sweep of home games this year, boosted the season record to 6-2, preserved Nugent's record of never losing a homecoming engagement, further stirred fans hopes for success in remaining games with Miami and Florida.

Way It Was

FSU got two first-quarter scores on Renn's 1-foot plunge and Majors' 13-yard pass to Bob Fountain, second-quarter TDs on Fred Pickard's 21-yard scamper around end and Majors' 37-yard pass to Carl Meyer.

After Pickard returned the second-half kickoff 84 yards to the Tampa 16, FSU got its fifth TD on Renn's 11-yard run after taking a screen pass from Vic Prinzi.

Pappy Rozman got the last touchdown on a three-yard smash with 20 seconds remaining in the game.

Johnny Sheppard kicked five point-afters in as many efforts, pushing his season record to 16 out of 18. A 2-points run by Gene McCormick following the final TD rounded out the day's scoring.

Running aces Renn and Pickard were used sparingly. Pickard led the FSU runners with 56 yards in five carries. Renn got 50 in eight. No. 1 quarterback Prinzi was another light-duty man. He completed five of eight passes.

FSU, which had exploited its I formation to good advantage in the preceding two games, crossed up Tampa by using T stuff most of the way.

The Spartans, who took their second loss in six starts, suffered a harsh blow early when Ken Belliveau, perhaps their best football player, received rib injuries and had to leave the game.

Fred Cason, the 248-pound Tampa fullback, steamed for 86 yards in 23 carries. Halfback Mike Whitwell, a sharp all-around performer, got 44 in eight runs.

Tampa had several scoring opportunities but found FSU defenders too tight in the clutch. The Spartans lost five fumbles to FSU.

It was a fine afternoon for a homecoming game. The crowd of 17,083 sat in sunshine most of the way.

In the beginning, Tampa won the toss and decided it had rather kick off.

Pickard brought Cason's boot from deep in the end zone to the 21. And in 11 plays - the first 10 from the T, the last from the I - FSU scored.

The 79-yard push was spurred by Renn runs, five for 32 yards, and Pickard, three for 29. A 13-yard pass, Prinzi to Pete Fleming, set things up at the Tampa six. Two plays later Renn shot across from the 1-foot line.

Long gain in the movement was Pickard's first carry, a 17-yarder up to the FSU 46. The TD came with the game 4:45 old.

Two more minutes and FSU was ahead, 14-0.

On Tampa's initial play from scrimmage, Ken Nuznoff misfired a pitchout and Carl Meyer recovered the rolling ball for FSU at the 15.

Another One

Three plays from the T did it, the payoff coming on Majors' 13-yard pitch to Fountain in the end zone.

The Spartans got going on Cason's stout running, some timely sweeps by Nuznoff.

Cason whacked away for 35 yards in five attempts in a drive that went 65 yards to the FSU 22, where the Seminoles held.

Tampa stayed alive with the help of a penalty. Jay Gould, back to kick on fourth down at the Tampa 29, had his boot blocked by FSU tackle Bill Brown. But a holding penalty nullified the play and gave the Spartans a first down.

FSU finally took over on its 32 as tackle Bill Spivey led the spiking of Nuznoff's efforts down deep. The quarterback was decked for a 10-yard loss on fourth down.

After stopping that penetration, the Tribe swept for TD No. 3 early in the second quarter.

Pickard Scores

Renn knocked off 13 yards in two runs. After Pickard got six to the Tampa 49, Prinzi took to the air. Espenship dropped a shot at the 10. Bud Whitehead scooted for six, then Prinzi found Espenship with 16 and 6-yard passes, moving the sticks to the 21.

Another pass fell incomplete. But Pickard raced wide, with good blocks by Renn and Tony Romeo, and sliced across the goal line.

Backed up after the kickoff and a holding penalty, Tampa punted up to its 28. Bobby Conrad fumbled a fair catch and Norman White covered the ball for Tampa.

A holding penalty against FSU got Tampa across the midfield stripe but the Spartans were back at their 40 seconds later because of a holding count against them.

Billy Turner passed and White, a guard, caught it, fumbled, and Paul Pasquale grabbed the ball for FSU at the 43. FSU declined the penalty for an illegal receiver catching the pass.

Payoff Pass

Majors kept, ran to the 37. Then he nailed Meyers with a pass at the eight and the sophomore righthalf sprinted into the end zone.

FSU had immediate opportunity to extend the 28-0 margin when Turner fumbled on the kickoff return and Bill Kimber hopped on the ball for the Seminoles at Tampa's 30.

Third-teamers, directed by Gene McCormick, got down to the 14. McCormick's fourth-down pass was intercepted by Bill Rouse at the 8.

Tampa got up to its 21, where Cason fumbled and Kimber was again on hand to claim the ball for FSU. Tampa held, however, and took over just before the halftime whistle blew.

Pickard cradled the second-half kickoff inside the end zone and in a spectacular exhibition of thisaway - thataway running, raced 84 yards to the Tampa 16.

Renn slashed to the 11. Then Renn took a screen pass from Prinzi, which was deflected in the air by a Tampa defender, and danced 11 yards for the score.

Again Tampa moved well on the running of Cason, Charles McCullers and Whitwell. But gas ran out at the FSU 12.

The Spartans had another shot when Whitehead's quick-kick from the end zone traveled 24 yards to the 25. FSU had been backed up by a holding penalty.

This time FSU defenders stopped Tampa at the eight.

Hamstrung by penalties, FSU couldn't get out of the hole. Whitehead, back to kick on fourth down, decided to run instead, was stopped more than somewhat short of a first down at the 15 just before a long, long third quarter - extended by penalties and time-outs - came to an end.

It was as though the Seminoles were daring the Spartans to score.

Cason crashed to the eight. Then McCullers fumbled at the five and Majors caught the ball, which had popped straight up, and got back to the eight.

Pasquale hit the line, tried to lateral. It was plucked out of the air by Tampa's Whitwell at the nine.

Still, Tampa couldn't cut it. Pasquale tripped up Whitwell at the 10 on a fourth-down pass effort.

After a couple of plays lost a couple of yards, Kimber punted from the end zone to the Tampa 31 - an official 64-yard effort.

Stolen Pass

Tampa pounded to the FSU 41, where Turner's pass was stolen by Bob Kavanaugh. On runs by Pasquale and Whitehead, FSU dug to the Tampa 43. Then McCormick's pass was intercepted by Whitwell at the Tampa 20.

With a couple minutes to go, FSU started from the Tampa 25 after the Spartans, battling desperately to get back into scoring position, failed on fourth down.

Frank Springler, No. 4 quarterback, came in to direct the reserves to a touchdown. Rozman, who carried on five of six running plays from the I and got 21 of the needed 25 yards, tallied from the three with 20 seconds left.

Sheppard came in to kick the point and McCormick entered to hold. But, instead, McCormick ran for two points, got the to make it a final 43-0.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TAMPA
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
14
14
7
8
43

1st   7- 0  Bobby Renn, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 10:15
     14- 0  Bob Fountain, 13, pass from Joe Majors (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 8:06 
2nd  21- 0  Fred Pickard, 21, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 10:35
     28- 0  Carl Meyer, 36, pass from Joe Majors (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 5:52 
3rd  35- 0  Bobby Renn, 11, pass from Vic Prinzi (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 13:28
4th  43- 0  Pappy Rozman, 3, run (Gene McCormick, run), 0:19 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 12 Rushes-yards 41-219 57-170 Passing 100 47 Att-Comp-Int 19-7-3 17-6-1 Total Yards 60-319 74-217 Punt Returns 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-105 5-84 Interception Ret. 1-0 3-4 Fumble Returns 5-3 1-0 Punts 2-43.0 1-19.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 6-5 Penalties-Yds 5-57 7-64 Attendance 17,083 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 5- 56 Bobby Renn 8- 50 Joe Majors 4- 27 Pappy Rozman 6- 27 Bud Whitehead 4- 15 Jim Calhoon 5- 13 Paul Pasquale 4- 13 Ken Cone 2- 11 Frank Springer 1- 4 Gene McCormick 1- 2 Vic Prinzi 1- 1 Receiving Carl Meyer 1- 36 Jack Espenship 2- 23 Pete Fleming 1- 13 Bob Fountain 1- 13 Bobby Renn 1- 11 Fred Pickard 1- 4 Passing Vic Prinzi 8- 5-0- 51 Joe Majors 4- 2-0- 49 Gene McCormick 4- 0-2- 0 Paul Pasquale 1- 0-1- 0 Kickoff Return Fred Pickard 2- 105 Punting Bill Kimber 1- 62 Bud Whitehead 1- 24 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe McGee 6 1 7 . . . . . . . . . Paul Pasquale 3 3 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bud Whitehead 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Terry Moran 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Leo Baggett 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Bob Fountain . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . John Craig . 5 5 . . . . . . . . . Joe Majors 2 2 4 . . . . . 1- 3 . . . Gene McCormick 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Bill Brown 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Carl Meyer 1 2 3 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Clare "Bud" Bagnell 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Ramon Rogers 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Ray Lamb 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Al Ulmer . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Ron Hinson 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Jim Calhoon 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ken Cone 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . John Spivey 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Fred Pickard 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Stu Keith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bill Kimber . 1 1 . . . . . 2- 0 . . . Bob Kavanaugh 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Pete Fleming 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Conrad 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Lou Wallace 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Vic Prinzi . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Bo Davis . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jack Hardy . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
MG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
12  Gene McCormick
13  Joe Majors
14  Frank Springer
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Ken Cone
25  Carl Meyer
26  Bud Whitehead
28  Jim Hooks
40  Paul Pasquale
42  Pappy Rozman
44  Jim Calhoon
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
53  Ramon Rogers
54  Jack Hardy
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Leo Baggett
61  Joe McGee
63  Terry Moran
64  Ray Lamb
67  Jim Rogers
68  Stu Keith
73  Bill Brown
74  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
76  Lou Wallace
78  John Craig
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
87  Ron Hinson
88  Bob Stewart

FLORIDA STATE 17, MIAMI 6

11/07/1958, CORAL GABLES, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 8, 1958, page 7, by Bill McGrotha.

MIAMI, FL - Call them lucky. Call them blessed. Call them opportunistic.

Call them anything you want. Because today it doesn't matter.

For, Florida State's Seminoles have beaten University of Miami. The precious accomplishment came last night in the Orange Bowl by a 17-6 score before an unbelieving 31,879.

Backyard writers hinted that FSU was lucky, that FSU was opportunistic - even that Tom Nugent's brave young men had somebody upstairs looking out for them.

Despite statistical domination by Miami, this wasn't the story. The Seminoles - let's hope - are indeed lucky, opportunistic, blessed.

Beat Their Ears Off

But the story was that FSU beat their ears off.

FSU wanted this one more, was willing to take it anyway they could get it. And, as UM Coach Andy Gustafson himself, said: "FSU deserved to win."

The Seminoles scored in the first quarter when Joe Majors, who had just had one of his own passes stolen, intercepted a throw and raced 42 yards to a payoff. Johnny Sheppard added the point and FSU never trailed.

Miami came right back to get its one and only. Joe Plevel crossed from the one after a 68-yard drive. Miami tried for a 2-points run, failed.

FSU upped things to 14-6 early in the second quarter on Vic Prinzi's 8-yard pass to Fred Pickard. This one was paved by a fumble recovery at the 13.

Insurance came in the fourth quarter when Dr. Johnny Sheppard, that eminent foot specialist, kicked a field goal from the 22.

When It Counted

Miami had plenty of opportunities as it ground out 20 first downs and 390 yards, of which 192 came rushing. But the alert Seminoles stopped 'em when it counted.

Bobby Renn recovered a Miami fumble on the FSU 11, intercepted a Miami pass at the FSU eight. Ramon Rogers, in addition to Majors, also came up with a timely interception.

FSU, held to nine first downs and 176 yards running and passing, had it tough moving against UM's defense. Star ball-toter Pickard was limited to 30 yards on 11 runs. Reserve back Carl Meyer was FSU's No. 1 runner for the night, gaining 55 yards in three tries.

Pickard played a resounding defensive game, making six tackles. Bo Davis and Tony Romeo led the Tribe with seven apiece.

A Light Rain

It was a warm night, the temperature in the 70s. Rain fell all around the Orange Bowl shortly before game time, but there was merely a light sprinkle in the big stadium. The field was reasonably dry.

For FSU, it was victory No. 7 against two setbacks with only a Nov. 22 date with Florida remaining. Miami now has a 1-4 reading.

It was, of course, the Seminoles' first triumph over Miami after five frustrating experiences.

Miami won the toss and with Bonnie Yarbrough in the quarterback saddle, drove after the kick from its 36 to FSU's 27.

Yarbrough heralded things to come with a first-down pass, grabbed by Plevel for a 13-yard gain. Harry Deiderich rammed for four. Yarbrough passed to Plevel for almost six, and Deiderich smashed a half yard for a first down at FSU's 41.

Deiderich got five more, then Yarbrough on the keep knocked off nine to the 27.

An Anxious Team

Miami was an anxious football team. Yarbrough threw three straight passes - and three straight fell incomplete. On fourth down, Jim Stephens made as though to kick a field goal. But trickery. Yarbrough, down to hold the snap for the field goal effort, passed instead. Again incomplete.

FSU took over, pushed to its 36 but drew a holding penalty that moved the ball back to the Seminole 23. Third down, and Renn dropped back to punt. But Boe Davis' snap flew over his head, and Renn fell on the ball at the two.

Renn punted to the FSU 38, where George McIntyre fumbled when hit by Tony Romeo. John Spivey was there to claim the ball for FSU.

With Bud Whitehead running for nine and Majors passing to Paul Pasquale for nine more, the Tribe penetrated to the Miami 41.

Stolen Pass

But Fred Remmey, No. 2 center, stole a Majors pass and ran it back seven yards to the Miami 42.

Deiderich dug to the 46 but UM was penalized back to its 30 for holding.

Then Majors intercepted McIntyre's pass at the 42, scooted between tacklers and went all the way.

Sheppard rocketed the ball through the uprights for 7-0 with the game eight and one-half minutes old.

Miami came tearing back after the kick 68 yards for a touchdown.

... Editor's note - the next couple of paragraphs are mixed up, combining FSU and Miami plays. It's what appears in the paper ...

Yarbrough's 13-yard to to [sic] Renn, for 10 to Bob Kavanaugh, were the big licks in the FSU movement to Miami's 45. There Miami called a halt, and Renn punted out on the 11.

After Miami was penalized to the five for an offsides, Deiderich erupted to the 13 but fumbled as tackle Bill Brown tore into him. Terry Moran recovered for FSU.

Prinzi, on a brilliant fake to Doug Hildebrand and Yarbrough's nine-yard run put UM at the FSU 42.

Came a fourth-and-one situation at the 33 and Miami went for it. The left side of FSU's line disintegrated as blockers mowed a path for Deiderich, who skipped 26 yards to the seven before Pickard finally got him.

After Yarbrough ran to the five FSU got penalized to the one for illegally substituting guard Al Ulmer. Deiderich gained nothing, but Plevel pounded across on the next play.

Miami Try Fails

Miami made no pretense of a kicking try as it lined up in a running formation, bidding for two points and the lead. Frank Bouffard was snared short of the goal as he hit off the FSU right side and it stayed 7-6. Two and a half minutes were left in the first quarter.

Two Majors passes, for eight Pickard off tackle, ran wide - down to the 1-foot line.

An official, however, had been completely taken in by the fake and had blown a premature blast of his whistle. The ball was called dead at the seven - a six-yard gain.

Pasquale whipped to the three but FSU was penalized back to the eight on an offsides. Prinzi sent Pickard faking up the middle, threw a pass toward Romeo in the end zone.

It was Pickard, continuing on the momentum of the fake blast up the middle, who caught the ball for the touchdown as Romeo deflected it accidentally but perfectly. Shep added the point for 14-6.

Miami, on the pounding runs of fullback Neil Fleming and the swift stepping of Theron Mitchell, got going. Fleming struck off 31 yards in a sustained push to a first down on the FSU 12. Miami was penalized back to its 24 for holding.

Rogers Intercepts

Then Ramon Rogers intercepted a Yarbrough pass at the 17. Majors stalled things until halftime a couple of minutes later.

Coach Andy Gustafson sent out his little magician, Fran Curci, to start the second half.

FSU couldn't negotiate much distance after the kickoff and Renn punted to the Miami 36.

With Curci directing, Miami moved across midfield. A 16-yard pass, Curci to Jack Herman, put UM at the 29. Deiderich and Mitchell carved out a first down at the 19. Plevel and Curci ran for another at the eight. Plevel got to the four. Then Fleming got through, forced Curci to hurry a pitchout to Plevel. It was a bad one and Renn covered the ball for FSU at the 11.

But Miami got the ball back moments later when Pickard fumbled and Charlie Diamond claimed it at the 17.

Bouffard sparked a first-down to the six. Fleming was stopped for no gain. Curci was socked for minus five by Romeo.

Renn Stops Threat

Then Renn made a falling interception of Curci's pass at the eight.

A little later Renn punted to the Miami 44.

Ron Hinson ripped through to deck the quarterback for minus 14, and three plays later UM punted for the first time.

FSU started to click from a start on its 44. Meyer broke loose down the sidelines and went the distance. A ref ruled he had stepped out of bounds at the Miami 26, however. It went as a 28-yard run.

Whitehead, in two jaunts, carried to the 15. FSU was penalized five for delay. Pasquale shot back to the 15. Majors' pass was over Bob Fountain's head in the end zone.

Dr. Shep Scores

Another pass was incomplete and Shep came in for a field-goal try. He kicked the ball from the 22 - straight through. That made it 17-6 with the fourth quarter still quite young. It was Shep's third straight field goal of the season.

Miami, on Yarbrough's throwing and Doug Davis' runs, swept to the FSU 17 and Deiderich made it a first down at the nine. Davis got to the two after two runs but on fourth down the FSU line, led by Ulmer and Pete Fleming, stopped Davis at the one.

FSU moved a bit. Then Bill Kimber punted to the FSU 45. Miami still couldn't cut it and at the final bell, FSU reserves were having the time of their lives running out the clock.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
0
3
17
MIAMI
6
0
0
0
6

1st   7- 0  Joe Majors, 42, interception return (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 6:38 
      7- 6  Opp, 1, run (run failed), 2:18 
2nd  14- 6  Fred Pickard, 8, pass from Vic Prinzi (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 9:53 
4th  17- 6  Johnny Sheppard, 22, field goal, 12:38


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 20 Rushes-yards 42-132 52-192 Passing 44 117 Att-Comp-Int 10-5-1 22-8-3 Total Yards 52-176 74-309 Punt Returns 0-0 1-4 Kickoff Returns 2-32 4-82 Interception Ret. 3-54 1-7 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 5-34.8 1-25.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-3 Penalties-Yds 10-99 7-65 Attendance 31,879 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Carl Meyer 3- 55 Fred Pickard 11- 30 Bud Whitehead 6- 24 Vic Prinzi 6- 15 Joe Majors 4- 10 Paul Pasquale 3- 8 Bobby Renn 6- 6 Gene McCormick 2- 5 Team 1- -21 Receiving Bob Kavanaugh 1- 10 Paul Pasquale 1- 9 Jack Espenship 1- 9 Bobby Renn 1- 8 Fred Pickard 1- 8 Passing Joe Majors 7- 3-1- 27 Vic Prinzi 3- 2-0- 17 Bobby Renn 0- 140 Kickoff Return Fred Pickard 1- 26 Vic Prinzi 1- 6 Punting Bill Kimber 1- 34 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bo Davis 7 3 10 . . . . . . . . . Tony Romeo 7 2 9 . . . . . . 1 . . Fred Pickard 6 2 8 . . . . . . . . . Bob Swoszowski 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Al Ulmer 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . John Spivey 4 2 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Pete Fleming 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Joe Majors 4 1 5 . . 1- 42 . . . . . . Terry Moran 5 . 5 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jack Espenship 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Ray Lamb 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Paul Pasquale 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Joe McGee 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Vic Prinzi 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Ramon Rogers 2 1 3 . . 1- 6 . . . . . . Ron Hinson 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Jerry Graham 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Bill Brown 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Leo Baggett 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Renn . 1 1 . . 1- 6 . . 1- 0 . . . Bud Whitehead 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bob Fountain 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Pete Fleming . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
MG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RG   79  Jerry Graham
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
12  Gene McCormick
13  Joe Majors
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Carl Meyer
26  Bud Whitehead
40  Paul Pasquale
50  Ken Kestner
52  John Bell
53  Ramon Rogers
60  Leo Baggett
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Joe McGee
63  Terry Moran
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
74  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
78  John Craig
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
87  Ron Hinson

FLORIDA 21, FLORIDA STATE 7

11/22/1958, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 23, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Florida State's football team had a brief glimpse of heaven here Saturday afternoon but it was quickly blurred by the Seminoles' own wrongdoing as Florida - living right and playing right - won a big one, 21-7.

Ahead 7-0 with the game barely three minutes old, FSU never looked better than it did marching 15 yards to a touchdown after Bobby Renn returned the game-opening kickoff a stunning 78 yards.

But FSU has often looked better than it was following that early hallelujah period.

Way It Was

A high snap precipitated a blocked punt - and Florida scored. An intercepted pass derailed an FSU goalward express - and Florida scored with a splendid march of 89 yards. A fumble was lost on the FSU 19 - and Florida scored.

Give the Gators full credit. Fumbles - the Seminoles lost three to Florida - and interceptions - the Gators swiped two - don't just happen. Florida's plenty-good linemen forced FSU into perhaps it most erratic play of the season.

Give Jimmy Dunn full credit. The skinny 143-pound quarterback is a gifted citizen. He called his plays smartly, and he scored twice himself on fourth-down runs of nine and 11 yards.

Justly, he was named the game's most valuable player. He played 48 minutes - and that is more than any Gator has been on the field in any game this season.

The 'Wrecker'

But it was Dave Hudson, the end from Pensacola, whom some thought really fractured the Seminoles. It was he who blocked Bobby Renn's first-quarter punt and picked up the ball at the five to move for an easy touchdown.

It was Hudson also, with the score 7-7, who stopped FSU's biggest threat following the opening score. He intercepted at the 11.

Honor of scoring FSU's first-ever touchdown against Florida in this inaugural joust went to Fred Pickard, who plunged over from the one five plays after Renn made his dazzling kickoff return.

Florida tied it up on Hudson's blocked-punt work in the first quarter. The two additional touchdowns came in the second period - one just seconds before the half.

The last half was a stalemate. Florida got to the FSU 13, FSU to the Florida 19 - the only threats of note in the last two periods.

Vic Prinzi, FSU's No. 1 quarterback, was injured with the Seminoles still ahead in the first quarter, and he never got back into the fray except for 3 plays in the second quarter. He was hurt the play before Hudson blocked the punt when Asa Cox tackled him. It was a thigh injury.

Good Pitching

Joe Majors was a gallant and capable pinch-hitter. His 12 pass completions, out of a whopping 26 efforts, were good for 147 yards and gave the Gators some anxious moments.

The Seminoles all but ignored their running game after Florida tied the score. They threw 30 times, completed 14 for 189 yards. Bud Whitehead, with 35 yards in eight trips, and Pickard, 34 in nine, led a ground effort that accounted for 97 yards.

FSU out-first-downed Florida 15 to 14.

Florida stuck with an effective running game that was spurred by soph fullback Bob Milby, who struck off 70 yards in 13 bids. The Gators netted 219 yards running, only 19 passing - on two connections in five attempts.

It was the last game of the season for Tom Nugent's surprising crew. It goes into the record books a 7-3 campaign. No sane individual expected better than 5-5.

For Florida it was victory No. 5 against three losses, one tie.

It kept alive the Gators' chances for a bowl bid and Bob Woodruff's chances for a renewal of his coaching contract, which expires after Florida closes with Miami on Saturday.

FSU, too, is considered still in the bowl running. The Blue Grass Bowl and the Sun Bowl are said to be interested.

FSU Wins Toss

In the beginning FSU Captains Prinzi and Renn shook hands with UF leaders Dunn and Don Fleming Renn called the toss correctly, chose to receive.

Jack Espenship tucked in the long kickoff, dealt off to Renn who lit out down the sidelines, found running room, cut back near midfield and was all the way to the 15 before Dunn finally nailed him. It was a 78-yard runback. Pickard hit for one, then four to the 10. Prinzi dug to the one, then Pickard smashed over on second down.

Johnny Sheppard added the point for 7-0 with 3:18 gone in the game.

Don Deal returned FSU's kick nicely, to the Florida 40. But an offsides nipped UF's first offensive effort and Bobby Joe Green punted 50 yards to the FSU 18.

A motion penalty also helped to stymie the Seminoles. On third down, needing two at the 26, Prinzi was belted by Edwin Johns and Asa Cox for a deficit of six - a key play. The play was suppose to have been a quick-kick, but things got fouled up.

Back to punt, Renn got a high snap from center Boe Davis. He pulled it down but Hudson blocked it as he stuck his toe in. Hudson picked up the ball at about the five and stepped across for a touchdown.

Billy Booker's point-after made it 7-7 with the game still quite young.

Fine running by Bud Whitehead, for seven then 12 yards, led the Tribe to its 36 following the kick. But Danny Royal struck down Majors for a loss of five. Bill Kimber punted to the UF 36.

With Booker knocking off runs of four, nine and two yards, Florida drove to the FSU 49. But Whitehead stole Mickey Ellenburg's pass at the 35 and raced to the Florida 40. Clipping was called on FSU, however, and the Seminoles were set back to their 24.

Shortly after the second quarter opened, Renn punted to Florida's 33. Al Ulmer socked Dunn for minus seven and UF drew a personal-foul penalty that put it back on its 12. Green's punt was not spectacular - 34 yards and out on the UF 49.

Passing Attack

FSU moved suddenly into a spread formation with Majors throwing passes from deep spot. He found Espenship with a 14-yarder, Renn again with a 13-yarder on successive plays. And Florida was on the run at its 17.

Prinzi's third-down pass was intercepted by Hudson, who wheeled across midfield. He'd stepped out on the 11, however, and UF started from there.

The Gators went the distance. Milby's pounding fullback runs led to the 36. Booker, Deal and Dunn took the ball over the 50. Booker hit for seven, Jon Macbeth for four, Deal for 12 to the 24.

Macbeth got 12 in two trips, to the 12. Deal pounded for six but UF was penalized for holding back to the 24. Macbeth got four back. Dunn passed to Deal for 11 at the nine. Fourth down and Dunn raced around the left side, sliced into the end zone for six points. Booker's point gave the Gators the lead, 14-7.

Seconds later, Florida got a big favorable turn when Majors, trying to get off a pass down deep, fumbled and Nick Arfaras recovered for Florida at the FSU 19.

Dunn Again

Booker moved for four. A pass fell astray. Deal picked up four to the 11. Fourth and three. Dunn floated to the right, found no receiver, pivoted to the left and sprinted into the end zone. Booker's toe was true again, leaving it 21-7 with halftime only three-four plays away.

Quite early in the third quarter another fumble came Florida's way. Renn lost that one. Dunn got it at the FSU 31.

On Dunn's passing and Milby's running, the Gators pushed to the 13. From there, on fourth down, Booker tried a field goal. It missed.

FSU showed life. Two Majors' passes to Carl Meyers, for 13 and six yards spurred to the UF 46. But Whitehead fumbled and Arfaras recovered for Florida at the Gator 44.

Florida couldn't move after a holding penalty and Ellenburg's punt was a beaut, out at the FSU eight.

On a fake-kick, Renn passed 24 yards to Espenship at the 34. A 15-yard assessment for holding stopped the Tribe and Renn quick-kicked to the FSU 42. A personal foul put Florida back on its own 42.

FSU Gets One

Then FSU got a break. Jack Westbrook fumbled and John Craig grabbed it for State at the FSU 45 on the last play of the quarter.

A 26-yard pass, Majors to Tony Romeo carried to the UF 21. But more passes failed and Florida took over.

A bit later, Pickard returned Green's boot to the FSU 47. The Seminoles were in position again. Majors passes to Bob Kavanaugh and Renn put the Tribe on the UF 36. Another Majors throw, to Kimber, was good to the 23. But Russell Dilts intercepted at the six, and that was that.

Closest thing to a threat by either side after that came in the last minute and a half. Majors running and pitching put FSU at the Gator 44. Gene McCormick came in, threw a pass to Pickard for a 14-yard gain to the 34. Time ticked away with FSU on the Florida 39.

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

1st   7- 0  Fred Pickard, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 11:42
      7- 7  Opp, 5, punt return/blocked punt (kick), 6:59 
2nd   7-14  Opp, 9, run (kick), 3:38 
      7-21  Opp, 12, run (kick), 0:57 
3rd   7-21  Opp, 29, field goal failed, 8:52 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 15 Rushes-yards 37- 97 50-219 Passing 189 19 Att-Comp-Int 30-14-2 5-2-1 Total Yards 67-286 55-238 Punt Returns 1-9 2-20 Kickoff Returns 4-124 2-44 Interception Ret. 1-15 2-4 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 1- 9.0 7-39.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 2-1 Penalties-Yds 9-82 7-77 Attendance 43,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bud Whitehead 8- 35 Fred Pickard 9- 34 Bobby Renn 5- 18 Gene McCormick 1- 10 Vic Prinzi 3- 8 Jack Espenship 1- 3 Paul Pasquale 1- 2 Carl Meyer 1- -2 Joe Majors 8- -11 Receiving Jack Espenship 2- 38 Bobby Renn 4- 34 Tony Romeo 1- 31 Bill Kimber 2- 25 Bob Kavanaugh 2- 24 Carl Meyer 2- 19 Fred Pickard 1- 18 Passing Joe Majors 26-12-1-147 Bobby Renn 1- 1-0- 24 Gene McCormick 1- 1-0- 18 Vic Prinzi 2- 0-1- 0 Punt Return Joe Majors 1- 9 Kickoff Return Bobby Renn 1- 78 Gene McCormick 1- 26 Paul Pasquale 1- 19 Joe Majors 1- 1 Punting Bill Kimber 2- 58 Bobby Renn 2- 56 Team 1- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bud Whitehead . . . . . 1- 15 . . . . . . John Craig . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
NG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   89  Pete Fleming
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Bobby Conrad
12  Gene McCormick
13  Joe Majors
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Carl Meyer
26  Bud Whitehead
40  Paul Pasquale
52  John Bell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Leo Baggett
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
78  John Craig
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber
87  Ron Hinson

OKLAHOMA STATE 15, FLORIDA STATE 6

12/13/1958, Bluegrass Bowl, Louisville, Ky

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 14, 1958, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

LOUISVILLE, KY - Hard-running Oklahoma State backs, no thoroughbreds but plenty good workhorses, first-downed Florida State to death here Saturday afternoon and won the frigid, inaugural Bluegrass Bowl, 15-6.

Rugged Cowboy linemen forced the Seminoles to the air and the 185 yards they gained on passing made it most interesting.

Behind 15-0 going into the last quarter, FSU made a stretch bid on Joe Majors' slick throwing.

But despite Carl Meyer's touchdown catch on a 38-yard pass, and Bobby Renn's 40-yard grab for a first down on the six, FSU couldn't catch up.

Wood Gets 14 Points

Duane Wood got 14 of the Cowboys' points, slashing 17 yards for a second-quarter payoff, pounding over from the one in the third period, taking a pass from Dick Soergel for two points after the No. 2 TD.

It was Fullback Forrest Campbell, however, who did most of the damage, and it was he that writers voted the game's most valuable performer. Campbell, a 196-pounder, ran a whopping 26 times, picked up 130 of the Cowboys' 298 yards rushing. OSU ran up 23 first downs to FSU's dozen.

Teams In Sneakers

While many thousands across the country comfortably watched this one on television, only 7,000 braved the marrow-chilling 10-degree weather of Fairgrounds Stadium. Both teams wore sneakers to combat the frozen turf.

The Seminoles started as though to make a romp of it, penetrating to OSU's 26 and 18 first two times they got the ball. Fourth-down field goal attempts by Johnny Sheppard were futile on both occasions.

FSU was hounded by mistakes from these early bright moments until the end. Oklahoma State recovered three FSU fumbles, intercepted four passes. FSU managed one pass theft but got no OSU fumbles until the final minute, when two were grabbed.

Total of 375 Yards

Though the Cowboys ran up a total yardage of 375, they didn't have to go far for their points. First touchdown came after a 53-yard drive following an FSU punt from down deep. They traveled 39 yards for the second after claiming and FSU fumble.

The Seminoles spent most of the afternoon repulsing a steady run of Oklahoma threats. They held at the 16 in the first quarter, at the one in the second after OSU got a first down on the seven, at the 24 in the third, then at the 10 near the finish.

Romeo A Whizbang

Tony Romeo was a whizbang all afternoon, and the FSU end was runnerup to Campbell in the most-valuable vote. The Tampa sophomore played 56 minutes, caught three passes for 62 yards, was a stickout on defense.

Guard Al Ulmer and end Ron Hinson also turned in outstanding performances for the Seminoles.

Majors, throwing from a double-wing spread, hit on five of nine throws for 116 yards. FSU all told, passed 22 times, completed nine. Fred Pickard was the running leader with 44 in 14 trips.

While FSU had the ball for only 50 offensive plays, running on merely 28 of them, Oklahoma State gave a big lesson in attack control. The Cowboys got in 88 plays, ran 76 times. Duane Wood accumulated 81 yards on the ground in 17 bids, and Jim Wiggins contributed 59 for 12.

Records Equal

Both teams went into this one with 7-3 records.

Regarded as a 3-point favorite in Louisville before the kickoff, the Cowboys came through over the Indians in the tradition of many another television epic.

Florida State won the toss and received the game-opening kickoff.

Vic Prinzi hauled it 14 yards to the 38. Pickard managed five yards in two smashes. Prinzi, on the option run, sailed one into the arms of Romeo for 25 yards to the Cowboy 32.

Bobby Renn sliced to the 27 but two plays later FSU was still on the 27 as Pickard and Renn met trouble. Sheppard entered for a long field-goal try. It was short.

After Romeo curtailed the Cowboys' first offensive effort by dropping Duane Wood for minus eight, FSU got going from its 37.

Lateral Works

Prinzi and Renn teamed on a lateral deal that netted 18 yards to the Oklahoma 35. And the Cowboys were taxed for roughing, down to the 20. Bud Whitehead's one-yard run, an incomplete pass and Joe Majors' keep carried only to the 13. Again Shep tried for three. The attempt was partially blocked by Vandiver Childs III.

Oklahoma State got going from it 20 and in 11 running plays, dominated by Campbell's eight dashes for 48 yards, was knocking at the FSU 18. But on fourth down, needing three, Campbell was stopped a yard short by the FSU right side.

Bad Bounce

Bobby Conrad's quick-kick got a nasty reverse bounce, was good for 37 yards to the Oklahoma 47.

Dick Soergel threw his first pass. It was a beaut to Wiggins, 31 yards to the FSU 22. Majors' tackle averted a touchdown.

As the second quarter opened, Wiggins dug to the 17. Then, on a quick-opener, Duane Wood burst through left tackle for the touchdown. Jim Wood capped it with an extra point.

Helped by a 12-yard pass, Prinzi to Romeo, FSU pushed to midfield. But Don Hitt intercepted a subsequent throw at the 36.

Gene McCormick, No. 3 quarterback, provided an interesting Seminole moment when he threw 25 yards to Romeo at the Oklahoma 41. Fourth down, needing much, McCormick couldn't get off a pass. Fumbled when hit at the 43.

Oklahoma State went on a time-consuming march, started by Soergel's pass to Jim Wood for nine. Duane Wood banged for 15 in two smashes. A penalty assisted the Cowboys to the 24. Four more runs and they had a first down at the seven. Wiggins hit to the four. Soergel got nothing. Wiggins powered to the one. End Ron Hinson pulled down Wiggins a foot from the goal on his fourth-down effort with 1:15 left in the half.

Renn quick-kicked on second down, up to the 34. Soergel passes to Wiggins and Duane Wood moved the Oklahomans to the nine. A pass bounced off Jim Woods and Pickard intercepted it as the whistle ended the quarter.

With Campbell probing off tackle for 40 yards in eight totes, the Cowboys paraded downfield from the second-half kickoff. Sixteen plays extended all the way to FSU's 24 before a holding penalty against OSU let the Seminoles breathe easier. Jim Wood punted out on the 17.

Pickard and Prinzi runs reached to the FSU 45. Renn hit the middle, might have been free but he fumbled and Hitt covered it for Oklahoma.

A penalty again helped contain the Cowboys but they had a better shot seconds later when Pickard lost the ball and Harold Beaty claimed it for OSU at the FSU 39.

Ten plays did the job. Down to the five on Wiggins' 18-yard scamper, the Cowboys drew a holding penalty. They overcame it on third down when Soergel shot a screen pass to D. Wood, who navigated to the 1-foot line. D. Wood pounded over.

PAT Good

Soergel's pass to D. Wood for two raised the score to 15-0 with the third quarter all but gone.

Renn returned the kickoff to the FSU 40 and immediately FSU went into its double-wing spread. A Majors' screen to Paul Pasquale got 14 to the OSU 46. The Carl Meyer outsprinted a defender, gathered a Majors' pass at the three and fell across the goal.

Prinzi tried to sweep for two points but Ralph Bock grabbed him by the shell four yards short, leaving it 15-6.

Scenting a chance, FSU's line perked up, held. J. Wood punted 42 yards to FSU's 21.

Pickard, in to pushes, got to the 31. Majors passed to Jack Espenship for seven, to Hinson for 16, and Majors found Renn with a long one, 40 yards to the six.

But Pickard got nothing. Majors lost a half yard. Renn was clear in the end zone but the pass sailed over his head.

A last-down pitch was stolen by D. Wood in the end zone, and he ran it out to the 18. Seven minutes, 43 seconds remained.

The Cowboys ate up almost seven minutes of it with a ground push that reached to a first down on the 10. A stray pitchout lost 18, however.

FSU had a fading opportunity when Bob Swoszowski got Don Wagner's fumble at the 27 with 27 seconds left. Tony Barfield intercepted Prinzi's throw at midfield. Terry Moran promptly grabbed another OSU fumble. Again Prinzi's throw was intercepted, this time by Fred Latham. It was the last play of the game.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
OKLAHOMA STATE
0
7
8
0
15
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
6
6

1st   0- 0  Johnny Sheppard, 34, field goal failed
      0- 0  Johnny Sheppard, 20, field goal blocked
2nd   0- 7  Opp, 17, run (kick), 14:31
3rd   0-15  Opp, 1, run (pass), 0:07 
4th   6-15  Carl Meyer, 39, pass from Joe Majors (Vic Prinzi, run failed), 13:52


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 23 Rushes-yards 28-100 76-298 Passing 185 77 Att-Comp-Int 22-9-4 12-4-1 Total Yards 50-285 88-375 Interception Ret. 1-4 4-38 Fumble Returns 2-0 3-0 Punts 2-30.0 5-30.0 Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-2 Penalties-Yds 3-25 6-65 3rd Down Conversions 10-15 11-20 Attendance 7,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 14- 44 Vic Prinzi 7- 30 Bobby Renn 2- 13 Joe Majors 3- 12 Bud Whitehead 1- 1 Gene McCormick 1- 0 Receiving Tony Romeo 3- 62 Bobby Renn 2- 48 Carl Meyer 1- 39 Jack Espenship 2- 22 Paul Pasquale 1- 14 Passing Joe Majors 9- 5-1-116 Vic Prinzi 8- 2-2- 44 Gene McCormick 4- 1-0- 25 Bobby Renn 1- 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Swoszowski . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Fred Pickard . . . . . 1- 4 . . . . . . Terry Moran . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   10  Vic Prinzi
LHB  20  Bobby Renn
RHB  27  Jack Espenship
FB   43  Fred Pickard
C    51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   10  Vic Prinzi
DB   20  Bobby Renn
DB   27  Jack Espenship
LB   43  Fred Pickard
MG   51  Bo Davis
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Terry Moran
LT   71  Bob Swoszowski
RT   77  John Spivey
RE   80  Tony Romeo
LE   87  Ron Hinson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Bobby Conrad
12  Gene McCormick
13  Joe Majors
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Carl Meyer
26  Bud Whitehead
40  Paul Pasquale
52  John Bell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Leo Baggett
64  Ray Lamb
73  Bill Brown
78  John Craig
81  Bob Kavanaugh
83  Bob Fountain
84  Bill Kimber