Florida State Football - 1963 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1963 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bill Peterson, Head Coach
Bobby Bowden, Assistant Coach
John Coatta, Assistant Coach
Vince Gibson, Assistant Coach
Bob Harbison, Assistant Coach
Don James, Assistant Coach
Ken MacLean, Assistant Coach
Bubba McGowan, Assistant Coach
Bill Proctor, Assistant Coach

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1963 FSU Football Handbook


1963 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 1963 FSU Football Handbook, page 25.

Buddy Blankenship, 6-3, 200, E, Atlanta, GA

Dave Braggins, 6-2, 215, T, Lake Wales

Mario DeLiberty, 5-9, 184, HB, Havertown, PA

Howard Ehler, 6-1, 190, FB, Tavares

Russ Fischer, 6-1, 185, QB, Melbourne

Ken Frazier, 6-2, 209, FB, Houston, TX

Terry Garvin, 5-11, 206, E, Pensacola

Brad Gasque, 5-4, 145, FB, Tampa

Tony Gero, 5-10, 186, QB, Madison, NJ

Dave Hall, 5-11, 185, FB, Panama City

Bill Hammond, 5-11, 181, HB, Melbourne

Dick Hasselbart, 6-4, 241, T, Genoa, OH

Joe Huxel, 6-2, 185, HB, Chardon, OH

Mike Keesee, 6-0, 220, G, Jacksonville

David Logan, 5-11, 203, G, Waldo

Jay Mac Matthews, 6-1, 216, C, Chiefland

John McCall, 5-11, 186, G, Ocala

Bill McDowell, 6-1, 191, G, Tallahassee

Gene Parish, 6-3, 196, G, Headland, AL

Joe Petko, 5-10, 186, HB, Shaker Heights, OH

David Pitts, 5-9, 211, G, Blountstown

Ed Pope, 6-1, 199, E, Waycross, GA

Henry Rappe, 6-1, 229, T, Savannah, GA

Elton Revell, 6-0, 165, QB, Tallahassee

Larry Strobel, 5-11, 227, T, Massillon, OH

Dale Twitchell, 6-1, 205, E, Florala, AL

Steve Watson, 5-10, 215, T, Rossford, OH

Max Wettstein, 6-3, 203, E, Leesburg

Jerry Wooten, 6-1, 195, G, Geneva, AL


1963 Roster - By Name

From the 1963 FSU Football Handbook, page 18.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 78 Max Andrews           T       6-1   202  Jr-R      Rehobeth, AL (Rehobeth)
* 51 Joe Avezzano          C       6-1   223  So-R      Miami (Jackson)
* 28 Winfred Bailey        HB      6-0   186  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (O'Keefe)
* 22 Maury Bibent          HB      6-0   186  So-R      Cincinnati, OH (Western Hills)
* 25 Fred Biletnikoff      HB      6-1   186  Jr   *    Erie, PA (Tech Memorial)
  86 Buddy Blankenship     E       6-3   200  So        Atlanta, GA (O'Keefe)
     Dave Braggins         T       6-2   215  So        Lake Wales (Lake Wales)
* 21 Larry Brinkley        FB      5-11  190  Sr   **   Willoughby, OH (South)
* 67 Jerry Bruner          T       5-10  232  Sr   **   Evansville, IN (North)
* 11 Charlie Calhoun       QB-P    5-10  171  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Florida)
* 82 Jim Causey            E       6-1   209  Jr   *    Miami (Edison)
  86 Wallace Cooley        E       6-2   202  So-R      Dothan, AL (Dothan)
* 84 George D'Allesandro   G-E     5-10  205  So-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 53 Bill Daly             C       6-1   209  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Bishop Kenny)
* 83 Bill "Red" Dawson     E       6-3   231  Jr-R *    Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)
  24 Mario DeLiberty       HB      5-9   184  So        Havertown, PA (Havertown)
* 55 Jack Edwards          C       6-1   221  Jr   *    Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 43 Howard Ehler          FB      6-1   190  So        Tavares (Tavares)
  15 Russ Fischer          QB      6-1   185  So        Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 81 Don Floyd             E       6-1   197  Jr-R *    Madison (Madison County)
  24 Ken Frazier           FB      6-2   209  So        Houston, TX (Bellaire)
  87 Terry Garvin          E       5-11  206  So        Pensacola (Pensacola)
     Brad Gasque           FB      5-4   145  So        Tampa (Chamberlain)
  12 Tony Gero             QB      5-10  186  So        Madison, NJ (Madison)
  88 Cliff Gunter          E       6-3   185  Sr   **   Dothan, AL (Dothan)
  42 Dave Hall             FB      5-11  185  So        Panama City (Bay)
  26 Bill Hammond          HB      5-11  181  So        Melbourne (Melbourne)
  70 Dick Hasselbart       T       6-4   241  So        Genoa, OH (Genoa)
* 60 Ferrell Henry         C       6-1   212  Sr-R **   Colquitt, GA (Miller County)
* 66 Dick Hermann          G       6-0   200  Jr   *    Marianna (Marianna)
  29 Joe Huxel             HB      6-2   185  So        Chardon, OH (Chardon)
     Mike Keesee           G       6-0   220  So        Jacksonville (Lee)
* 23 Jim Loftin            HB      6-1   181  Jr   *    Pensacola (Escambia)
     David Logan           G       5-11  203  So        Waldo (Gainesville)
* 75 Dale MacKenzie        T       6-2   227  Jr   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 77 Bob Mangan            T       6-1   231  So-R      Atlanta, GA (Saint Pius X Catholic)
* 14 Jim Massey            QB      5-11  176  So-R      Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  54 Jay Mac Matthews      C       6-1   216  So        Chiefland (Chiefland)
     John McCall           G       5-11  186  So        Ocala (Ocala)
* 63 Bill McDowell         G       6-1   191  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 40 Doug Messer           HB-K    6-1   188  Sr   **   LaGrange, GA (LaGrange)
* 42 Les Murdock           K-FB    6-2   213  Jr        Hollywood (South Broward)
  62 Gene Parish           G       6-3   196  So        Headland, AL (Headland)
* 68 Joe Parrish           G       6-1   195  So-R      Auburndale (Auburndale)
* 79 Frank Pennie          T       6-4   242  So-R      Hollywood (South Broward)
* 29 Joe Petko             HB      5-10  186  So        Shaker Heights, OH (Shaker Heights)
  64 David Pitts           G       5-9   211  So        Blountstown (Blountstown)
     Ed Pope               E       6-1   199  So        Waycross, GA (Ware County)
* 16 Ed Pritchett          QB      6-2   177  So-R      Decatur, GA (Avondale)
  74 Henry Rappe           T       6-1   229  So        Savannah, GA (Benedictine)
     Elton Revell          QB      6-0   165  So        Tallahassee (Florida)
  41 Gene Roberts          FB      6-0   200  Sr   **   High Springs (Santa Fe)
  88 John Roberts          FB-E    6-0   190  So-R      Orlando (Boone)
* 44 Marion Roberts        FB      6-0   197  Sr   **   Ocilla, GA (Irwin County)
* 52 Chuck Robinson        G       5-11  217  Sr   **   East Palestine, OH (East Palestine)
* 61 Jack Shinholser       G       6-1   200  So-R      Tampa (Chamberlain)
  62 Steve Slay            G       5-10  207  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Southwest)
* 20 Dave Snyder           HB      5-10  184  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
  27 Phil Spooner          HB      5-11  170  Jr   *    Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
  70 Larry Strobel         T       5-11  227  So        Massillon, OH (Washington)
* 73 Avery Sumner          T       6-2   216  Jr   *    Adel, GA (Cook County)
  84 Hank Sytsma           E       6-3   195  Sr   *    Sarasota (Sarasota)
* 13 Steve Tensi           QB      6-5   201  Jr   *    Cincinnati, OH (Elder)
  85 Dale Twitchell        E       6-1   205  So        Florala, AL (Florala)
* 80 John Wachtel          R       6-1   194  Jr-R *    Massillon, OH (Central)
  69 Steve Watson          T       5-10  215  So        Rossford, OH (Rossford)
* 76 Tom West              T       6-4   222  Jr   *    Headland, AL (Headland)
* 89 Max Wettstein         E       6-3   203  So        Leesburg (Leesburg)
  71 Darrell Willett       T       6-1   231  So-R      Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 65 Jerry Wooten          G       6-1   195  So        Geneva, AL (Geneva)

1963 Roster - By Number

From the 1963 FSU Football Handbook, page 18.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Dave Braggins         T       6-2   215  So        Lake Wales (Lake Wales)
     Brad Gasque           FB      5-4   145  So        Tampa (Chamberlain)
     Mike Keesee           G       6-0   220  So        Jacksonville (Lee)
     David Logan           G       5-11  203  So        Waldo (Gainesville)
     John McCall           G       5-11  186  So        Ocala (Ocala)
     Ed Pope               E       6-1   199  So        Waycross, GA (Ware County)
     Elton Revell          QB      6-0   165  So        Tallahassee (Florida)
* 11 Charlie Calhoun       QB-P    5-10  171  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Florida)
  12 Tony Gero             QB      5-10  186  So        Madison, NJ (Madison)
* 13 Steve Tensi           QB      6-5   201  Jr   *    Cincinnati, OH (Elder)
* 14 Jim Massey            QB      5-11  176  So-R      Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  15 Russ Fischer          QB      6-1   185  So        Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 16 Ed Pritchett          QB      6-2   177  So-R      Decatur, GA (Avondale)
* 20 Dave Snyder           HB      5-10  184  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 21 Larry Brinkley        FB      5-11  190  Sr   **   Willoughby, OH (South)
* 22 Maury Bibent          HB      6-0   186  So-R      Cincinnati, OH (Western Hills)
* 23 Jim Loftin            HB      6-1   181  Jr   *    Pensacola (Escambia)
  24 Mario DeLiberty       HB      5-9   184  So        Havertown, PA (Havertown)
  24 Ken Frazier           FB      6-2   209  So        Houston, TX (Bellaire)
* 25 Fred Biletnikoff      HB      6-1   186  Jr   *    Erie, PA (Tech Memorial)
  26 Bill Hammond          HB      5-11  181  So        Melbourne (Melbourne)
  27 Phil Spooner          HB      5-11  170  Jr   *    Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
* 28 Winfred Bailey        HB      6-0   186  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (O'Keefe)
  29 Joe Huxel             HB      6-2   185  So        Chardon, OH (Chardon)
* 29 Joe Petko             HB      5-10  186  So        Shaker Heights, OH (Shaker Heights)
* 40 Doug Messer           HB-K    6-1   188  Sr   **   LaGrange, GA (LaGrange)
  41 Gene Roberts          FB      6-0   200  Sr   **   High Springs (Santa Fe)
  42 Dave Hall             FB      5-11  185  So        Panama City (Bay)
* 42 Les Murdock           K-FB    6-2   213  Jr        Hollywood (South Broward)
* 43 Howard Ehler          FB      6-1   190  So        Tavares (Tavares)
* 44 Marion Roberts        FB      6-0   197  Sr   **   Ocilla, GA (Irwin County)
* 51 Joe Avezzano          C       6-1   223  So-R      Miami (Jackson)
* 52 Chuck Robinson        G       5-11  217  Sr   **   East Palestine, OH (East Palestine)
* 53 Bill Daly             C       6-1   209  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Bishop Kenny)
  54 Jay Mac Matthews      C       6-1   216  So        Chiefland (Chiefland)
* 55 Jack Edwards          C       6-1   221  Jr   *    Tampa (Hillsborough)
* 60 Ferrell Henry         C       6-1   212  Sr-R **   Colquitt, GA (Miller County)
* 61 Jack Shinholser       G       6-1   200  So-R      Tampa (Chamberlain)
  62 Gene Parish           G       6-3   196  So        Headland, AL (Headland)
  62 Steve Slay            G       5-10  207  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Southwest)
* 63 Bill McDowell         G       6-1   191  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  64 David Pitts           G       5-9   211  So        Blountstown (Blountstown)
* 65 Jerry Wooten          G       6-1   195  So        Geneva, AL (Geneva)
* 66 Dick Hermann          G       6-0   200  Jr   *    Marianna (Marianna)
* 67 Jerry Bruner          T       5-10  232  Sr   **   Evansville, IN (North)
* 68 Joe Parrish           G       6-1   195  So-R      Auburndale (Auburndale)
  69 Steve Watson          T       5-10  215  So        Rossford, OH (Rossford)
  70 Dick Hasselbart       T       6-4   241  So        Genoa, OH (Genoa)
  70 Larry Strobel         T       5-11  227  So        Massillon, OH (Washington)
  71 Darrell Willett       T       6-1   231  So-R      Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 73 Avery Sumner          T       6-2   216  Jr   *    Adel, GA (Cook County)
  74 Henry Rappe           T       6-1   229  So        Savannah, GA (Benedictine)
* 75 Dale MacKenzie        T       6-2   227  Jr   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 76 Tom West              T       6-4   222  Jr   *    Headland, AL (Headland)
* 77 Bob Mangan            T       6-1   231  So-R      Atlanta, GA (Saint Pius X Catholic)
* 78 Max Andrews           T       6-1   202  Jr-R      Rehobeth, AL (Rehobeth)
* 79 Frank Pennie          T       6-4   242  So-R      Hollywood (South Broward)
* 80 John Wachtel          R       6-1   194  Jr-R *    Massillon, OH (Central)
* 81 Don Floyd             E       6-1   197  Jr-R *    Madison (Madison County)
* 82 Jim Causey            E       6-1   209  Jr   *    Miami (Edison)
* 83 Bill "Red" Dawson     E       6-3   231  Jr-R *    Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)
* 84 George D'Allesandro   G-E     5-10  205  So-R      Fort Myers (Fort Myers)
  84 Hank Sytsma           E       6-3   195  Sr   *    Sarasota (Sarasota)
  85 Dale Twitchell        E       6-1   205  So        Florala, AL (Florala)
  86 Buddy Blankenship     E       6-3   200  So        Atlanta, GA (O'Keefe)
  86 Wallace Cooley        E       6-2   202  So-R      Dothan, AL (Dothan)
  87 Terry Garvin          E       5-11  206  So        Pensacola (Pensacola)
  88 Cliff Gunter          E       6-3   185  Sr   **   Dothan, AL (Dothan)
  88 John Roberts          FB-E    6-0   190  So-R      Orlando (Boone)
* 89 Max Wettstein         E       6-3   203  So        Leesburg (Leesburg)
Lettermen from the 1964 FSU Football Handbook, page 29.

1963 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Keith Kinderman          24      RB                 San Diego Chargers
Tony Romeo               86      TE                 Boston Patriots
Bud Whitehead            47      DB                 San Diego Chargers

Noles in the Pros -  3

1963 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/20
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 24- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-7
09/28
Ref
H
TEXAS CHRISTIAN
L 0-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-5-1
10/12
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 35- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
1-9
10/19
Ref
N
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Mobile, Al
T 0- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-3-1
10/26
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
L 23-31
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-2
11/02
Ref
H
FURMAN
W 49- 6
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-3
11/09
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
L 7-15
 
 
 
17
 
 
7-3
11/16
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
W 14- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-3
11/23
Ref
A
AUBURN
L 15-21
 
 
9
10
5
6
9-2
11/30
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 0- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-3-1
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    4- 5-1   3-2     1-3     0-0-1
AGAINST TOP 25   0- 2     0-0     0-2     0-0


1963 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Larry Brinkley 10/26/1963 VIRGINIA TECH 13 117 9.00 1 Dave Snyder 11/02/1963 FURMAN 8 101 12.63 1

1963 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

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

1963 - 300 Yard Passing Club

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

1963 EOY Stats

From the 1964 FSU Football Handbook, page 64. Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 167 93 Points Per Game............. 16.7 9.3 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 23 12 TDs Rushing................. 12 8 TDs Passing................. 10 2 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 1 TDs Interception............ 1 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 21-23 9-12 Kick........................ 19-20 9-11 Pass........................ 0- 1 0- 1 Run......................... 2- 2 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 2- 6 4-13 SAFETY........................ 0 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 141 139 Rushing..................... 74 78 Passing..................... 61 50 Penalty..................... 6 11 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1344 1384 Yards gained rushing........ 1598 1660 Yards lost rushing.......... 254 276 Rushing Attempts............ 380 446 Average Per Rush............ 3.5 3.1 Average Per Game............ 134.4 138.4 PASSING YARDAGE............... 1156 885 Att-Comp-Int................ 181- 90-11 172- 83-11 Efficiency.................. 109.45 82.52 Average Per Pass............ 6.4 5.1 Average Per Catch........... 12.8 10.7 Average Per Game............ 115.6 88.5 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 2500 2269 Total Plays................. 561 618 Average Per Play............ 4.5 3.7 Average Per Game............ 250.0 226.9 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 20- 437 25- 476 Average Per Return.......... 21.9 19.0 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 21-250 32-296 Average Per Return.......... 11.9 9.3 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 10-149 11-149 Average Per Return.......... 14.9 13.5 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 29-14 24-10 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 52- 501 28- 288 Average Per Game............ 50.1 28.8 PUNTS-YARDS................... 58-2128 61-2282 Average Per Punt............ 36.7 37.4 Net punt average............ 31.6 33.3 ATTENDANCE.................... 83,351 180,402 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5-16,670 4-45,101 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 11,353 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-11,353
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
30
36
38
63
167
Opponents
24
24
16
29
93
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Dave Snyder          9  107  539   39   500   4.7   3        55.6
Larry Brinkley       8   69  376    6   370   5.4   5        46.3
Marion Roberts           47  147    7   140   3.0   1     
Maury Bibent             27  125   15   110   4.1   0     
Ed Pritchett             43  150   62    88   2.0   2     
Howard Ehler             17   76    0    76   4.5   1     
Joe Petko                16   54   10    44   2.8   0     
Gene Roberts             11   17    0    17   1.5   0     
Jim Loftin                7   17    0    17   2.4   0     
Fred Biletnikoff    10    1   12    0    12  12.0   0         1.2
Charlie Calhoun          13   28   19     9   0.7   0     
Steve Tensi         10   22   36   99   -63  -2.9   0        -6.3

Total.........      10  380 1598  254  1344   3.5  12       134.4
Opponents.....      10  446 1660  276  1384   3.1   8       138.4


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Steve Tensi         10  108.54 147- 71- 9   .483  915   9        91.5
Ed Pritchett            113.82  31- 17- 2   .548  226   1     
Charlie Calhoun         131.07   3-  2- 0   .667   23   0     

Total.........      10  109.45 181- 90-11   .497 1156  10       115.6
Opponents.....      10   82.52 172- 83-11   .483  885   2        88.5


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Fred Biletnikoff    10  24   358  14.9   4        35.8
Bill "Red" Dawson       19   231  12.2   1     
Max Wettstein           12   114   9.5   2     
Marion Roberts           4   108  27.0   1     
Don Floyd                6    63  10.5   0     
Winfred Bailey           5    58  11.6   1     
Jim Causey               3    52  17.3   0     
John Wachtel             2    39  19.5   1     
Dave Snyder          9   5    39   7.8   0         4.3
George D'Allesandro      2    31  15.5   0     
Larry Brinkley       8   2    28  14.0   0         3.5
Joe Petko                2    27  13.5   0     
Jim Loftin               2    17   8.5   0     
John Roberts             1    12  12.0   0     
Gene Roberts             1     2   2.0   0     

Total.........      10  90  1156  12.8  10       115.6
Opponents.....      10  83   885  10.7   2        88.5


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Charlie Calhoun      11  128  11.6  0     
Winfred Bailey        4   79  19.8  0     
Jim Massey            3   23   7.7  0     
Fred Biletnikoff      3   20   6.7  0     

Total.........       21  250  11.9  0     
Opponent......       32  296   9.3  1     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Fred Biletnikoff      3   99  33.0  1  99t
Marion Roberts        2    0   0.0  0     
Charlie Calhoun       1   35  35.0  0     
Maury Bibent          1    8   8.0  0     
Chuck Robinson        1    7   7.0  0     
Winfred Bailey        1    0   0.0  0     
Jim Massey            1    0   0.0  0     
Bill McDowell         1    0   0.0  0     

Total.........       10  149  14.9  1  99t
Opponent......       11  149  13.5  1     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Marion Roberts        7   158 22.6  0     
Larry Brinkley        4    71 17.8  0     
Howard Ehler          3    68 22.7  0     
Dave Snyder           1    45 45.0  0     
Charlie Calhoun       2    29 14.5  0     
Fred Biletnikoff      1    27 27.0  0     
Gene Roberts          1    20 20.0  0     
Joe Petko             1    19 19.0  0     

Total.........       20   437 21.9  0     
Opponent......       25   476 19.0  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Bill McDowell         2    0   0.0  0   .    1
Marion Roberts        1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Dave Snyder           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ed Pritchett          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Charlie Calhoun       1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bill Daly             1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Don Floyd             1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Chuck Robinson        1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Dick Hermann          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Joe Parrish           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
George D'Allesandro   0    0    .   0   .    1
Jim Massey            0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       10        0.0  0        3
Opponent......       14        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Larry Brinkley        5   0-0     0-0    1-1   0   0-0   0   0    32
Fred Biletnikoff      5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Doug Messer           0   1-3    19-20   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    22
Dave Snyder           3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Marion Roberts        2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Ed Pritchett          2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Max Wettstein         2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Winfred Bailey        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Bill "Red" Dawson     1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
John Wachtel          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Howard Ehler          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Les Murdock           0   1-3     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     3
Charlie Calhoun       0   0-0     0-0    1-1   0   0-0   0   0     2
Steve Tensi           0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-1   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  23   2-6    19-20   2-2   0   0-1   0   0   167
Opponent             12   4-13    9-11   0-0   0   0-1   0   0    93
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Larry Brinkley
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Fred Biletnikoff
.
4
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Dave Snyder
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Marion Roberts
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ed Pritchett
2
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Max Wettstein
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Winfred Bailey
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bill "Red" Dawson
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
John Wachtel
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Howard Ehler
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Steve Tensi
.
.
9
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
12
10
10
1
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
8
2
2
1
.
1
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Steve Tensi         10  169   -63  915   852  85.2
Dave Snyder          9  107   500    0   500  55.6
Larry Brinkley       8   69   370    0   370  46.3
Ed Pritchett             74    88  226   314
Marion Roberts           47   140    0   140
Maury Bibent             27   110    0   110
Howard Ehler             17    76    0    76
Joe Petko                16    44    0    44
Charlie Calhoun          16     9   23    32
Gene Roberts             11    17    0    17
Jim Loftin                7    17    0    17
Fred Biletnikoff    10    1    12    0    12   1.2

Total.........      10  561  1344 1156  2500 250.0
Opponent......      10  618  1384  885  2269 226.9


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Doug Messer           1- 3  .333  0- 0  1- 1  0- 2  0- 0  0- 0 22
Les Murdock           1- 3  .333  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  1- 2  0- 1 44
FG SEQUENCE Doug Messer Les Murdock
MIAMI
(22)
None
TEXAS CHRISTIAN
None
None
WAKE FOREST
None
None
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
31
50
VIRGINIA TECH
31
(44)
FURMAN
None
None
GEORGIA TECH
None
None
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
None
42
AUBURN
None
None
FLORIDA
None
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Charlie Calhoun     56 2129  38.0                    1
 Team                1    0   0.0                     
Larry Brinkley       1   -1  -1.0                     

Total.........      58 2128  36.7                     
Opponent......      61 2282  37.4                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Dave Snyder          9  500    39    0   45    0    0  584  64.9
Fred Biletnikoff    10   12   358   20   27   99    0  516  51.6
Larry Brinkley       8  370    28    0   71    0    0  469  58.6
Marion Roberts          140   108    0  158    0    0  406
Bill "Red" Dawson         0   231    0    0    0    0  231
Charlie Calhoun           9     0  128   29   35    0  201
Howard Ehler             76     0    0   68    0    0  144
Winfred Bailey            0    58   79    0    0    0  137
Maury Bibent            110     0    0    0    8    0  118
Max Wettstein             0   114    0    0    0    0  114
Joe Petko                44    27    0   19    0    0   90
Ed Pritchett             88     0    0    0    0    0   88
Don Floyd                 0    63    0    0    0    0   63
Jim Causey                0    52    0    0    0    0   52
John Wachtel              0    39    0    0    0    0   39
Gene Roberts             17     2    0   20    0    0   39
Jim Loftin               17    17    0    0    0    0   34
George D'Allesandro       0    31    0    0    0    0   31
Jim Massey                0     0   23    0    0    0   23
John Roberts              0    12    0    0    0    0   12
Chuck Robinson            0     0    0    0    7    0    7
Steve Tensi         10  -63     0    0    0    0    0  -63  -6.3

Total.........      10 1344  1156  250  437  149    0 3336 333.6
Opponent......      10 1384   885  296  476  149    0 3190 319.0


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bill Daly                49   32    81      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Chuck Robinson           51   27    78      .            .          1-  7   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Dick Hermann             48   29    77      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bill McDowell            38   38    76      .            .          1-  0   .    .   2-  0   1   .   .
Frank Pennie             46   29    75      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Joe Parrish              43   30    73      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Charlie Calhoun          37   33    70      .            .          1- 35   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Avery Sumner             34   26    60      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Maury Bibent             30   25    55      .            .          1-  8   .    .    .      .   .   .
Marion Roberts           27   18    45      .            .          2-  0   .    .   1-  0   .   1   .
Bill "Red" Dawson        25   19    44      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jack Shinholser          29   12    41      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Fred Biletnikoff    10   29   10    39      .            .          3- 99   .    .    .      .   .   .
Dave Snyder          9   12   12    24      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   1   .
Winfred Bailey            .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Jim Massey                .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      1   .   .
Don Floyd                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ed Pritchett              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
George D'Allesandro       .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  UM      TCU     WF      USM     VT      FU      GT      NCS     AU      UF      
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
78  Max Andrews                   0- 0                                                                           
51  Joe Avezzano                  8- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx      xx       
28  Winfred Bailey                9- 4  xx              xx      xx      O & D   O & D   O & D   xx      O & D   xx
22  Maury Bibent                 10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
25  Fred Biletnikoff             10- 6  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   xx      xx      xx      O & D   xx      O & D
86  Buddy Blankenship             0- 0                                                                           
    Dave Braggins                 0- 0                                                                           
21  Larry Brinkley                8- 5                  xx      xx      xx      O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
67  Jerry Bruner                  8- 4  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D                   xx      xx      xx      xx
11  Charlie Calhoun              10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
82  Jim Causey                   10- 2  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O & D   xx      O & D
86  Wallace Cooley                0- 0                                                                           
84  George D'Allesandro           9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
53  Bill Daly                    10- 1  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      O & D   xx      xx      xx      xx
83  Bill "Red" Dawson             8- 8  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D           O & D   O & D    
24  Mario DeLiberty               0- 0                                                                           
55  Jack Edwards                 10- 9  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   xx      O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
43  Howard Ehler                  7- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                       
15  Russ Fischer                  0- 0                                                                           
81  Don Floyd                     9- 9  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D           O & D   O & D
24  Ken Frazier                   0- 0                                                                           
87  Terry Garvin                  0- 0                                                                           
    Brad Gasque                   0- 0                                                                           
12  Tony Gero                     3- 0          xx      xx      xx                                               
88  Cliff Gunter                  0- 0                                                                           
42  Dave Hall                     0- 0                                                                           
26  Bill Hammond                  0- 0                                                                           
70  Dick Hasselbart               0- 0                                                                           
60  Ferrell Henry                 8- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx                      xx      xx      xx
66  Dick Hermann                 10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
29  Joe Huxel                     0- 0                                                                           
    Mike Keesee                   0- 0                                                                           
23  Jim Loftin                    9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx       
    David Logan                   0- 0                                                                           
75  Dale MacKenzie                5- 0  xx                              xx      xx      xx              xx       
77  Bob Mangan                   10- 6  xx      xx      xx      xx      O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
14  Jim Massey                    4- 0          xx              xx      xx      xx                               
54  Jay Mac Matthews              1- 0                                          xx                               
    John McCall                   0- 0                                                                           
63  Bill McDowell                10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
40  Doug Messer                   3- 0  xx                                      xx              xx               
42  Les Murdock                   6- 0  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx              xx               
62  Gene Parish                   0- 0                                                                           
68  Joe Parrish                   9- 0          xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
79  Frank Pennie                 10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
29  Joe Petko                    10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
64  David Pitts                   0- 0                                                                           
    Ed Pope                       0- 0                                                                           
16  Ed Pritchett                  8- 0  xx      xx                      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
74  Henry Rappe                   0- 0                                                                           
    Elton Revell                  0- 0                                                                           
41  Gene Roberts                  6- 2  O & D   O & D   xx      xx      xx      xx                               
88  John Roberts                  4- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx                                               
44  Marion Roberts                9- 3          xx      O & D   O & D   O & D   xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
52  Chuck Robinson               10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
61  Jack Shinholser              10- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
62  Steve Slay                    0- 0                                                                           
20  Dave Snyder                  10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
27  Phil Spooner                  0- 0                                                                           
70  Larry Strobel                 0- 0                                                                           
73  Avery Sumner                 10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
84  Hank Sytsma                   0- 0                                                                           
13  Steve Tensi                  10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
85  Dale Twitchell                0- 0                                                                           
80  John Wachtel                  7- 0                  xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
69  Steve Watson                  0- 0                                                                           
76  Tom West                      8- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx               
89  Max Wettstein                 9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx
71  Darrell Willett               0- 0                                                                           
65  Jerry Wooten                  9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx

FLORIDA STATE 24, MIAMI 0

09/20/1963, CORAL GABLES, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 21, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

MIAMI, FL - Fred Biletnikoff and Steve Tensi, or Steve Tensi and Fred Biletnikoff?

The question of who should be listed first was absolutely the only one left that was hanging here Friday night as Florida State made Miami's inflated football team look silly, 24-0.

FSU tore Miami's press clippings into tiny, pathetic shreds. Biletnikoff, who scored three touchdowns, and Tensi, who passed for two, were co-hosts for this Seminoles scissors party.

It was almost a cut and dried thing, so superior was FSU, in every phase of the game, on this damp evening.

It had rained for three days, but it stopped just before the kickoff, and the field, protected by tarpaulins, was in fine shape. Rain, or a wet field, was in no way a factor.

There was just one factor, really: FSU was a much better football team.

George Mira?

Heralded as the No. 1 college quarterback in the nation, this cat-like junior gave it all he had, and it wasn't nearly enough. He threw 39 times, completed 18 for 182 yards, and 20 minutes were gone in the ball game before he completed one.

IN EVERY QUARTER

FSU scored in every quarter, did not permit Miami inside its 30 until the score was 17-0

Miami was a bit over a touchdown favorite, was billed as one of the country's top 20 teams. A crowd of 57,598 braved the threat of rain, when 61,252 tickets had been sold. With fair weather, they might have filled the Orange Bowl for this one.

Here's the way the scoring went:
(1) FSU drove 87 yards the second time it got its eager hands on the ball, with Tensi tossing to Biletnikoff for the final 23.
(2) FSU went 55 yards the fourth time it touched the ball, with Tensi passing to Biletnikoff for the last 17.
(3) Doug Messer kicked a field goal from the 12 after a fourth-and-inches gamble by Miami failed and FSU took over at the Hurricane 40.
(4) Biletnikoff intercepted a Mira pass and went 99 yards.

Late in the third quarter Miami penetrated to the FSU 27.

The Hurricanes got to the FSU seven, before Biletnikoff came up with his scoring interception, and again reached the seven with about five minutes to play.

Tensi, all six-feet-five inches of him, a bundle of deadly coolness easily outshone Mira. He completed 13 of 20 throws for the night for 149 yards. He had 10 strikes in 13 first-half tries, might have done much better overall had it seemed necessary.

Biletnikoff caught four passes for 71 yards.

With FSU playing it neat on its 14-0 halftime lead, the Hurricanes managed an edge in total offense, 272 yards to 262. FSU outrushed the Miamians, 113 to 86.

DAVE SNYDER LEADS

FSU's Dave Snyder emerged as the leading ground gainer for the night, 59 yards in 14 carries. Miami's heralded sophomore halfback Russ Smith was next, 26 yards in 11 runs.

A defensive accounting will have to wait until a study of the game films, but sophomore guard Bill McDowell must have been an FSU stickout. A pressbox accounting gave him seven tackles, two assists.

Said Andy Gustafson, the Miami coach: "It was the most surprising and shocking game I've seen in many years. They completely outplayed us all the way through the game."

Said FSU Coach Bill Peterson: "I can only say that our football team was great tonight. Our pass defense superb, as well as our line play.

"I think we had some All-American performances for FSU tonight. This has been my greatest victory."

DOESN'T TAKE LONG

FSU wasn't long showing what it had in mind for this one. Passes and more passes.

But the Seminoles came out running. They took the game-opening kickoff, and Marion Roberts' neat runback from the end zone to his 30 was nullified by an offsides penalty.

Then Gene Roberts wheeled the second kickoff up to the 21. Two plunges by Gene got eight, a pass failed, and Charley Calhoun punted a 48-yarder that Miami returned 13 to the Hurricanes 38.

Mira couldn't connect on his first throw, following a couple of runs, and Miami kicked back. A good one, dead on the FSU 13.

THE TENSI PASSES

Then Tensi took the Tribe 87 pulsating yards to a payoff.

Make it 89 yards, for Snyder lost two on FSU's first try after the punt. Tensi then put everybody's hearts in their mouths with a throw - complete, to Red Dawson for 14 and a first down.

A run gained naught, and Tensi again pitched, for 12 to Biletnikoff. Dave Snyder got three and Tensi threw to Dawson again at the 50, thereby connecting on his first three aerial attempts.

MISSES ON ONE

Tensi missed on one, then hit Snyder for a first down at the Miami 37. On a draw play, Snyder slashed for 12 to the 25. Then Snyder rammed the line for two.

Then Biletnikoff got behind a defensive man, turned and grabbed the ball with a little leap just at the goal line, and fell into the end zone for six points. Doug Messer's kick made it 7-0.

Mira found no receivers, and the first quarter ended without his completing a pass or Miami making a first down.

FSU had its third offensive shot from its own 34 before that quarter ended. A Tensi pass to Max Wettstein for 10 led to a first down at the FSU 48. But a couple of fumbles, recovered by Seminoles, messed up that move and Calhoun punted.

RACKED FOR MINUS 11

When Smith, after failing on a halfback pass, tried to go wide on another option, guard Bill McDowell zipped through and racked him for minus 11, back on the nine.

Miami punted as the second quarter opened, and FSU had a start from its 45.

Snyder, on two runs, tore off 15 to the Miami 40. Tensi missed, then hit - with Don Floyd catching for 15 at the 25. Snyder dug for one, then caught a pass from Tensi for seven to the 17.

It was third-and-two, and as Miami braced for a whack at the line, Tensi crossed 'em. He shot a pass to Biletnikoff in the end zone for six more points.

Messer swung his toe and it was 14-0.

FIRST BY MIRA

Mira got his first pass completed with 5:50 gone in the quarter. Nick Spinelli caught it for seven yards and a first down - Miami's first one - at the Hurricane 39. Then Mira found Hoyt Sparks with another, and the Hurricanes were knocking at FSU's 41. There Mira missed on three straight, after a run, including a fourth-down throw. FSU took over at its 38.

Tensi hit a couple to Biletnikoff and Floyd, but a holding penalty stymied things and Calhoun punted to Miami's 28.

Mira began finding his targets. Spinelli caught one for 10, and Pete Banaszak one for 11, to midfield. Another to Jack Sims, got the Hurricanes to FSU's 37. But the home team got no farther than the 35. On fourth down, Winfred Bailey intercepted a Mira throw in the end zone.

FSU got backed on its eight, as Snyder got tossed for a loss of seven, followed by an offsides penalty. Calhoun stuck his toe into a 54-yarder and Miami was set back on its 39.

MIRA DISCOURAGED

Jim Causey discouraged Mira by tossing him for his first loss, three yards. On fourth down, with 55 seconds, Miami judiciously punted, and soon the halftime whistle blew.

Harvey Foster, the Miami punter, had been quoted in the newspaper here to the effect he would not be obliged to punt more than three times in this one. This one, just before intermission, was his fourth.

Tensi had completed 10 of 13 passes for 119 yards at this stage, Mira six of 17 for 63. FSU had a 10-to-5 lead in first downs, 42-to-12 in rushing yardage, 161-to-75 in total yardage.

Then Miami tried running, and that was no good either. Starting from the 20 after the second half kickoff, Miami tried six straight cracks at the line, with Smith in the fore.

Came fourth down and six inches just over the 40-yard line. Banaszak tried the gamble, off the right side. He met a head-long counter plunge by Avery Sumner. Banaszak lost about a foot. FSU took over.

TENSI TO FLOYD

Third down and needing eight, and Tensi fired to Floyd for nine and the first down at the 27.

Miami called time out, then got introduced to a left-tackle run by Snyder, who pounded to the 18. Gene Roberts then struck the middle for 10.

A Snyder run for four, to the six, was sandwiched between two incomplete passes. On fourth down, Messer booted a 3-pointer from the 12, an official 22-yarder.

Miami got no further than its 32. After a mediocre punt, FSU started on its 40.

M. Roberts whacked for six. Maury Bibent found a hole but somebody punched the ball out of his arms. The ball bounced forward to the Miami 46, where Charley Brown claimed the ball for the Hurricanes.

CATCHES A COUPLE

Sims caught a couple, for a first down at FSU's 44. Robert Barth two plays later ripped off 13 to the 29. That was it. Another Barth run got two, Banaszak got nothing. Two passes failed, FSU took over.

Snyder rambled for 10, to the 38, as the third quarter ended. A clipping penalty stopped the effort. Calhoun punted to the Miami 45, and the Hurricanes drew their first penalty of the evening - a 15-yarder that put them on their 30.

Miami moved, running to its 41. Mira passed to Spinelli for 10, to Sparks for 14 at the FSU 35.

Tren Smith grabbed a Mira toss for 21, to the 14. Smith then ran wide, seven to the seven. Spinelli dropped Mira's TD-labelled pass in the end zone when Calhoun socked him. Another pass missed. Fourth down now.

99-YARD TOUCHDOWN

Mira threw again. Biletnikoff grabbed it in at about the goal line - not a Miami receiver near - and he struck out down the sidelines, shook off at least one tackler, outraced some others and went all the way, 99 yards with the interception. Messer made the point for 24-0.

A bit over ten minutes remained.

Again Miami drove, beginning on its 34. Two straight pass-interference calls helped the Hurricanes to FSU's 38. Mira threw to Sims at the 25, to Fred Brown at the 13.

Smith, running wide, got shot down by Floyd for minus seven. Mira passed to Bennett at the 13, then to the safe man at the seven. Fourth down and Bill Daly deflected Mira's throw, and it fell harmlessly like a wounded pigeon.

FSU worked close to midfield, again got hamstrung on a penalty. A punt and Miami had a last chance from its 43 with less than two minutes to go.

It ended with Miami on the FSU 35, a badly beaten and mighty sad football team.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
3
7
24
MIAMI
0
0
0
0
0

1st   7- 0  Fred Biletnikoff, 23, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 6:20 
2nd  14- 0  Fred Biletnikoff, 17, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 11:08
3rd  17- 0  Doug Messer, 22, field goal, 8:11 
4th  24- 0  Fred Biletnikoff, 99, interception return (Doug Messer, kick), 10:16


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 18 Rushes-yards 34- 93 33- 85 Passing 149 182 Att-Comp-Int 20-13-0 40-18-2 Total Yards 54-242 73-267 Punt Returns 2-15 5-42 Kickoff Returns 1-20 4-83 Interception Ret. 2-99 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 6-45.0 5-40.4 Fumbles-Lost 4-1 0-0 Penalties-Yds 8-74 2-30 Attendance 57,598 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dave Snyder 13- 52 Howard Ehler 4- 19 Gene Roberts 8- 17 Marion Roberts 2- 9 Maury Bibent 1- 8 Steve Tensi 6- -12 Receiving Fred Biletnikoff 4- 71 Bill "Red" Dawson 2- 24 Don Floyd 3- 24 Dave Snyder 2- 19 Max Wettstein 1- 9 Gene Roberts 1- 2 Passing Steve Tensi 20-13-0-149 Punt Return Charlie Calhoun 1- 10 Winfred Bailey 1- 5 Kickoff Return Gene Roberts 1- 20 Punting Charlie Calhoun 6- 270 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Winfred Bailey . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Fred Biletnikoff . . . . . 1- 99 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LH   20  Dave Snyder
RH   25  Fred Biletnikoff
FB   41  Gene Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
DB   25  Fred Biletnikoff
LB   41  Gene Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
28  Winfred Bailey
29  Joe Petko
40  Doug Messer
42  Les Murdock
43  Howard Ehler
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
60  Ferrell Henry
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
75  Dale MacKenzie
76  Tom West
77  Bob Mangan
79  Frank Pennie
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
88  John Roberts
89  Max Wettstein

TEXAS CHRISTIAN 13, FLORIDA STATE 0

09/28/1963, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 29, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It was a night for Ducks and for Frogs!

And the Horned Frogs of TCU, playing it oh-so-cool all the way, pushed Florida State's football team into a pool of misery here Saturday night.

The score was 13-0.

It rained most of the day and at least half the game, and folks stayed home by the droves. A crowd "sure to be" in excess of 22,000 dribbled down to a turnout of about 16,000 frustrated souls.

What the rain - and TCU - did to FSU was a sad thing. More than anything else, the Seminoles lost their offensive poise.

They played, overall, a poor offensive game - a game that was a far cry from the magnificent effort against Miami a week ago.

THINGS WENT WRONG

Where almost all things went right for FSU in Miami, almost all things went wrong on this Saturday night.

TCU may or may not have had the better team. It didn't have to have.

The Seminoles made that many mistakes.

TCU got a first-quarter touchdown on a 46-yard run back of a pass interception by Jim Fauver, a thoroughly capable halfback.

The Texans got a third-quarter field goal after recovering a fumble on the FSU 46. They added another 3-pointer in the last period, on the heels of an 80-yard march - much their biggest show of offense the whole evening.

CLOSE ONLY TWICE

Jim McAteer kicked both field goals from the 14.

FSU was in Texas country all night, but got reasonably close only twice, at the 29 and 6.

Other times they were at TCU's 29 in the first period. On fourth down, needing inches, FSU failed to make it - and give TCU all the credit in the world for that. It was the key play of the game.

The very next time FSU had its hands on the ball there came the pass and Fauver's dramatic run-back for six points.

Oddly, both teams ended with the same net offensive total, 185 yards. FSU got 91 via air, 94 on the ground. TCU 162 rushing, 23 passing.

FIGURES DECEPTIVE

The figures are deceptive. TCU mounted no attack worth mentioning against a vigorous FSU defense, until the issue was pretty well settled. At halftime the Frogs had just 45 net yards.

FSU threw the ball only 16 times - but 11 of those attempts were in the last quarter - and completed seven.

Steve Tensi, so brilliant against Miami last week, obviously had trouble with the wet ball. The interception, however, was only the third by the 6-5 junior during his FSU time.

Both sides had some individual marvels.

Halfback Dave Snyder represented about 90 percent of FSU's running game, getting 74, in 18 carries, of the 91 net yards. He also got in some good cracks on defense.

In the late stages, TCU turned loose a substitute quarterback, one Randy Howard, who did some bright work on rollouts, emerging as the game's leading gainer, with 81 yards in eight carries.

TCU's pass defense had to be something pretty special. Every one of FSU's seven completions was to a different target.

The result left TCU unbeaten, 2-0, with Arkansas ahead next week. FSU is 1-1 with an open date coming up.

FSU fumbled eight times and lost the ball twice, TCU five times, with one loss.

TCU chose to kick to the Seminoles after winning the coin toss at the start of the evening, and it looked like a beaut of a decision on the wet field, particularly after FSU hamstrung itself by drawing penalties the first two times it touched the ball.

TRIBE SET BACK

A clipping infraction on the kickoff put the Tribe back to a beginning on its 24. Then a holding call knocked the home team to the 15.

Snyder got five on a wide run, to the 20, and on third down Charley Calhoun entered to punt. Smart move for a bad snap with the wet ball forced Calhoun to run. He got to the 25, then went back for a last-down punt.

He boomed one that got a roll, 47 yards to the TCU 28, and suddenly things had shifted.

Two runs got the Texans only two yards, and Jim Fauver kicked on third down - bad one, 19 yards to the 50.

Snyder, in a pair of rips, cut out the game's initial first down, at the TCU 39. A 7-yard pass on third down, Tensi to Snyder, helped the Tribe to the 29, inches short of a first down. Gene Roberts hit off the left side, met 255-pound Ken Henson and lost inches. TCU took over.

The Frogs couldn't move and Garry Thomas entered for a fourth down punt. He bobbled the ball but managed to kick on the run. It was a real save that traveled 26 yards to FSU's 39 and helped precipitate a dramatic turn.

As a back pulled a good fake into the line, Tensi retreated and threw, with Don Floyd his target. But Fauver slipped in, made a juggling interception and sped, untouched, 46 yards to a touchdown. TCU led 7-0 after Jim McAlteer's point kick.

Marion Roberts made a bright runback on the kickoff, to the FSU 45. But the Tribe couldn't gain and Calhoun punted and it was returned to the TCU 26.

Then Jim Massey intercepted Randy Howard's deflected pass and FSU was in position at the TCU 49.

FSU BOGS DOWN

Maury Bibent dug for seven, but things bogged down. Calhoun's punt was returned by TCU to its 17 on the last play of the opening quarter.

Soon Thomas lofted a whopper of a punt, 64 yards to FSU's 19. Synder's running and a 15-yard foul penalty got the Tribe out of the hole, to midfield. But soon another punt was necessary, and TCU started anew on its 16.

A return punt, a short runback by Calhoun, and FSU was knocking at the TCU 48. Tensi shot a 12-yard pass to Biletnikoff, at the 34. Snyder piled through to the 30 but fumbled when Bob Mangum and a couple of others socked him. Garry Thomas recovered for TCU.

A short pass, Gray Mills to Fauver, and a foul penalty lifted the Texans to FSU's 49. Then Larry Bulaich fumbled, when George D'Allessandro hit him, and Joe Parrish claimed the ball for the Seminoles at FSU's 45 with 3:45 left in the half.

Bibent, on a wide run, sprinted for 11 to the TCU 44, where Henson pulled him down when he might have been away for much more.

TCU called a halt there, with another Bibent run gaining naught, a fumble losing four, and a pass missing its mark. Calhoun punted and TCU killed the clock until halftime.

FSU decided to receive the second-half kick, and was off and moving. After a start from the 23, Snyder dashed for eight, then for 20, to the TCU 49.

TENSI DROPS PIGSKIN

But on third down, Tensi, back to pass dropped the damp ball when he cocked his arm. The ref called it a fumble, and Tom Magoffin was the man who got it for TCU at the FSU 46.

The Frogs turned on their crunching ground game, and chopped until they reached a third-and-10 situation at the 35.

Whereupon, Mills rolled out and pitched to Lynn Morrison, 18 yards to the 19.

Came third-and-eight at the 17. This time, Mills handed off to Fauver, who danced off his left side, and went all the way to the four.

Marv Chipman got a yard. Fauver tried a run to his left again, and Snyder tore through to sock him for minus five, back to the eight. Chipman dug to the five. Fourth down, and McAteer booted the field goal from the 14, with Snyder a split second late in a near-miss blocking bid.

The Warriors took over on offense, with Charley Calhoun quarterbacking. Joe Petko got 11, up to the FSU 40.

Then Howard Ehler pushed for six. Calhoun, on a keeper, made it a first down at the 50. But FSU reached a fourth-and-one stage at the 41, chose to punt, with Calhoun's effort going over the goal on the second play of the last quarter.

FROGS MOVE OUT

Here came TCU running!

On a 15-yard rollout, Howard ran to the 40. Two plays later he rolled out again, for 23 to the FSU 33. Then he struck off seven, two plays later 10 more, to the 13 and a first down. In came the Chiefs, pinch-hitting for the Renegades on defense.

Fauver lost a yard. Howard passed and Biletnikoff came within a hair of intercepting at the one - juggling the ball and losing it, following the ball and losing it.

Howard following a pulling guard, then danced to the seven. On fourth down, McAteer kicked another field goal from the 14. Nine minutes, 12 seconds remaining.

On a 25-yard pass, Tensi to Red Dawson, FSU maneuvered to the TCU 48. More passes missed. Calhoun punted to the 13 with 7:20 to go.

FSU had a shot from its 43 after a third down TCU punt and a bit over five minutes to play.

Calhoun passed to Marion Roberts at the TCU 45. Bibent ran to the 40. Tensi threw to Jim Loftin, first down to the 31. Then Tensi pitched to Don Floyd at the 19, following with a throw to Max Wettstein for a first down at the six.

But that was all. Petko got no blocking, lost 10 on a run. Then Tensi was dumped back on the 29. The next two passes failed.

TCU took over and drove to the FSU 47 before time ran out.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TEXAS CHRISTIAN
7
0
3
3
13
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

1st   0- 7  Opp, 46, interception return (kick), 6:26 
3rd   0-10  Opp, 22, field goal, 3:30 
4th   0-13  Opp, 24, field goal, 9:12 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 11 Rushes-yards 41- 94 40-162 Passing 91 23 Att-Comp-Int 16-7-1 5-2-1 Total Yards 57-185 45-185 Punt Returns 2-24 2-17 Kickoff Returns 5-105 0-0 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-46 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 7-33.6 5-40.0 Fumbles-Lost 8-2 5-1 Penalties-Yds 4-41 2-20 Attendance 16,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dave Snyder 18- 74 Maury Bibent 5- 24 Charlie Calhoun 4- 8 Howard Ehler 2- 8 Joe Petko 4- 8 Marion Roberts 1- 2 Gene Roberts 3- 0 Steve Tensi 4- -30 Receiving Bill "Red" Dawson 1- 25 Marion Roberts 1- 14 Max Wettstein 1- 13 John Roberts 1- 12 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 12 Jim Loftin 1- 9 Dave Snyder 1- 6 Passing Steve Tensi 14- 6-1- 77 Charlie Calhoun 2- 1-0- 14 Punt Return Charlie Calhoun 2- 24 Kickoff Return Marion Roberts 4- 81 Howard Ehler 1- 24 Punting Charlie Calhoun 7- 235 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- George D'Allesandro . . . . . . . . . 1 . . Gene Parish . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jim Massey . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
RHB  25  Fred Biletnikoff
FB   41  Gene Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
DB   25  Fred Biletnikoff
LB   41  Gene Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Charlie Calhoun
12  Tony Gero
14  Jim Massey
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
29  Joe Petko
43  Howard Ehler
44  Marion Roberts
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
60  Ferrell Henry
##  NAME
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61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
68  Joe Parrish
76  Tom West
77  Bob Mangan
79  Frank Pennie
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
88  John Roberts
89  Max Wettstein

FLORIDA STATE 35, WAKE FOREST 0

10/12/1963, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/13/1963, page 1

TALLAHASSEE, FL, October 13, 1963 - Big Steve Tensi took four warm-up pitches at the start here Saturday afternoon, threw them all wild, then, with his arm finally loose, completed 17 of his next 22 passes in hurling Florida State to a 35-0 shutout of frustrated Wake Forest.

At the finish of a sunny afternoon, Tensi had marked up 227 air yards on his 17 hits in 26 throws.

More phenomenally, 208 of those 227 yards figured directly in FSU's five touchdown drives.

The 6-5 junior quarterback connected on three passes for touchdowns, 23 yards to Biletnikoff for FSU's first payoff, nine and 11 yards to Max Wettstein for FSU's last two.

In between Marion Roberts ran one yard for a touchdown, and Dave Snyder pounded two for another.

But it wasn't quite as easy as it sounded. It was a 7-0 ball game one minute before halftime. Wake Forest played interesting football much of the way - running well, passing well, hitting well. But it was in spurts.

The Deacons, as it suffered through its 14th consecutive setback, literally forced the Seminoles to pass. At the half, the Seminoles had an inglorious net of 22 yards rushing, as a stunting defense, quite similar to FSU's own, gave ground grudgingly.

The Deacons' 6-1 quarterback Karl Sweetan was a tough enough fellow, zeroing in on 16 of 29 passes for 122 yards. He punted seven times for a 34.8 average, though FSU partially blocked one and made him hurry a couple of others. End Dick Cameron, a 6-4 type, was quite troublesome, too, catching four passes and acting mean defensively.

On the ground, FSU managed 100 yards net, with 43 of it coming on a single late gallop by Larry Brinkley, who emerged as the game's leading rusher, 52 in four carries. Wake Forest got 92 rushing.

FSU might have been a bit rusty due to an open date. A crowd of about 15,000 sun-parched partisans had some anxious early moments.

Starting end Donnie Floyd didn't play because of a pinched nerve in his neck.

But Wettstein, a 6-3 sophomore from Leesburg, was a bright replacement for Floyd. He latched on to eight passes for 64 yards and two TDs. Biletnikoff grabbed four for 66 yards, one TD. Red Dawson caught three for 37.

Wake Forest partially succeeded in its plan to control the ball as much as possible, getting off 68 plays to FSU's 59.

With all the throwing, there were no interceptions, no fumbles lost on either side.

Now 2-1 for the season, the Seminoles go to Mobile next for a Saturday night date with Southern Mississippi, an old Seminoles nemesis.

Wake Forest had a dandy start, returning the game-opening kickoff up to its 31, and moving to the 40 before Sweetan stuck his toe into one, 47 yards to the FSU 13.

The Seminoles were backfiring in the early going, with Tensi throwing wildly in the shadow of his own goal.

FSU managed improved field position on a punting exchange, when Sweetan, angled one out of bounds, just 15 yards away on the FSU 25. Dave Snyder swept wide for a 16-yard gain. Again Tensi was overthrowing. When the Deacons got penalized for clipping as Charley Calhoun punted, they found themselves backed on their 11.

After a return kick, FSU had a crack from its 49. More than 10 minutes were gone in the first quarter before either team cut out a first down. It came after Tensi completed his first pass, after four misses, to Wettstein for seven yards, and Maury Bibent pounded to the Wake Forest 38.

Four plays later - two running plays, a penalty, a fumble - the Tribe was back on its 48, with Calhoun punting, the Deacons drawing another clipping penalty and getting set back to the nine.

Wake Forest probed to the 25. Sweetan punted, was rushed hard, started running, stopped and sliced a kick out of bounds nine yards away at the 34 just before this rather startling first quarter ran out.

At the 27, a Tensi shot over the middle to Dawson cut out a first down on the 13. Snyder tried to go wide, to his left, and Cameron tore in and ran him down for a 10-yard loss.

Then Tensi promptly put an end to the foolishness, throwing one over the middle to Biletnikoff at the four. He simply wheeled around and stepped into the end zone for six points on the 23-yard payoff play. Doug Messer kicked the point for 7-0.

Wake Forest got going. Sweetan threw a 6-yard pass to Cameron, a 3-yarder to Wayne Welborn, and just a bit later a 23-yarder to Cameron, at the FSU 34. There FSU tightened, and Sweetan's fourth-down try for a field goal from the 32 was wide.

The Seminoles on their next two turns with the ball, starting at their 20 and 13, managed a net of just five yards.

Wake Forest, meanwhile, was getting starts at its 48 and 47 after FSU punts. Key play came when, on third down, FSU's Dick Hermann bagged Sweetan for a 7-yard loss on a pass attempt.

Next play Sweetan found Seminoles all around him as he tried to punt. It was partially blocked, and Snyder was the guy who tagged the ball. FSU had the ball at its own 47 with about three minutes left in the half.

Marion Roberts dug for six. Then Tensi proved he had not lost his touch - completing five straight passes. Seven yards to Wettstein, 18 to Biletnikoff, seven to Dawson (after a 5-yard penalty), five to Wettstein, then 13 to Biletnikoff on the two.

Marion Roberts hit the middle for a yard. FSU called time. Then Marion Roberts pounded at the middle again, scoring FSU's first TD this season on the ground, with 40 seconds to go before intermission. Messer added the point for 14-0.

Snyder was the swing man on a tricky second-half kickoff run-back that paved FSU's third TD.

Marion Roberts took the kick, headed up the middle, handed off to Calhoun, who pitched out to Snyder, who lit out for the sidelines, cut back and rambled to the Wake Forest 35. It was a 53-yard return.

After Marion Roberts got four, Tensi threw to Wettstein for eight, at the 23. Snyder pushed to the 19, then Tensi hit Dawson with a strike at the three. Marion Roberts got a yard. Then Snyder, carrying about 600 pounds of Deacons with him, scored on a determined 2-yard smash. Messer's kick brought it to 21-0.

With Sammy Decker, 169-pound sophomore halfback, leading the charge, Wake Forest drove on the ground from its 36 to the FSU 20 before the Seminoles stiffened. Sweetan then hit two passes, with one losing ground, and finally FSU took over on downs at its 13.

FSU was a little while getting out of that hole. A punting swap put the Tribe back on its five on the heels of a 53-yard Sweetan boot.

Only a little while...Tensi directed a 95-yard scoring push. He threw to Winfield Bailey for four at the 12, to Wettstein for six, to Biletnikoff for 13 at the 31 - the latter on the first play of the last quarter.

Then Tensi fired over the middle, hit Marion Roberts about midfield and the fullback ran on for a 55-yard gainer to the Wake Forest 14.

Snyder got four, just over the 10, and Tensi passed to Wettstein in the end zone for the touchdown. Messer's toe was true again for 28-0.

The Deacons moved to FSU's 36, couldn't cut out a first down, turned over the ball.

Suddenly Brinkley popped through the Wake Forest line, cut wide, then wider, and skipped 43 yards to the Deacons' 21.

Two more runs, and Brinkley put it on the 12. Then Tensi passed to Wettstein in the end zone for six more points. Messer added his fifth point with 6:41 left in the game.

Soon Calhoun got loose on a 61-yard punt return to the Wake Forest 26.

Nothing came of that, mainly due to the effort of Deacon end Wilbert Faircloth. After FSU got to the 18, he socked Tensi for a 10-yard loss, then hit his arm on a fourth-down throw, causing the pitch to miss the target.

Wake Forest was fiddling away with futility at midfield when the end came.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WAKE FOREST
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
14
7
14
35

2nd   7- 0  Fred Biletnikoff, 23, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 13:30
      7- 0  Opp, 49, field goal failed
     14- 0  Marion Roberts, 2, run (Doug Messer, kick), 0:40 
3rd  21- 0  Dave Snyder, 2, run (Doug Messer, kick), 11:33
4th  28- 0  Max Wettstein, 9, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick)
     35- 0  Max Wettstein, 12, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 6:41 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 15 Rushes-yards 32-100 39- 92 Passing 236 122 Att-Comp-Int 27-18-0 29-16-0 Total Yards 59-336 68-214 Punt Returns 3-79 6-54 Kickoff Returns 1-58 5-98 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 6-41.3 8-31.3 Fumbles-Lost 3-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 5-52 2-20 Attendance 15,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Brinkley 4- 52 Dave Snyder 10- 31 Marion Roberts 7- 18 Maury Bibent 3- 6 Charlie Calhoun 3- 6 Joe Petko 1- 3 Howard Ehler 1- 2 Steve Tensi 3- -18 Receiving Fred Biletnikoff 4- 66 Max Wettstein 8- 64 Marion Roberts 1- 55 Bill "Red" Dawson 3- 37 Winfred Bailey 2- 14 Passing Steve Tensi 26-17-0-227 Charlie Calhoun 1- 1-0- 9 Punt Return Charlie Calhoun 2- 67 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 12 Kickoff Return Dave Snyder 0- 45 Marion Roberts 1- 13 Punting Charlie Calhoun 6- 248 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maury Bibent 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Robinson 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Avery Sumner 7 . 7 . . . . . . . . . Frank Pennie 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . George D'Allesandro 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . . Charlie Calhoun 2 5 7 . . . . . . . . . Jack Shinholser 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Joe Parrish 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Larry Brinkley 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Dave Snyder 5 . 5 . . . . . . . 1 . Bill "Red" Dawson 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . John Wachtel 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
RHB  25  Fred Biletnikoff
FB   44  Marion Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
DB   25  Fred Biletnikoff
LB   44  Marion Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Charlie Calhoun
12  Tony Gero
21  Larry Brinkley
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
28  Winfred Bailey
29  Joe Petko
41  Gene Roberts
42  Les Murdock
43  Howard Ehler
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
60  Ferrell Henry
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
68  Joe Parrish
76  Tom West
77  Bob Mangan
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
88  John Roberts
89  Max Wettstein

FLORIDA STATE 0, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 0

10/19/1963, Mobile, Al

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 20, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

MOBILE, AL - Hamstringing Steve Tensi like he never had been before, Southern Mississippi dared Florida State's hot-passing quarterback to throw here Saturday night.

So Tensi threw, Southern intercepted three, and in the end Florida State was more than happy to settle with a 0-0 tie.

Halfway through his second season of action at FSU, Tensi entered this game with only three interceptions behind him in 13 games.

Jim Berry's name deserves headlines for Southern. A senior defensive back from Panama City, he stole two of Tensi's pitches. It was also Berry who tackled FSU's Marion Roberts when he appeared headed for a touchdown on a 58-yard runback of the second-half kickoff.

MISTAKES BY FSU

"You can't win when you make as many mistakes as we did," said FSU Coach Bill Peterson.

Southern, richly deserving this tie on its play tonight, can sing the same song, maybe louder. Southern lost four fumbles to FSU, including one at the Seminoles' 5-yard line, another at the FSU 10.

On the last play of the game, with the ball on FSU's 17 after an interception of a Tensi pass at the 29, Southern missed a field goal.

Earlier FSU had missed two 3-point tries, with the ball on Southern's 14 and 33.

SOUTHERN'S BEST

"I want to commend FSU on the way it tackled," said Southern Coach Pie Vann. "Fumbles will come when a team hits you like that. This was our best defensive effort of the year."

This was only the second tie for a Vann-coached team in 14-plus years of coaching. Southern now stands 1-1-1 for the season, while FSU is 2-1-1.

Tensi completed only five of 20 throws, precipitated partially by Southern's aggressive and alert defense, partly by poor catching.

FSU OUTGAINED

Southern gained exactly twice as many yards rushing as FSU did, 182 to 91, and Sophomore Quarterback Vic Purvis was a leader, wheeling 79 yards in 14 carries. He also completed five of 10 passes for 55 yards, and FSU stole none of his.

A rather thin crowd of 11,350 watched FSU sputter from the beginning.

The Seminoles went into the game with Charley Calhoun nursing an ankle injury. A big key for the Seminoles, with his punting and defensive secondary work, Calhoun didn't figure to play. But after a first FSU punt attempt was blocked, Calhoun was pressed into kicking duty and did well. FSU could have used him on defense but he wasn't there.

Though FSU was a 2-touchdown favorite, FSU had lost six of eight to this team, never before had held Southern to fewer than two touchdowns.

It was a rough game from the start. FSU tackle Jerry Bruner left on an ankle injury after the first scrimmage play of the night.

Southern couldn't move after taking the game-opening kick, and a punt gave FSU a start from its 38. Snyder, on a counter play, hit for 14 yards, then for six, to Southern's 43.Two Tensi passes missed. Back to punt, Larry Brinkley got a low snap and booted the ball straight up for a yard loss, and Southern had a chance from its 44.

EXCHANGE PUNTING

Southern probed to FSU's 43, got taxed for clipping, finally had to punt. Three plays later, after FSU lost yardage, Calhoun barely got off a return punt before a hard charge. It was a 27-yarder to FSU's 46.

Purvis, trapped trying to throw, ran wide for 15 yards to the 29, where Biletnikoff halted a possible all-the-way jaunt. Two runs gained the 23. Then Purvis passed to Jesse Brown, who fumbled after being hit. Rabbit Brown recovered the rolling ball for Southern at the nine for a 14-yard gain.

Then Bull Brannon cracked the right side, fumbled, and Dick Hermann recovered for the Seminoles on the five.

Calhoun soon got off a gem of a punt, 54 yards to Southern's 34.

On the first play of the second quarter, Purvis gained 13 on a sweep but fumbled when Jim Massey nailed him. Bill McDowell hopped on the ball for FSU at the Seminoles' 47.

TRIBE MOVES

After Larry Ecuyer bagged Maury Bibent for a loss of seven, Tensi passed to Donnie Floyd, 12 to the Southern 48. Then Brinkley smashed the middle of the line for nine to the 39. Tensi threw to Jim Causey for 11 more, at the 28. Bibent, on a wide run, rambled for 19 to the nine.

But Snyder got only a yard. A pass missed, and Tensi was rushed hard, drawing a penalty for trying to hit an illegal receiver. With the ball back on the 14, Doug Messer attempted a field goal from the 21. It was wide.

Another kicking exchange followed, with a clipping penalty nullifying a 23-yard run by Snyder to midfield.

It was tit-for-tat until the last play of the half, with neither team cutting out a first down. On the last play, James Berry intercepted a Tensi pass and ran it back 25 yards to FSU's 39 before he was finally pulled down.

Tensi had completed a mere 3 of 12 passes at intermission. Southern had outgained FSU 118 yards to 94.

On the second-half kickoff, FSU pulled a fake handoff routine, with Marion Roberts taking the ball on the goal, and whacking up the middle 58 yards to Southern's 42, where Berry grabbed him.

A 7-yard run by M. Roberts and Tensi's 11-yard pass to Max Wettstein carried FSU to the 25. An offsides penalty against Southern and M. Roberts' 5-yard dash picked up 10 more to the 15. Then Tensi's jump pass was intercepted by the rather ever-present Berry at the four.

Southern soon punted out of the hole and FSU started anew at its 45. Two runs lost yardage. Tensi's pass was batted down and Calhoun punted.

SOUTHERN TRY

A 40-yard Southern pass play, Purvis to Jesse, carried inside FSU's 20 but was nullified by an illegal procedure penalty.

Promptly Purvis came back with another pass to Brown, 13 yards to FSU's 43. Then Purvis, on a rollout, romped for 15 to the 30 and FSU was taxed 15 more for piling on, making it a first down on the 15.

Purvis passed to Brown at the 10. Then Purvis, trying to sweep, fumbled and Chuck Robinson recovered for FSU on the 10.

Spurred by three runs by M. Roberts for 16, FSU moved gingerly up to its 29 just as the third quarter ended.

FSU BOGS DOWN

The Seminoles got as far as their 42 before the ground game bogged down. A 51-yard punt by Calhoun put Southern back on its 14.

On a 14-yard pass, Purvis to Ben McLeod, Southern got out of the hole, then kicked, and FSU started from its 33 with eight minutes left.

The Tribe got to midfield on Tensi's 15-yard pass to M. Roberts, but no further, with more passes missing.

Then Calhoun punted, Southern fumbled, and FSU's Snyder recovered at the 19. A substitution cost the Seminoles five yards and they started on the 24. With Massey in at quarterback for one play, Snyder ran for two yards, Tensi returned, was promptly socked for an 11-yard loss by Nick Kolinsky and Sam Bella. A pass was knocked down.

TRIBE TRIES KICK

Les Murdock attempted a field goal that would have been a 50-yarder if true. It was just short. Four and one-half minutes remained.

With Purvis getting 15 on a sweep, Southern pounded up to its 46, where FSU called a halt. The Seminoles had the ball at their 22, following a punt, with 2:20 to go.

Tensi's first-down pass was intercepted by Brannon at the 29, and 1:35 showed on the clock when Southern called a timeout.

Purvis, on a keeper, got six. Rabbit Brown dug up the middle for six more, to the 17.

Brannon, in two runs, put the ball on the 12. With 30 seconds to go, Southern sent in its field-goal kicker, John Laird, then drew a 5-yard penalty for the substitution.

On the last play of the game, with the ball on the 17, Laird kicked for the 24. It was wide.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

2nd   0- 0  Doug Messer, 31, field goal failed
4th   0- 0  Les Murdock, 50, field goal failed, 4:30 
      0- 0  Opp, 34, field goal failed, 0:30 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 11 Rushes-yards 32- 91 43-182 Passing 61 55 Att-Comp-Int 20-5-3 10-5-0 Total Yards 52-152 53-237 Punt Returns 2-10 2-16 Kickoff Returns 1-58 1-15 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-34 Fumble Returns 4-0 0-0 Punts 8-33.0 8-34.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 6-4 Penalties-Yds 4-40 5-35 Attendance 11,353 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dave Snyder 13- 51 Marion Roberts 12- 38 Maury Bibent 3- 12 Larry Brinkley 2- 5 Steve Tensi 2- -15 Receiving Marion Roberts 1- 15 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 12 Don Floyd 1- 12 Max Wettstein 1- 11 Jim Causey 1- 11 Passing Steve Tensi 20- 5-3- 61 Punt Return Winfred Bailey 1- 10 Jim Massey 1- 0 Kickoff Return Marion Roberts 1- 58 Punting Charlie Calhoun 7- 265 Larry Brinkley 1- -1 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dick Hermann . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bill McDowell . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Chuck Robinson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Dave Snyder . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jim Massey . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
RHB  25  Fred Biletnikoff
FB   44  Marion Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
DB   25  Fred Biletnikoff
LB   44  Marion Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
LT   67  Jerry Bruner
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
12  Tony Gero
14  Jim Massey
21  Larry Brinkley
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
28  Winfred Bailey
29  Joe Petko
41  Gene Roberts
42  Les Murdock
43  Howard Ehler
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Ferrell Henry
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
68  Joe Parrish
76  Tom West
77  Bob Mangan
79  Frank Pennie
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
88  John Roberts
89  Max Wettstein

VIRGINIA TECH 31, FLORIDA STATE 23

10/26/1963, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 27, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Halloween came early for Florida State's football team, and the Seminoles, with a witch on a broom hovering over them all afternoon, lost a football game to Virginia Tech here Saturday, 31-23.

It was an incredible, nightmarish tragedy of errors that shocked a sun-kissed crowd of 16,500 from the bitter beginning to the bitter end.

Florida State fumbled on the game's first play from scrimmage...Take it from there and multiply.

That fumble paved a Tech field goal. Then a high pass from center precipitated a weak punt and set up a Tech touchdown.

PASS INTERCEPTION

Tech's second touchdown was negotiated on a pass interception that gave the Gobblers the ball at FSU's six. A third TD came on a blocked punt, and the fourth was brought about by another deep-down FSU fumble.

Those last two came within a 3-minutes span in the fourth quarter and gained a 17-17 tie, after FSU had twice been 10 points behind.

Tech scoring, in sequence:
(1) Dickie Cranwell's 40-yard field goal,
(2) Sonny Utz' 1-yard run,
(3) Utz' 6-yard run,
(4) Jake Adams' 38-yard run with a blocked punt,
(5) Bob Schweickert's 3-yard run.

And FSU had gone into this one with no touchdowns yielded on a run. Or on a pass either, for that matter.

FSU Coach Bill Peterson, who indicated last week he was on a determined search for some people who want to play football, will likely search harder after this one. But he may have found a couple, at least, on this otherwise dark day.

NINE-PER AVERAGE

Senior fullback Larry Brinkley, who missed the first two games on an injury, who had run but six times going into this one, ran 13 times for 117 yards, now shows an overall credit of 177 yards in 19 efforts, an average of better than nine per.

Reserve quarterback Ed Pritchett took the Tribe on a lightning 72-yard movement in a minute and a half, leading to a 44-yard field goal by Les Murdock in the final seconds of the first half, narrowing the score at that stage to 17-10.

It was the longest field goal in FSU history.

Statistics are for losers. So let the Seminoles digest them, for what they're worth...FSU outgained Tech, 410 yards to 175, led in first downs, 21 to 10, completed 14 of 26 passes, versus Tech's two of seven.

FSU limited Tech's talented quarterback Schweickert to 47 yards rushing, 15 passing, far and away the lowest total of the season for the nation's 11th ranking collegian in total offense.

Schweickert had a big offensive ally in the 200-pound Utz, who piled up 72 yards in 16 runs.

FSU's Steve Tensi hit on 13 of 23 passes for 185 yards but had two intercepted, one of which killed a promising drive. The other, of course, wrought a Tech touchdown. Pritchett hit on one of three.

With Tensi at the helm, and throwing at his best, FSU marched 86 yards for its first touchdown in the early minutes of the second quarter. Tensi capped it with a 10-yard payoff pass to Winfred Bailey. That one narrowed the score to 10-7.

In the third quarter, with Tech leading 17-10, Tensi again directed an 86-yard push, with a 52-yard run by Brinkley the key. It climaxed by Dave Snyder's plunge from the one. That tied it.

Then, after Tech got its two quick ones in the last quarter for a 31-17 lead, Tensi supervised an 80-yard march with Brinkley scoring from the one with 1:35 left in the game.

This one cut deeply into FSU hopes for a winning season. Now 2-2-1, the Seminoles meet Furman here Saturday, then face Georgia Tech, NC State, Auburn and Florida, with three of those last four on the road.

FSU trailed 10-0 before the game was seven minutes old.

On the game's first play from scrimmage, Snyder fumbled and Darryl Bailey recovered for Tech on the FSU 18.

Schweickert, on two option runs, lost six yards, back to the 24. A pass missed. On fourth down, Cranwell came in and kicked a field goal from the 30.

On the ensuing kickoff, Marion Roberts lateraled to Snyder and the officials called it a forward lateral, set FSU back on its four.

Unable to get out of the hole, FSU brought Charley Calhoun in to punt. The snap was over his head, with Calhoun making a leaping one-hand grab and managing to get a boot off, a luckless 16-yarder that took a reverse bounce and stopped on FSU's 27.

With the FSU defense geared for his wide stuff, Schweickert sent his backs tearing up the middle. Tommy Walker got five. Utz, in three successive whacks, ripped off six, 12 and two yards, to the one.

Thereupon, Utz carried once again, and scored. Cranwell's point kick made it 10-0 with 6:58 gone.

FSU moved its offensive unit into action, with Pritchett taking his first varsity turn at quarterback.

They swapped punts, and FSU, with Tensi back at quarterback, started to move for the first time.

It started on the FSU 14 with Tensi passing to George D'Allessandro for 14, to the 28. After Brinkley raced for 11, FSU was penalized five. Then Tensi found Bailey with a strike for a first down at the Virginians' 48 on the last play of the first quarter.

Marion Roberts picked up three, then Tensi completed another to Bailey, at the 29, Snyder lost one, and Tensi took to the air again, for 14 to Red Dawson at the 16. M. Roberts dug to the 10.

Tensi, back to throw, got rushed hard, finally managed an off-balance pass that Bailey grabbed just over the goal line for six points. Doug Messer's point kick narrowed things to 10-7.

Tech was far from dead after the bombardment.

Schweickert, on the rollout, whipped for 19 up to his 41. Two plays later, Utz, on a pitchout, sailed for 20 to the FSU 39.

That was as far as Tech got. Darrell Page, on a pitchout, met Calhoun and suffered a 2-yard loss. On fourth down Schweickert got introduced to Calhoun, was stopped at the 39. Schweickert punted out of bounds at the 12.

Brinkley's running led to the 26. Tensi passed to Jim Causey for nine, then to Dawson for 20 - but a clipping penalty cut the latter to a 5-yard net. More passes failed. Calhoun punted to the Tech 17.

Tech soon kicked back. Tensi passed to Brinkley for 20 at the Tech 47. Then Tommy Hawkins intercepted his next throw, as Tensi overthrew his man, and steamed up to the Tech 39.

On Mike Cahill's 12-yard burst up the middle, Tech got over midfield. But Schweickert's third-down pass was stolen by Fred Biletnikoff at the 10, with the intended receiver, Tommy Walker, tackling him while flat on his back.

Then things turned again. On second down at the 17, Tensi threw and Tommy Marvin intercepted, ran the ball to the six.

Utz ran wide, to his right, and scored. Cranwell kicked the point for 17-7 with 1:42 to go in the half.

Tech tried an onsides kick that FSU covered at its 28.

Pritchett rolled out and danced for 20 yards to the 48. Then, promptly, he passed to Max Wettstein for 22, at the Tech 30. A pass failed, Pritchett got five when he had to run, and another pass missed.

On fourth down, with 15 seconds left on the clock, Murdock kicked his 44-yard field goal to get FSU within 17-10 range at intermission.

The Seminoles made themselves a beautiful break soon after the second-half kickoff, and then couldn't cash in.

On third-and-nine Schweickert went back to pass from his own 21. Linebacker Bill McDowell raced in, struck his cocked arm, bringing a fumble, and McDowell pounced on the ball at the 14.

Two runs on the right netted zero. Tensi's pass zipped through the arms of Bailey, who was open at the five. Messer tried a fourth-down field goal. No good.

Next time the Seminoles got the ball, following a Tech punt, they went 75 yards in a hurry.

Tensi's pass to Snyder, for 11 to the 38, was a starter.

Suddenly Brinkley ripped wide to the left and raced down the sidelines for 52 yards before Cahill made an ankle grab that brought him down on the 10.

Brinkley then got another yard. Tensi passed to Bailey at the one. Snyder scored off the right side. Messer added a point to tie it up 17-17.

Tech moved 69 yards to frustration on FSU's 5-yard line.

Schweickert worked three big plays on third-down-and-long-yardage. On the first one he ran 11 yards to the Tech 42. After getting to the FSU 48 on a pass to Marvin, Schweickert hit Marvin again, this time on third-and-8, at the FSU 33. On third down, needing nine, Schweickert rolled wide on a dodging run to the 12.

Utz banged three times, getting to the four on the second try, but losing a yard on the third run. On fourth-and-two Cranwell tried a field goal, kicking from the 11. The snap was a little high, the rush was hard. He missed.

Snyder's 19-yard run led FSU to midfield. They bogged down at Tech's 44, and when Calhoun went back to punt, tragedy struck.

Guard Newt Green blocked the punt. While most players of both sides stood around, end Jake Adams picked up the ball and ran 38 yards for a touchdown. Cranwell's kick brought a 24-17 Tech lead with 9:12 left in the game.

Things went from bad to worse when Tensi, on FSU's first scrimmage play after the kick, fumbled with Tech recovering at the FSU 14. Guard Vic Krieter claimed the ball.

Utz got nothing, a pass missed. Another big third-down play by Schweickert, a wide run to the five. Fourth and one. Tech went for it, with Utz banging out a first down at the three. Schweickert faked brightly to Utz, kept the ball and scored. Cranwell kicked, for 31-17 with 6:36 left on the clock.

FSU moved 80 yards to score with 1:35 left. Tensi's 12-yard pass to Biletnikoff started it. Snyder's running helped offset a holding penalty, and Tensi hit Biletnikoff again, for 19 yards to the Tech 45. Floyd grabbed another Tensi throw at the 30.

Two passes failed, and on third down Tensi crossed 'em, sending Brinkley on a wide run to the 17. Brinkley then dug to the five, to the one. In two cracks from that range Brinkley scored. Tensi tried to pass for two points. It was broken up. FSU trailed 31-23 with 1:35 left.

FSU's onside kick attempt failed with Cahill covering the ball for Tech at its 47. Tech stalled, finally was obliged to punt with 26 seconds left.

So Schweickert booted on 55 yards to FSU's 10. And that was it.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
10
7
0
14
31
FLORIDA STATE
0
10
7
6
23

1st   0- 3  Opp, 40, field goal, 13:00
      0-10  Opp, 1, run (kick), 8:03 
2nd   7-10  Winfred Bailey, 10, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 12:38
      7-17  Opp, 6, run (kick), 1:55 
     10-17  Les Murdock, 44, field goal, 0:15 
3rd  10-17  Doug Messer, 31, field goal failed
     17-17  Dave Snyder, 1, run (Doug Messer, kick), 6:03 
4th  17-17  Opp, 22, field goal failed, 12:47
     17-24  Opp, 38, punt return/blocked punt (kick), 9:12 
     17-31  Opp, 3, run (kick), 6:36 
     23-31  Larry Brinkley, 1, run (Steve Tensi, pass failed), 1:35 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 10 Rushes-yards 38-203 48-160 Passing 207 15 Att-Comp-Int 26-14-2 7-2-1 Total Yards 64-410 55-175 Punt Returns 2-3 2-56 Kickoff Returns 3-50 1-23 Interception Ret. 1-0 2-43 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 4-24.3 5-43.4 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-1 Penalties-Yds 4-39 1-5 Attendance 16,500 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Brinkley 13- 117 Dave Snyder 11- 48 Ed Pritchett 4- 19 Marion Roberts 5- 18 Howard Ehler 1- 6 Maury Bibent 3- -1 Steve Tensi 1- -4 Receiving Winfred Bailey 3- 44 Bill "Red" Dawson 2- 33 Fred Biletnikoff 2- 32 Larry Brinkley 2- 28 Max Wettstein 1- 22 Don Floyd 1- 15 George D'Allesandro 1- 14 Dave Snyder 1- 10 Jim Causey 1- 9 Passing Steve Tensi 23-13-2-185 Ed Pritchett 3- 1-0- 22 Punt Return Jim Massey 1- 3 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 0 Kickoff Return Howard Ehler 2- 44 Marion Roberts 1- 6 Punting Charlie Calhoun 3- 97 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charlie Calhoun 6 7 13 . . . . . . . . . Bill "Red" Dawson 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Bill McDowell 5 3 8 . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Joe Parrish 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Frank Pennie 5 2 7 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Robinson 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Fred Biletnikoff . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
RHB  28  Winfred Bailey
FB   44  Marion Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
DB   28  Winfred Bailey
LB   44  Marion Roberts
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
14  Jim Massey
16  Ed Pritchett
21  Larry Brinkley
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
25  Fred Biletnikoff
29  Joe Petko
41  Gene Roberts
42  Les Murdock
43  Howard Ehler
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Ferrell Henry
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
68  Joe Parrish
75  Dale MacKenzie
76  Tom West
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
89  Max Wettstein

FLORIDA STATE 49, FURMAN 6

11/02/1963, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 3, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Stubbornly bent on proving something to itself, Florida State's feast-or-famine football team slammed out 319 yards on the ground and clobbered Furman 49-6 here Saturday afternoon.

The Seminoles didn't throw a pass until well over half the game had elapsed, when they had cut out a safe 21-0 lead.

Pass-minded all season, the Seminoles proved they could run the ball - against Furman, at least.

Fullback Larry Brinkley and halfback Dave Snyder spurred the brisk running charge. Snyder carved out 101 yards in eight tries, including a 66-yard scoring beaut. Brinkley scored three times, on short whacks, racked up 83 yards in 16 runs.

TENSI GOES TO AIR

With Furman thusly softened, Steve Tensi went to the air and pitched two touchdown strikes, a 43-yard play with Fred Biletnikoff on the catching end and a 14-yard collaboration with Marion Roberts.

Roberts was an alert fellow all afternoon, intercepting two Furman passes among other things.

Brinkley's scoring runs were, in succession, from three, one, and three yards out. Howard Ehler got FSU's seventh, and last TD on a 5-yard smash.

The victory that boosted FSU's record to 3-2-1, with Georgia Tech coming up next Saturday in Atlanta, was not without dark overtones.

SNAP TROUBLE

FSU, which saw two bad snaps from center help pave an upset at Virginia Tech hands last week, again had trouble getting the ball back to punter Charley Calhoun.

On FSU's first three punt attempts, the snaps were "rollers," on the ground and Calhoun could get but one of those away.

When there finally came a good snap from center, it precipitated one of the afternoon's biggest cheers from the light Band-Day turnout of 12,000.

"We've got to have a center who can get that ball back there," cried Coach Bill Peterson after the game...The situation may be more of a "mental block" than anything else.

FSU, in controlling the ball, 69 plays to 50, stuck to the ground 57 times. Of FSU's 12 pass attempts, Tensi completed five of nine for 98 yards, Ed Pritchett one of three for 12.

The Seminoles' running strategy had to be a distinct surprise to Furman. All week long the Purple Paladins had worked hard on pass defense, quite aware of the fact that the record of previous opponents reflected their vulnerability to an air-game.

Furman's lone touchdown came early in the last quarter when quarterback Danny Donovan found halfback Sammy Pickens on a "picture pass play." It went for 60 yards, and it shattered FSU's record of not yielding a TD via air this season.

That one play accounted for more than one-third of Furman's total offense for the day. The Paladins got only 53 yards on the ground, and their heralded fullback Ernest Zuberer - the nation's 15th ranking rusher - netted but 12 yards in four attempts.

Furman completed six of 15 passes for 107 yards.

The Paladins had gone into this one with a 6-1 record, had recovered 21 enemy fumbles in those seven games. They claimed none in this one, nor did FSU yield a pass interception.

All three of FSU's triumphs this year have been "feast" affairs: Miami 24-0, Wake Forest 35-0, in addition to this one.

The Seminoles, after winning the pre-game coin toss, chose to kick off, with a favorable wind to their backs. Pickens got 10 yards in his first two carries, but the Paladins stalled and Donovan quick-kicked 43 yards to FSU's 23.

In 14 plays, every last one on the ground, FSU cut out a touchdown.

The Tribe wasn't long turning Brinkley loose. On FSU's third play from scrimmage, he raced for nine yards. Then he slashed for 12, close to midfield.

Picking on the right side of Furman's line virtually all the way, Brinkley continued to whip to his left, knocked off 60 yards in nine carries in the 77-yard march. Snyder got the rest.

There came 4th-and-5 at the 18. FSU still had no thought to pass, nor was it interested in a field-goal try. Instead, Brinkley again whacked to his left, raced to the nine.

Snyder dug to the middle to the three, then Brinkley scored, picking on Furman's left side for a change. Doug Messer, 10-for-10 on extra points, missed one, leaving it 6-0.

A holding penalty helped Furman gain midfield and FSU was on its 25 after a short punt. Another 15-yard infraction put the Seminoles back on their 12.

On second down, with five seconds to go in the quarter, FSU elected to punt out of the hole, hoping to capitalize on the wind advantage. The snap was low, rolling back to Calhoun, and he had to run, Zuberer tackled him on the five.

Back again to kick on the first play of the second quarter, Calhoun once more got a rolling snap on the ground. But he managed to get this one off, a 31-yarder up to the 36.

Furman got no further than the 34. Two passes failed. Brownie Cordell went for a 50-yard field goal, and it was much too short.

Brinkley led to a first down on the 34. Suddenly, Snyder cracked off his left side, broke a couple of tackles, and was gone - 66 yards to a touchdown.

Lining up for a 2-points try, FSU sent Brinkley to the left and he made it standing up for 14-0.

Furman cut out nothing on offense, punted. FSU's offensive unit, with Ehler running nicely, probed to the Paladin's 39. A penalty and hard rushes on quarterback Pritchett knocked the Tribe back to its 48.

When Calhoun went back to punt, the snap was again on the ground. He had to run, got no further than the FSU 40. Furman took over.

Zuberer spurred a first down at the 30. From the shotgun formation, Donovan's 7-yard pass to Hayden Hayes on fourth down carried to the 18 and kept the Paladins alive.

Then Donovan passed to John Cook, who made a neat catch at the 10. Donovan threw again, and Marion Roberts intercepted at the six.

FSU stayed on the ground for the remaining two minutes of the half, content to let the clock have its way.

FSU got a break soon after the second-half kickoff and quickly converted it into six points.

Furman had been unable to move after taking the kick, and Donovan faded back into the shotgun on third down. Unable to throw, he tried to run out. And a clipping penalty put the Paladins back on their seven.

Jimmy Kerr's punt got more height than distance, a weak 13-yard effort to the 20.

Brinkley smashed for eight and Snyder for seven to the five. Snyder then took the ball to the one, from where Brinkley scored on two cracks. Messer added a point for 21-0.

A quick-kick for 49 yards by Bill Chastain put FSU on its 29. Pritchett soon tried FSU's first pass, completed it to Max Wettstein for six yards, but the Seminoles accepted a 15-yard roughing penalty rather than the play, nullifying the throw. Pritchett, after a counter penalty against FSU threw twice more, incomplete. Calhoun got a good snap and punted a 47-yarder.

Pickens' 19-yard run lifted Furman to its 40. Donovan's pass was deflected by FSU's Bill Daly, whereupon Bill McDowell made a falling interception at the Furman 43.

Tensi passed to Biletnikoff for 12, and Furman was penalized 15 more, to the 17, on a personal foul. Maury Bibent got three.

Then Tensi pitched to Roberts in the flats, and he picked his way on a weaving run for a TD. Messer converted and it was 28-0.

Daly's dumping of Donovan for a 12-yard loss, after a pass-interference call had helped Furman to its 40, dented the Paladins' next effort.

FSU started at its 42 after a punt. Tensi's 19-yard run brought a first down at Furman's 35. Two plays later Tensi passed to George D'Allesandro, 17 to the 17.

Another pass was grabbed by Red Dawson at the three. Brinkley scored from there, hitting off his left side again, on the fourth play of the last quarter. Messer's toe brought it to 35-0.

Furman worked the ball to its 40 after the kick. Donovan, back in the shotgun, arched a long pass that carried a minimum of 50 yards in the air.

The timing was perfect. Pickens had slipped behind defender Biletnikoff. He grabbed the ball on the run at the 15, and raced on in, falling across the goal as Biletnikoff tackled him. On a fake kick for the point, Donovan tried a pass for two. It missed.

Moments later, in something of a reverse of Furman's scoring situation, Biletnikoff redeemed his defensive error.

Furman had attempted an onside kick that FSU claimed at its 46. Roberts went wide to the Furman 43. Tensi passed to Biletnikoff, who went all the way, somehow squirming by Pickens, who had him dead to rights at the 10. Messer converted for 42-6.

FSU's attack unit was soon moving again. On a center snap, the ball jumped into the air, and Pritchett plucked the fumble, then dug off for a 29-yard gain to Furman's 32.

Joe Petko powered for 12, and Ehler got seven to the 13. Pritchett put his head down and arranged a first down at the nine. Ehler ripped to the five, then slashed over the goal on the next play. Messer added another point, 49-6.

Furman backed up FSU with a punt to the Tribe two, and had a chance to tally when Calhoun kicked out weakly, a 20-yarder to the 25.

Marion Roberts swiped the ball from Billy Turner, who had caught a pass at the 12. With 31 seconds left, the Seminoles let it go at that.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FURMAN
0
0
0
6
6
FLORIDA STATE
6
8
14
21
49

1st   6- 0  Larry Brinkley, 3, run (Doug Messer, kick failed), 4:06 
2nd   6- 0  Opp, 47, field goal failed
     14- 0  Dave Snyder, 66, run (Larry Brinkley, run), 12:30
3rd  21- 0  Larry Brinkley, 1, run (Doug Messer, kick), 11:33
     28- 0  Marion Roberts, 14, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 5:39 
4th  35- 0  Larry Brinkley, 3, run (Doug Messer, kick), 13:32
     35- 6  Opp, 60, pass (pass failed), 11:49
     42- 6  Fred Biletnikoff, 43, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 11:34
     49- 6  Howard Ehler, 5, run (Doug Messer, kick), 5:07 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 10 Rushes-yards 57-319 35- 53 Passing 110 107 Att-Comp-Int 12-6-0 15-6-2 Total Yards 69-429 50-160 Punt Returns 2-18 0-0 Kickoff Returns 0-0 8-144 Interception Ret. 2-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 3-33.0 8-39.1 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1 Penalties-Yds 9-105 5-53 Attendance 12,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dave Snyder 8- 101 Larry Brinkley 16- 83 Howard Ehler 7- 37 Ed Pritchett 6- 37 Marion Roberts 7- 32 Joe Petko 3- 16 Steve Tensi 2- 16 Maury Bibent 6- 12 Charlie Calhoun 2- -15 Receiving Fred Biletnikoff 2- 54 George D'Allesandro 1- 17 Marion Roberts 1- 14 Bill "Red" Dawson 1- 13 John Wachtel 1- 12 Passing Steve Tensi 9- 5-0- 98 Ed Pritchett 3- 1-0- 12 Punt Return Jim Massey 1- 10 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 8 Punting Charlie Calhoun 3- 99 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marion Roberts . . . . . 1- 0 . . 1- 0 . . . Bill McDowell . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
FB   21  Larry Brinkley
RHB  28  Winfred Bailey
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    53  Bill Daly
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
DB   21  Larry Brinkley
DB   28  Winfred Bailey
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   53  Bill Daly
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
14  Jim Massey
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
25  Fred Biletnikoff
29  Joe Petko
40  Doug Messer
41  Gene Roberts
42  Les Murdock
43  Howard Ehler
44  Marion Roberts
51  Joe Avezzano
##  NAME
-----------------------------
54  Jay Mac Matthews
55  Jack Edwards
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
68  Joe Parrish
75  Dale MacKenzie
76  Tom West
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
89  Max Wettstein

GEORGIA TECH 15, FLORIDA STATE 7

11/09/1963, ATLANTA, GA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 10, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

ATLANTA, GA - Billy Lothridge, a good enough quarterback, picked Florida State to pieces with passes here Saturday afternoon and brought Georgia Tech from behind to a rather difficult 15-7 victory.

In the beginning FSU chose to receive after winning the coin toss. There was only a slight breeze blowing on this crisp, quite cool afternoon.

A bit over five minutes later FSU had a touchdown, covering 68 yards in nine plays.

Larry Brinkley started it unspectacularly with a 2-yard whack. Then Snyder on a power sweep, splashed for 12 yards to the FSU 46.

After Brinkley got two more, Snyder again swept, this time for 13 to the Tech 39. Suddenly, Tensi reared back and passed to Dawson, 21 yards to the 18.

Brinkley charged up the middle for 12 yards and Tech called time out with the ball on its six.

Brinkley hit to his right, got only a yard, followed with a push to the two.

Then Tensi fired a quick pass over the middle to Dawson in the end zone for a touchdown. Doug Messer converted for 7-0 with 9:46 left in the quarter.

Jack Shinholser discouraged Lothridge early, throwing him for an 11-yard loss back to his 22. Lothridge nailed Joe Auer with a 21-yard pass up to the Tech 43, but the Jackets soon had to punt. Lothridge boomed a neat one 44 yards to the seven and FSU was penalized to the four for clipping.

Another penalty hobbled the Tribe and, on third down, Charley Calhoun punted a 40-yarder that Tech returned 11 yards to FSU's 34.

Auer got only a yard. Two Lothridge passes missed. Lothridge punted into the end zone - the first time this season, after 34 boots, that he had kicked over the goal.

Snyder sailed wide for 19 yards to the 39. An 8-yard pass, Tensi to Dawson, led to the FSU 48. Needing a yard for a first down, Snyder met too many Techmen, gaining nothing, and Calhoun punted a 42-yarder that Johnny Gresham wheeled up to the Tech 28.

From there Tech drove to a field goal in the early minutes of the second quarter.

Lothridge's 18-yard pass to Billy Martin was a big starter. After Auer dropped what looked like a touchdown-labelled pass just across midfield, Lothridge connected with a toss to Frank Sexton at the FSU 44.

Gerry Bussell rammed for six. A fumbled pitch out ended in a 4-yard gain for the Jackets to FSU's 34. Ray Mendheim and Bussell pushed a running charge to the 21, then Lothridge passed to Dave Austin at the nine.

Gresham got four, but Bussell netted naught on a plunge and a pass fell incomplete - almost intercepted by Dick Hermann in the end zone.

On fourth down, Lothridge kicked a field goal from the 12, his 20th 3-pointer of his collegiate career, his 11th this season.

FSU passes were missing their mark, and the two teams swapped punts with the Seminoles getting a new start at their 40. An 8-yard pass, Tensi to Biletnikoff, brought a first down at Tech's 49, but the bid played out at Tech's 47 and Calhoun punted again. Tech soon returned the boot.

Snyder's running, including jaunts for 12 and 17 yards, helped the Tribe gain midfield, but a penalty (personal foul) stymied that.

After FSU punted to the 18, Lothridge went to the air six times in the minute and 20 seconds that remained in the half. He completed one to Bussel for 19 yards, two to Martin for 17 and five, and Tech was at FSU's 41 with 14 seconds to go. On the last play Chuck Robinson intercepted and got up to the FSU 37.

Florida State had scored the first time it got its hands on the ball. But never again was the Seminoles' attack anywhere close to this early efficiency. An aroused Tech defense permitted no penetration beyond its 40 during the remainder of the exciting afternoon.

Tech trailed 7-3 with only 19 minutes left in the game, but the Yellow Jackets firmly dominated things throughout the late going.

Lothridge completed 20 of 34 passes for 246 yards and amassed 274 yards of total offense. All four figures are Tech records.

FSU's Steve Tensi, who connected a frustrating five times on 18 throws, hit twice on throws during an opening 68-yard touchdown drive, including a 2-yard payoff pitch to end Red Dawson.

Lothridge kicked a 22-yard field goal to climax a 72-yard push in the second quarter.

The Yellow Jackets went 77 yards to go in front 9-7 late in the third quarter. Lothridge passed 23 yards to 6-4 end Billy Martin for the touchdown.

Martin, who had caught only five passes in Tech's first seven games this year, plucked nine in this one for 112 yards.

A pass interception by Gerry Bussell just after Tech's touchdown put a chill on the Seminoles. Tech drove within field goal range, but Lothridge missed.

But FSU promptly fumbled, Tech recovered at the FSU 11. The Seminoles held at their one.

Then, after FSU punted out of the hole, Tech drove just 33 yards for its second TD, helped along by a penalty. Ray Mendhelm scored on a sweep from the five.

The interception had paved this time consuming change of events that virtually killed FSU hopes of a rally.

Dave Snyder was a furious runner for FSU in the first half, gaining 83 yards in nine runs. But Tech checked his power sweeps in the late going and he ended with a net of 82 yards on 14 runs.

Joe Auer's 34 yards, on six runs, was Tech's best ground effort. Lothridge managed 28 after being tossed for losses totaling 41.

Four of FSU's five pass completions were pulled down by the 6-3 Dawson. Tensi, who got just 54 yards on those throws, was simply off target much of the way.

A crowd of 49,804, near Grant Field capacity, never breathed easily in this one.

Florida State's punting game, which had caused so much concern because of poor snaps from center, was quite good. The centers were true and Charley Calhoun averaged 39.2 on his nine boots.

Tech is now 6-2 with Alabama coming up next week. The Seminoles are even, at 3-3-1, with homecoming against NC State Saturday.

At intermission FSU had outrushed Tech 125 yards to 48. Tech held a 105-37 yardage edge in passing, on Lothridge's whopping 19 first-half attempts (eight completions). On these throws FSU had been both lucky and unlucky - receivers were getting behind FSU defenders but no great damage had been done, and FSU had narrowly missed at least three interceptions.

The Lothridge pitches to Martin - for nine, 10 and 11 yards - boosted Tech to FSU's 47 after the second-half kickoff. But on third down Lothride was swarmed for an 11-yard loss back to the Tech 46, and the quarterback punted.

It appeared that Snyder cut out a first down on FSU's next series but an official said no when he put the ball down what looked like one yard from where Snyder went. So the Tribe punted and Tech moved 77 yards in nine plays for a go-ahead touchdown.

Lothridge opened with a 14-yard pass to Austin. A 10-yard run by Lothridge carried Tech to FSU's 49.

Auer dug for four, then grabbed a pass from Lothridge for 17 yards at the FSU 28. Lothridge hit Martin with a strike at the 17. Frank Pennie struck Lothridge for a 6-yard loss to the 23.

Then Lothridge threw to Martin, who made a fine grab in the end zone for six points. Lothridge missed on the point attempt, though FSU was penalized half the distance to the goal, leaving it 9-7.

Trouble started coming in large packages for FSU.

When Tensi tried to hit Fred Biletnikoff on a long toss, he underthrew and Bussell intercepted, returned it to Tech's 49.

Lothridge rolled out, then flipped the ball to Bussell who steamed 23 yards to the FSU 28. Lothridge passed to Gresham at the 16. But two runs and a missed pass got only four yards. Lothridge tried to kick a field goal from the 19. It was wide.

FSU took over on the 20. Snyder, on a wide run, had the ball punched from his hands and it zoomed back to FSU's 11, where Martin recovered for Tech.

After Lothridge lost to the 13, he passed to Martin at the two. Mendheim's fourth-down run, seeking a first down at the one, was inches short and FSU took over.

Calhoun quarterbacked gingerly up to the eight. But FSU was penalized back to the four for delay as Calhoun went back to punt. When he got it off it was a 32-yarder and Tech started at FSU's 33.

Lothridge rolled out to the 19, and an official walked off yardage to the 11, saying an FSU player had grabbed the quarterback's face mask. Lothridge then swept to the four. On a pitchout, Mendheim circled right end for the touchdown. Lothridge again missed the extra-point try, and it was 15-7 with 10:17 remaining in the game.

FSU couldn't move, with its offensive unit in action now, and Calhoun punted a 50-yarder to Tech's 21. Tech pushed to the 50, with Auer away on a 25-yard run, but was held up by penalties. Lothridge quick-kicked and it rolled over the goal.

The Seminoles got no further than their 34, and Calhoun kicked, to the Tech 13 with 2:45 to go.

On a third-down play at the Tech 19, Lothridge tried a flip pass. Snyder got an arm on it but couldn't hang on for an interception.

Lothridge punted to FSU's 36 and the Seminoles called time out with 58 seconds to go.

A Tensi pass to Dawson was good for 17 to Tech's 47, and the Seminoles again called time. Forty-four seconds remained to go.

Tensi threw four more passes - all incomplete. Tech took over with 22 seconds left. Lothridge ran out the clock.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
0
7
GEORGIA TECH
0
3
6
6
15

1st   7- 0  Bill "Red" Dawson, 2, pass from Steve Tensi (Doug Messer, kick), 9:46 
2nd   7- 3  Opp, 22, field goal, 11:23
3rd   7- 9  Opp, 23, pass (kick failed), 3:30 
      7- 9  Opp, 29, field goal failed
4th   7-15  Opp, 4, run (kick failed), 10:17


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 10 22 Rushes-yards 35-150 42-122 Passing 54 246 Att-Comp-Int 18-5-1 34-20-1 Total Yards 53-204 76-368 Punt Returns 2-7 5-43 Kickoff Returns 4-80 2-40 Interception Ret. 1-7 1-13 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 9-39.2 7-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0 Penalties-Yds 6-41 3-35 Attendance 49,804 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Dave Snyder 14- 82 Larry Brinkley 9- 28 Steve Tensi 2- 14 Marion Roberts 4- 9 Joe Petko 2- 5 Charlie Calhoun 1- 4 Ed Pritchett 1- 4 Howard Ehler 2- 4 Receiving Bill "Red" Dawson 4- 48 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 6 Passing Steve Tensi 18- 5-1- 54 Punt Return Charlie Calhoun 2- 7 Kickoff Return Larry Brinkley 2- 34 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 27 Joe Petko 1- 19 Punting Charlie Calhoun 9- 353 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill Daly 10 5 15 . . . . . . . . . Charlie Calhoun 7 8 15 . . . . . . . . . Dick Hermann 7 4 11 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Robinson 6 3 9 . . 1- 7 . . . . . . Fred Biletnikoff 8 1 9 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RE       Rhett Dawson
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
FB   21  Larry Brinkley
RHB  28  Winfred Bailey
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RE       Rhett Dawson
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
LB   21  Larry Brinkley
DB   28  Winfred Bailey
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
25  Fred Biletnikoff
29  Joe Petko
43  Howard Ehler
44  Marion Roberts
53  Bill Daly
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
65  Jerry Wooten
67  Jerry Bruner
68  Joe Parrish
75  Dale MacKenzie
76  Tom West
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro
89  Max Wettstein

FLORIDA STATE 14, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 0

11/16/1963, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 17, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Rock-hard defensive troops of Florida State dug a hole here Saturday afternoon and shoved NC State, bowl hopes and all, into it.

The scrambling Wolfpack never got out as the Seminoles won their first Homecoming game since 1958 by 14-0.

In some ways it was a closer game than the final score, and in some ways it wasn't.

From beginning to end, Florida State was the stronger team. NC State never got any closer than FSU's 22, never crossed midfield in the last half.

But FSU needed a fumble recovery at the NC State 31 to score its first touchdown.

It came in the second quarter, Larry Brinkley scoring from the one after a tricky double reverse with flanker back Fred Biletnikoff away on a 12-yard jaunt, setting things up at the two.

CLINCHING SCORE

And the Seminoles got their clinching score only after a desperation gamble by the Wolfpack in the final two minutes. On fourth down, the Wolfpack tried a pass from fake-punt formation. It missed, FSU took over at the Wolfpack nine.

After a penalty, Ed Pritchett scored - if you would believe it - on a quarterback sneak that carried TWELVE yards!

It was a keenly interesting run, as was much of the sophomore's service as a stand-in for starter Steve Tensi. He completed five of seven passes for 55 yards, ran seven times for a net of 14, saw penalties nullify other gains.

Tensi missed on his first six passes, ended with one completion for the day, 17 yards in seven attempts. After Tensi hurt a finger in the third quarter, Pritchett entered and played the rest of the way when FSU was on the attack.

SNYDER HURT

Ace halfback Dave Snyder hurt a knee and didn't play in the second half. Brinkley emerged as the game's largest ground gainer, with 37 yards in 12 carries. Maury Bibent picked up 33 yards in four runs. Jim Loftin saw his first running duty of note this season, got 17 yards in seven runs.

NC State's heralded Jim Rossi had an exceedingly busy afternoon fighting Seminoles. The quarterback was listed as a runner 23 times, managed a net of 29 yards. Most of those "runs" were simply times when he couldn't get a pass away before the hard rush FSU applied. He was socked for 42 yards in losses.

Rossi completed only four of 12 passes, for 31 yards. Joe Scarpati caught three for 28. Scarpati also intercepted one FSU pitch.

Except for a couple of movements on a draw play by fullback Pete Falzarano, NC State had no runner capable of helping Rossi on this day.

Linebacker Lou DeAngelis was a tough fellow defensively for the visitors. He intercepted one pass, recovered a fumble to avert a probable FSU touchdown.

That fumble recovery came after FSU had pushed to a first down on the Wolfpack 12. NC State averted another likely touchdown on Scarpati's interception at the four.

FSU was never content with that 7-0 lead. Both interceptions came with the Tribe in front 7-0.

The Seminoles, in the last analysis managed 110 yards more offense than NC State, 223 to 113. This was the first time NC State had been blanked in 14 games.

Coach Earle Edwards' boys had come into this one with a 7-1 record, with nine victories in their last 10 games, and a chance to land a Gator Bowl bid. With a victory over winless Wake Forest next week, NC State is assured a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, could pick up all the marbles should North Carolina and Duke happen to tie in their coming duel.

FSU is 4-3-1, needs a victory in one of its remaining two games for a winning season. The Seminoles play at Auburn on Saturday, at Florida the following week.

Center Bill Daly had a tremendous day defensively for the Seminoles. Lately the Jacksonville senior has been just about the heart of the defense. Overall, this was perhaps one of the best games defensively the Seminoles have played.

A crowd of 23,851 turned out on a bright sunshiny afternoon, hopeful of seeing the Seminoles shatter a jinx that had seen them shut out in the last four Homecoming games.

In no manner were the folks disappointed.

Among other things, FSU's 3-team system worked rather well. No unit had to be "bailed out." NC State was simply overpowered and outplayed.

In the early going both teams played checkers, striving for advantageous field position.

The Seminoles won the toss, and chose to kick, taking a slight wind behind their backs. And the Tribe was set up pretty well three plays later when NC State punted, a 36-yarder to the Seminoles' 39.

Three runs by Snyder took FSU to the visitors' 47, but a couple of passes missed. However, a punt didn't back the Wolfpack up much, as Scarpati returned brightly, 24 yards to his 35.

From there, NC State drove smartly. A Rossi pass to Scarpati for 11 yards helped gain the 47, and the Wolfpack was soon at FSU's 40 with a first down after runs by Rossi and Mike Clark, who was supposed to be injured and unavailable for this one.

Falzarano, on a draw play, whipped up the middle for 15. Then Falzarano whacked to the 22. Whereupon Rossi went to the air, and missed a couple.

Gus Andrews tried a fourth-down field goal, which would have been a 47-yarder if good. Some Seminole got a hand on it, and Andrews never had a chance on that long-shot boot.

With Snyder getting running help from Brinkley, FSU pushed to its 43. Tensi couldn't find his receivers. Calhoun punted to the 26.

Then NC State pulled what could have been one of the game's more devastating plays.

After Clark dug for five yards, the Wolfpack called timeout. Then Dave Houtz boomed a whopper of a quick-kick that rolled 65 yards to the FSU four.

On third down, Calhoun kicked out of the hole, a 36-yarder that the Wolfpack returned for seven for a shot from the FSU 35.

Houtz gained nothing on a run, and Rossi was racked by Jack Shinholser for minus-3 on the first play of the second quarter. A pass failed. Houtz' punt took a devilish reverse bounce and it was dead on the five.

Bibent looked like Jim Brown as he tore up the middle for 15 yards to get FSU out from under the gun. Bibent carried twice more, just short of a first down at the 30. Soon Calhoun had to punt - as some fans booed the Seminoles' failure to go for the yardage on fourth-down-and-inches.

The boo-birds looked a little silly three plays later. Calhoun's punt traveled to the Wolfpack 28. On third down, after Bill McDowell led a charge that tossed Rossi for a 9-yard loss, Rossi fumbled when hit and Daly claimed the ball for the Tribe at the 31.

Here went Bibent again, for nine yards. Snyder cut out a first down at the 19.

Brinkley banged to the 15. Snyder got only a yard. Third down and five big yards.

Tensi handed to Snyder who moved to his right, slipped the ball to Fred Biletnikoff, who shook off a tackler at the line of scrimmage and smashed to the two on this double reverse.

Brinkley, in two whacks, scored. It was FSU's first touchdown in a Homecoming game since 1958 - a drought that had extended through 17 quarters. It also made Brinkley the leading scorer in Florida college football, with 32 points.

Doug Messer added the point and it was 7-0 with 5:24 remaining in the half.

NC State ripped to the FSU 43 after a Rossi pass to Scarpati for 12. But Rossi was tossed for a 7-yard setback, and NC State was obliged to punt.

With 21 seconds to play Biletnikoff intercepted Rossi's long pass at the FSU 43. Whereupon Tensi threw one and DeAngelis stole it for the Wolfpack, got just over midfield on the return.

NC State had no time to get a play off.

FSU, at this stage, had failed to complete a pass in six attempts. The Seminoles led in rushing yardage, 91 to 71.

A roughing-the-kicker penalty, first infraction of the game, gave NC State a bit of early life early in the third quarter.

That presented the Wolfpack with a first down at its 42. But Dawson smacked Rossi for minus one, and several Seminoles followed with a racking of the quarterback for minus five. Rossi slipped and lost eight more. The Wolfpack punted and FSU started from its 38.

Tensi turned Loftin loose on five straight runs, the brightest of which was an 8-yard sweep to midfield. Tensi passed to Dawson for 17 at the 33. It was Tensi's only completion. Brinkley dug for four, Loftin for four more, and Brinkley made it a first down at the 22. On a sweep, Brinkley powered to the 14, then got two more for another first down at the 12.

What looked like money in the bank turned into an overdrawn account when a fumble followed, with Tensi getting no hold on the exchange from center. DeAngelis recovered for the Wolfpack at the 13.

Another assessment for roughing the kicker lifted the Wolfpack to its 35. But a personal-foul penalty soon put the visitors back on the 25. The punt was a bit short and Calhoun ran it back seven yards to the NC State 48.

With Ed Pritchett in at quarterback, FSU moved. Pritchett ran for five yards, then passed to Biletnikoff for 19 at the 34. He promptly found Biletnikoff with another throw, 27 yards to the seven. Pritchett, trying to pass, found no one open and DeAngelis helped nail him for a loss back to the 13.

When he threw it again Scarpati was there to intercept at the four, rupturing that big chance.

But FSU's defense continued as tough as a 75 cent steak. A punt followed and FSU started from the 50.

Pritchett's running, coupled with an 11-yard pass to Joe Petko following a short loss, led to the 40. An 8-yard pass to Dawson sparked a move to the 25. And on to the 19, but a penalty set the Tribe back. On fourth down, Les Murdock tried a long field goal, kicking from the 32. It was wide.

Only 3:18 remained.

McDowell bagged Rossi for a 5-yard loss and Daly brought him down for a deficit of six, to the nine. On fourth down, the Wolfpack tried a pass off a fake punt. No good.

FSU took over at the nine, immediately got penalized to the 15. Brinkley lost two, then picked up five, back to the 12.

Pritchett nudged forward on a sneak, found a little room, kept nudging, and his fine balance kept him going all the way for a touchdown that came with 1:37 left. Messer made it 14-0.

Rossi tried hard but was unable to get anything going at all in the remaining moments.

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

1st   0- 0  Opp, 47, field goal failed
2nd   7- 0  Larry Brinkley, 1, run (Doug Messer, kick), 5:24 
4th   7- 0  Les Murdock, 42, field goal failed, 3:18 
     14- 0  Ed Pritchett, 12, run (Doug Messer, kick), 1:37 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 9 Rushes-yards 46-151 40- 82 Passing 72 31 Att-Comp-Int 14-6-2 12-4-1 Total Yards 60-223 52-113 Punt Returns 2-14 4-30 Kickoff Returns 0-0 2-38 Interception Ret. 1-0 2-8 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 5-39.8 7-37.9 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-Yds 4-40 1-15 Attendance 23,851 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Brinkley 12- 37 Maury Bibent 4- 33 Dave Snyder 9- 26 Jim Loftin 7- 17 Ed Pritchett 7- 14 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 12 Marion Roberts 4- 8 Joe Petko 2- 4 Receiving Fred Biletnikoff 3- 38 Bill "Red" Dawson 2- 25 Joe Petko 1- 9 Passing Ed Pritchett 7- 5-1- 55 Steve Tensi 7- 1-1- 17 Punt Return Charlie Calhoun 2- 14 Punting Charlie Calhoun 5- 199 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill Daly . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Fred Biletnikoff . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Bill McDowell . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
FB   21  Larry Brinkley
RHB  25  Fred Biletnikoff
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   82  Jim Causey
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
LB   21  Larry Brinkley
DB   25  Fred Biletnikoff
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   82  Jim Causey
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
28  Winfred Bailey
29  Joe Petko
40  Doug Messer
42  Les Murdock
44  Marion Roberts
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
##  NAME
-----------------------------
60  Ferrell Henry
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
67  Jerry Bruner
68  Joe Parrish
76  Tom West
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
84  George D'Allesandro
89  Max Wettstein

AUBURN 21, FLORIDA STATE 15

11/23/1963, AUBURN, AL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 24, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

AUBURN, AL - Scrambling furiously in the last half, Florida State's ailing football team sent Auburn home talking to itself here Saturday afternoon as the ninth-ranked Tigers settled for a 21-15 victory.

Jimmy Sidle, the gifted junior quarterback, scored all three Auburn touchdowns, and made as though to run FSU out of Cliff Hare Stadium in the early going.

Sidle scored the first two times Auburn got the ball, on runs of eight and two yards, and the Tigers were in front 14-0 going into the last half.

A pass interception by Maury Bibent got FSU rolling in the third quarter. Sophomore Ed Pritchett, going almost all the way at quarterback, and going well, passed 27 yards to John Wachtel for a touchdown that cut things to 14-7.

Then Auburn got a touchdown that proved decisive after recovering a fumbled punt at the FSU 12. Sidle scored from the seven.

QUICK TOUCHDOWN

FSU came back for a quick touchdown, paved by Winfred Bailey's 56-yard runback of a punt to the Auburn 12. Pritchett scored from the one. Charley Calhoun ran for two points.

And FSU was in easy distance of an upset with 9:22 left.

But, in two more turns with the ball, FSU couldn't move as far as its 30.

The Seminoles had gone into this one with No. 1 runner Dave Snyder sidelined with a leg injury. And No. 2 runner Larry Brinkley was weakened by an overnight bout with a virus that played havoc with his stomach. However, Auburn played minus starting tackle John McAfee and starting halfback Tucker Frederickson.

SNYDER OK FOR UF

Snyder should be okay for next week's climatic battle with Florida. So should Brinkley.

The Seminoles are now 4-4-1, Auburn 8-1 with Alabama left.

Rain fell all morning and this one was played on a soaked field though with a warming sun overhead. A turnout of 28,000 saw two different "games."

Auburn dominated the first half, controlling the ball and giving FSU little chance. The second half saw FSU in the drivers seat almost all of the way.

Sidle ended with 132 yards rushing, in 28 carries, and 28 passing, on three completions in six attempts.

FSU finished with minus-two yards rushing, passed for 108 as Pritchett hit six of nine for 87 and Steve Tensi three of six for 21. Red Dawson caught four.

Three fumbles hurt FSU's cause. Each side intercepted one pass, and Auburn's second touchdown drive stemmed from a theft of a Tensi pitch.

"Sidle is everything anybody says he is," said FSU Coach Bill Peterson. "Auburn's control of the ball in the first half was decisive. We got started too late."

"We'll take all of these we can get," said Auburn Coach Shug Jordan, "FSU definitely was one of the best teams we've faced this year, and the best FSU team we have ever met."

FSU pulled a game-opening surprise by starting Pritchett at quarterback after winning the coin toss and electing to receive the kickoff.

The Seminoles had good field position after Charley Calhoun returned the kick 19 yards to the FSU 40.

Though Pritchett completed a 5-yard jump pass to Red Dawson, two cracks at the middle of the line by Brinkley gained only two yards, and Calhoun punted to Auburn's 18.

In 16 plays, 15 on the ground, Auburn scored. Sidle carried six times in the chopping push, 4, 7, 6, 2, 4, and 8 yards.

Key play was third-and-eight at the Auburn 46, with Sidle hitting Howard Simpson with a 17-yard pass to the FSU 37 - the only throw in the move, another big one was fourth-and-one-plus at the 28, with Auburn gambling and Sidle picking up two for the first down. At the 19 George Rose cracked for 11 big yards to the eight. Sidle then went wide, cut back in and scored. Woody Woodall added the point for 7-0.

On Brinkley's running FSU managed a first down at its 37. Then disaster came, Tensi's pass was deflected by Dawson and it fell into the falling arms of Doc Griffith for an interception at the Tribe 44.

Don Lewis' fumble turned into an 8-yard gain when Griffith recovered for Auburn. In eleven more plays Auburn had its second TD.

Again it was a slashing ground movement, with Sidle throwing a single pass for seven yards. Sidle's 8-yard run for a first down on the eight, in a third-and-seven situation, was a big one. It took four plays, including two offside penalties against FSU, to get the ball across, Sidle dragging Seminoles with him as he rammed in from the two. Woodall made it 14-0 with the second quarter still young.

The Seminoles got nowhere and Auburn was on the prowl again after FSU punted out of a hole. Auburn started at its 48. On passes of No. 2 quarterback Mallon Kent - seven yards to Mickey Sutton, 19 to Simpson - the Tigers whipped to a first down on the FSU 13. Two passes failed, a run got only four to the nine. On fourth down, Woodall missed on a field-goal try from the 16.

Pritchett's 18-yard pass to Joe Petko brought FSU to its 40, and an offsides penalty helped FSU on its first push across midfield, at the Auburn 49.

Bobby Walton's dumping of Pritchett for minus 10 cramped that shot. On fourth down, Tensi entered and passed to Fred Biletnikoff, short of a first down at the Auburn 41.

Auburn took over with seconds left in the half. A 19-yard pass was nullified by a penalty and Auburn was content to run on the next play as time ran out.

Auburn had outgained FSU 176 yards to 57 at this midway point, with Sidle running for 52 and passing for 25.

FSU stopped Auburn's first turn with the ball in the third quarter, and was briefly in pretty good shape after a punt provided a start on the Seminoles' 40.

But Pritchett was tossed for successive losses of eight, eight and three yards and FSU had to punt from its 21.

But a clipping penalty canceled an Auburn crack from its 48 and soon the Tigers returned the punt. FSU began anew at the 24.

FSU got nothing, punted back, Auburn got just three yards in two runs, and Sidle went to the air. It was a mistake. Bibent intercepted, returned it eight yards to the Auburn 40.

In four plays FSU had a touchdown.

Bibent smashed for nine yards in two runs and Pritchett made it a first down at the 27. Then Pritchett faked a jump pass, going up then down, then tossed to Wachtel, who caught it at about the 15 and cruised in for six points. Doug Messer added the point, narrowing it to 14-7 with 5:33 left in the third period.

A 15-yard penalty for piling on helped Auburn gain its 48 on the ensuing kickoff. But the Tigers couldn't cut out the first down, despite Sidle's 8-yard dash to the FSU 43 after lining up in the shotgun formation.

Auburn wouldn't gamble on fourth-and-one.

Joe Gilcore punted. Calhoun fielded it, then collided with teammate Winfred Bailey, precipitating a fumble that Auburn's Jerry Popwell claimed at the 14.

Sidle scored from seven yards out on a wide run with 1:37 left in the quarter. Woodall converted for 21-7.

Prichett's pass to Jim Causey gained 23 to Auburn's 45. Things bogged thereabouts, however, and Calhoun punted neatly, 46 yards out of bounds on the Auburn three in the early moments of the final quarter.

A third-down run for 15 by Sidle got Auburn out of the hole, up at its 23. On fourth-and-inches at the 33, Auburn punted. Winfred Bailey gathered it in, cut for the sidelines, rambled for 56 yards to Auburn's 21 before Kilgore, the kicker, pulled him down.

Pritchett faked a pass and lost three trying to run. Scrambling before a rush, Pritchett threw short, for two yards to Dawson at the 13. Then on third down pass interference was ruled, for an automatic first down at the two.

Pritchett sneaked three straight times, scoring finally from inside the one. On a fake kick for the extra point, holder Calhoun ran and whipped across for two points making it 21-15.

Auburn soon punted and FSU was at its 25 with 5:20 to go. Pritchett missed with passes, and Calhoun had to punt. It was a short one that took a reverse bounce, and Auburn had a chance from the FSU 41.

Another big third-down move by Sidle, for seven yards to a first down on the 26.

On fourth down at the 21, with 50 seconds left, Woodall tried a field goal. No good.

Tensi went in to attempt a bomb. Two went incomplete. Then he hit Loftin with a short pass to the FSU 26 with about 20 seconds left.

Sidle got penalized five for intentionally grounding a pass. Then Sidle ran for 10 yards. Sidle, apparently hurt slightly on the tackle, left the game and Kent entered to run a judicious sneak on the game's last play.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
7
8
15
AUBURN
7
7
7
0
21

1st   0- 7  Opp, 8, run (kick), 4:20 
2nd   0-14  Opp, 2, run (kick), 12:24
      0-14  Opp, 26, field goal failed, 4:06 
3rd   7-14  John Wachtel, 27, pass from Ed Pritchett (Doug Messer, kick), 5:33 
      7-21  Opp, 7, run (kick), 1:37 
4th  15-21  Ed Pritchett, 1, run (Charlie Calhoun, run), 9:22 
     15-21  Opp, 38, field goal failed, 0:50 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 7 14 Rushes-yards 29- -2 62-241 Passing 108 54 Att-Comp-Int 15-9-1 11-5-1 Total Yards 44-106 73-295 Punt Returns 3-66 4-20 Kickoff Returns 2-35 2-35 Interception Ret. 1-8 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 3-0 Punts 6-35.8 5-39.8 Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-0 Penalties-Yds 3-18 6-56 Attendance 28,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Brinkley 5- 10 Joe Petko 3- 7 Maury Bibent 1- 5 Marion Roberts 3- 4 Steve Tensi 1- -6 Ed Pritchett 16- -22 Receiving John Wachtel 1- 27 Bill "Red" Dawson 4- 26 Jim Causey 1- 22 Joe Petko 1- 18 Jim Loftin 1- 8 Fred Biletnikoff 1- 7 Passing Ed Pritchett 9- 6-0- 87 Steve Tensi 6- 3-1- 21 Punt Return Winfred Bailey 2- 62 Charlie Calhoun 1- 4 Kickoff Return Charlie Calhoun 1- 19 Larry Brinkley 1- 16 Punting Charlie Calhoun 6- 215 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dick Hermann 10 8 18 . . . . . . . . . Bill Daly 11 6 17 . . . . . . . . . Maury Bibent 11 4 15 . . 1- 8 . . . . . . Frank Pennie 9 4 13 . . . . . . . . . Bill McDowell 5 7 12 . . . . . . . . . Charlie Calhoun 5 5 10 . . . . . . . . . Marion Roberts 6 2 8 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Robinson 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
FB   21  Larry Brinkley
RHB  28  Winfred Bailey
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
LB   21  Larry Brinkley
DB   28  Winfred Bailey
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
LE   81  Don Floyd
RE   83  Bill "Red" Dawson
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
23  Jim Loftin
25  Fred Biletnikoff
29  Joe Petko
44  Marion Roberts
51  Joe Avezzano
53  Bill Daly
60  Ferrell Henry
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
67  Jerry Bruner
68  Joe Parrish
75  Dale MacKenzie
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
82  Jim Causey
84  George D'Allesandro

FLORIDA 7, FLORIDA STATE 0

11/30/1963, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 1, 1963, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Oh heck, just say that Larry Dupree won it.

In a crazy mixed-up kind of football game here Saturday, University of Florida pulled out a 7-0 victory over Florida State.

It was a game of many mistakes and funny bounces.

But there was nothing funny about the way fullback Dupree ran. He carried 31 times, more than any Florida back in any game ever.

And he gained more yards than any Florida back in any game ever, a whopping total of 131.

The 195-pounder from Macclenny scored the game's only touchdown on the third play of the second quarter, a 2-yard plunge that climaxed a drive of 48 yards.

THRUSTS REPULSED

Florida State repulsed thrust after thrust ... the Gators missed a field-goal attempt after getting to the five on the heels of a fumble recovery at the FSU 23. Charley Calhoun intercepted a pass in the end zone after Florida drove to a first down on the FSU five. Calhoun recovered a fumble at the five to stop the Gators again just after Florida missed a second field-goal try after getting to the 14 following another fumble recovery at the FSU 28. A final Florida drive stopped on the FSU three when Don Floyd pounced on a Gator bobble.

'AND YET SO FAR'

"We were so close," summed up FSU Coach Bill Peterson as neatly as anyone could have said it, "and yet so far."

If the Seminoles got some key breaks, and they did, Florida got more. While FSU recovered two UF fumbles and intercepted one pass, Florida claimed four Seminole bobbles and one pass. FSU was penalized 51 yards, Florida 40.

There was a crushing kind of play with about two minutes left in the game. What might have been a 70-yard touchdown play turned into a mere 12-yard gain.

Fred Biletnikoff had grabbed a short pass from Steve Tensi. Biletnikoff was stopped, but suddenly he tore loose and went the route. But the whistle had blown.

Although it was a call that might have gone either way, Biletnikoff did appear to be stopped.

FSU had three good scoring opportunities. A penetration to Florida's 18 in the first half was botched by a Haygood Clarke interception. A drive to the Florida five was stalled by an offsides penalty and a tough defense. And a push to Florida's 37 culminated in a fumble after a pass to the 25.

As big a factor as any was Florida's ball control. The Gators got off 73 plays, to just 49 for FSU. In the first half FSU had the ball for only 13 plays.

In the end, Florida's offense had netted 255 yards, with 205 on the ground, FSU's 201, with 125 rushing.

Ed Pritchett, playing virtually all the way at quarterback for FSU, hit four of nine passes for 50 yards. Tensi, who came on in the last three minutes, completed three of four for 26.

Pritchett also picked up 36 yards running, second only to Larry Brinkley's 38 among the Seminoles. Dave Snyder got 35.

Tom Shannon, UF's lefthanded quarterback, connected on three of seven passes for 28 yards, halfback Allen Trammell on two of two for 22.

Biletnikoff caught five passes for 60 yards.

It was a cold, sunshiny day, with some wind, and 45,000 watched Florida maintain its record of never losing to FSU. The Gators have now won five. One was a tie.

Florida closed with a 6-3-1 record, the Seminoles finished 4-5-1.

Florida played it cool at the start, choosing to kick off and taking a favorable wind after winning the coin toss.

Three runs, including one for seven by Pritchett, left FSU just short of a first down and Calhoun booted into the wind, to the Florida 38.

Shannon's first play was a pass, and Larry Brinkley came close to an interception in the flats and a probable all-the-way run as the ball fell harmlessly to the ground.

Dupree, with wicked blocking, spun up the middle for 14 yards to FSU's 48. On third down, however, Don Floyd socked Shannon for a loss of two, back at the 48.

Hal Seymour punted. Calhoun called for a fair catch, fumbled the ball, and Jimmy Morgan outwrestled him for it after he fell on top of it at the 23.

But Florida got nothing out of that recovery.

Allen Trammell passed to Russ Brown at the 17 and Dupree dug to the 10 for a first down. Shannon got three and Jerry Newcomer two, to the five. Then on third down Floyd ripped into Shannon for minus six, back to the 11.

On a fourth-down field-goal try, holder Jimmy Hall dropped the snap, and Avery Sumner rushed in to fall on the ball at the 17 as Ken Russell tried to run with it.

Two runs got only three yards and Calhoun punted on third down. It was a rather weak one into the wind, 28 yards to the FSU 48.

Florida got going.

Dupree rammed for nine, and Poe soon reeled off six and a first down at the 36. On third down, needing six, Shannon picked up seven to the 25. Two plays later Shannon passed to Poe, who lateraled to Trammell for a gain of 11 to the 14.

Then Dupree bucked twice, for six yards to the eight. A Shannon-to-Poe pass netted only a yard. On fourth down, on the first play of the second quarter, Florida faked a field-goal attempt at the seven, with holder Jimmy Hall running wide for the first down at the three.

Two tries and Dupree was in for six points from the two. Hall added the point for 7-0.

A personal-foul penalty on the kickoff helped FSU to its 38, and the Seminoles got off their only movement of the first half.

Dave Synder whipped for seven and Pritchett raced to a first down at the Florida 47. On third-and-six Pritchett passed to Fred Biletnikoff, who twisted from tackles and zipped to the 30. Then Snyder smashed for 12 yards to the 18.

Pritchett, trying to pass with Jack Thompson grasping his legs, had his toss intercepted by Haygood Clarke, and that was that. Clarke got back to the 23.

A 9-yard run by Dupree, followed by a piling-on penalty for 15, featured a Florida push to the FSU 47. Dupree led on to the 34. Then halfback Trammell threw a pass that was deflected by Calhoun or Winfred Bailey, or both, and Barry Brown grabbed it for a Florida first down at the 18. Dupree, in two runs, got to the nine, and Shannon made it a first down at the five.

Then Shannon tried a surprise throw. Calhoun intercepted it in the end zone and raced up to the FSU 31, but a clipping penalty put the Tribe back on the 10.

Soon Calhoun was punting. Bruce Bennett fell with the ball after he fielded the 40-yard boot at the FSU 45.

Here came the Gators again.

A personal-foul penalty after a 2-yard Clarke run put Florida at the 27. Dupree plunged to the 19. Clarke to the 16, and Dupree to the 10. Then Shannon fumbled when hit at the five and Calhoun was there to claim the ball for FSU a minute and a half before intermission.

Calhoun sneaked on two plays, running out the clock.

FSU had the ball for only 13 offensive plays in that first half, contrasted with 44 for Florida. The Gators led in rushing, 112 yards to 46, in first downs, 12 to 3, in total yardage, 146 to 60. And FSU led in penalties, 46 yards to 15. Dupree had pounded away 18 times for 82 yards.

The Seminoles took the second-half kickoff and started to move briskly from their 31.

Snyder ran four times for 12 yards.

Pritchett passed to Biletnikoff for 13 at the Florida 44. Snyder got three and Brinkley four to the 37. Then Pritchett passed to Floyd, who fumbled when hit.

Jack Katz recovered for Florida at the 25.

On third down, Hal Seymour, punting into the wind, boomed a 51-yarder to FSU's 28.

Thereupon Snyder fumbled as the Gators flooded the middle. And Katz again recovered for UF, at the 28.

Dupree ran twice, to the 17. Trammell hit for three. Dupree got nothing, as Chuck Robinson met him. Shannon, trying to sweep, was then dumped for minus six, to the 20, by Robinson.

Bobby Lyle tried a field goal, kicking from the 27. No good.

FSU took over and moved 75 yards to frustration.

Brinkley's running led to the 39. Pritchett passed to Biletnikoff at the 50. There things bogged but Calhoun was roughed on a punt and FSU was still alive with a penalty to the Florida 32.

Runs of seven and 10 yards by Brinkley spurred the Seminoles to a first down on the 13.

Brinkley got to the 11 on the last play of the third quarter. Pritchett slipped to the five as Roberts faked up the middle. Then an offsides cost FSU five back to the 10. Two passes fell incomplete, one bouncing out of Roberts' hands close to the goal, and Florida took over.

Three runs by Dupree lifted Florida to its 25. Shannon raced for 11. Two more Dupree smashes paved a first down at the FSU 46. A Shannon-to-Barry Brown pass carried to the 20, a gain of 20. Poe got five and Dupree six for a first down on the nine. Poe rammed to the three. Then Dupree fumbled and Floyd covered it for the Seminoles.

FSU worked up to the 11, punted on fourth down, a 47-yarder by Calhoun that was returned to the FSU 40 with 4:59 left.

The Seminoles held and Seymour punted to the 10.

With 3:20 to go, the Seminoles had one last offensive fling.

Tensi came in at quarterback for the first time. He sent Maury Bibent off the right side for 10 yards, then passed to Biletnikoff at the 30.

Then he tossed to Biletnikoff over the middle. Apparently stopped at the 42, the junior righthalf suddenly broke loose, lit out for the sidelines, and had clear sailing for a touchdown. But officials whistles blew frantically. Biletnikoff looked back, slowed down, but ran on across the goal any way.

This one will be long debated.

Tensi completed a short one to Snyder, then overshot Biletnikoff. As Florida rushed him hard, Tensi fumbled as he tried to find throwing room and Sydney MacLean recovered for Florida at the 38. One minute and 29 seconds remained.

Florida ran out the clock, and FSU left quietly.


From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 1, 1963, page 1, by Mike Beaudoin.

Not FSU's Day - That's For Sure

This was Florida's day - and that's all she wrote.

Florida State fans left for home unhappy - par for the course when they leave Gainesville - and they had plenty of Monday morning quarterback material to use on Saturday night.

But they couldn't erase the final score which was all Florida's.

The biggest topic of conversation, of course, will be the "touchdown" which Fred Biletnikoff made but which the officials said he didn't make. Fred took a bullet pass from Steve Tensi at the FSU 42, was hit by two Gators, but he slid right out of their grasp and went all the way without a hand being laid on him.

WHISTLE BLOWN

But the referee had already blown his whistle - a little prematurely, FSU fans thought, but, as usual, the referee had his way. Interestingly, a short time before a Florida pass receiver did almost the same thing. He was stopped cold by two Seminoles, but went on for several more yards. This time the whistle hadn't blown.

Some FSU fans were saying the Gators' Tom Shannon was "the best player FSU had." He did, indeed, give the ball to FSU on a pass interception when he had first down on the FSU five with Florida's Larry Dupree running like a tiger. Late in the game he was still passing, or trying to pass, with his team just a TD ahead.

ALMOST A FLIP

Florida Coach Ray Graves almost did a flip-flop on the sidelines when the abortive FSU touchdown play was executed, but he quickly settled down as he saw the referee blowing that whistle as hard as he could.

In contrast with previous years, FSU fans played it cool after this one. No one tried to go on the field. (Maybe because they could see the 50-odd highway patrolmen ringing the playing area).

IN OTHER WAYS

This was Florida's day in more ways than one. It seems like everything here Saturday was Florida's.

Both end zones, for instance, were filled with big blue letters reading "Florida Gators." Sometimes the home team will put the name of the opposing team in one end zone.

Usually the two goal posts are decorated with school colors, those of the home team at one end, the visiting team at the other. Saturday, there were no colors on either goal post.

Even to 50-cent program was filled with all-Florida material. The program usually devotes several pages to the visiting team. Not Saturday. (They did use two of the 50 pages to list the names of the FSU players. That's all.)

IN THE END ZONE

The FSU band, and FSU students, had their same reserved seats - in the far corner of the end zone. Florida students and band sat comfortably on the 40 yard line.

A pamphlet distributed in the press box for newsmen devoted four pages to the pre-game and half-time shows; it told in detail what the Florida band would do. It said about the Marching Chiefs: "FSU band takes the field first and presents a 7-minute show."

That's all she wrote.

After the game, FSU Coach Bill Peterson pretty well summed it up with: "We were so close, and yet so far."

If Tallahassee merchants enmasse could have attended the game Saturday, they would form a vigilante committee, kidnap the entire Board of Control and force them to let FSU expand its stadium before next fall.

NOT THEIR BIGGEST?

Florida fans say the FSU game isn't their biggest of the season, but local hotel and restaurant men don't agree. Prices of everything go up a couple of bucks on everything on football weekends but on THIS WEEKEND, they didn't have any trouble getting takers. Tallahasseeans practically took over two adjoining motels on the outskirts of town.

Because of the Thanksgiving holidays, this may have been Florida's biggest game - financially - in history. Florida usually sells about 10,000 student tickets - at $1 each. This year with many students away for Thanksgiving at home, about 6,000 of those $1 seats were placed on the market at the going rate, $5 each. Most of them were taken.

45,000 ATTENDANCE

The official attendance was announced as 45,000, which is just 1,000 from capacity. Florida's haul from those extra $5 tickets must have been a bundle.

Usually on the day of the game, a ticket is almost impossible to buy here (Except at scalper's prices - $10 and up) - Yesterday there were many of them being offered, at the regular $5 price. From the looks of the stands, most of them were taken.

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

2nd   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 14:12
3rd   0- 7  Opp, 37, field goal failed


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 19 Rushes-yards 36-125 64-205 Passing 76 50 Att-Comp-Int 13-7-1 9-5-1 Total Yards 49-201 73-255 Punt Returns 1-2 2-18 Kickoff Returns 2-31 0-0 Interception Ret. 1-35 1-5 Fumble Returns 2-0 4-0 Punts 4-37.0 3-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-4 3-2 Penalties-Yds 4-51 4-40 Attendance 45,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Brinkley 8- 38 Ed Pritchett 9- 36 Dave Snyder 11- 35 Maury Bibent 1- 11 Charlie Calhoun 3- 6 Marion Roberts 2- 6 Joe Petko 1- 1 Steve Tensi 1- -8 Receiving Fred Biletnikoff 5- 60 Don Floyd 1- 12 Dave Snyder 1- 4 Passing Ed Pritchett 9- 4-1- 50 Steve Tensi 4- 3-0- 26 Punt Return Charlie Calhoun 1- 2 Kickoff Return Larry Brinkley 1- 21 Charlie Calhoun 1- 10 Punting Charlie Calhoun 4- 148 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chuck Robinson 6 8 14 . . . . . . . . . Bill McDowell 6 5 11 . . . . . . . . . Dick Hermann 6 3 9 . . . . . . . . . Avery Sumner 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Joe Parrish 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Bill Daly 4 5 9 . . . . . . . . . Charlie Calhoun 6 1 7 . . 1- 35 . . 1- 0 . . . Frank Pennie 3 4 7 . . . . . . . . . Marion Roberts 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Jack Shinholser 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Don Floyd 3 . 3 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Fred Biletnikoff 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Dave Snyder 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   13  Steve Tensi
LHB  20  Dave Snyder
FB   21  Larry Brinkley
RHB  25  Fred Biletnikoff
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
C    55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
RE   81  Don Floyd
LE   82  Jim Causey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   13  Steve Tensi
DB   20  Dave Snyder
LB   21  Larry Brinkley
DB   25  Fred Biletnikoff
RG   52  Chuck Robinson
MG   55  Jack Edwards
LG   66  Dick Hermann
RT   73  Avery Sumner
LT   77  Bob Mangan
RE   81  Don Floyd
LE   82  Jim Causey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Charlie Calhoun
16  Ed Pritchett
22  Maury Bibent
28  Winfred Bailey
29  Joe Petko
44  Marion Roberts
53  Bill Daly
60  Ferrell Henry
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Jack Shinholser
63  Bill McDowell
65  Jerry Wooten
67  Jerry Bruner
68  Joe Parrish
79  Frank Pennie
80  John Wachtel
89  Max Wettstein