Florida State Football - 1967 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1967 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bill Peterson, Head Coach
Don Breaux, Offensive Chief
Joe Gibbs, Offensive Line
Doug Hafner, Head Recruiter
Bob Harbison, Defensive Chief
Bobby Jackson, Defensive Ends, Linebackers
Gene McDowell, Freshman
Neil Schmidt, Offensive Backfield
Gary Wyant, Defensive Backfield

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1967 FSU Football Handbook

Mike Blatt

1967 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 1967 FSU Football Handbook, page 24.

Phil Abraira, 6-0, 180, E, Fort Lauderdale - Add this name to Florida State's great receiving corps. He was a standout receiver for the freshmen last season and also doubled as a defensive halfback...in four frosh contests, the ex-former Fort Lauderdale High star caught 18 passes good for 293 yards and four touchdowns...he was named to the All-Southeastern freshman team...he looked even better during the spring, before an injury slowed him down...he will definitely log playing time this fall and could make a run for a starting berth...he compares favorably with Ron Sellers as a deep receiver.

Rick Anderson, 6-0, 195, QB, Winter Haven

Jim Bracken, 6-3, 215, OT, Canton, OH

Bobby Burt, 6-0, 201, LB, Cairo, GA - Played some defensive end near end of spring drills and might wind up there this fall...shoulder injury hampered his spring work...has size and speed to perform well no matter where he plays...loves to hit...needs playing time to be a good one.

Ed Chereshkoff, 5-10, 188, HB, Hollywood - One of Florida State's most promising sophomores...outstanding spring practice despite minor ailments...great quickness...has breakaway spped the Seminoles have lacked...should record some long distance touchdowns before he's through...short on experience but may get that early...one of the top sopomore prospects.

Bill Cheshire, 6-0, 183, E-P, Odum, GA - Florida State's first bare-footed kicker...averaged 41.3 yards per punt as a freshman on 25 boots...had on 75-yard dandy against Southern Mississippi...was high school quarterback...could see some action this fall as defensive end.

Bill Donohoe, 6-0, 180, HB, North Miami - Could be strong inside threat...extremely green, needs playing time...showed signs of promise during spring but may be a year away.

Frank Edmunds, 5-10, 170, HB, Gulf Breeze

Ed Gibson, 6-0, 193, FB, Orlando

Mike Gray, 6-3, 190, FL, Lake Mary

Grant Guthrie, 6-0, 207, PK, Claymont, DE - Has strongest leg among kickers...could play some fullback if he recovers from a freshman injury.

Randy Hall, 6-4, 187, E, Miami

Don Hilsmier, 6-1, 180, OG, Fort Wayne, IN

Hal Hodges, 5-9, 161, DB, Tallahassee - Smallest man on the squad but size has nothing to do with this youngster's ability...performed as a freshman without a scholarship but gained grant-in-aid for his work during spring drills...hits with the authority of a 200 pounder...he'll be excellent backup man.

Bill Hughes, 6-1, 221, C, Rockledge - Showed improvement during spring drills but needs playing time badly...could be red shirted.

Dick Johnson, 6-0, 200, OT, Miami Springs

Duke Johnston, 6-1, 229, OT, Fort Lauderdale - Was a non-scholarship player on the freshman team but performed so well he was given a grant-in-aid this spring...named to All-Southeastern freshman squad last season by the Atlanta Journal...could be switched to another position in fall practice...very strong boy...high school coach was former Florida State star Duke Maltby.

Richie Jones, 6-0, 203, OT, River Vale, NJ - Came from Pratt Junior College in Kansas...spent most of the spring learning Florida State's defenses...has toughness and size...one of the bigest defensive ends...may be tried at defensive tackle when fall practice begins.

Bobby Lent, 6-3, 190, DB, Fallbrook, CA - Transferred from Palomer Junior College in San Marcos, California...teammate of tackle Chris Palmer...was JC All-American...adjusted well to new surroundings during spring...hard-nosed.

Randy Logan, 6-3, 230, OT, Seal Beach, CA

Doug Mitchell, 6-3, 193, DB, Williston

Ronnie Montford, 6-0, 195, MG, Blountstown - His quickness makes him a top middle guard prospect...showed his potential with outstanding spring practice...was a back suring prep career...is tough and has good lateral movement to make up for lack of size.

Mike Page, 5-10, 175, DB, Winter Haven - Small, but has a nose for the ball...very agressive...showed exceptional progress during spring...great hitter for his size...he, like Hodges, will be a member of Coach Wyatt's "bull pen."

Chris Palmer, 6-3, 235, OT, Poway, CA - Junior college transfer who started spring practice as a fullback...was switched to defensive tackle midway through spring drills and adjusted remarkably well...has tremendous speed for his size...showed he could rush the passer during scrimmages...he'll battle Kinnan for one of the tackle spots...lack of experience at new position may hurt him early in season.

Chuck Pickens, 5-9, 165, DB, Etowah, TN

John Pittman, 5-11, 195, FB, Brunswick, GA

Floyd Ratliff, 6-4, 195, DE, Jesup, GA - Had an outstanding spring practice after a freshman year which saw him perform admirably as a linebacker...is extremely tough and pursues the play well...it was not uncommon during the spring to see the tall Georgian come from the weak side end to overtake the ball carrier on a sweep...has great speed and is a hard worker...has the tools to be a future all-star.

Barry Rice, 6-1, 188, LB, Fernandina Beach - Half of Florida State's linebacking twins...good athlete and steady competitor...fine lateral movement with exceptional quickness...played halfback in high school.

Beryl Rice, 6-1, 186, LB, Fernandina Beach - Barry's identical twin...possibility he may see some action at defensive end, his position on the freshman team...has same assets as his brother.

Jim Rust, 6-3, 206, E, Fort Lauderdale - Coaches think Jim can be a star of the future - maybe this season...has all the tools - speed, size and quickness...was a starter during some spring practice sessions...but he still needs work and experience...must learn to concentrate and dedicate himself...should see plenty of action this fall.

Jim Tyson, 6-1, 188, E, Pahokee

Stan Walker, 6-2, 210, OG, Tallahassee

Tommy Warren, 6-1, 185, DB-QB, Miami - Will be given shot as defensive back this fall but will play quarterback for Florida State before he graduates...quarterbacked last year's freshman team, completing an amazing 50 out of 82 passes for 746 yards and 10 touchdowns...an exceptional athlete, he was star of freshman baseball team during spring and missed football drills...has tools to be standout no matter where he plays.

Barry Wenhold, 5-10, 200, HB, Souderton, PA - Nicknamed "Fireplug"...tacklers found him hard to bring down during the spring...reminds coaches of Houton Oilers' Charlie Tolar...another young back who needs experience...had two long runs during spring game.

Tom White, 6-1, 240, OG, West Palm Beach


1967 Roster - By Name

Roster from 1967 FSU Football Handbook, page 40.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 19 Phil Abraira          E       6-0   180  So        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
  12 Rick Anderson         QB      6-0   195  So        Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
* 47 Joe Benson            LB      5-10  197  Jr-R *    Birmingham, AL (Shades Valley)
* 40 Mike Blatt            LB      5-11  203  Sr   **   Key West (Key West)
  54 Jim Bracken           OT      6-3   215  So        Canton, OH (Perry)
* 67 Mike Bugar            MG      5-10  206  Jr-R *    Youngstown, OH (Austintown Fitch)
  53 Bobby Burt            LB      6-0   201  So        Cairo, GA (Cairo)
* 18 Clint Burton          DB      6-2   180  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Roosevelt)
  14 Bill Cappleman        QB      6-3   205  So-R      Dunedin (Dunedin)
     Jim Carey             E       6-4   190  So-R      Sarasota (Sarasota)
  72 Jeff Chapman          OT      6-3   230  So-R      Sarasota (Sarasota)
  32 Ed Chereshkoff        HB      5-10  188  So        Hollywood (McArthur)
* 42 Bill Cheshire         E-P     6-0   183  So        Odum, GA (Wayne County)
* 27 Billy Cox             E       6-1   182  Jr-R *    Atlanta, GA (Grady)
* 41 John Crowe            DB      6-2   173  Jr   *    Saint Cloud (Saint Cloud)
  77 Jeff Curchin          OT      6-6   247  So-R      Ocala (Ocala)
  65 Bill Dew              OT      6-2   210  So-R      Apopka (Apopka)
     Bill Donohoe          HB      6-0   180  So        North Miami (North Miami)
* 49 Terry Eagerton        FB      5-10  190  So-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
* 22 Chuck Eason           DB      5-10  183  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
  87 Frank Edmunds         HB      5-10  170  So        Gulf Breeze (Pensacola)
* 61 Chuck Elliott         LB      6-0   197  Jr-R *    Troy, OH (Tippecanoe)
* 82 Lane Fenner           FL      6-5   202  Sr   *    Evansville, IN (North)
* 76 Jack Fenwick          OT      6-4   225  Jr-R *    Norwood, OH (Norwood)
     Mike Fields           OG      5-11  190  So-R      Orlando (Boone)
  55 Ed Gibson             FB      6-0   193  So        Orlando (Boone)
* 84 Chip Glass            E       6-4   225  Jr   *    Tampa (Chamberlain)
  35 Mike Gray             FL      6-3   190  So        Lake Mary (Seminole)
* 20 Larry Green           DB      5-10  173  Sr-R **   Cairo, GA (Cairo)
* 31 Bill Gunter           HB      6-0   171  Jr-R      Dothan, AL (Ashford)
* 80 Doug Gurr             DE      6-2   195  Jr   *    Albany, GA (Albany)
* 33 Grant Guthrie         PK      6-0   207  So        Claymont, DE (Claymont)
  86 Randy Hall            E       6-4   187  So        Miami (South Dade)
* 11 Kim Hammond           QB      6-1   190  Sr-R *    Melbourne (Melbourne)
* 66 Ken Hart              C-OG    6-3   217  Jr-R *    Groveland (Groveland)
  12 Phil Hiatt            QB      6-4   190  So-R      Tipp City, OH (Tippecanoe)
  23 Don Hilsmier          OG      6-1   180  So        Fort Wayne, IN (South Side)
  26 Hal Hodges            DB      5-9   161  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  46 Charlie Huggins       DB      6-1   194  So-R      Mims (Titusville)
  51 Bill Hughes           C       6-1   221  So        Rockledge (Cocoa Beach)
     John Hurst            FB      6-1   206  Jr   *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
     Billy Joe Janes       LB      6-1   206  So-R      Pensacola (Pensacola)
  50 Dick Johnson          OT      6-0   200  So        Miami Springs (Miami Springs)
* 78 Wayne Johnson         OT      6-3   230  So-R      Macon, GA (Willingham)
* 73 Duke Johnston         OT      6-1   229  So        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
* 21 Donovan Jones         FB      6-1   206  Sr-R *    Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 88 Jerry Jones           DE      6-1   193  Sr-R **   Jesup, GA (Wayne County)
  58 Richie Jones          OT      6-0   203  Jr        River Vale, NJ (Pascack Valley/Pratt CC)
* 57 Joe Kinnan            OT      6-0   206  Sr   *    Bradenton (Bradenton/Manatee CC)
  23 Bobby Lent            DB      6-3   190  Jr        Fallbrook, CA (Fallbrook/Palomar CC)
* 72 Randy Logan           OT      6-3   230  So        Seal Beach, CA (Lakewood)
  56 Henry Lohse           OG      6-3   203  So-R      Saint Petersburg (Admiral Farragut)
  59 Frank Loner           PK      6-0   196  Jr-R *    Atlanta, GA (Richmond Academy)
* 50 Dale McCullers        LB      6-2   194  Jr   *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
* 52 Wayne McDuffie        C-OG    6-2   223  Sr-R **   Hawkinsville, GA (Hawkinsville)
* 63 Richard McLean        OG      6-0   189  Jr-R      Holly Hill (Mainland)
* 89 Bob Menendez          DE      5-10  195  Sr-R *    Key West (Key West)
  29 Doug Mitchell         DB      6-3   193  So        Williston (Williston)
  54 Ronnie Montford       MG      6-0   195  So        Blountstown (Blountstown)
* 43 Hal Montgomery        DB      5-11  176  Jr   *    Blountstown (Blountstown)
* 30 Bill Moremen          HB-FB   5-11  188  Sr-R **   Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 55 Ted Mosley            C       6-2   202  Jr        Tampa (Chamberlain)
* 17 Mike Page             DB      5-10  175  So        Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
* 16 Gary Pajcic           QB      6-2   192  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
  74 Chris Palmer          OT      6-3   235  Jr        Poway, CA (Romeo/Palomar CC)
* 68 Larry Pendleton       OG      6-0   206  Jr-R *    Winter Garden (Lakeview)
* 29 Chuck Pickens         DB      5-9   165  So        Etowah, TN (Etowah)
* 44 John Pittman          FB      5-11  195  Jr        Brunswick, GA (Glynn Academy)
* 85 Floyd Ratliff         DE      6-4   195  So        Jesup, GA (Jesup)
* 75 Bill Rhodes           OT      6-2   244  Jr   *    Eustis (Eustis)
  60 Barry Rice            LB      6-1   188  So        Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach)
  62 Beryl Rice            LB      6-1   186  So        Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach)
     John Richardson       C       6-0   205  So-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
     Pete Roberts          PK      6-0   202  Sr   **   Gainesville (Gainesville)
  87 Jim Rust              E       6-3   206  So        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
* 34 Ron Sellers           FL      6-4   187  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
  70 Tony Sewell           OT      6-5   220  So-R      Union Springs, AL (Bullock County)
* 24 Walt Sumner           DB      6-1   172  Jr   *    Ocilla, GA (Irwin County)
* 83 Thurston Taylor       E       6-2   222  Sr   **   Atlanta, GA (North Clayton)
  81 Jim Tyson             E       6-1   188  So        Pahokee (Pahokee)
* 79 Frank Vohun           OT      6-3   223  So-R      Brooksville (Hernando)
* 64 Stan Walker           OG      6-2   210  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 15 Tommy Warren          DB-QB   6-1   185  So        Miami (Coral Gables)
  32 Barry Wenhold         HB      5-10  200  So        Souderton, PA (Souderton)
* 28 T.K. Wetherell        DB      5-10  185  Sr-R **   Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  70 Tom White             OG      6-1   240  So        West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
  87 Bill Yeldell          E       6-1   185  So-R      Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 71 Harvey Zion           OT      5-11  212  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Grady)

1967 Roster - By Number

Roster from 1967 FSU Football Handbook, page 40.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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     Jim Carey             E       6-4   190  So-R      Sarasota (Sarasota)
     Bill Donohoe          HB      6-0   180  So        North Miami (North Miami)
     Mike Fields           OG      5-11  190  So-R      Orlando (Boone)
     John Hurst            FB      6-1   206  Jr   *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
     Billy Joe Janes       LB      6-1   206  So-R      Pensacola (Pensacola)
     John Richardson       C       6-0   205  So-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
     Pete Roberts          PK      6-0   202  Sr   **   Gainesville (Gainesville)
* 11 Kim Hammond           QB      6-1   190  Sr-R *    Melbourne (Melbourne)
  12 Rick Anderson         QB      6-0   195  So        Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
  12 Phil Hiatt            QB      6-4   190  So-R      Tipp City, OH (Tippecanoe)
  14 Bill Cappleman        QB      6-3   205  So-R      Dunedin (Dunedin)
* 15 Tommy Warren          DB-QB   6-1   185  So        Miami (Coral Gables)
* 16 Gary Pajcic           QB      6-2   192  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 17 Mike Page             DB      5-10  175  So        Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
* 18 Clint Burton          DB      6-2   180  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Roosevelt)
* 19 Phil Abraira          E       6-0   180  So        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
* 20 Larry Green           DB      5-10  173  Sr-R **   Cairo, GA (Cairo)
* 21 Donovan Jones         FB      6-1   206  Sr-R *    Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 22 Chuck Eason           DB      5-10  183  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
  23 Don Hilsmier          OG      6-1   180  So        Fort Wayne, IN (South Side)
  23 Bobby Lent            DB      6-3   190  Jr        Fallbrook, CA (Fallbrook/Palomar CC)
* 24 Walt Sumner           DB      6-1   172  Jr   *    Ocilla, GA (Irwin County)
  26 Hal Hodges            DB      5-9   161  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 27 Billy Cox             E       6-1   182  Jr-R *    Atlanta, GA (Grady)
* 28 T.K. Wetherell        DB      5-10  185  Sr-R **   Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  29 Doug Mitchell         DB      6-3   193  So        Williston (Williston)
* 29 Chuck Pickens         DB      5-9   165  So        Etowah, TN (Etowah)
* 30 Bill Moremen          HB-FB   5-11  188  Sr-R **   Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 31 Bill Gunter           HB      6-0   171  Jr-R      Dothan, AL (Ashford)
  32 Ed Chereshkoff        HB      5-10  188  So        Hollywood (McArthur)
  32 Barry Wenhold         HB      5-10  200  So        Souderton, PA (Souderton)
* 33 Grant Guthrie         PK      6-0   207  So        Claymont, DE (Claymont)
* 34 Ron Sellers           FL      6-4   187  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Paxon)
  35 Mike Gray             FL      6-3   190  So        Lake Mary (Seminole)
* 40 Mike Blatt            LB      5-11  203  Sr   **   Key West (Key West)
* 41 John Crowe            DB      6-2   173  Jr   *    Saint Cloud (Saint Cloud)
* 42 Bill Cheshire         E-P     6-0   183  So        Odum, GA (Wayne County)
* 43 Hal Montgomery        DB      5-11  176  Jr   *    Blountstown (Blountstown)
* 44 John Pittman          FB      5-11  195  Jr        Brunswick, GA (Glynn Academy)
  46 Charlie Huggins       DB      6-1   194  So-R      Mims (Titusville)
* 47 Joe Benson            LB      5-10  197  Jr-R *    Birmingham, AL (Shades Valley)
* 49 Terry Eagerton        FB      5-10  190  So-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
  50 Dick Johnson          OT      6-0   200  So        Miami Springs (Miami Springs)
* 50 Dale McCullers        LB      6-2   194  Jr   *    Live Oak (Suwannee)
  51 Bill Hughes           C       6-1   221  So        Rockledge (Cocoa Beach)
* 52 Wayne McDuffie        C-OG    6-2   223  Sr-R **   Hawkinsville, GA (Hawkinsville)
  53 Bobby Burt            LB      6-0   201  So        Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  54 Jim Bracken           OT      6-3   215  So        Canton, OH (Perry)
  54 Ronnie Montford       MG      6-0   195  So        Blountstown (Blountstown)
  55 Ed Gibson             FB      6-0   193  So        Orlando (Boone)
* 55 Ted Mosley            C       6-2   202  Jr        Tampa (Chamberlain)
  56 Henry Lohse           OG      6-3   203  So-R      Saint Petersburg (Admiral Farragut)
* 57 Joe Kinnan            OT      6-0   206  Sr   *    Bradenton (Bradenton/Manatee CC)
  58 Richie Jones          OT      6-0   203  Jr        River Vale, NJ (Pascack Valley/Pratt CC)
  59 Frank Loner           PK      6-0   196  Jr-R *    Atlanta, GA (Richmond Academy)
  60 Barry Rice            LB      6-1   188  So        Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach)
* 61 Chuck Elliott         LB      6-0   197  Jr-R *    Troy, OH (Tippecanoe)
  62 Beryl Rice            LB      6-1   186  So        Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach)
* 63 Richard McLean        OG      6-0   189  Jr-R      Holly Hill (Mainland)
* 64 Stan Walker           OG      6-2   210  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  65 Bill Dew              OT      6-2   210  So-R      Apopka (Apopka)
* 66 Ken Hart              C-OG    6-3   217  Jr-R *    Groveland (Groveland)
* 67 Mike Bugar            MG      5-10  206  Jr-R *    Youngstown, OH (Austintown Fitch)
* 68 Larry Pendleton       OG      6-0   206  Jr-R *    Winter Garden (Lakeview)
  70 Tony Sewell           OT      6-5   220  So-R      Union Springs, AL (Bullock County)
  70 Tom White             OG      6-1   240  So        West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
* 71 Harvey Zion           OT      5-11  212  Jr   *    Atlanta, GA (Grady)
  72 Jeff Chapman          OT      6-3   230  So-R      Sarasota (Sarasota)
* 72 Randy Logan           OT      6-3   230  So        Seal Beach, CA (Lakewood)
* 73 Duke Johnston         OT      6-1   229  So        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
  74 Chris Palmer          OT      6-3   235  Jr        Poway, CA (Romeo/Palomar CC)
* 75 Bill Rhodes           OT      6-2   244  Jr   *    Eustis (Eustis)
* 76 Jack Fenwick          OT      6-4   225  Jr-R *    Norwood, OH (Norwood)
  77 Jeff Curchin          OT      6-6   247  So-R      Ocala (Ocala)
* 78 Wayne Johnson         OT      6-3   230  So-R      Macon, GA (Willingham)
* 79 Frank Vohun           OT      6-3   223  So-R      Brooksville (Hernando)
* 80 Doug Gurr             DE      6-2   195  Jr   *    Albany, GA (Albany)
  81 Jim Tyson             E       6-1   188  So        Pahokee (Pahokee)
* 82 Lane Fenner           FL      6-5   202  Sr   *    Evansville, IN (North)
* 83 Thurston Taylor       E       6-2   222  Sr   **   Atlanta, GA (North Clayton)
* 84 Chip Glass            E       6-4   225  Jr   *    Tampa (Chamberlain)
* 85 Floyd Ratliff         DE      6-4   195  So        Jesup, GA (Jesup)
  86 Randy Hall            E       6-4   187  So        Miami (South Dade)
  87 Frank Edmunds         HB      5-10  170  So        Gulf Breeze (Pensacola)
  87 Jim Rust              E       6-3   206  So        Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
  87 Bill Yeldell          E       6-1   185  So-R      Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 88 Jerry Jones           DE      6-1   193  Sr-R **   Jesup, GA (Wayne County)
* 89 Bob Menendez          DE      5-10  195  Sr-R *    Key West (Key West)
Lettermen from 1968 FSU Football Handbook, page 40.
From the November 28, 1967 Florida Times Union, page A-9, Ron Sellers was named 1st Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.

From the November 30, 1967 Florida Times Union, page D-1, Ron Sellers and Kim Hammond were named 2nd Team All-Americans by United Press International.

From the December 8, 1967 Florida Times Union, page D-1, Ron Seller was named 1st Team All-American and Kim Hammond was named 2nd Team All-American by the Associated Press.


1967 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Kim Hammond              Associated Press - 2nd Team All-American
                         United Press International - 2nd Team All-American

Ron Sellers              American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 1st Team All-American
                         Newspaper Enterprises Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 2nd Team All-American
                         United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
                         NCAA - Consensus All-American

All-Americans -  2

1967 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
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Fred Biletnikoff         25      WR                 Oakland  Raiders
Jim Mankins              33      RB                 Atlanta Falcons
Les Murdock              84      K                  New York Giants
Tony Romeo               86      TE                 Boston Patriots
Steve Tensi              13      QB                 Denver Broncos
Bud Whitehead            47      DB                 San Diego Chargers
Del Williams             61      OG                 New Orleans Saints

Noles in the Pros -  7

1967 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/15
Ref
A
HOUSTON
L 13-33
 
 
 
 
 
19
7-3
09/23
Ref
N
ALABAMA
Birmingham, Al
T 37-37
 
 
2
2
8
7
8-2-1
09/30
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 10-20
 
18
 
 
 
17
9-2
10/07
Ref
A
TEXAS A&M
W 19-18
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-4
10/14
Ref
H
SOUTH CAROLINA
W 17- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-5
10/21
Ref
H
TEXAS TECH
W 28-12
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-4
10/28
Ref
H
MISSISSIPPI STATE
W 24-12
 
18
 
 
 
 
1-9
11/04
Ref
A
MEMPHIS STATE
W 26- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-3
11/11
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 38-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-3
11/25
Ref
A
FLORIDA
W 21-16
 
16
 
18
 
 
6-4
12/30
Ref
N
PENN STATE
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl
T 17-17
 
15
10
11
10
11
8-2-1
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    7- 2-2   4-1     3-1     0-0-2
AGAINST TOP 25   1- 0-2   0-0     1-0     0-0-2
FINAL UPI - 15


1967 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Larry Green 11/04/1967 MEMPHIS STATE 29 126 4.34 1 Bill Gunter 10/14/1967 SOUTH CAROLINA 21 113 5.38 1

1967 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ron Sellers 11/11/1967 VIRGINIA TECH 8 229 28.63 3 Ron Sellers 09/23/1967 ALABAMA 13 165 12.69 1 Ron Sellers 10/28/1967 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 158 22.57 0 Ron Sellers 11/25/1967 FLORIDA 7 153 21.86 1 Ron Sellers 10/21/1967 TEXAS TECH 9 147 16.33 1 Ron Sellers 10/07/1967 TEXAS A&M 7 146 20.86 1 Ron Sellers 12/30/1967 PENN STATE 14 145 10.36 1 Bill Moremen 12/30/1967 PENN STATE 12 106 8.83 0 Ron Sellers 10/14/1967 SOUTH CAROLINA 7 101 14.43 0

1967 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kim Hammond 10/28/1967 MISSISSIPPI STATE 37 21 369 1 9.97 3 Kim Hammond 12/30/1967 PENN STATE 53 37 362 4 6.83 1 Kim Hammond 11/11/1967 VIRGINIA TECH 30 17 314 2 10.47 4 Kim Hammond 11/04/1967 MEMPHIS STATE 34 24 302 1 8.88 0

1967 EOY Stats

From the 1968 FSU Football Handbook, page 22. Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 233 170 Points Per Game............. 23.3 17.0 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 30 22 TDs Rushing................. 11 17 TDs Passing................. 18 5 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 1 0 TDs Interception............ 0 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 26-30 15-22 Kick........................ 26-27 13-15 Pass........................ 0- 2 0- 4 Run......................... 0- 1 2- 3 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 9-14 7-13 SAFETY........................ 0 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 200 146 Rushing..................... 76 80 Passing..................... 111 51 Penalty..................... 13 15 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1202 1509 Yards gained rushing........ 1470 1894 Yards lost rushing.......... 268 385 Rushing Attempts............ 371 445 Average Per Rush............ 3.2 3.4 Average Per Game............ 120.2 150.9 PASSING YARDAGE............... 2584 1146 Att-Comp-Int................ 352-190-21 194- 86-17 Efficiency.................. 120.58 84.93 Average Per Pass............ 7.3 5.9 Average Per Catch........... 13.6 13.3 Average Per Game............ 258.4 114.6 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 3786 2655 Total Plays................. 723 639 Average Per Play............ 5.2 4.2 Average Per Game............ 378.6 265.5 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 35- 614 45- 875 Average Per Return.......... 17.5 19.4 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 31-195 26-276 Average Per Return.......... 6.3 10.6 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 17-191 21-281 Average Per Return.......... 11.2 13.4 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 21-13 30-12 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 57- 566 54- 618 Average Per Game............ 56.6 61.8 PUNTS-YARDS................... 53-2015 62-2508 Average Per Punt............ 38.0 40.5 Net punt average............ 32.8 37.3 ATTENDANCE.................... 152,404 153,584 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5-30,481 4-38,396 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 71,299 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-71,299
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
38
54
58
83
233
Opponents
41
26
58
45
170
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Bill Moremen        10   94  451   12   439   4.7   5        43.9
Larry Green         10  121  450   49   401   3.3   1        40.1
Bill Gunter              58  234    9   225   3.9   3     
Kim Hammond         10   56  196  113    83   1.5   2         8.3
Gary Pajcic          9   15   63   23    40   2.7   0         4.4
Terry Eagerton            3   20    0    20   6.7   0     
Donovan Jones             9   27   10    17   1.9   0     
Mike Blatt                3    4    0     4   1.3   0     
John Pittman              2    3    0     3   1.5   0     
Chip Glass                2    2    1     1   0.5   0     
Phil Abraira              1    0    0     0   0.0   0     
Bill Cappleman            6   20   25    -5  -0.8   0     
Grant Guthrie             1    0   26   -26 -26.0   0     

Total.........      10  371 1470  268  1202   3.2  11       120.2
Opponents.....      10  445 1894  385  1509   3.4  17       150.9


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Kim Hammond         10  139.73 241-140-10   .581 1991  15  73t  199.1
Gary Pajcic          9   73.66  98- 43-10   .439  507   2  46    56.3
Bill Moremen        10  115.70   8-  3- 1   .375   59   1  48     5.9
Bill Cappleman          125.36   5-  4- 0   .800   27   0  14 

Total.........      10  120.58 352-190-21   .540 2584  18  73t  258.4
Opponents.....      10   84.93 194- 86-17   .443 1146   5       114.6


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Ron Sellers         10  70  1228  17.5   8  73t  122.8
Lane Fenner         10  25   300  12.0   1  20    30.0
Thurston Taylor         24   253  10.5   1  21 
Bill Moremen        10  20   198   9.9   3  31    19.8
Larry Green         10  12   194  16.2   2  44    19.4
Chip Glass              17   184  10.8   1  26 
Billy Cox               16   167  10.4   2  30 
Bill Gunter              2    28  14.0   0  15 
Phil Abraira             1    18  18.0   0  18 
Donovan Jones            3    14   4.7   0  15 

Total.........      10 190  2584  13.6  18  73t  258.4
Opponents.....      10  86  1146  13.3   5       114.6


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Walt Sumner          17  150   8.8  1  75t
T.K. Wetherell       10   18   1.8  0  16 
Chuck Elliott         1   13  13.0  0  13 
Mike Page             1    9   9.0  0   9 
John Crowe            2    5   2.5  0   3 

Total.........       31  195   6.3  1  75t
Opponent......       26  276  10.6  0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Chuck Eason           4   19   4.8  0  10 
T.K. Wetherell        3   66  22.0  0  35 
John Crowe            3   12   4.0  0   8 
Walt Sumner           2    0   0.0  0   0 
Dale McCullers        1   74  74.0  0  74 
Hal Montgomery        1   18  18.0  0  18 
Jerry Jones           1    2   2.0  0   2 
Mike Blatt            1    0   0.0  0   0 
Hal Hodges            1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       17  191  11.2  0  74 
Opponent......       21  281  13.4  0     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Bill Moremen         22   488 22.2  0  40 
Larry Green           8   118 14.8  0  19 
Bill Gunter           3    36 12.0  0  13 
Donovan Jones         1    12 12.0  0  12 
Chip Glass            1     0  0.0  0   0 

Total.........       35   614 17.5  0  40 
Opponent......       45   875 19.4  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Bob Menendez          3    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Crowe            3    0   0.0  0   .    0
Dale McCullers        3    0   0.0  0   .    0
Mike Bugar            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Doug Gurr             1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Floyd Ratliff         1    0   0.0  0   .    0

Total.........       12        0.0  0        0
Opponent......       13        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Grant Guthrie         0   9-14   26-27   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    53
Bill Moremen          8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Ron Sellers           8   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    48
Larry Green           3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Bill Gunter           3   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-0   0   0    18
Kim Hammond           2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-2   0   0    12
Billy Cox             2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Walt Sumner           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Lane Fenner           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Chip Glass            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Thurston Taylor       1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
====================================================================
FSU                  30   9-14   26-27   0-1   0   0-2   0   0   233
Opponent             22   7-13   11-14   3-4   0   0-4   0   0   170
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Bill Moremen
5
3
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ron Sellers
.
8
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Larry Green
1
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bill Gunter
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Kim Hammond
2
.
15
.
.
.
.
.
.
Billy Cox
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Walt Sumner
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
Lane Fenner
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chip Glass
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Thurston Taylor
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Gary Pajcic
.
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
11
18
18
.
.
1
.
.
.
Opponents
17
5
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
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
--------------------------------------------------
Kim Hammond         10  297    83 1991  2074 207.4
Gary Pajcic          9  113    40  507   547  60.8
Bill Moremen        10  102   439   59   498  49.8
Larry Green         10  121   401    0   401  40.1
Bill Gunter              58   225    0   225
Bill Cappleman           11    -5   27    22
Terry Eagerton            3    20    0    20
Donovan Jones             9    17    0    17
Mike Blatt                3     4    0     4
John Pittman              2     3    0     3
Chip Glass                2     1    0     1
Grant Guthrie             1   -26    0   -26

Total.........      10  723  1202 2584  3786 378.6
Opponent......      10  639  1509 1146  2655 265.5


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Grant Guthrie         9-14  .643  0- 0  5- 7  3- 5  1- 1  0- 1 45
FG SEQUENCE Grant Guthrie
HOUSTON
None
ALABAMA
(27), (38), (23)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
(23)
TEXAS A&M
22
SOUTH CAROLINA
34, (24)
TEXAS TECH
51
MISSISSIPPI STATE
(31)
MEMPHIS STATE
22, (22), (37)
VIRGINIA TECH
(45), 31
FLORIDA
None
PENN STATE
40, (26)
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Bill Cheshire       51 1936  38.0  61                 
Jeff Chapman         2   79  39.5  40                 

Total.........      53 2015  38.0  61                0
Opponent......      62 2508  40.5                    1


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Ron Sellers         10    0  1228    0    0    0    0 1228 122.8
Bill Moremen        10  439   198    0  488    0    0 1125 112.5
Larry Green         10  401   194    0  118    0    0  713  71.3
Lane Fenner         10    0   300    0    0    0    0  300  30.0
Bill Gunter             225    28    0   36    0    0  289
Thurston Taylor           0   253    0    0    0    0  253
Chip Glass                1   184    0    0    0    0  185
Billy Cox                 0   167    0    0    0    0  167
Walt Sumner               0     0  150    0    0    0  150
T.K. Wetherell            0     0   18    0   66    0   84
Kim Hammond         10   83     0    0    0    0    0   83   8.3
Dale McCullers            0     0    0    0   74    0   74
Donovan Jones            17    14    0   12    0    0   43
Gary Pajcic          9   40     0    0    0    0    0   40   4.4
Terry Eagerton           20     0    0    0    0    0   20
Chuck Eason               0     0    0    0   19    0   19
Hal Montgomery            0     0    0    0   18    0   18
Phil Abraira              0    18    0    0    0    0   18
John Crowe                0     0    5    0   12    0   17
Chuck Elliott             0     0   13    0    0    0   13
Mike Page                 0     0    9    0    0    0    9
Mike Blatt                4     0    0    0    0    0    4
John Pittman              3     0    0    0    0    0    3
Jerry Jones               0     0    0    0    2    0    2
Bill Cappleman           -5     0    0    0    0    0   -5
Grant Guthrie           -26     0    0    0    0    0  -26

Total.........      10 1202  2584  195  614  191    0 4786 478.6
Opponent......      10 1509  1146  276  875  281    0 4087 408.7


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dale McCullers          108   72   180      .            .          1- 74   .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
Chuck Eason               .    .     .      .            .          4- 19   .    .    .      .   .   .
T.K. Wetherell            .    .     .      .            .          3- 66   .    .    .      .   .   .
John Crowe                .    .     .      .            .          3- 12   .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
Walt Sumner               .    .     .      .            .          2-  0   .    .    .      .   1   .
Hal Montgomery            .    .     .      .            .          1- 18   .    .    .      .   .   .
Jerry Jones               .    .     .      .            .          1-  2   .    .    .      .   .   .
Mike Blatt                .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   2   .
Hal Hodges                .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Doug Gurr                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Floyd Ratliff             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bob Menendez              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
Mike Bugar                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .

HOUSTON 33, FLORIDA STATE 13

09/15/1967, HOUSTON, TX

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 9/16/1967, page 9, by Bill McGrotha

HOUSTON, TX - Under a dark, gray man-made dome, the roof fell in on Florida State's football team last night.

University of Houston's Cougars won the game by a stunning 33-13. It might have been somewhat worse.

Only after Houston had a 33-0 lead did the Seminoles score. Both Florida State touchdowns came in the final six minutes on 6-yard passes by Kim Hammond, one to Lane Fenner, the other to Thurston Taylor.

Florida State appeared to be intimidated by two not inconsiderable factors. (1) The rather incomparable Warren McVea, and (2) The rather incomparable Astrodome.

Either is liable to intimidate any football team in the country.

An unbelievable fast and elusive halfback, McVea ran for 103 yards in 15 carries, an average of seven per. When McVea didn't have the ball - doing goodness knows enough damage - he wrought more havoc by his presence forcing defenders to key upon him and leaving the door ajar.

A crowd of 40,336 sat in the air-conditioned Astrodome and saw the Seminoles absorb a good whipping.

Florida State was far from its offensive self of last year. The quarterback who wore no. 16 on his back was obviously not Gary Pajcic, and the flanker who wore no. 34 couldn't have been Ron Sellers.

Either number had, bluntly, what must have been their worst day.

Also, there was trouble on the offensive line.

When one thing didn't break down for Florida State this night, another thing did.

FSU's long-bomb threat was virtually non-existent. Hand much of the credit to Houston, whose pass defense was little short of brilliant. The Cougars intercepted five, got their hands on maybe a dozen others. Hand part of the credit, too, to the Astrodome's artificial grass, which saw receivers on both sides slipping and often falling.

If Sellers never sees the Astrodome again, it'll be too soon.

"It was, I think," said Coach Bill Peterson, "the worst football game one of my teams has ever played. If there's anything I thought we had, it was passing and catching. We didn't have it tonight."

Incredibly, in light of Houston's 33 points, Florida State's defenders played rather well. Linebackers Mike Blatt and Dale McCullers plus defensive back Hal Hodges, seemed to be standouts.

Houston scored on McVea's 10-yard sweep and quarterback Dick Woodall's surprising 7-yard bootleg scamper, for a 13-0 halftime lead. The Seminoles lost two big first-half chances: (1) When McCullers ran back an interception 74 yards to Houston's 15, (2) when punter Ken Hebert got a low snap and two tacklers let him get away inside the Houston 10, for a 25-yard gain.

Houston's second-half touchdowns all came with sub quarterback Ken Bailey in the saddle after Woodall got hurt. Bailey ran a yard for one, and fullback Paul Gipson two and 10 yards for the others. McVea played little in the last half.

The Cougars, national leaders in offense a year ago, netted 355 yards, all told to the Seminoles 206. FSU hit just 19 of 49 passes, with Houston stealing five. Houston got 226 yards on the ground, completed nine of 19 throws with FSU stealing three.

Gipson matched McVea's total of 103 yards, but took 19 runs to do it.

Houston's exceptional speed was as a decisive factor as any.

Taylor led FSU receivers with five catches. Fenner and Billy Cox caught four each. Pajcic completed just four of 20. Sellers caught just two.

Florida State, at the beginning, won the toss - and that was all the Seminoles won for awhile.

Bill Moremen took the kickoff and returned it 13 yards to the 33.

On the quarterback draw, a planned opening play, Pajcic lost three yards. The Seminoles lost five more yards on a delay penalty.

Pajcic faded to pass. Sellers fell as he cut across the field. Pajcic threw and Guz Brezina intercepted for Houston, returning the ball 20 yards to the 14.

Gipson hit the middle for four. McVea raced wide, scored on a 10-yard dash around right end.

FSU next started at its 19 following a seven-yard kickoff runback by Larry Green. But three passes failed. Sellers dropped one 30-yarder as he tripped over a fallen defender after making the catch.

Bill Chesire punted, a 41-yarder that Don Bean returned nine yards to the Houston 49.

McVea danced for seven, and Gipson cut out a first down at the 41. McVea knocked off five, then 18 to the 18.

It came to fourth-and-two at the 10, and Houston went for it. Gipson hit right tackle for the first down at the seven.

On a bright call, Woodall faked Gipson up the middle while keeping the ball and cutting wide for the touchdown.

On the point-after kick, the snap was low and there was no attempt. Houston was offsides anyhow. It stood 13-0.

For the third time in the quarter FSU received the kickoff, got no further than the 26 on the runback.

After Moremen got nothing on a run, Pajcic completed FSU's first pass of the night, to Taylor for a first down at the 41. Pajcic hit Taylor again for eight. A short shot to Sellers carried FSU as far as Houston's 46 from where, finally, Chesire punted.

From its 21 Houston couldn't generate enough to keep going. The Cougars punted and FSU was back on its 17 after a fumble that Chuck Eason recovered.

Three incompletes and Cheshire kicked out again, out of bounds at the Houston 42.

With Houston at FSU's 46. Woodall kept, swept wide for nine before lateralling to Gipson, who knocked off 17 more, to the 20.

McVea lost a yard. Then McCullers picked off a Woodall pass, and negotiated 74 yards on the runback, to the Houston 15, before quarterback Woodall overtook him.

But the Seminoles couldn't do it. Moremen got just two, and Glass two more. Pajcic overthrew Sellers near the outer boundary line in the end zone. Then Johnny Peacock, on a good defensive play, batted away another end-zone throw to Sellers over the middle.

Houston took over. The second quarter had just started.

FSU's defense held, and Houston punted, getting whopping yardage out of the boot, the punt went just 33 yards, but T.K. Wetherell, trying to find room on the reverse, had to retreat, lost 19 more before being tackled. Then there was a clip and a 15-yard penalty. The 67-yard play set FSU back on its 14.

Hammond came in at quarterback. On his first play Paul Shires intercepted his pass at the FSU 48.

Again the FSU defense rose to the task. Two losses sandwiched around a penalty shifted Houston all the way back to its 24 before McVea raced up to midfield on a third-down run.

FSU got the ball at its 32 following a punt and penalty. Hammond hit Lane Fenner with three passes that lifted the Seminoles to Houston's 44, where they came up short. Chesire punted over the goal line.

FSU defenders kept Houston rooted around the 20 for three downs. When Hebert went back to punt, he got a low snap, fumbled it, picked it up. Two FSU defenders seemed to have clear shots at him inside the 10.

Somehow he came out of the hole and picked his way for 25 yards to a first down on the Houston 45.

Woodall passed to Robbie Williams for 20 at the FSU 35, and McVea then reversed field and zipped to the 12. But the was a clip on the play, and Houston was set back to the 50.

Again Hebert punted. After Hammond lost 10, Chesire was soon called upon for another kick, and Houston was at FSU's 38 following a 12-yard runback. Less than a minute remained in the half.

Gipson swept to the 17. McVea got three.

On a big play, Floyd Ratliff, the sophomore defensive end, racked Woodall for a 16-yard loss as he tried to throw on third down.

Hebert attempted a 47-yard field goal. It was short and a bit wide.

FSU had time for just one short-yardage play before the clock brought intermission.

McVea came stomping with the second-half kickoff, 34 yards to Houston's 41. The Cougars penetrated to FSU's 48, where Hal Hodges broke up - almost intercepted - a third-down pass. Hebert's booming punt went into the end zone.

With Pajcic back in now, FSU moved from its 20 to 25 on a quick-opening slam by Moremen. Two more plays called for another Chesire punt, however. It was a 45-yarder that gave Houston the ball at its 41.

On a third-and-eight play, just after Woodall got shook up by a hard tackle, sub quarterback Ken Bailey passed to Gipson, who struck for 19 yards to the 38.

On another third-down play, Bailey found Bean at the 27 to keep things going. Blatt dropped Gipson for a 4-yard loss on a draw.

Then John Crowe made a diving interception of a Bailey pass at the 11.

On second down, Pajcic threw over the middle to Sellers, who had the ball knocked from his hand as he went down. Jerry Drones claimed the fumble for Houston at the 20.

Houston got penalized five, but Bailey passed to Paul Dauleng for 20 at the five. Gipson rammed to the two, Bailey to the one. On third down Bailey scored from there. Hebert's point kick was wide, leaving it 19-0.

FSU couldn't get beyond its 21, and Chesire's 28-yard punt gave Houston the ball at midfield. Bailey, trying to pass, appeared to be trapped as he retreated far. But he whirled to his left, and threw to a wide-open George Nordren for a 25-yard gain to FSU's 25. Two runs netted the 14. Gipson plunged to the 10. Bailey soon passed to Bob Long at the two, from where Gipson scored.

Hebert kicked the point this time, making it 26-0.

Houston quickly got another crack as Pajcic had to hurry a pass and Mike Johnson intercepted for the Cougars, setting up an opportunity at the FSU 41 just before the third quarter ended.

From the 37, Bailey opened the last period with a 19-yard toss to Bean at the 18. It came to fourth-and-two at the 10.

Bailey faked a handoff to a back plunging over the left side, then deftly slipped the ball to Gipson, who swept wide for the payoff. Hebert's conversion made it 33-0.

On a 19-yard call for pass interference FSU got up to its 39. Whereupon Gus Helloman intercepted a Hammond toss at FSU's 48. Three plays gained little, and Hebert punted into the end zone.

Hammond hit Billy Cox with passes of 15, 17 and four yards. A Moremen run and a penalty netted 33. Thereupon, a bad exchange at center precipitated a fumble that Jerry Gardner got for Houston at the 35.

Immediately Bailey fumbled, and Doug Gurr got it for the Seminoles at the 34.

Hammond passed to Moremen for four, to Cox for 13 to the 17. Following a loss of five, Hammond passed to Moremen for another first down at the six.

Then Hammond tossed to Fenner in the end zone for a touchdown. Grant Guthrie's point kick made it 33-7 with 5:25 to go.

FSU's onside kick failed to travel the necessary 10 yards and Houston took over at its 49.

The Cougars got to the 28 before Blatt forced a punt by decking Bailey for minus 13. FSU got the ball at its 11 with 2:11 remaining. Hammond on a keeper, sprinted up to the 28.

With 1:15 to go Hellemen intercepted another Hammond toss and ran it back to the 13. On second down Hal Hodges stole a Bailey throw in the end zone, giving Florida State the ball back with exactly one minute left.

Hammond ran for 20 to the 40, and a personal-foul assessment against Houston put FSU at the Cougar 45.

Hammond threw to Green at the 40, to Taylor at the 19, again to Taylor at the six - then called timeout with 14 seconds left. One pass was tipped over Taylor's head by a defender. Sellers dropped a second in the end zone. A defender broke up one to Cox, fourth down and one second left.

Hammond then rifled one to Taylor deep in the end zone. Good. Guthrie missed the point-after, leaving it a final 33-13.

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

1st   0- 7  Opp, 10, run (kick), 13:08
      0-13  Opp, 7, run (kick failed), 8:44 
2nd   0-13  Opp, 47, field goal failed
3rd   0-19  Opp, 1, run (kick failed), 7:28 
      0-26  Opp, 2, run (kick), 2:32 
4th   0-33  Opp, 10, run (kick), 12:34
      7-33  Lane Fenner, 6, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 5:25 
     13-33  Thurston Taylor, 6, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick failed), 0:00 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 19 Rushes-yards 21- 44 61-226 Passing 162 129 Att-Comp-Int 49-19-5 19-9-3 Total Yards 70-206 80-355 Punt Returns 5-7 4-40 Kickoff Returns 4-75 1-34 Interception Ret. 3-74 5-69 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 7-38.0 7-42.9 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 4-1 Penalties-Yds 5-35 7-92 Attendance 40,336 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Kim Hammond 6- 18 Bill Moremen 9- 18 Gary Pajcic 2- 3 John Pittman 1- 2 Larry Green 1- 2 Chip Glass 2- 1 Receiving Thurston Taylor 5- 63 Billy Cox 4- 49 Lane Fenner 4- 33 Ron Sellers 2- 12 Bill Moremen 2- 11 Larry Green 1- 4 Donovan Jones 1- -7 Passing Kim Hammond 29-15-4-127 Gary Pajcic 20- 4-1- 35 Punt Return Walt Sumner 3- 30 T.K. Wetherell 2- -23 Kickoff Return Larry Green 2- 36 Bill Moremen 3- 29 Punting Bill Cheshire 7- 266 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dale McCullers . . . . . 1- 74 . . . . . . John Crowe . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Hal Hodges . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Doug Gurr . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   16  Gary Pajcic
HB   30  Bill Moremen
FL   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    66  Ken Hart
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
TE   84  Chip Glass
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
LLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
MG   67  Mike Bugar
LT   79  Frank Vohun
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Kim Hammond
15  Tommy Warren
18  Clint Burton
19  Phil Abraira
20  Larry Green
21  Donovan Jones
26  Hal Hodges
27  Billy Cox
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
43  Hal Montgomery
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  John Pittman
47  Joe Benson
50  Dick Johnson
55  Ted Mosley
60  Barry Rice
61  Chuck Elliott
62  Beryl Rice
63  Richard McLean
71  Harvey Zion
72  Randy Logan
80  Doug Gurr

FLORIDA STATE 37, ALABAMA 37

09/23/1967, Birmingham, Al

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 9/24/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Florida State wrote Bear Bryant a book on "Sucking Up Your Guts" here Saturday night as the oh-so-prideful Seminoles, ahead 14-0 early, fought from behind four times to tie supposedly invincible Alabama by an incredible 37-37 score.

It was, beyond any question at all, one of the greatest football games ever played anywhere.

In the final two minutes Florida State scored the last touchdown of this astronomic battle, trailed 37-36, and was confronted with the horendous decision of going for one or two points.

After a timeout, the Seminoles decided to go for one - and don't ever think that didn't take some kind of guts.

Sophomore Grant Guthrie had already shown his merit, hadn't missed all night as he kicked field goals of 22, 38 and 23 yards, plus three extra points.

And he didn't miss that biggest one he'll ever kick.

How do you tell this story?

There's no way to tell it all in the confines of all the newspaper space in the country.

But here's the way the scoring went, in sequence:

Kim Hammond passed to Ron Sellers for 11 yards. Walter Sumner ran back an Alabama punt 75 yards for a 14-0 FSU lead.

Ken Stabler, no longer in the doghouse, ran for two yards, soon passed to Dennis Homan - who compares favorably with Sellers as a brillant receiver - for 51 and a touchdown that, with a 2-point play, made it 15-14.

Guthrie kicked a 22-yard field goal for 17-15, FSU. Alabama replied with Morgan's 10-yard run, for a 22-17 lead.

Hammond passed to Green for 11 yards, and 24-22. And that was the way it stood at halftime.

Guthrie booted a 38-yard field goal, 27-22. Homan caught a 17-yard pass from Stabler, for 30-27. Guthrie kicked a 23-yarder, 30-30.

And Alabama came back on Ed Morgan's 3-yard run for a 37-30 lead.

Thereupon, Florida State ended it all with a quick 65-yard march climaxed by Hammond's 8-yard throw to Bill Moremen.

A Legion Field crowd of 71,299 - biggest ever to see FSU play anywhere and any time, biggest to see an Alabama opener - couldn't believe it. In all the world, there were only 53 people who really believed FSU had a chance.

These 53 wore the colors of Florida State on Saturday Night, September 23, 1967. What they wrought was carved out of sweat, guts and pride.

Give Alabama credit. The Crimson Tide played like Florida State on Saturday night. If Alabama had not, it would have been the Crimson Tide who was run out of the stadium.

"This," co-captain Thurston Taylor had told the team in Wakulla Springs on Friday night, "has been the most miserable week of my life. We are not going to let all this go down the drain."

Florida State had quietly, secretly shifted its strategy during the practice week. Moremen went to fullback, Green to halfback.

And, eh, could that Green kid ever write Alabama a book about dedication...him and Hammond, who went all the way at quarterback.

It's hard to image anyone contributing more to an objective than those two. More about that later.

Hammond completed 23 of 40 passes for 280 yards. Green ran 14 times for 67.

Sellers caught a whopping 13 passes for 165 yards.

Against the nation's No. 1 defensive team Florida State racked 407 yards on offense. Alabama got 287.

The 37 were as many points as were scored against Alabama all last season, in addition to being the most ever scored on an Alabama team coached by Bryant.

Alabama came out running in this one.

Winning the coin-toss and choosing to receive, Alabama started at its 31 following the kickoff.

Ed Morgan slammed for four yards, then off tackle for 16 to FSU's 49. But when Joe Kelley pitched out to David Chatwood the fullback fumbled.

Dale McCullers pounced on that rolling ball for Florida State and wasn't about to let it go. The Seminole recovery was at Alabama's 39.

Hammond threw high on a rollout pass. Bill Moremen got almost four on a draw. Then Green sped on a sweep for 19 to the 17.

Green then hit the middle for two. Moremen, on a halfback pass, put one in Thurston Taylor's hands at the six for another first down. A 5-yard penalty cancelled a short run, put FSU back on the 12.

Promptly, Hammond went back, found Sellers in the end zone for the touchdown. Grant Guthrie added the point for 7-0.

Three runs got Alabama just six yards, to its 39. Stabler had come in for the first time and picked up a yard on third down.

Walt Sumner took in Steve Davis' punt at the 25 and lit out to his left. He quickly found daylight and it was easy sailing after he had gone about 25 yards, with no Alabama player really close to him. Guthrie followed the touchdown with his second extra point.

Alabama drove to midfield, but soon was obliged to punt. It was a good one that the Seminoles managed a mere two-yard return on, to their 13.

Two plays later, Green fumbled, and Mike Ford claimed the ball for Alabama at the 15.

Morgan's strong runs led near the five, where it came to fourth down and a foot to go. Morgan hit to the two, for a first down.

Stabler sneaked off tackle for the touchdown. Davis kicked the point but wait - FSU was called for holding on the play, and Alabama decided to go for two. Morgan rammed it over, for 14-8.

Florida State couldn't move and Bill Chesire punted, a 25-yarder out of bounds at Alabama's 37.

Alabama did move.

Tommy Wade's runs led to the 49. Then Stabler floated back, threw long, long to Homan headed for the goal. T.K. Wetherell appeared to have him covered well, but Homan made a great catch, and scored.

Davis' kick made it 15-14 with the first quarter not quite over.

And here came Florida State right back.

The Seminoles started at the 35 following the kickoff. Hammond hit Sellers for nine, then Green got a first down at the 46 on the first play of the second quarter.

Moremen struck for five. Hammond connected with Taylor for eight, then Sellers for six to the 35. Green ripped off four. On third down, at the 27, Hammond appeared to be trapped but squirmed away for a gain of 11 to the 16.

A short pass to Sellers netted to the 11. Hammond overthrew Sellers near the goal. Fourth down, and Guthrie came in to boot a 27-yard field goal, putting FSU back up 17-15.

Quickly, the Seminoles got another crack when Chuck Eason intercepted a Stabler toss, deflected by fellow defender Joe Benson, at the Alabama 30.

Hammond ran to the 24. Then FSU was penalized five for illegal procedure. Whereupon, Moremen's halfback pass was stolen by Ford, who found room and sailed to Florida State's 32 before Jack Fenwick ran him down.

Stabler soon pitched for 10 yards to Homan and FSU was penalized halfway to the goal, which turned out to be the 10, for a face-mask grab.

Morgan, from there, went off tackle for the touchdown and, after Davis' point, Alabama was in front once more, 22-17.

Once again the Seminoles struck immediately.

Starting from the 27, Hammond passed to Green for 17 at the 44. On third down Hammond passed to Sellers inside the Alabama 40 but it was rubbed out by another illegal procedure call.

Nevermind. Hammond passed to Sellers again, for the first down at Alabama's 44. Then Hammond pegged one to Chip Glass at the 33, then another to Sellers at the 22. An offside call against Alabama netted the 17.

Green slammed to the 13. Then Hammond threw wide to Green, who outjumped a defender and fell over the goal line for six points as he was tackled. Guthrie's point kick made it 24-22, FSU, with 1:20 remaining in the half.

Alabama got up to the 50 on Morgan's 21-yard run, but had to punt. FSU ran a play or two before halftime came.

And FSU still kept coming.

Donovan Jones returned the third-quarter kickoff 12 yards to FSU's 40. On second down Hammond found Sellers for 34 yards to the Alabama 25, hitting him over the middle.

But three plays gained only four, to the 21.

On fourth down Guthrie kicked his 38-yard field goal, making it 27-22.

Eddie Propost's 12-yard kickoff return set Alabama up at its 45, but only tentatively. A personal-foul call put the Crimson Tide back on the 31. On third down, needing much, Alabama faked a punt, with Davis passing to Homan at the 50 - not enough for the first down. Davis punted to FSU's 15.

Hammond dealt to Green twice, who picked up nine, then 14 to the 38. A delay penalty cost FSU five, and Hammond lost seven more after a fumble he recovered. Hammond threw to Sellers to gain back the 36, but the Tribe had to punt.

Homan ran the kick back 19 to the Alabama 45. Then it was fourth-and-one-foot at the FSU 45, and Stabler made it. Alabama moved on to the 26 with a pass. But Menendez racked Stabler for a loss of two.

On third down Menendez teamed with Frank Vohun to slam Stabler again - a loss of 15 back to the 43.

Davis punted to the five.

FSU couldn't get out of that hole, and Chesire punted out to the 38.

Seminole defenders rose up, checked Morgan on fourth down and took over at the 30.

Three plays and the left-footed barefooted Chesire had to punt again. This time it was a bad one, just 10 yards to the FSU 40.

Alabama didn't muff that chance. Two runs gained the 30, and Stabler passed to Morgan for a first down on the 19. Then it was fourth and eight, with Stabler whirling completely around, on a neat fake, and passing over the middle to Homan in the end zone for the score.

That made it 28-27. Stabler went for two, running it over. But Alabama was penalized five on the play. Stabler simply ran it over again, making it 30-27.

It was early in the fourth quarter and a tear or two was shed for the Seminoles.

To heck with tears.

From the FSU 34, Hammond hit Glass, who made a brilliant one-handed catch and reached the 50. Two plays later Hammond ran up the middle, 18 to the 32. Green got five. Then Sellers caught a Hammond shot at the 12.

Moremen lost four, and a draw play gained naught. But Hammond hit old Sellers again at the seven. But it was fourth down, and Guthrie was called upon to tie it up 30-30 with another field goal. He did.

All right...

Back came Alabama playing like FSU.

On second down, Stabler sent Homan winging down as Eason and Sumner chased. One of the two caught him after his spectacular 5-yard catch at the 19.

Morgan's 15-yard run to the five led to the fullback's touchdown from the three two plays later. Davis' point brought it to 37-30.

All right...

A start at the 35 after the kick. Hammond ran for eight and Green, all guts, got the first down at the 48. A bomb toward Sellers was overthrown. But Phil Abraira came in to catch a 17-yarder at Alabama's 35. Hammond slanted one to Moremen who dashed across for the touchdown.

Guthrie's point tied it 37-37 with something over a minute left.

Eason's interception of a Stabler toss at the FSU 41 ruined the Tide's last chance. Hammond had time for a couple of long, long throws that failed before time ran out.

That was rather merciful. The crow couldn't have took much more.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
ALABAMA
15
7
0
15
37
FLORIDA STATE
14
10
3
10
37

1st   7- 0  Ron Sellers, 12, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 11:03
     14- 0  Walt Sumner, 75, punt return/blocked punt (Grant Guthrie, kick), 9:05 
     14- 8  Opp, 2, run (run)
     14-15  Opp, 51, pass (kick)
2nd  17-15  Grant Guthrie, 27, field goal
     17-22  Opp, 11, run (kick)
     24-22  Larry Green, 13, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 1:20 
3rd  27-22  Grant Guthrie, 38, field goal
4th  27-30  Opp, 17, pass (run)
     30-30  Grant Guthrie, 23, field goal
     30-37  Opp, 3, run (kick)
     37-37  Bill Moremen, 8, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 17 Rushes-yards 35-120 40- 95 Passing 287 192 Att-Comp-Int 43-24-2 20-11-2 Total Yards 78-407 60-287 Punt Returns 2-71 2-29 Kickoff Returns 6-76 8-107 Interception Ret. 2-9 2-58 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 4-26.8 5-34.2 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1 Penalties-Yds 8-62 3-25 Attendance 71,299 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Green 14- 66 Kim Hammond 11- 45 Bill Moremen 10- 9 Receiving Ron Sellers 13- 165 Thurston Taylor 3- 31 Larry Green 2- 30 Bill Moremen 3- 26 Phil Abraira 1- 18 Chip Glass 2- 17 Passing Kim Hammond 40-23-1-280 Bill Moremen 3- 1-1- 7 Punt Return Walt Sumner 1- 75 T.K. Wetherell 1- -4 Kickoff Return Larry Green 2- 23 Bill Gunter 2- 23 Bill Moremen 1- 18 Donovan Jones 1- 12 Punting Bill Cheshire 4- 107 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chuck Eason . . . . . 2- 9 . . . . . . Dale McCullers . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
FL   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
LLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
MG   67  Mike Bugar
LT   79  Frank Vohun
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
19  Phil Abraira
21  Donovan Jones
33  Grant Guthrie
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Bill Cheshire
47  Joe Benson
84  Chip Glass

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 20, FLORIDA STATE 10

09/30/1967, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/1/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Cloud Nine turned black and ugly Saturday night and Florida State's football team, soaring so high all week, was abruptly slammed to Mother Earth by ready and tough North Carolina State.

The score was 20-10, and you may be quite sure that's an accurate reflection of the difference between these two on this last-of-September evening.

NC State's tough defense - led by a great big Byrd - choked off the offense, when it counted, that only a week ago had run more than 400 yards on Alabama in a 37-37 tie that is best forgotten.

Dennis Byrd, 6-4, 250, was every inch and ounce the All-American they said he was.

When Byrd wasn't in the play - and he often was - his presence appeared to intimidate the Seminoles, who early in the game tried to run at him and couldn't. There was also notable help from 200-pound sophomore tackle Ron Carpenter.

Florida State, with Gary Pajcic back in at quarterback, fought from a 10-0 halftime deficit to a 10-10 deadlock late in the third quarter. Whereupon, NC State, now 3-0 for the season, showed what stuff it is made of.

The Seminoles were not allowed close to the Wolfpack goal again until NC State led 20-10...and then they didn't get really close.

NC State, with its tricky multiple offense, ran the ball well on the Tribe most of the evening, collecting 213 yards on the ground, also striking for 100 via air as Jim Donnan, a cool quarterback, hit eight of 10 throws.

The Wolfpack took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Charlie Bowers, as the motion of the play went the other way, found much room and sailed off tackle for 49 yards and a touchdown. Then FSU, after holding at its one following a fumble, punted out - and here came NC State again, taking a 10-0 lead on Gerald Warren's 24-yard field goal.

When Kim Hammond couldn't get the Tribe going early in the last half, the Seminoles called on Pajcic. He had the good opportunity. NC State had just punted out, backed up by a Bill Chesire kick that had gone out of bounds on the one.

A go-for-broke pass on third down, Pajcic to Ron Sellers, gave the Seminoles their only TD, a 25-yard play.

NC State lost a fumble at its 14, presenting Florida State with another quick chance.

But, with a first down at the five, Florida State couldn't get six. Guthrie, on fourth down, tied it with a 23-yard field goal.

NC State had played a near-perfect game in the first half - no penalties, no fumbles, no interceptions.

Interestingly, two 15-yard penalties against the Wolfpack - both for temper, temper - contributed to the Seminoles' pair of scoring chances.

Just after FSU tied it NC State marched 75 yards to three points, Warren kicking a 40-yard field goal. Next time NC State got the ball - on an interception by Mike Hilka, one of the guys who had lost his temper earlier - the Wolfpack moved 55 yards to a touchdown, tough runner Tony Barchuck scoring from the one.

Those last points, with 5:48 left, ruined Florida State's diminishing hopes and some of the crowd of 34,573 started drifting out...scratching their heads en route.

Still winless after three starts against three yet unbeaten teams, Florida State goes to Texas A&M next Saturday, where things, quite conceivably, may not get better.

On the Florida State firing line, Hammond was 9-for-19 for 80 yards, Pajcic 8-for-19 for 87. Thurston Taylor caught seven for 63. Sellers and Chip Glass took four apiece.

Bowers emerged as the game's top runner, 67 yards in seven carries, while Barchuck got 50 from 22. Bill Moremen managed 38 in nine trips for the Seminoles, Larry Green just 20 in 10. Subtracting lost yardage, Florida State had a running net of just 36.

NC State stole two FSU passes, both from Pajcic, recovered two Tribe fumbles.

The Wolfpack's ball-control plan worked well. And, as Coach Earle Edwards said, it was a well earned victory.


Bill Moremen started Florida State off well on this still, cool night with a 31-yard kickoff return to the 42 after Florida State had won the toss and chosen to attack.

Things simmered down almost immediately.

After Moremen carried the Seminoles further, to their 49, on two runs, Jim Cox dropped a pass when tackled and the Seminoles punted.

NC State ran an identical type of series - two runs and an incomplete pass - and kicked back, to Florida State's 38.

An 8-yard pass to Chip Glass, and Moremen's 6-yard smash moved Florida State across midfield, to the 44.

Three plays later a 10-yard pass to Thurston Taylor brought a first down on the 28.

But Byrd tripped Hammond for a 10-yard loss. Then the big tackle, and a couple of cohorts, nailed Hammond on the visitor's 47.

When Bill Cheshire punted, Fred Combs ran it back, precisely, to the line of scrimmage, 32 yards to the 47.

On three plays - the two losses, the punt return - NC State had sharply changed the circumstances.

Led by Tony Barchuck's thumping runs, helped just a bit by a 5-yard pass, NC State moved methodically to a first down at the 27.

FSU defenders called a halt at the 22. When Gerald Warren tried a 39-yard kick for a field goal, Walt Sumner sailed through to block it. The Seminoles took over at their 33.

On an 8-yard pass to Cox, and a couple of short runs, Florida State moved to NC State's 48 just before the quarter ended.

But that was it. Combs wiggled out of a trap at the nine to return the punt 11 yards to the 20.

Florida State started on its 45 after NC State soon kicked back - but not for long. A 15-yard penalty hit. Then a draw play lost five more, and the Tribe was at its 25. A long pass to Ron Sellers was too long. Cheshire punted to NC State's 42, a 33-yarder.

A pass to Barchuck immediately carried the Wolfpack to the Seminoles' 49. Then suddenly halfback Charlie Bowers hit off left tackle, found daylight, and the 6-1, 200-pounder went all the way for a touchdown. Warren added the extra point for 7-0 with 11:36 left in the quarter.

Like, suddenly again...

Moremen took the kickoff at about the three, moved up to the 15, or thereabouts, then lateralled to Larry Green, near the sidelines at the six. Green fumbled the ball, and NC State's Steve Diacont was there to recover it.

Barchuck ran wide to the four, then two plays later took the ball to within a foot of the goal. But on fourth down, Steve Dockery was stopped inches short, and Florida State took over.

Three plays to the four, and Cheshire got off a booming punt, dead at NC State's 45.

A couple of runs, including an 11-yarder by Dockery, and a short pass propelled the Wolfpack to FSU's 33. On third-and-two at the 25, an offsides gave NC State a first down at the 20.

Bobby Hall gained the 16, and Dockery took a handoff from the sliding Donnan and pounded off tackle to the nine.

The defenders bowed their necks once more. On third down at the eight, Bob Menendez appeared to have Donnan thrown for a loss of about 12. But the quarterback wrenched his arm free, threw a pass that ended up harmlessly in the turf just a few feet away. No intentional grounding an official ruled. Just an incomplete pass.

On fourth down Warren booted a 24-yard field goal for 10-0 with 3:27 left in the half.

A start at the 27 followed the kickoff. Then Hammond to Sellers for six, Hammond to Taylor for 10, and Hammond to Glass for nine at the 35.

But after those three straight completions came four straight incompletions as NC State went into a "victory defense," with only four men up front and the rest scattered to cover receivers.

The Wolfpack probed to midfield as intermission came.

With 155 yards, including 129 on the ground, NC State, at this point, had almost doubled FSU's attack total of 81.

Mason returned the second-half kickoff 40 yards to the 43 - but FSU got a reprieve. The Wolfpack had been offsides.

Second time around the Seminoles stopped the runback at the 26 - but two plays later NC State was up to where it had been, following Hall's 16-yard ramble to the 44.

Florida State held at the 50, and Jack Kelbe punted into the end zone.

A 10-yard pass to Taylor, coupled with a 15-yard penalty, moved the Tribe to its 48. Mike Hilka, a linebacker, had picked up the ball and slammed it at the prostrate Taylor. Thereupon a handkerchief dropped.

Soon a 5-yard pass to Taylor brought a first down at NC State's 42. On third down as Hammond threw, the 6-4 Byrd batted it back to him.

Cheshire, punting from the 40, put it out of bounds on the one.

Third down again, Donnan punted - out of bounds on the 28, a weak one.

In came Gary Pajcic, for the first time since Houston, at quarterback.

Two plays got only three yards.

Third down again. Pajcic with fine protection, threw the ball straight over the middle - and Sellers made a brilliant grab, tumbling into the end zone for six points. Grant Guthrie kicked the point with 7:06 left in the quarter.

Soon the visitors made another 15-yard mistake.

Dockery had caught a pass at his 31, and slugged a Seminole tackler. Back went the ball to the 16.

Two plays later Don Donaldson fumbled after catching a wide pass, and John Crowe recovered for Florida State at the 14.

Pajcic's 8-yard toss to Glass at the five left the Tribe a yard short of a first down, Pajcic kept and made it - to the 3 1/2.

Then Pajcic, trapped anyhow, fell on the nine as he rolled out. Another run gained just two. A pass missed. Fourth down, and Guthrie came in to boot a 23-yard field goal that tied it 10-10 with 2:41 left in the quarter.

NC State retaliated immediately, marching 75 yards.

A 13-yard pass to Harry Martell was a big early move. Then, with Hall running the scissors play, NC State was quickly at FSU's 45. An offsides helped bring a first down at the 32.

The Wolfpack bogged down at the 23. Then in came Warren to kick a 40-yard field goal that made it 13-10 on the second play of the final quarter.

A 16-yard pass, Pajcic to Sellers, brought FSU to its 45, but Holka picked off a following Pajcic throw and it was NC State's ball at its 45.

A 10-yard throw to Hall, Barchuck's running, a 12-yard throw to Harry Martell were keys that opened the door at Florida State's 16. After a 5-yard penalty, Donnan passed to Wayne Lewis at the five.

Barchuck, in three cracks, scored, going in from the 1 1/2. Warren's kick gave NC State a 20-10 lead as the clock showed 5:48.

Moremen raced with the kickoff to the Tribe 43 where Combs nailed him when he might have been gone. Pajcic hit Taylor at the NC State 44. Moremen got seven on the draw.

Sellers caught another at the 28. But Cox tipped one as Pajcic again threw, and Greg Williams intercepted for the Wolfpack at the 28, with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

At 1:58 FSU got the ball back, at its 35, following a punt.

Two Pajcic passes to Taylor gained the 50.

Four went incomplete there, and NC State took the ball back at 1:09.

And that was that.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
10
0
10
20
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
10
0
10

1st   0- 0  Opp, 39, field goal blocked by Walt Sumner
2nd   0- 7  Opp, 49, run (kick), 11:36
      0-10  Opp, 40, field goal, 3:27 
3rd   7-10  Ron Sellers, 25, pass from Gary Pajcic (Grant Guthrie, kick), 7:06 
     10-10  Grant Guthrie, 23, field goal, 2:41 
4th  10-13  Opp, 40, field goal, 14:22
     10-20  Opp, 1, run (kick), 5:48 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 17 Rushes-yards 29- 36 58-213 Passing 167 79 Att-Comp-Int 38-17-2 11-8-0 Total Yards 67-203 69-292 Punt Returns 2-16 2-44 Kickoff Returns 5-112 3-59 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-3 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 6-36.3 2-22.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2 Penalties-Yds 4-30 3-25 Attendance 34,573 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bill Moremen 9- 38 Larry Green 10- 20 Gary Pajcic 4- -2 Kim Hammond 6- -20 Receiving Thurston Taylor 7- 63 Ron Sellers 4- 56 Chip Glass 4- 40 Billy Cox 1- 8 Bill Moremen 1- 0 Passing Gary Pajcic 19- 8-2- 87 Kim Hammond 19- 9-0- 80 Punt Return T.K. Wetherell 1- 9 Walt Sumner 1- 7 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 5- 112 Punting Bill Cheshire 6- 218 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walt Sumner . . . . . . . . . . 1 . John Crowe . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bob Menendez . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
RH   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
LLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
MG   67  Mike Bugar
LT   79  Frank Vohun
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
16  Gary Pajcic
27  Billy Cox
33  Grant Guthrie
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Bill Cheshire
84  Chip Glass

FLORIDA STATE 19, TEXAS A&M 18

10/07/1967, COLLEGE STATION, TX

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/8/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

COLLEGE STATION, TX - Down 9-0 at halftime, Florida State rose up on a wet field and put down Texas A&M 19-18 here Saturday night on Bill Moremen's 28-yard scoring scramble up the middle with the clock showing 3:14 to go.

Moments before, with A&M ahead 18-13, Florida State's last chance appeared to have vanished when Tom Sooy intercepted a pass in the end zone with 4:10 remaining.

But John Crowe, the Florida State defensive back, recovered a Larry Stegent fumble at the Aggies 28 less than a minute later, and Moremen immediately cashed in that oh-so-beautiful opportunity.

Ironically, one of the greatest players in Texas Aggies history bore a striking similar name to that of the Seminoles' clutch defender, John David Crowe.

It was a game of multiple miscues, with a steady rain falling from the late afternoon until the third quarter was almost gone.

Virtually offenseless in the first half, Florida State came back strong behind Kim Hammond's leadership at quarterback.

A&M had moved from a fumble recovery at the State 40 in the first quarter to a 25-yard field goal by Charlie Riggs. Just before halftime Edd Hargett caught State defenders napping, on a delayed pass play, and put one in the hands of Stegent, who scored on the 45-yard play. The Aggies misfired on a point-after kick following that one, and later it was to tell.

The Seminoles struck suddenly, with Hammond collaborating with Ron Sellers for a third-quarter payoff, a 61-yard play.

The Aggies added a third-quarter field goal, a 27-yarder by Riggs, for a 12-7 lead.

The Seminoles retaliated quickly, marching 72 yards. Bill Gunter climaxed it with a scoring run off tackle from seven yards out, for a 13-12 Seminole advantage. A&M broke up a 2-point try.

A&M whipped off 69 yards, with the help of a pass play for 38. Stegent scored from the six following a 19-yard call for pass interference. The Aggies missed their 2-point try, a pass. The clock showed 8:23 then.

Florida State missed another 2-point attempt after its late TD. Grant Guthrie's point-after kick following the Seminoles' first touchdown stood up, in the last analysis, as the difference.

Hammond, again hot, hit on 15 of 24 passes for 221 yards. Hargett on six of 12 for 134. Sellers caught seven Hammond shots for 146. Moremen led State runners with 76 yards in 10 cracks, while Stegent paced the Aggies with 39 in 16.

Florida State, with 194 on the ground, piled up 415 yards of offense, A&M just 251. The Seminoles lost three fumbles, had two passes stolen, while the Aggies lost two bobbles, had two passes intercepted.

Steve O'Neal's tremendous punting - seven times for a 47.1 average - kept Florida State in holes much of the way. State's Bill Chesire did rather well himself, a 39.8 average for six boots.

"I've said all season," said Coach Bill Peterson, "that my kids wouldn't quit. Tonight proved it."

The Seminoles stand 1-2-1 now with three straight home games ahead. A&M is 0-4. "I thought," said Coach Gene Stallings, "our boys played better than we did in our other three games."


It was a fumbling start for Texas A&M on a wet field Saturday night.

Rain had been falling steadily, if lightly for three hours when the Aggies chose to receive the ball after winning the coin toss with Florida State.

After a start following the kickoff on the A&M 24, Quarterback Edd Hargett fumbled the first snap, fell on the ball.

On third down, the Aggies punted, a whopping 56-yarder. Kim Hammond immediately threw a bomb, that was beyond the reach of Ron Sellers. Then Bill Moremen spun for seven yards, and Larry Green for 14, providing a first down at the FSU 43.

But the Seminoles couldn't get beyond midfield, and Bill Cheshire punted to the Aggies 24. Two more runs, and the Aggies punted back, again on third down.

Hammond got nine on a run, to the 42. It came up fourth-and-a-foot. The Seminoles gambled, and Hammond made it, to the 43, after squirming away from a tackler at the 40.

Two plays later, following a loss of six, Moremen fumbled, however. Buster Adams recovered for A&M at the Florida State 40.

Hargett picked up five on the option. Then A&M switched to its "running quarterback," Charlie Riggs, 5-7 and 162. Riggs soon slipped loose for 14 to the 13. Then he passed to Bob Long for a first down at the two.

But defenders allowed Riggs nothing on a run. A&M was offside on the next play, costing five. Then as Riggs was tackled again for no gain, the Aggies were taxed 15 for clipping, back to the 22.

Riggs, on third down, passed to Ron Buckman, 14 to the eight, and from there Riggs kicked a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 Aggie lead.

Moremen raced 22 with the kickoff, up to the State 37. A 9-yard pass, Hammond to Sellers, brought a first down at the 49.

The Seminoles marched right on down to frustration. Lane Fenner got five on a pass, and Green four running. Hammond made a first down at the Aggies 40 after a busted play resulted in no one being there for a handoff.

As the second quarter opened Hammond rolled out for 13, then, on a fake pass, ran for nine more to the 18.

Green exploded up the middle for a first down at the eight. Moremen immediately pounded to the four. But Green was stopped for naught, and Hammond, rushed hard, lost a yard going wide. Grant Guthrie came in to try for a 22-yard field goal from an angle on fourth down. It was a bit wide.

The Aggies moved to their 46, on a 17-yard pass, Riggs to Long, but bogged down there. Now things started to get thick. On A&M's punt, inside the 15, a penalty gave FSU the ball at its 27.

Hammond threw long, and Tom Sooy intercepted just across midfield. But a flag had fallen. Interference was called on the Aggies and Florida State handed the ball at its 44.

Unable to find anyone open, Hammond ran to the Aggies 44, but fumbled, and Charlie Dreuger recovered for the home team.

But the Aggies couldn't do much, soon punted. This one backed Florida State to its two. On third down, Chesire punted out neatly, to the Seminole 45, with the clock showing 2:04 left in the half.

First play, and Hargett passed to Larry Stegent, all alone at the 25, and he had easy sailing for a touchdown.

Riggs' point kick hit the upright, bounced away, leaving it 9-0.

With 30 seconds remaining, A&M got the ball on its 45, following a 29-yard punt by Cheshire. The Aggies tried the same pass play, but the Seminoles were covering this time. So the Aggies contentedly ran out the clock.

The Seminoles cranked up at their 19 following the last-half kickoff. Hammond passes to Lane Fenner, Thurston Taylor and Sellers got the Tribe across the 50. A holding penalty had curtailed the movement, however, and Chesire punted, weakly, out of bounds at the 30.

A&M wasn't messing around much with its lead on a wet field, however, went to a third-down punt again, and it put Florida State back on its 25.

Out came the Tribe on the 34, on Hammond's run, and back the Tribe went to the 18, for offensive pass interference.

So Hammond passed to Sellers for a first down at the State 41. Green lost a couple, trying to find room up the middle.

Hammond went back, made as though to run up the middle, stopped short as defenders raced up, and threw long to Sellers, who made an easy catch and cruised in for a touchdown on a 61-yard play.

Guthrie's point made it 9-7 with the quarter not half gone.

After Florida State was penalized five for kicking off before the official blew his whistle, Stegent raced 26 yards on the return to the Aggies 47.

On a pass to Stegent, the Aggies got to the Seminoles 44. Then Stegent, on the next play, fumbled and Floyd Ratliffe recovered for State at the 46.

In came Gary Pajcic at quarterback. But the Seminoles couldn't cut it, and Cheshire punted nicely, 46 yards, dead on the Aggies three.

Second down, and the Aggies kicked back. O'Neal booted a 55-yarder, to Florida State's 41.

Back came Hammond at quarterback. Taylor bobbled a third-down pass as he tried to gain control, and Bill Hobbs intercepted the bouncing ball for the Aggies at their 42.

And here came the Aggies. Stegent got eight. Hargett passed to Buckman for 25 to the 25. Ross Brupbacher took a pitchout, rammed to the nine.

Bob Menendez then caught Hargett for a 3-yard loss. Two passes missed. Then Riggs kicked a 27-yard field goal, making it 12-7.

Back came the Seminoles, like it was nothing.

Starting from their 28, the Tribe drove quickly, scored on the third play of the final quarter.

Hammond started it with a 9-yard pass to Fenner. Green got two, and a first down. After Green got two more, Hammond passed to Sellers at the Aggies 48.

Hammond hit Taylor with a 21-yard toss at the 27 on a slick counter play, Moremen went off the right side for 20 to the seven. Then Bill Gunter tore off the left side, through a good hole, for the touchdown.

A try for two points failed as Jimmy Adams tipped the ball away from Sellers, leaving it 13-12.

Stegent got to the 31 on the kick return after it appeared he'd be stopped much shorter. A&M wouldn't gamble on 4th-and-one at the 40. O'Neal punted instead to the 10.

Three plays and Cheshire got off another fine kick, 58 yards to the Aggies 31.

Harget threw to Tommy Maxwell, who kept on stumbling after making the catch, keeping his feet and rambling 38 yards to State's 31 before T.K. Wetherell finally got him.

A short pass gained the 25. Then a pass-interference call gave the Aggies a first down at the six. From there Stegent went wide for the touchdown. A pass try for two missed, and it stood 18-13 with 8:23 left.

Here came FSU pounding, Moremen and Gunter leading a running charge to the 43 after a start at the 29. Hammond then passed to Sellers at the Aggies 39, again to Sellers at the 27. Gunter got loose on a run to the nine.

But Gunter got just one on a following run. When Hammond threw Tom Sooy intercepted in the end zone. Just 4:10 to go.

Soon, however, Stegent fumbled again and John Crowe recovered for the Seminoles at the Aggies 28.

Moremen, on a beaut of a run, slammed all the way up the middle for the touchdown. Gunter's running bid for two failed. It was 19-18 with 3:02 left.

The Aggies weren't nearly ready to call it quits. Even after Walt Sumner intercepted a Hargett pass at the 50 on the Aggie's first play after the touchdown. Next play Hammond fumbled and Rolf Kreuger claimed the ball for A&M at the State 48.

But Riggs got clobbered, trying to throw, back to his 35, then to the 37. In came Hargett and threw too long at the 50. A face-guard infraction gave the Aggies the ball at Florida State's 35 with the clock showing 1:45. But Ratliff and Menendez stacked up Riggs for a loss of 10. Whereupon, Blatt intercepted a Hargett shot at the State 38, with 1:10 remaining.

That was finally it.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
7
12
19
TEXAS A&M
3
6
3
6
18

1st   0- 3  Opp, 25, field goal, 2:35 
      0- 3  Grant Guthrie, 22, field goal failed, 10:11
2nd   0- 9  Opp, 45, pass (kick failed), 1:56 
3rd   7- 9  Ron Sellers, 61, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 8:48 
      7-12  Opp, 27, field goal, 2:23 
4th  13-12  Bill Gunter, 6, run (Kim Hammond, pass failed), 13:31
     13-18  Opp, 6, run (pass failed), 8:23 
     19-18  Bill Moremen, 27, run (Bill Gunter, run failed), 3:14 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 13 Rushes-yards 44-194 34- 63 Passing 221 188 Att-Comp-Int 25-15-2 21-10-2 Total Yards 69-415 55-251 Punt Returns 5-14 2-12 Kickoff Returns 4-76 4-87 Interception Ret. 2-0 2-0 Fumble Returns 2-0 3-0 Punts 6-39.8 7-47.1 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-2 Penalties-Yds 7-82 6-61 Attendance 20,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bill Moremen 10- 76 Kim Hammond 13- 47 Larry Green 14- 37 Bill Gunter 7- 34 Receiving Ron Sellers 7- 146 Thurston Taylor 3- 41 Lane Fenner 3- 20 Chip Glass 1- 11 Bill Moremen 1- 3 Passing Kim Hammond 24-15-2-221 Gary Pajcic 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Walt Sumner 3- 9 John Crowe 2- 5 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 3- 60 Larry Green 1- 16 Punting Bill Cheshire 6- 239 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Crowe 4 6 10 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Chuck Elliott 1 9 10 . . . . . . . . . Mike Blatt 2 4 6 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Floyd Ratliff 3 3 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . T.K. Wetherell 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Bob Menendez 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Wayne Johnson . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Dale McCullers . 4 4 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Eason . 4 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Walt Sumner 2 1 3 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Joe Kinnan 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Frank Vohun . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Mike Page . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Wayne McDuffie . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Larry Pendleton . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
RH   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
LLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
MG   67  Mike Bugar
LT   79  Frank Vohun
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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15  Tommy Warren
16  Gary Pajcic
17  Mike Page
19  Phil Abraira
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
43  Hal Montgomery
##  NAME
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47  Joe Benson
54  Ronnie Montford
58  Richie Jones
61  Chuck Elliott
62  Beryl Rice
71  Harvey Zion
72  Randy Logan
78  Wayne Johnson
84  Chip Glass
88  Jerry Jones

FLORIDA STATE 17, SOUTH CAROLINA 0

10/14/1967, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/15/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It's passing game hobbled to some extent by quarterback Kim Hammond's knee injury, Florida State turned tiger on defense and muscled out a satisfying 17-0 football victory over South Carolina before 33,022 apprehensive fans on a warm Saturday afternoon.

In the process, the Seminoles sprung one of the more interesting runners to wear their colors in awhile.

Bill Gunter, a six-foot, 170-pound junior out of Dothan, Al, running much as though he might have been riled by Tallahassee Leon's big 14-7 conquest of his former Dothan High teammates on Friday night, racked up 113 yards in 21 carries.

He got 86 of that total in the last half, spurring the Seminoles from a shaky 7-0 intermission lead.

Hammond hurt his knee in the Texas A&M game, but coaches thought it might come around. He aggravated it late in the practice week.

The Melbourne senior started and directed the Seminoles to a touchdown the first time they got their hands on the ball, but he was hardly all-okay. One thing, he wasn't the running threat that he has been.

Hammond retired to the bench just before intermission. Gary Pajcic was in the saddle for the Seminoles' last 10 points...Pajcic, by the way, has a date with a preacher here this afternoon. He'll be wed to a co-ed from his native Jacksonville.

The Gamecocks were tough ones.

A 75-yard opening march, helped much by a 45-yard penalty for pass interference on the first play, was climaxed by Bill Moremen's payoff run from the one.

Early in the second quarter the Seminoles missed a 33-yard try for three points. Just before halftime they went for another field goal, from 40-yard range, but a fumble ruined the chance.

South Carolina, too, missed a field-goal shot from the 35-yards range in the second quarter. When the Gamecocks came knocking down close soon after, at the 23, John Crowe stopped them with an interception.

Crowe picked off two of the five the Seminoles stole during the afternoon. His other was a big one too, short-circuiting the visitors after they had reached Florida State's 8-yard line.

Walt Sumner, Howell Montgomery and T.K. Wetherell intercepted the others.

After Sumner's third-quarter theft, the Seminoles marched 78 yards to a 24-yard field-goal by Grant Guthrie, bringing a 10-0 lead. A clinching touchdown came with 5:24 left when Gunter led, then climaxed a 59-yard movement with a 9-yard romp.

Coach Bill Peterson had said his team had to play errorless football to win. Well, the Seminoles lost no fumbles, had no passes intercepted.

Florida State ran up 352 yards of total offense, including 181 rushing. The Tribe hit on 13 of 24 passes for 171, Hammond connecting on five of nine for 66, Pajcic on six of 12 for 87.

The rather incomparable Ron Sellers caught seven for 101.

Moremen followed Gunter in rushing statistics with 50 yards in 10 cracks.

An injury to fullback Warren Muir (bruised hip) in the second quarter was a blow to Carolina. Muir had run five times for 26 yards.

Aroused Seminole defenders limited Carolina to 102 yards on the ground. The Gamecocks got 119 passing, with Mike Fair hitting on nine of 21. South Carolina trailed in first downs, 23 to 14.


Thinking defensively at the beginning, South Carolina quickly got itself into hot water yesterday afternoon.

Winning the coin toss, the Gamecocks elected to take a brisk wind at their backs, and kicked off to Florida State.

Starting at their 26 following the kick return of 19 by Bill Moremen, the Seminoles cut out a touchdown quickly.

On the first play, Kim Hammond handed to Gary Pajcic, who had started at a halfback slot. Pajcic threw long - but not quite long enough to reach Ron Sellers, who had slipped behind two defenders.

But as Sellers came back to scramble for the ball a handkerchief dropped and interference was called. That presented Florida State with the ball at the Gamecocks' 30.

Two plays later Hammond whipped a pass to Sellers at the eight, a gain of 21.

Larry Green picked up four. Mike Blatt, on his first run this year, rammed to the 1 1/2. Blatt got little more than a foot on his next whack. But on fourth down Moremen followed Wayne McDuffie's blocking at left guard, and scored from the one. Grant Guthrie's point kick made it 7-0.

South Carolina couldn't manage a first down in either of its two turns with the ball in the opening quarter.

The Seminoles, on their second chance, moved from their 26 to the 38 as Moermen got loose on a draw play. Hammond soon passed to Green at the Carolina 49. But on second down Hammond was racked for a loss of 12, back at the State 40. That quickly precipitated a punt.

Backed to their 14 a bit later by a punt and a clipping penalty, The Seminoles made a big movement.

Led by Bill Gunter's running, Florida State pushed out to its 36, from where Hammond hit Sellers at the Carolina 47.

Gunter got five and Moremen nine for a first down at the 33. Gunter's running led on, to another first down at the 21. But two more runs netted just four, and Moremen's pass toward the well-covered Seller's in the end zone was overthrown.

On fourth down, Guthrie entered to try a field goal. It was a bit wide.

That miss gave the Gamecocks an obvious lift.

Warren Muir was sprung, on a pitchout, for 18. Mike Fair passed to Fred Ziegler for 22 more, at the State 40, then put a toss in the hands of Ben Garnto at the 19.

After Fair kept and got three, Blatt led an all-out blitz that racked the quarterback for a loss of 10, back to the 26.

Fair got eight on a following run. Then Jimmy Poole, on fourth down, attempted a field goal. Wide.

The Seminoles had trouble getting out of the hole, and Bill Cheshire's punt was a 28-yarder that gave Carolina a shot from the State 46.

Passes to Garnto for five, to Zeigler for six, to John Gregory for six brought Carolina quickly to the 29, then on to a first down at the 24.

John Crowe ended with a second-down interception of a Fair throw at the six, moved the ball up four yards to the 10.

But again the Seminoles couldn't get out. This time Cheshire got off a whopping 61-yard punt that set Carolina back, after a short runback, on its 27 with 1:43 remaining in the half.

A pass to Zeigler and Garnto's 12-yard run lefted Carolina to its 49.

But when Fair threw on second down T.K. Wehterell intercepted at the 12 and, on a dazzling run, maneuvered 35 yards to the State 47.

Thirty-six seconds remained.

Gary Pajcic's pass to Lane Fenner on third down carried the Seminoles to the Carolina 40. With seven seconds left, Green caught a Pajcic toss at the 24.

The Seminoles went for a field goal. But Pajcic got a low snap, fumbled the ball and Guthrie never got a chance to put his toe into it.

It was the Seminoles who went to defensive thinking at the start of the second half, choosing to kick off.

And here came the Gamecocks!

Two runs apiece by Garnto and Fair shifted Carolina from a start at its 24 to the State 46. Don Dunning burst through for 10 more. Fair passed to Gregory for 16, to the 20. Garnto knocked off three.

On a play that FSU used successfully against the Gamecocks last year, quarterback Fair handed Garnto, who passed back to Fair, who raced to the seven.

But Wetherell slammed Fair for a yard loss when he tried to run the same way again. Garnto's pass missed.

Then, when Fair threw over the middle Crowe intercepted.

Trying to work the ball out from their nine, the Seminoles got up to their 30. Cheshire punted and Rudy Holloman returned the 43-yarder 19 yards to the Carolina 45.

On second down Fair threw again - and Walt Sumner intercepted, at the State 22.

The Seminoles moved from there to an "insurance" 3-pointer.

Big starter was Pajcic's 16-yard pitch to Sellers at the State 46. Sellers immediately caught another, at the Carolina 41.

Then the Seminoles went to the ground.

Pajcic called Gunter's number four straight times, for gains of eight, eight, four and six, down to the 15.

Moremen whacked to the 11, Gunter to the seven - before a defender slipped through and tossed him for a loss of one. On fourth down Guthrie kicked a 24-yard field goal for 10-0 with 0:24 left in the third quarter.

That pretty well took the steam out of South Carolina, though a 16-yard pass, Garnto to Cooter Williams, got the Gamecocks as far as their 47 on their next series.

Punting swaps gave Florida State the ball at its 41, via a 16-yard runback by Wetherell.

Pajcic-to-Sellers brought a first down at the Carolina 45. Two runs and a penalty carried to the 31, from where Gunter ran three straight times - for seven, two and 13, to the nine.

After going to the bench briefly, Gunter came back in, took the ball, headed off right-guard, then abruptly cut wide and scored easily. Guthrie's point made it 17-0 with 5:24 to go.

The Seminoles wrapped it up with Bill Cappleman getting in his first playing time at quarterback - completing a couple of passes - and Howell Montgomery coming up with the Seminoles' fifth interception just before time expired.

The victory evened Florida State's record at 2-2-1, left South Carolina 3-2 following a 3-0 start.

It was Peterson's second straight success against his former mentor, South Carolina Coach Paul Dietzel.

For Peterson there was greater satisfaction in the fact that he had been able to substitute rather freely for the first time this season, and in the fact that this defense had shut out an opponent after yielding 157 points in his previous six games.

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

1st   7- 0  Bill Moremen, 1, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 11:56
2nd   7- 0  Grant Guthrie, 34, field goal failed
      7- 0  Opp, 35, field goal failed
3rd  10- 0  Grant Guthrie, 24, field goal, 0:24 
4th  17- 0  Bill Gunter, 9, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 5:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 14 Rushes-yards 53-181 30-102 Passing 171 128 Att-Comp-Int 24-13-0 25-11-5 Total Yards 77-352 55-230 Punt Returns 5-48 4-27 Kickoff Returns 1-19 4-95 Interception Ret. 5-65 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 7-39.4 6-42.8 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 6-61 4-70 Attendance 33,022 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bill Gunter 21- 113 Bill Moremen 10- 50 Terry Eagerton 1- 15 Larry Green 9- 13 Bill Cappleman 2- 8 Gary Pajcic 3- 8 Donovan Jones 2- 7 Mike Blatt 2- 3 Kim Hammond 1- -11 Grant Guthrie 1- -26 Receiving Ron Sellers 7- 101 Larry Green 2- 29 Lane Fenner 1- 18 Billy Cox 1- 14 Chip Glass 2- 9 Passing Gary Pajcic 12- 6-0- 87 Kim Hammond 9- 5-0- 66 Bill Cappleman 2- 2-0- 18 Bill Moremen 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return T.K. Wetherell 2- 31 Mike Page 1- 9 Walt Sumner 2- 8 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 1- 19 Punting Bill Cheshire 6- 236 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Crowe . . . . . 2- 12 . . . . . . Hal Montgomery . . . . . 1- 18 . . . . . . Walt Sumner . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . T.K. Wetherell . . . . . 1- 35 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   16  Gary Pajcic
FB   30  Bill Moremen
RH   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
LLB  50  Dale McCullers
MG   57  Joe Kinnan
RT   72  Randy Logan
LT   73  Duke Johnston
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RT   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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14  Bill Cappleman
17  Mike Page
20  Larry Green
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
##  NAME
-----------------------------
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
44  John Pittman
49  Terry Eagerton
72  Jeff Chapman
84  Chip Glass

FLORIDA STATE 28, TEXAS TECH 12

10/21/1967, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/22/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

TALLAHASSEE, FL - With the gifted Ron Sellers catching nine passes, and figuring significantly in the scoring of every Florida State touchdown, the Seminoles cut out a 28-12 homecoming football triumph over tough aplenty Texas Tech here Saturday afternoon.

The operation wasn't altogether neat. Florida State lost four fumbles, and the Red Raiders had 114 penalty yards stepped off against them...Funny thing, Texas Tech had not recovered an opposition fumble in any other games this year.

But it was a satisfying third-straight triumph for the Seminoles before the old grads in the crowd of 33,179 on this sunny, warmish afternoon.

This one had been billed as a pass-versus-run affair, and it turned out almost exactly that way. The passers won...for all practical purposes, Florida State couldn't run a lick, and neither could Texas Tech pass a lick.

The former fact was due considerably to the aggressiveness of Texas Tech defenders going against the run, and the latter may have been due partially to a sore arm of John Scovell, the Tech quarterback. FSU coaches had suspected Scovell's arm was ailing beforehand, but Tech coaches declined to confirm this even afterwards.

Florida State's running game was hobbled, at least some, because of the tender knee of quarterback Kim Hammond, until two weeks ago a major ground-gainer as well as passer. Hammond started, but played not much.

Meanwhile, Gary Pajcic came in at quarterback and appeared to have regained much of the form of his '66 sophomore season. He hit on 13 of 20 throws for 177 yards, while Hammond connected on four of seven for 74.

Sellers, the 6-4 junior flanker, got a whopping 147 yards and one TD out of his nine receptions.

Overall, the Seminoles stacked up 324 yards of offense - 260 via air - against Tech's 278, of which 227 came running.

So effective was Seminole passing that the Tribe never had to punt until it was in front 21-3.

Towering punts by Tech's Ken Vinyard were almost the ruination of the Seminoles, who fumbled two of them away to the visitors. Finally, the Seminoles stopped trying to field Vinyard's high shots. He averaged 46.1 on seven boots.

Vinyard gave Tech an early 3-0 lead with a 42-yard field goal. Later he booted a 50-yarder - longest ever against FSU. Tech's other points came of Scovell's 8-yard touchdown run.

The Seminoles moved 42 yards, following a Chuck Eason interception, to their first TD in the middle of the second quarter. On three pass receptions, Sellers accounted for all except five of the yards in that drive, with the payoff his 11-yard catch from Pajcic.

Next time FSU got the ball the Seminoles went 79 yards. If you would believe, Sellers figured in 72 of those...stretching a point to include a 40-yard gain on two penalties when he went for a bomb. Bill Moremen scored on a 7-yard draw play, and Grant Guthrie's point kick made it 14-3 just before halftime.

Actually, the Seminoles scored on three straight possessions, for they moved 70 yards after the second-half kickoff. Sellers figured in 41 yards of that one, when an interference call gave FSU the ball at the Tech 19. Moremen scored on a 2-yard run.

After Tech rallied to narrow the score to 21-12, back came the Seminoles on a quick 77-yard movement.

On this one, Sellers caught an 11-yarder and a 46-yarder, setting things up at the six, from whence Bill Gunter scored.

Tech fumbled six times - but the Seminoles recovered none, while the Raiders were gobbling up four of the five FSU bobbles. Tech intercepted just one pass, the Seminoles two as the Raiders went 4-for-19 on receptions, for just 51 yards.

Tech managed to sustain just one long drive, when it went 77 to its first field goal. Other Tech scores after the Raiders were presented the ball at the State 48 (following a punt) and the State 24 (following a fumble).

Seminole defenders gave up yardage fairly liberally between the 20s, but were rugged down close. Just before halftime they stopped Tech at their 19, still later at their seven.

"John Crowe had to play," said Coach Bill Peterson, "one of the best games we've ever had from a defensive back. He was all over that football field."

Mike Leinert, the hard-running Tech senior, was the game's leading rusher, with 67 yards in 14 cracks. Scovell, often tossed for losses in the clutch, netted just 20 in 14 runs. FSU had just 67 net running yards, with Moremen's 28 in six carries leading.

Tech now stands 2-3 for the year, Florida State 3-2-1 with Mississippi State coming to town next Saturday night.

Ironically, Tech succeeded admirably with its ball-control plan, working 81 plays to the Seminoles' 61.

But Florida State's striking power was just too quick and effective. So was the Seminoles' defense when it counted most.


Texas Tech's ball-control worked very well indeed at the start. The Red Raiders won the coin toss, chose to receive...and this was the key to control for awhile.

Not that the Red Raiders cut much running mustard at all on their two turns.

Seminole defenders forced a punt from the Tech 32 after three downs. But when Ken Vinyard punted, T.K. Weterell fumbled as he tried to field the towering 38-yarder, which appeared to have gone as high as it did long.

Mike Patterson, a tackle, claimed the ball for the Red Raiders, presenting an opportunity at the State 31.

On third down at the 26, John Scovell pitched out wildly to Mike Leinert, who lost 11 back to the 37 as he chased the ball and recovered it.

Vinyard attempted a 53-yard field goal. The shot was short.

Kim Hammond, from the 20, dealt the ball to Bill Moremen, who pitched back to Hammond for a long throw toward a racing Lane Fenner. The bomb misfired, and in came Gary Pajcic at quarterback.

Pajcic passed to Ron Sellers for 13, then soon again to Sellers for eight. Fenner caught a 14-yarder to place the Seminoles at Tech's 42. The attack bogged down at the 35. Grant Guthrie tried a 51-yard field goal. Short.

On it's third turn with the ball, Tech still couldn't manage a first down. Vinyard punted again, giving the Seminoles a crack from their 35.

A screen pass to Gunter gained 15, to the Tech 48. On third down, however, Larry Alford intercepted a Pajcic toss at the 23.

The Texans moved 77 yards to a 3-0 lead.

Jackie Stewart found a hole at tackle and knocked off 18. Joe Matulich, in for Scovell at quarterback passed to Lou Bruer at the State 46. Then Matulich, apparently trapped, squirmed away to the 33.

Three short runs brought the ball to the 27. From that point Vinyard kicked a 42-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter.

With Hammond back in at quarterback, the Seminoles moved again. A pass to Fenner gained 19 to the State 36, and Fenner grabbed another short one at the 40. Two Bill Gunter runs carried to the State 49. Hammond fired one down the middle to Moremen, who whipped down for 32 yards to the 19.

But when Hammond tried to throw again, he was hit. An official wrongfully - in the mind of most - called the throw a fumble. Texas Tech hopped on it at the Raiders 14.

Things started getting crazy.

Texas Tech probed up to its 38. When Scovell threw deep Wetherell intercepted, but FSU was ruled offside on the play and the Raiders got the ball back at their 43.

Next play, Matulich threw - and Chuck Eason intercepted, ran it back about eight yards to the Tech 42. This one stood.

The Seminoles scored quickly.

Pajcic passed to Sellers at the 27, then to Sellers again at the 16. Moremen got three, Gunter two, to the 11. Third down, and Pajcic passed to Sellers just over the goal line for the TD. Guthrie added a point for 7-3.

Florida State soon forced a punt, a Vinyard 58-yarder dead at the Seminoles' 21.

Hammond passed to Sellers at the 40.

Then came the strange play.

Hammond threw long to Sellers. He was covered, but the pass was a bit short. After the ball was dead, Thurston Taylor - down on another pattern near the throw - was clobbered by an overly eager Raider. Texas Tech drew a 15-yard penalty for the foul. Only thing, the official put the ball down on the Tech 35, making it a 25-yard penalty.

When a Tech coach, sometime during the proceedings, marched angrily onto the field, the Raiders were assessed another 15 yards, to the 20.

On the heels of that 40-yard dividend, the Seminoles scored in two plays. Pajcic threw to Sellers at the seven. Moremen, on the draw, pounded up the middle for six points. Guthrie kicked another point for 14-3.

With time running out in the half, the Raiders moved briskly.

Scovell's running led to State's 39. Bob Menendez tore through to deck the quarterback for a loss of eight, back to the 47. But soon Tech worked Bobby Allen loose on a well executed reverse - as the Seminoles put on an all-out blitz - and the back raced to the 19. Floyd Ratliffe caught Scovell for no gain, and time ran out before the Texans could line up for another play.

The Seminoles moved the score to 21-3, marching 70 yards after the second-half kickoff. Again they got some penalty help.

Larry Green knocked off 10, to the 40 on a run. Pajcic threw long to Sellers - and interference was called at the Tech 19.

On a trap play, Moremen romped to the three. Mike Blatt in at fullback, got a yard, almost. Moremen was stopped on a wham at the middle. With Wayne McDuffie throwing a telling block, Moremen raced to his left and scored standing up. Guthrie's point made it 21-3.

Scovell and Leinert got Tech to the Raiders 42 on their running, and a personal-foul call helped them on to State's 41. Leinert, in four pounding runs, got to the eight.

Florida State defenders called a halt at the seven.

But when Bill Cheshire punted out, the Raiders were back in business at State's 48.

Four runs gained the 34, and again the defense stood firmly. On fourth down, Vinyard attempted - and made - a 50-yard field goal that narrowed the count to 21-6.

Fans who wondered how three points might help at that stage soon got their answer.

Gene Darr pounced on a Moremen fumble at the State 24.

A short pass, Scovell to Bruer, soon brought a first down at the 11. Leinert dug to the eight. Scovell dashed to his left, broke a couple of tackles, and scored.

Scovell tried a throw for two points, and Wetherell intercepted the over-the-middle toss, leaving it 21-12.

The Seminoles quickly regained their two-TD advantage, parading 77 yards following the ensuing kickoff.

A Pajcic-to-Sellers pass for 11 started it. Pajcic ran for nine more and Gunter pounded for a first down at the 48.

On the first play of the last quarter, Pajcic uncorked a bomb that Sellers caught for a 46-yard gain to the Texans' six.

Gunter zig-zagged his way from there, off the left side, for the touchdown, and Guthrie brought it to 28-12 with his point kick.

But the Raiders still wern't quite out of it.

When Walt Sumner fumbled another one of those towering Vinyard punts, Jamie Hahn claimed the ball for the Raiders at FSU's 43.

The Seminoles started substituting liberally, utilizing sophomore Bill Capplemen at quarterback. The rest of it was mostly tit-and-tat. A Jerry Jones interception stopped one Tech bid at the State 41.

Tech gained the State 11 on the game's last play, via an 18-yard pass from Matulich to Leinert.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TEXAS TECH
0
3
9
0
12
FLORIDA STATE
0
14
7
7
28

1st   0- 0  Opp, 53, field goal failed
      0- 0  Grant Guthrie, 51, field goal failed
2nd   0- 3  Opp, 42, field goal, 14:55
      7- 3  Ron Sellers, 11, pass from Gary Pajcic (Grant Guthrie, kick), 4:19 
     14- 3  Bill Moremen, 7, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 1:16 
3rd  21- 3  Bill Moremen, 2, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 12:32
     21- 6  Opp, 50, field goal, 4:12 
     21-12  Opp, 7, run (pass intercepted by T.K. Wetherell), 1:02 
4th  28-12  Bill Gunter, 6, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 14:46


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 19 Rushes-yards 30- 62 62-227 Passing 260 51 Att-Comp-Int 30-19-1 19-4-2 Total Yards 60-322 81-278 Punt Returns 2-1 3-28 Kickoff Returns 3-66 5-98 Interception Ret. 2-12 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 4-0 Punts 5-41.2 7-46.1 Fumbles-Lost 5-4 6-0 Penalties-Yds 4-40 7-114 Attendance 33,179 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bill Moremen 6- 28 Bill Gunter 10- 24 Larry Green 5- 12 Gary Pajcic 1- 9 Donovan Jones 1- 3 Terry Eagerton 1- 2 Mike Blatt 1- 1 Kim Hammond 1- -4 Bill Cappleman 4- -13 Receiving Ron Sellers 9- 147 Lane Fenner 4- 42 Bill Moremen 1- 32 Bill Gunter 1- 15 Chip Glass 1- 12 Thurston Taylor 2- 9 Billy Cox 1- 3 Passing Gary Pajcic 20-13-1-177 Kim Hammond 7- 4-0- 74 Bill Cappleman 3- 2-0- 9 Punt Return T.K. Wetherell 1- 1 Walt Sumner 1- 0 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 2- 50 Larry Green 1- 16 Punting Bill Cheshire 4- 167 Jeff Chapman 1- 39 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dale McCullers 10 11 21 . . . . . . . . . John Crowe 6 11 17 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Eason . . . . . 1- 10 . . . . . . Jerry Jones . . . . . 1- 2 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
RH   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
LLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
MLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
RLB  61  Chuck Elliott
LT   73  Duke Johnston
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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14  Bill Cappleman
16  Gary Pajcic
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
##  NAME
-----------------------------
47  Joe Benson
49  Terry Eagerton
71  Harvey Zion
72  Jeff Chapman
84  Chip Glass
88  Jerry Jones

FLORIDA STATE 24, MISSISSIPPI STATE 12

10/28/1967, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 10/29/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Funny thing happened to Florida State an its way to what might have been a rout...Mississippi State intercepted three third-quarter passes, and suddenly a 17-0 deficit was trimmed to 17-12.

Whereupon Kim Hammond came back in at quarterback for a record-breaking finish that lifted the Seminoles to their fourth straight victory, by 24-12, here Saturday night.

Hammond threw three touchdown passes as he broke the school's one-game individual air-yardage record. The Melbourne senior completing 21 of 37, totaling 369 passing yards, breaking the 313 standard set by Joe Majors against Tampa in 1959.

And the team total of 377 passing yards was another all-time high, topping the 355 sum gained against Villanova in 1954.

Mississippi State, making it tough virtually all the way, played not at all like a 5-times loser...which it was at the end of this one. The Bulldogs' remarkable linebacker D.D. Lewis put on a tremendous show, making tackles all over, intercepting two passes.

Once again Ron Sellers, the brilliant junior flanker, was a notable key for the Seminoles. He caught seven for 158 yards, including a couple of "bombs."

But the biggest catch, perhaps, was a 49-yarder that Hammond uncorked to Larry Green, getting the Seminoles out of a hole when they led just 17-12, setting them up at the Mississippi State 31, and paving a clinching touchdown that came on the first series of plays in the last quarter.

Bill Moremen scored that one on a 4-yard toss from Hammond.

After a bruising first quarter, when Mississippi State played pass defense much as though it invented it, the Seminoles got on the board 4 1/2 minutes before intermission via Grant Guthrie's 31-yard field goal.

Just before halftime Hammond took the Tribe on a lightning-quick 80-yard drive, climaxed by his 8-yard shot to Chip Glass for six points.

Then, with Hammond in the saddle, the Tribe went 75 yards from the second-half kickoff, with Green catching a payoff throw on a 32-yard play.

Just like last week against Texas Tech the Seminoles had scores on three successive series.

Trouble came when Lewis stole a Gary Pajcic pass and ran to the Tribe 19. Tommy Corbett scored from 13 yards out.

Corbett was injured on Mississippi State's last series of the third quarter, and limped off the field as the crowd of 21,774 gave the hard-running tailback a heavy round of applause. He gained 59 yards in 21 cracks. Pharr left with a bruised arm about the same time.

Next time Florida State got the football Bill Kiser intercepted a Pajcic toss at the Seminoles' 30. At that point, Tommy Pharr, a slick-running quarterback, completed the Bulldogs' first pass of the night - to Dick Sisk for a touchdown.

Then Lewis intercepted a Hammond throw and ran 41 yards to the Seminoles' 43, where the defense called a halt.

Pharr, who got away on runs of 29 and 46 yards, ended with a game-leading rushing total of 83 on 11 runs. Mississippi State managed 156 yards on the ground, just 45 passing as its quarterbacks completed two of 12 throws.

The Seminoles' stacked up 478 yards of offense, with 101 running. Sixty yards in penalties - versus just five for the losers - crimped the Seminoles some. Neither team lost a fumble.

Early in the second quarter Florida State penetrated to the Mississippi State four, but failed when Hammond slipped and fell to one knee as he took the ball from center. Mississippi State probed, in the first half, on Pharr's long runs, to the Seminole 34, where downs ran out, and the 13, where a field-goal try missed.

The Mississippians failed in their ball-control bid. Florida State had the ball for 81 plays, the Bulldogs for 50.

Now 4-2-1 for the season, the Seminoles play Memphis State next Saturday afternoon in a game that will be regionally televised.


Mississippi State showed considerable muscle at the start. Considerable defensive aggressiveness, too.

The visiting Bulldogs got first turn with the football after winning the coin toss.

Mississippi State started on its 16 after Mike Page made a jarring leadoff tackle on the kickoff runback. Three runs, and the Bulldogs punted from their 23 to Florida State's 38.

A third-down pass, Kim Hammond to Ron Sellers, lifted the Tribe to its 49. Larry Green danced through to the Mississippi State 44, and Bill Moremen rushed on to the 36. There passes failed, as the Mississippians defended alertly. Bill Cheshire's punt rolled into the end zone.

From the 27, Tommy Pharr suddenly broke after apparently being trapped. Pulling away from at least three tacklers who seemed to have good shots at him. Pharr raced 29 yards to Florida State's 44.

But on a fourth-down run Mississippi State came up inches short at the 34, and the Seminoles took over.

At the 41, Green squirmed loose after a futile thrust off tackle, went wide, fumbled when hit. The ball rolled to Mississippi State's 40, where Thurston Taylor recovered for a 19-yard Seminoles gain.

But Glenn Higgins, a blitzing tackle, decked Green for minus-seven on a reverse try. Hammond then passed to Taylor at the 30, and Green made it a first down at the 28.

Again the Bulldogs defended well against a couple of passes. On third down Hammond got tossed for a 14-yard loss, back to the 42. Cheshire's punt trickled into the end zone again.

Soon Richard McGraw punted back, a 33-yarder that presented Florida State the ball at its 41.

On the Seminoles' first offense play of the second quarter, Hammond threw long to Sellers, who made the catch...good for 51 yards to the Mississippi State eight.

Moremen pounded to the seven, Green to the three. But Moremen gained naught on a third-down run.

As Hammond took the snap on fourth down, he slipped and fell to his knee, then raised up and threw to Moremen in the end zone...But no touchdown, as an official correctly called the ball dead where his knee touched.

Mississippi State took over, worked the ball up to its 23, then punted, with the Seminoles starting anew from their 41.

Hammond threw to Chip Glass for six yards, to Taylor for 13. A toss to Fenner soon gained 13 to the 23, and Fenner grabbed another at the 14.

But two receivers collided as Hammond went back to pass, and he got tossed for a loss of six.

On fourth down, Guthrie tried a 36-yard field goal. It was wide, but Mississippi State was offside and another opportunity was presented five yards closer. Good this time, on a 31-yarder, and the Seminoles led 3-0 with 4:37 remaining in the half.

Starting from its 34 after the kickoff, Mississippi State was quickly at Florida State's 17 as Pharr spun clear on one of his zig-zag runs for 46 yards.

After Tommy Corbett rammed to the 11, Bob Menendez tore in to slam the tail back for a loss back to the 15. Pharr got two to the 13. On fourth down, James Neill tried his sixth field-goal attempt of the season - and now he is 0-for-6.

With 1:46 left until intermission, here came the Seminoles. After a holding penalty moved them back to their 13, Hammond passed to Sellers at the 33, then to Lane Fenner at the Tribe 48.

Down deep went Sellers and Hammond was on target with a 44-yard bomb that put the Tribe at the Mississippi State eight. Hammond immediately passed to Glass in the end zone for six points, and Guthrie's kick made it 10-0 with 44 seconds showing on the clock.

The Tribe went with an onside kick. Mississippi State recovered, but got no good out of it.

Pharr got around to throwing Mississippi State's first pass in those last seconds.

At mid-point the Seminoles had 207 passing yards, Mississippi State none, while the Bulldogs owned 122 rushing yards, Florida State 19.

From the seconod-half kickoff, Florida State moved 75 yards in a hurry, with all but two yards coming via air.

Bill Cox started it with catches of 10 and 12 yards to the Seminole 47. After Moremen got two on a draw, Hammond hit Sellers for five, then Taylor for 14 to the 32.

With Sellers well covered on the next play, Hammond on the run threw to Green, all alone at the three, and he skipped into the end zone to score on the 32-yarder. Guthrie kicked the point and it stood 17-0.

Soon the Seminoles got the ball at their 43 after a punt, and Gary Pajcic moved in at quarterback for the first time.

His first play, and Pajcic kept, maneuvered 17 yards to the Mississippi State 40. But Green was a bit more than well covered on a screen pass, and he lost eight.

When Pajcic threw again, D.D. Lewis intercepted. The linebacker rambled to the Seminoles' 19 before Pajcic evaded a blocker and nailed him.

Pharr got six. Then Corbett whammed off the right side, pulled three and scored on a 13-yard run. Pharr went for two points, but got racked by Harvey Zion as he faded to throw. That left it 17-6.

Then, a bit after accepting the ensuing kickoff, the Seminoles got backed to their 15 by a holding penalty.

When Pajcic tried to throw out of the hole, the ball bounced off Glass' hands, and Bill Kiser intercepted at the 30.

Promptly, Pharr faded and threw to Dwight Sisk, who had slipped behind Chuck Eason, for an easy scoring catch.

Again Mississippi State went for two, with Pharr trying to roll out and getting stopped well short. That made it 17-12 with plenty of time left in the third quarter.

Moremen pranced 40 yards with Mississippi State's kickoff, up to his 45. Hammond came back in. On third down he found Sellers with a 19-yard throw at the Mississippi State 33.

Moremen ran wide, to the 25.

Then up popped linebacker Lewis again, intercepting a Hammond toss and moving 42 yards to Florida State's 43.

But three runs gained just the 37, and McGraw's punt was short, out of bounds on the 21.

The Seminoles got nowhere. Cheshire punted to the Bulldogs' 36.

With Phil Thomas operating at quarterback, Mississippi State went to the air, in vain. McGraw punted to the Seminoles' 24 just before the fourth quarter rolled around.

The Seminoles went all that distance, and then some, for a touchdown it seemed to most in the crowd of 21,774 they had to have. They overcame 20 yards in penalties.

Moremen and Bill Gunter runs provided a first down at the 35 before a holding penalty knocked the Tribe back to its 20.

On second down from there, Hammond threw a high, hard long one that Green gathered in, with a sparkling catch, for a gain of 49 at the Mississippi State 31.

It was a big, big play.

After Green got two on a run, the Tribe was taxed five, for delay, to the 33. Hammond then threw to Fenner at the 19. Gunter got two on a run before Sellers caught one for a first down at the nine. Gunter slipped through to the four. On third down Hammond passed to Moremen at the goal line for the TD. Guthrie's point kick made it 24-12.

On Thomas' 15-yard pass to Don Saget, and Dennis Stevens' 16-yard run, Mississippi State moved to the Seminoles' 45, where the defense called a halt, forcing a punt that went into the end zone.

Then a punting swap gave the Seminoles the ball at their 39. But the Tribe couldn't make anything of that either, and Cheshire got off a 50-yard punt that, with the return, put Mississippi State at its 15.

When Thomas threw deep, T.K. Wetherell intercepted and sprinted 31 yards to the 26, but a clipping call put the Tribe back at the Mississippi State 41.

A Donovan Jones run of 14 led to the 27, but the Seminoles ran out of downs at the 19 with two seconds left.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MISSISSIPPI STATE
0
0
12
0
12
FLORIDA STATE
0
10
7
7
24

2nd   3- 0  Grant Guthrie, 31, field goal, 4:37 
      3- 0  Opp, 30, field goal failed, 1:46 
     10- 0  Chip Glass, 8, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 0:44 
3rd  17- 0  Larry Green, 32, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 12:14
     17- 6  Opp, 13, run (pass failed), 8:07 
     17-12  Opp, 30, pass (run failed), 5:48 
4th  24-12  Bill Moremen, 4, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 9:16 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 5 Rushes-yards 37-101 38-156 Passing 377 45 Att-Comp-Int 44-23-3 12-2-1 Total Yards 81-478 50-201 Punt Returns 2--1 2-12 Kickoff Returns 3-76 5-87 Interception Ret. 1-31 3-78 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 5-42.2 9-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0 Penalties-Yds 5-60 1-5 Attendance 21,774 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Green 13- 37 Bill Moremen 8- 30 Bill Gunter 7- 21 Donovan Jones 3- 17 Gary Pajcic 1- 16 Kim Hammond 5- -20 Receiving Ron Sellers 7- 158 Larry Green 2- 76 Lane Fenner 4- 52 Thurston Taylor 3- 37 Billy Cox 4- 30 Chip Glass 2- 20 Bill Moremen 1- 4 Passing Kim Hammond 37-21-1-369 Gary Pajcic 7- 2-2- 8 Punt Return T.K. Wetherell 2- -1 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 3- 76 Punting Bill Cheshire 5- 211 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- T.K. Wetherell . . . . . 1- 31 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
HB   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
FL   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
LLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
MLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
RLB  61  Chuck Elliott
LT   73  Duke Johnston
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
16  Gary Pajcic
17  Mike Page
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
##  NAME
-----------------------------
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
71  Harvey Zion
84  Chip Glass

FLORIDA STATE 26, MEMPHIS STATE 7

11/04/1967, MEMPHIS, TN

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 11/5/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGrotha

MEMPHIS, TN - With linebacker Dale McCullers refusing to let Florida State's air show steal the whole scene, the Seminoles in the last half took a Tiger by the tail and turned him every way but loose here Saturday afternoon as they hacked out a 26-7 football triumph over baffled Memphis State.

Credited with 15 tackles and two assists in a pressbox accounting, McCullers probably made more.

The Live Oak junior was clearly the leader in curtailing a Memphis State running game that appeared "unstoppable" in the early going.

Never behind in this regionally televised game, the Seminoles had a record-breaking day on offense.

The Seminoles completely stymied Memphis State in its ball-control plan.

Florida State had the ball for a whooping 85 plays, Memphis State for just 38. The Tigers, who had capitalized much on opposition errors all season long, stole just two passes, claimed no FSU fumbles.

Meanwhile, the Seminoles claimed two opposition fumbles, intercepted one toss.

With Kim Hammond again the wheelhorse, the Seminoles stacked up 548 yards, with 318 passing. The overall total broke the school record of 526 yards set against Furman in 1952.

Quarterback Hammond completed 24 of 34 passes for 302 yards as the Seminoles won their fifth straight, stretching their record to 5-2-1, assuring a winning season, and moved into heavy contention for a bowl bid.

While it was far from ace flanker Ron Sellers best day as a receiver, he caught six for 61 yards, pushing his season's sum to 55 and matching his total for all of last year.

But the surprise of the show was halfback Larry Green, who tied a school record set by Fred Pickard against Georgia in '59, with 29 runs.

Green netted a whooping 126 yards against a running defense that the Seminoles had expected would be the toughest they faced this season.

For a bit over a half, it was the toughest kind of football game as Memphis State sprung its runners with counter-motion plays that confounded the Seminoles for awhile.

The Seminoles put their first points on the board just before the end of the first quarter as Green - carrying on five straight plays from the 25 - scored from five yards out.

Memphis State retaliated immediately, with No. 2 quarterback Ricky Thurow springing for 59 yards on an off-tackle play that tied it 7-7.

Few in the crowd of 30,304 thought the Tigers were through scoring for the day.

Next three times the Seminoles got the ball, they moved briskly to within the shadow of the Memphis goal but had to settle for field-goal attempts. The Tigers blocked the first one, but Grant Guthrie put through ones from 22 and 37 yards for a 13-7 halftime lead. The latter 3-pointer came on the closing play of the half.

Florida State simply wouldn't let the Tigers have the football in the final two quarters. With two minutes remaining in the game, Memphis State had run just 12 last-half plays and a single first down.

Frustrated by an interception on their first third-quarter series, the Seminoles ran into excessive difficulty with penalties on their next safari, after probing to the Memphis 14.

It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter that the Seminoles were able to muster some "insurance" points.

Hammond guided a 73-yard march capped by Bill Moremen's TD run from the one. A final payoff drive came the next time FSU had the ball. It was a 79-yard movement climaxed by Hammond's scoring sweep from the three.

Now 5-2 for the season, the Tigers threw just four times, completed two, netted just four yards rushing in the last half after running up 180 in the opening two quarters. Memphis State's offensive net, tacking on the 19 passing, was just 203.

It was a great day for football, weatherwise, with the tempature in the high 40's, the sun shining bright, and the wind minimal in well-sheilded Memphis Memorial Stadium.

For all practical purposes Memphis State's offense on this day consisted of the quarterbacks - Terry Padgett and Thurow - running with the ball. Thurow gained 65 yards, Padgett 56. Memphis State often had good field position as Florida State went with low, short kickoffs designed to keep the ball away from run-back-ace Nick Pappas.

Lane Fenner matched Sellers' catching total, with six receptions for 72 yards. Moremen hauled in five for 88, Chip Glass four for 51. On 10 runs Moremen also gained 97 yards.

The Tigers were hurt some by first-half injury of Bill Brundao, a top defensive back. Tackle Chuck DeVliegher was also hurt early, but later came back in. The Seminoles took more than normal run of bruising links, but emerged from this one with no significant injury.

Memphis State's secondary people were busy all afternoon, with monster-man Bill McRight spurring an aggressive - if buffaloed - defense. McRight was often right in his play guesses, was in on 13 tackles.

Next date for the Tribe is Saturday night in Tallahassee against Virginia Tech. Then it's an open date before the season-ender at Gainesville.


Memphis State was not long showing its muscles here Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers got a quick advantage after winning the coin toss and choosing to receive.

Florida State went with a deliberately low, short kickoff in an effort to avoid the runback threat of swift Nick Pappas.

Herb Covington gathered in the ball at the 22, skipped loose to the 45.

First scrimmage play, and Covington breaks to Florida State's 49. Then Terry Padgett floated back a bit, cut back sharply off tackle and raced to the 23.

But Tom Wallace fumbled on the following play and Dale McCullers claimed the ball for Florida State at the 21.

Ron Sellers caught his 50th pass of the year, as Kim Hammond found him at the 38. Larry Green ripped to the 43, but that was as far as the Seminoles moved on that initial offensive thrust.

Bill Cheshire punted neatly, with Bob Baxter taking the ball at the 12, and working up to his 26. A personal-foul call put the Tigers further back, at the 13, and a 5-yard motion penalty pushed Memphis still more to the eight.

Padgett danced out of that hole to the 26, then knocked off six more to the 33. Covington whacked out a first down at the 40 as offensive linemen continued to move out FSU defenders, who were sometimes going the wrong way as the Tigers put a man in motion.

But a no-gain fumble slowed the drive, then Frank Vohun scrambled through to deck Padgett for a 5-yard loss, and Baxter punted.

Starting from its 18, Florida State went all the way in 14 plays...a polished drive.

Green struck for eight. On third down Hammond passed one to Chip Glass at the 36, then hit Sellers at the 42. Green got the first down at the 48. After Fenner caught a short one, Green sliced for 15 to the Memphis 32.

Sellers grabbed a 4-yarder then two Green runs carried to the 18. Again Green picked his way off tackle, this time to the 10. Next time the Cairo senior whammed to the five. His fifth straight carry knocked off the last five. Grant Guthrie's point kick made it 7-0 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.

Quickly the Tigers tied it.

Wallace returned the kickoff nine yards to the 30. Chuck Eason was called for interference on Ricky Thurow's too-long pass, and the Tigers got the ball at their 41.

Thurow then whipped off tackle as his up-front mates wiped out Seminole defenders, turned on the speed and dashed all the way. Wood Stevens capped the 59-yard run with a point kick that made it 7-7.

Here came the Seminoles on another big push.

Bill Moremen took the kickoff and struck off 25 yards to the 34. After a delay penalty - David Berron's interception of a long, long pass was rubbed out because the whistle had blown the play dead before the throw - Hammond passed to Green at the 43. A Green run brought a first down at the 49.

Hammond threw to Sellers at the 37, and Green got four more on a run. Fenner caught one at the 20, then Bill Gunter hung onto another at the eight.

Gunter fumbled on a tackle run but Billy Rhodes recovered for a 2-yard FSU gain. Gunter got just to the five on his next whack.

Sellers was fully clear in the end zone for what looked like an easy TD toss, but Hammond threw too high.

On fourth down, Guthrie entered to try a 22-yard field goal. Alex Dees zipped through to block it.

Moving from its 20, Memphis State got 29 on a pitch-back to Pappas, where it came to fourth and one. The Tigers gambled. On a big play, Walt Sumner blitzed and decked Pappas for a 2-yard loss.

The Seminoles took over and moved rapidly to a 10-7 lead. On a screen pass from Hammond, Moremen swept for 20 to the Memphis 49. Fenner caught for six, and Green, on a sweep, got a first down at the 38.

A 13-yard pass to Fenner soon carried FSU to the 23, and Hammond then connected with Moremen over the middle for 16 to the seven.

But Green got just one on a run. Fenner was open on a third-down pass in the end zone, but Hammond threw low.

On fourth down Guthrie kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:40 left in the half. Wallace, on the kickoff runback, broke 26 to the Memphis 44.

Padgett, in two runs, gained Florida State's 38. But on a pitchback to wingman Dale Brady for a pass attempt, the FSU blitz, led by McCullers got through to bring a 4-yard loss. Memphis soon punted into the end zone.

In 50 seconds the Seminoles whipped 80 yards to three more points.

A Hammond-Moremen pass collaboration got 16. Fenner caught a throw for 20 to Memphis State's 44. Moremen knocked off 19, to the 25, on another pass.

Sellers raced down the sidelines, into the end zone, and Hammond was on target, but the flanker, at full run, dropped the ball.

On fourth down, as the Seminoles lined up for a field-goal bid, Lewis Fernandez, defensive tackle, jumped offsides.

The Seminoles had planned a fake field goal here, with a screen pass scheduled. But they went for three when they got five yards closer via the penalty to the 20.

Guthrie booted a 37-yarder for a 13-7 lead. It was the last play of the half.

At this point Memphis State had not thrown a pass, while the Seminoles had 207 yards throwing, Memphis State 180 running.

It was all FSU the rest of the way as the Seminoles taught Memphis about ball-control.

But it was a bad last-half beginning.

Starting at their 27 following the kickoff, a penalty and Green's running quickly gained the Memphis 41.

Then Hammond threw into the flats, and Joe Rushing intercepted, skipped to the FSU 43 before getting tackled.

But Seminole defenders granted little. McCullars blitzed Padgett for a loss of seven on one play and Baxter soon punted into the end zone.

Whereupon, the Seminoles marched to more frustration.

Moremen's run led to the 46. Green gained the Memphis 34 but a clip put the Tribe back on the 41. Hammond then passed to Fenner at the Memphis 44 and Moremen got a first down at the 37. Rusty Nunn broke up a TD-labelled pass to Sellers in the end zone.

Green raced to the 15 with a screen pass from Hammond.

Then, after Moremen reached the 14 on a run, the Seminoles ran into an incredible series of penalties.

Hammond passed to Moremen at the five but offensive pass interference put FSU back on the 34...Hammond passed to Green at the 24 but an illegal receiver was downfield, and the Seminoles were suddenly back at midfield...Finally, Cheshire punted into the end zone.

The Tigers worked up to their 39. Pappas, on a pitch-back, threw long and T.K. Wetherell stood ready and waiting - an easy interception at the Florida State 27.

Florida State went from there to a clinching TD. A Hammond-Moremen pass got 17 to the 45, and Sellers caught a 14-yarder at the Memphis 40. Glass latched onto a 13-yarder at the 22. Moremen, on a counter-trap, dug through to the 13, then got 10 more up the middle, to the three.

Green pushed to the 1-foot line, and Moremen scored from there. On a bid for two points, Hammond's pass to Sellers was broken up, leaving it 19-7 just after the fourth quarter started.

Memphis again got good field position at its 42 on the kick return but got nothing out of it as McCullers led the defensive end. Baxter punted.

Again the Seminoles moved to a touchdown. Moremen tore away on a 29-yard run to the 50, soon got 10 more to the 36. Short passes and runs brought a first down at the 25. On third down at the 19, Hammond hit Glass at the four.

Memphis was offsides, putting the ball at the two. On third down, Hammond went wide, pushed guard Larry Pendleton ahead of him to clear the way, and scored. Guthrie's point kick brought it to 26-7.

A bit later Wallace fumbled and Bob Menendez recovered for the Seminoles at the Tigers' 21. With Gary Pajcic in at quarterback, the Seminoles gained the eight on a 10-yard pass, Pajcic to Glass.

But Donovan Jones lost five. Pajcic passed to Jones at the seven. Then Pajcic's fourth down toss was intercepted by Jerry Todd in the end zone.

Helped by a penalty Memphis finally got across midfield in the last half. On the last play of the game, however, it was back on its side as McCullers, in a fitting fashion, tossed the quarterback for a 9-yard loss.

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

1st   7- 0  Larry Green, 5, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 1:57 
      7- 7  Opp, 59, run (kick), 1:38 
2nd   7- 7  Grant Guthrie, 22, field goal blocked
     10- 7  Grant Guthrie, 22, field goal, 3:40 
     13- 7  Grant Guthrie, 37, field goal, 0:00 
4th  19- 7  Bill Moremen, 1, run (Kim Hammond, pass failed), 13:24
     26- 7  Kim Hammond, 3, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 5:15 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 26 8 Rushes-yards 46-230 34-184 Passing 318 19 Att-Comp-Int 39-26-2 4-2-1 Total Yards 85-548 38-203 Punt Returns 2-10 1-14 Kickoff Returns 2-52 4-47 Interception Ret. 1-0 2-17 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 2-42.0 4-42.5 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-2 Penalties-Yds 6-60 7-67 Attendance 30,304 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Green 29- 126 Bill Moremen 10- 97 Kim Hammond 3- 6 Bill Gunter 3- 6 Donovan Jones 1- -5 Receiving Bill Moremen 5- 88 Lane Fenner 6- 72 Ron Sellers 6- 61 Chip Glass 4- 51 Larry Green 3- 27 Bill Gunter 1- 13 Donovan Jones 1- 6 Passing Kim Hammond 34-24-1-302 Gary Pajcic 4- 2-1- 16 Bill Moremen 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Walt Sumner 1- 5 T.K. Wetherell 1- 5 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 2- 52 Punting Bill Cheshire 2- 84 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dale McCullers 15 2 17 6.0- . . . . 1- 0 . . . Chuck Elliott 6 4 10 . . . . . . . . . Bob Menendez 1 5 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . John Crowe 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Frank Vohun 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Walt Sumner 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Mike Blatt 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Joe Kinnan 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Tommy Warren 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Floyd Ratliff 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . T.K. Wetherell 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Bill Moremen 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bill Gunter . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Larry Pendleton 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mike Page 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chuck Eason . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Joe Benson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Doug Gurr . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
RH   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
LE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
MLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
LLB  61  Chuck Elliott
LT   73  Duke Johnston
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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15  Tommy Warren
16  Gary Pajcic
17  Mike Page
18  Clint Burton
19  Phil Abraira
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
43  Hal Montgomery
47  Joe Benson
##  NAME
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51  Bill Hughes
63  Richard McLean
64  Stan Walker
67  Mike Bugar
71  Harvey Zion
72  Randy Logan
78  Wayne Johnson
79  Frank Vohun
80  Doug Gurr
84  Chip Glass
88  Jerry Jones

FLORIDA STATE 38, VIRGINIA TECH 15

11/11/1967, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 11/12/1967, page 1C, by Bill McGroatha

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State wrapped up a bid to somebody's bowl game here Saturday night with a decisive 38-15 thrashing of Virginia Tech in a wild, blood-letting kind of football game.

As 29,856 screamed - occasionally in something akin to horror - the two teams went at it in a manner as close to war as you'll see on a football field.

It was a deep grudge thing...The Seminoles didn't like the way they were treated by the Gobblers three of the last four years. The Gobblers didn't like the way the Seminoles laid the wood to them on this night.

Save for a faulty kickoff on which Grant Guthrie topped the ball, trying for a low-bounding kick designed for a short run back, the score might have been much worse. The Seminoles, it was plain, had their teeth set for much worse.

Flanker Ron Sellers, having another fantastic night, breaking school records, caught three touchdown passes as quarterback Kim Hammond accounted for more than 300 passing yards for the fourth time this season. Four of Hammond's strikes were for touchdowns.

For the Seminoles, who boosted their record to 6-2-1 as bowl scouts watched, it was a sixth straight victory...and it was the first time FSU has won that many in a row since 1950.

For Virginia Tech, loser only to Miami (twice) in its last 16 games, it was a crushing blow that might knock the Gobblers out of a bowl, though only VMI remains. The Gobblers stand 7-2 now after yeilding the most points to an opponent in 37 games...back to Wake Forest's 38-21 triumph in early 1964.

Here, in sequence, is how the points came: (1) Grant Guthrie's school-record field goal from 45 yards out, (2) Hammond's 30-yard pass to Billy Cox (3) Hammond's 73-yard pass to Sellers, (4) Al Kincaid's 17-yard pass to Ken Edwards, (5) Bill Moremen's 4-yard pass to Sellers, (6) Hammond's 10-yard pass to Sellers, (7) Edwards' 1-yard run, (8) Hammond's 14-yard pass to Cox.

In throwing for four touchdowns, Hammond completed 17 of 30 for 314 yards. Sellers pulled down eight for a whopping 229 yards that shot his season total of receptions to a school-record 63. He also busted Fred Biletnikoff's career yardage record on receptions as he went over the 2,000 mark. Biletnikoff had accounted for 1,955.

The Seminoles racked a whopping 509 yards, including 390 passing, on defensive-proud Tech. The Gobblers managed 255, with just 86 on the ground as Florida State defenders ruptured their ground game.

As harrased officials scrambled to keep things from getting totally out of hand, Tech drew 103 yards in penalties, FSU 66. A team that generally thrives on foes' mistakes, Tech stole three FSU passes, claimed two Seminole fumbles - all to no avail. Ron Davidson, in getting all three interceptions, ran his season's total to nine. FSU swiped just one pass - it led to points - and recovered no fumbles.

The third quarter was about the wildest one ever witnessed in Campbell Stadium. Thirty-six points went on the scoreboard, 21 wrought by FSU.

Moremen led the game's runners with 79 yards in 18 carries.

Tech's Kincaid, in the end, actually threw more than Hammond, hit 17 of 31 for 153 yards. Tall Ken Barefoot caught six.

The Seminoles accomplished it all without the presence of Coach Bill Peterson, who remained home in bed - but in touch by telephone - nursing an organic condition that brought two painful knees and an ankle during the week. Feeling better Saturday, he figures to be on his feet soon.

For the Seminoles now, it is waiting time. There's an open date this week, before the climactic finale at Florida on November 25.

A bowl invitation may or may not be tendered - may or may not be accepted - before the Florida game. The Gator Bowl, however, appears particularly interested in one of the deadliest passing teams in collegiate history.


Florida State wasn't long Saturday night putting Virginia Tech behind, for just the third time this season.

Just 3:47 had elapsed when Grant Guthrie kicked a 45-yard field goal, a school record for distance.

Tech found itself in a hole for awhile at the start.

Winning the toss of the coin and choosing to receive, the Gobblers got a start at their 17 following the kickoff. Three running plays, plus a 5-yard penalty, resulted in a net gain of three yards before Gene Fisher punted, with Walt Sumner downed on the return at the 50.

Kim Hammond missed on three of his first four passes, including an opening "bomb" aimed in Ron Sellers' deep direction.

But his one completion, to Lane Fenner, got 20, to the 30. The Seminoles got only a yard further, however, and on fourth down Guthrie entered to boot the Seminoles to a 3-0 lead.

It was the Delaware sophomore's ninth 3-pointer in 13 tries. And his sum of nine tied the FSU one-season record held by Les Murdock.

The Gobblers found themselves in another hole when Ken Edwards, fielding the kickoff at the one, got decked on the six by Mike Blatt.

Three runs got Tech just three yards, to the nine. Fisher punted from his end zone to FSU's 49.

And suddenly it was FSU in the hole for a while as Larry Green fumbled and Tech's Don Thacker recovered it at its 49.

Al Kincaid threw three straight passes - all incomplete. Fisher punted and it was a beaut, to FSU's four. When FSU replied with a punt, after three plays, Bill Chesire's effort was short, just up to the 33.

Three more runs got Tech just seven yards, however. Jon Utin tried a field goal.

It was short, and a bit wide. The ball bounced just over the goal line, then bounced back inside - dead on the one. For all practical purposes, it was a punt - and the officials called it properly. Doesn't matter whether it went into the end zone first.

Hammond squirmed to the seven in two runs. Then, when Sellers was racked after a pass sailed over his head, Tech was called for roughing. That lifted the Tribe to the 22.

Promptly, Hammond cut loose with a "bomb" that Sellers hauled in - a gain of 48 to Tech's 30.

A holding penalty helped check the Seminoles, knocking them back to the 39 after they reached the 25. Chesire had to punt. The ball skipped into the end zone.

Once more the defense stopped Tech's running cold, with Floyd Ratliffe ripping in to deck Kincaid at the 18 on third down. Fisher's punt was relatively weak, to FSU's 49, as the first quarter ended.

The Seminoles went all the way from that point.

On third down, Hammond found Green with a toss at the Tech 33.

Two plays later, Hammond, back to pass, scrambled, ran, then stopped just short of the line of scrimmage, passed to Billy Cox at the 10. Cox broke a tackle at the five and sprinted into the end zone - a 30-yard payoff on what appeared to have been a busted pattern.

Guthrie's point-after made it 10-0.

But Tech wasn't ready to take any long count, even when adversity soon hit again.

Backed to its 14 following a clipping call on a pass play, Blatt sailed through to partially block Fisher's boot. Chuck Elliott picked up te ball at the 30, rammed to the 16.

But the Seminoles couldn't cut it - even though, on third down, Hammond pulled the difficult trick of catching his own pass (for a 2-yard loss) after a defender batted it into the air.

On fourth down, with the ball on the 14, Guthrie tried a field goal. It was wide.

With Burt Henderson getting away on a 22-yard run off tackle, Tech probed to FSU's 41. Again Ratliffe sparked a defensive stand, bagging Kincaid once more for a loss. Tech finally was obliged to punt, with the ball rolling into the end zone.

The Seminoles worked the ball to their 44 with Moremen catching a first-down pass and Green getting loose for 12 on a run. When Hammond threw long, however, Ron Davidson intercepted at the 17, ran out to the 31. But a clip knocked Tech back to its 10.

Soon Tech punted and FSU had a shot from Tech's 48 with a minute left in the half. But Daividson came up with another interception, this one at the 27. Tech was knocking at midfield when intermission came.

Things happened in a hurry as the second half started.

The Tribe started at its 27 after the kickoff return.

Green got naught on a run...but Hammond followed with much on a pass.

He pitched long to Sellers, who gathered it in at about Tech's 40, eluded a couple of tacklers as he made like a broken-field runner and raced on into the end zone...a 73-yard touchdown play.

Guthrie quickly added a point for 17-0.

Sellers' reception busted Fred Biletnikoff's career yardage record on pass catches, giving him 2,002 yards to the former star's 1,955.

Tech immediately retaliated.

Dickie Longerbeam zipped 54 yards on the kickoff runback, to Florida State's 42.

Kincaid found Nick Piland with a pass at the 23, then ran for six more, to the 17.

Then Kincaid whipped a pass to Edwards for the touchdown. Utin kicked a point to narrow things to 17-7.

And the Seminoles replied in kind, marching 75 yards to a third TD.

They overcame an early clipping penalty that knocked them back to the 22 in stylish fashion. Moremen threw a long halfback pass that Sellers tucked in for a net of 48 at the Gobblers' 30.

Green got a couple, Hammond pitched to Cox for seven, then ran for the first down at the 18. Moremen, in two runs, smashed to the four as the Seminoles got cute...at the time, Moremen was the only running back in the FSU lineup, as Cox came in at Green's position.

From the four Mormen passed to Sellers, all alone in the end zone, for six points, Guthrie's point made it 24-7.

Soon Chuck Eason's interception of a Kincaid toss, at the Tech 29, gave another opportunity.

After a loss, back to the 32, Hammond hit Sellers at the 13. Moremen dug to the 10. Then Hammond threw to Sellers for the touchdown, and Guthrie kicked again, for 31-7.

FSU tried a low-bounding kick to keep the runback short. Tech was alert, got the ball back to the Florida State 46 for a start.

Kincaid passed to Edwards at the 34, to Piland at the 28, got to the 23 on an FSU offsides. Interference on a pass brought a first down at the 14, and Kincaid hit Edwards with a toss to the three. On third down, Edwards scored from less than a yard out. Kincaid ran for two points, making it 31-15.

Again FSU marched, this time from its 31.

Chip Glass caught a Hammond pass for 26, at Tech's 37. Moremen cracked to the 27, and Sellers caught a throw for a first down at the 16. Moremen ran three straight times, to the seven.

It came to fourth-and-one on the first play of the last quarter. FSU went for it...but it was a busted play, with no one there to take Hammond's handoff. Hammond turned and tried to dive for the yardage but was short. Tech took over.

A Kincaid-Edwards pass collaboration gained the 25. On third down, Blatt tossed a pass receiver for a 4-yard loss...but, on the play, FSU's Dale McCullars was tossed out of the game as a personal-foul flag dropped, and Tech got new life at its 39. But the Gobblers at last had to punt, and FSU got the ball at its 24.

The Tribe went the route. Sellers' 15-yard catch was a key starter, with Moremen then dashing for 10 to the Tech 46. Hammond then pitched to Moremen at the 32, and soon a pass-interference call brought a first down at the 13.

Two plays later, Hammond passed 14 yards to Cox for the touchdown.

Guthrie booted his 20th straight extra point for 38-15 with many minutes still left in the quarter.

Longerbeam raced 55 yards with the kickoff, to Florida State's 36.

But, on fourth down at the 20, Doug Gurr struck Kincaid for a 5-yard loss, ending that threat with 5:06 remaining.

Gary Pajcic came in at quarterback, passed the Seminoles across midfield. But Donovan Jones fumbled, with Tech's Dan Mooney recovering at FSU's 49 with 3:07 left.

A clipping penalty stymied the Gobblers, and the Seminoles got a shot from Tech's 44, with 1:55 left, after a futile fourth-down gamble.

Soon however, Davidson popped up with an interception of a Pajcic toss - his third theft of the night.

The Seminoles took over at the Tech 42 with just 30 seconds left as Tech vainly tried to move with spread formations. And the Tribe was content to go with a running play, and let the clock tick away to the conclusion of this wild thing.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
0
0
15
0
15
FLORIDA STATE
3
7
21
7
38

1st   3- 0  Grant Guthrie, 45, field goal, 11:13
      3- 0  Opp, 43, field goal failed
2nd  10- 0  Billy Cox, 30, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 13:52
     10- 0  Grant Guthrie, 31, field goal failed
3rd  17- 0  Ron Sellers, 73, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 14:08
     17- 7  Opp, 17, pass (kick), 12:23
     24- 7  Ron Sellers, 4, pass from Bill Moremen (Grant Guthrie, kick), 8:21 
     31- 7  Ron Sellers, 10, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 5:41 
     31-15  Opp, 1, run (run), 3:34 
4th  38-15  Billy Cox, 13, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 7:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 12 Rushes-yards 36-119 36- 86 Passing 390 169 Att-Comp-Int 36-21-3 33-18-1 Total Yards 72-509 69-255 Punt Returns 4-17 0-0 Kickoff Returns 3-49 7-156 Interception Ret. 1-0 3-7 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 2-34.0 8-33.8 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0 Penalties-Yds 7-66 8-103 Attendance 29,856 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bill Moremen 18- 79 Kim Hammond 8- 20 Larry Green 6- 17 Bill Gunter 2- 5 Terry Eagerton 1- 3 Donovan Jones 1- -5 Receiving Ron Sellers 8- 229 Billy Cox 4- 52 Chip Glass 1- 26 Bill Moremen 4- 21 Lane Fenner 1- 20 Larry Green 1- 18 Donovan Jones 1- 15 Thurston Taylor 1- 9 Passing Kim Hammond 30-17-2-314 Bill Moremen 2- 2-0- 52 Gary Pajcic 4- 2-1- 24 Punt Return Chuck Elliott 1- 13 Walt Sumner 3- 4 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 1- 21 Larry Green 1- 15 Bill Gunter 1- 13 Punting Bill Cheshire 2- 68 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chuck Eason . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Mike Blatt . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
RH   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
LE   82  Lane Fenner
RE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
LLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
MLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
RLB  61  Chuck Elliott
LT   73  Duke Johnston
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
16  Gary Pajcic
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
33  Grant Guthrie
##  NAME
-----------------------------
42  Bill Cheshire
49  Terry Eagerton
80  Doug Gurr
84  Chip Glass

FLORIDA STATE 21, FLORIDA 16

11/25/1967, GAINESVILLE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 11/26/1967, page 1C, By Bill McGrotha

GAINESVILLE, FL - With Florida State nursing a 14-9 lead, and backed up to its own 8-yard line early in the last quarter, Kim Hammond trotted back onto the field here Saturday afternoon and quickly produced the points that, in the last analysis, cut down the fighting Florida football team 21-16.

This one was high, suspense drama from beginning to end...but none of many vivid moments topped Hammond's splendid heroics.

After leading the Seminoles to a 14-3 lead, the quarterback had been knocked dizzy on Florida State's second series in the second quarter. He stayed on the bench until Coach Bill Peterson nodded to him in the afore-mentioned tight situation.

On the first play of his return, Hammond unloaded a bomb that the rather incomparable Ron Sellers caught for a 51-yard gain. On the third play of Hammond's return, he cut loose another bomb, to Sellers in the end zone...for a touchdown that brought a 21-9 lead, and eventually lifted the Seminoles to their seventh straight victory and a final 7-2-1 record.

Oh, yes, it put Florida State into the Gator Bowl, too, against Penn State on December 30.

But seven straight victories, 7-2-1 and a Gator Bowl date were secondary to the big accomplishment...the University of Florida football team had been had, and for the first time by Florida State on its own beloved Florida Field.

Not until T.K. Wetherell batted down Floida's last pass with 1:26 showing on the clock did the several thousand Florida State fans in the record Florida Field crowd of 62,944 know they had this one won.

For them both the third and fourth quarter - except for the brief time the Seminoles held a 21-9 lead - were hellish.

Florida just wouldn't quit on this warm, fair November day...but neither would the Seminoles, whose defenders were in the right places at the right moment time and time again.

Except for that Hammond-Sellers outbreak, the Seminoles played mostly defense in the last half. Among other things, Florida State recovered four Florida fumbles, while losing none itself. The Seminoles came up agonizingly short of interceptions several times.

The game's only interception, by Florida's Bobby Downs, came close to changing the course of this one. Gary Pajcic, subbing for Hammond, had led a charge to the Florida 15. Downs stole a third-down toss and sprinted 47 yards to the Seminoles' 46. But the FSU defense choked off Florida's threat, allowed only three yards in three plays.

Florida got the first points in this one, as Tommy Glenn raced 39 yards with the opening kickoff to put the Gators in business at their 47. The drive culminated with Wayne Barfield's 29-yard field goal.

A bit later the Seminoles marched 96 yards, spurred most of the way by the bright running of Larry Green. From nine yards out, Hammond threw to Bill Moremen for a TD.

Next time the Seminoles got the ball - on a fumble recovery at the Florida 38 - they moved to more points. Again Green led the push. Hammond scored from one-yard range. Grant Guthrie's point kick gave FSU a 14-3 lead, and it stayed that way until after the half.

Florida drove to a TD from Florida State's 27 late in the third quarter. The Gators' Richard Trapp had returned a punt 10 yards and a personal foul call had followed.

Larry Rentz' passes led to the 10. Tom Christian scored from a yard out. Florida went for two points, failed, leaving it 14-9.

Then Hammond came on for his big bit.

But immediately after FSU streched that lead to 21-9 the Gators marched again, 80 yards to a payoff, moved mostly by Rentz passes. Larry Smith scored from four yards out.

Florida had the ball twice after that, probing, with the help of a penalty to the FSU 26, where the stubborn FSU defense held firm. Later, after a punt, Florida had a last-gasp chance from its 19, but turned over the ball to FSU on the 18 with 1:26 to play. The Seminoles were on the one-yard line when it ended.

The Seminoles keyed their defense on Smith, with some effectiveness. He carried 22 times, got just 78 yards. The Seminoles ran Green almost as much...20 times for 71.

Hammond, who needed 270 yards to have a chance to win the national total-offense crown, netted just 159 playing only about half the game. He completed seven of 12 throws for 157 yards. Pajcic hit six of 11 for 73.

In the dual between Sellers and Trapp...well, Sellers caught seven for 153 yards, Trapp five for 59.

Teamwise, Florida State ended with 345 yards of offense including 230 passing, and Florida 303, with Rentz throwing for 146, completing 11 of 29.

Florida got penalized 56 yards, Florida State 70.

This was an offensive fray, but the defensive heros were many. End Bob Menendez and middle guard Mike Bugar were among the Seminoles' more notable, and tackle-linebacker Don Giordano was a big guy for Florida.

The Seminoles, in incredibly poor field position most of the afternoon, made the most of their scoring opportunities with the exception of the one that was blunted by Downs' interception.

Florida didn't. The Gators turned the ball over to FSU on fumbles at their 38 (Menendez recovering), FSU's 24 (Harvey Zion), FSU's 18 (John Crowe), and FSU's 11 (Bugar).

UF kick returns helped give the Gators good position much of the day. The Gators got 175 yards in runbacks, FSU just 35.

In this hard-hitting duel, the Seminoles had several players shaken up, with Hammond the notable one. Florida played without fullback Graham McKeel, who had a knee injury.

The Gators, now 6-3, close at Miami in a nationally televised game December 9. Florida State coaches now turn their attention to recruiting before opening prepartation for the date with Penn State in the Gator Bowl.


University of Florida was tricky from the beginning Saturday afternoon...indeed, even before the beginning.

In 84-degrees weather, Florida State ran briskly onto the field, going under and through the goalposts, in their manner.

Mocking the Seminoles Florida came out through the same goalposts...walking slowly, instead of running and the mainly partisan crowd roared.

The Gators looked much as though they were on a funeral march, heading for a wake...which, all Seminoles would say, they were.

Things continued to go UF's way for awhile. The Gators won the coin toss, chose to receive, giving the Seminoles a 12-to-15-miles-per-hour wind advantage.

Tommy Glenn took in Randy Logan's kickoff at the eight, and worked his way up the middle for 39 yards to the UF 47. After Larry Smith got just a yard, Larry Rentz threw long to tall Jim Yarborough, knocking off 28 to the FSU 24. After Smith was again stopped, Rentz, on third down, needing nine, made it with a run to the 13.

Smith, in two tries, got just a yard, and a pass fell incomplete. On fourth down, Wayne Barfield kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 3-0 UF lead.

Florida's kickoff was short and FSU got the ball for the first time at its 34. Kim Hammond couldn't connect in three passing attempts, and Bill Cheshire punted, and Florida had a second turn, this time at its 29.

Smith's 7-yard run, plus a 15-yard penalty (personal foul) against the Tribe, were the keys in pushing UF to Florida State's 45.

But an illegal-use-of-hands call knocked UF back to its 43. Rentz lost five before throwing to Richard Trapp at the UF 48. On fourth down Harmon Wages punted a nifty one, to Florida State's three.

Whereupon, the Seminoles marched 97 yards to a touchdown.

It was mostly Larry Green's doing. After losing one, he swept for 17 to the 19, then got three more, caught a Hammond pass for 10, up to the 33.

Then on a run, Green sprung for 22 to Florida's 45.

Hammond then found Ron Sellers with a 31-yard toss at the 14.

Bill Gunter dug for five, to the nine. Hammond rolled out, saw Bill Moremen free at the three, hit him with a throw there, and the senior fullback cruised into the end zone. Grant Guthrie's point kick made it 7-3, FSU.

Florida opened at its 24 following the kick. Brian Hipp, on an 11-yard run, got a first down at the 35, but fumbled one play later and Bob Menendez recovered for the Seminoles at the UF 38.

An offsides against UF gave FSU five. Green, on successive carries got five, eight, one, one and four, down to the 14.

After Green lost one, Hammond hit Sellers at the two. The flanker was hurt on the play as Florida's Tom Abdelnour piled on, drawing a penalty to the one.

Hammond sneaked over right guard for the touchdown in the early moments of the second quarter, and Guthrie's boot brought FSU a 14-3 lead.

The Gators couldn't cut it from their 29 after the kickoff. Wages set the Seminoles back to their 27 with a 51-yard punt.

Three FSU plays gained just five and resulted in Hammond leaving the game hurt. Trapped on a pass attempt, Hammond was piled under just as he threw. Abdelnour was again a guy who wrought damage.

Bill Cheshire replied to Wages with a 52-yard punt to Florida's 15. A clipping penalty knocked the Gators back to the 10.

A defensive-holding assessment against FSU helped the home team out of the hole, but Menendez' racking of Rentz for a loss of 11 forced a punt.

With Gary Pajcic in at quarterback for Hammond, the Tribe opened at its 37. The Seminoles didn't move the sticks. Cheshire punted down to Florida's 27, but a penalty for illegal procedure dictated another kick. This one was a weak effort, out of bounds at Florida's 43.

On Smith's strong running, Florida drove to a first down at the FSU 22. But Tom Christian got just two, and Rentz was again stacked by Menendez, this time for a loss of seven. Next play Rentz fumbled at the 24 and Harvey Zion recovered for the Seminoles.

The Seminoles maneuvered to their 44, but no further. Cheshire's punt was once more short, out at the Florida 45.

Menendez got to Rentz again, for a loss of nine. On the last play of the half Smith rambled to Florida State's 47 before getting nailed.

With Hammond still on the bench with a head injury, Florida State started at its 20 in the second half after the UF kickoff boomed into the end zone.

A short Pajcic pass to Sellers helped bring a first down at the 30, but it was soon offset by a delay-of-game call. Cheshire had to punt, and it was a 32-yarder to Florida's 39.

Smith picked up three. Rentz, on a twisting run off the weak side, dashed 29 yards to Florida State's 29.

Christian pounded to the 20, and Rentz got a first down at the 18.

Glenn got just a yard, then an errant pitchout, directed toward Glenn, resulted in a fumble into the hands of the Seminoles' John Crowe at the 18.

Don Giordino spurred a Florida defense that pushed the Seminoles back to the 13. Cheshire punted and Trapp returned 10 yards to the Florida State 42.

A personal-foul penalty moved Florida further, to the 27.

Chuck Eason decked Smith for a loss of three. But Rentz hit Trapp with a toss at the 22, then Yarborough made a sparkling diving catch of a toss at the 10.

Christian, on a big effort after apparently being stopped, slammed to the four. Smith got just a yard on a wide run. Christian pounded to the one. On fourth down Christian took the ball over for six points.

The Gators gambled on two points, missed as Rentz tried to find Trapp with a pass. That left it 14-9.

That charged up the Gators more than somewhat, but two big third-down plays helped hold them off for awhile.

Moremen was tackled on the kickoff runback at the 17. On third down, Pajcic threw eight yards to Sellers at the 31. On third again, Pajcic tossed to Lane Fenner over the middle, and the lanky split end dashed 34 yards to Florida's 33. The Seminoles got 15 more. to the 18, on a personal foul.

But on third down at the 15, Pajcic threw and Bobby Downs intercepted, wheeling the ball 47 yards down the sidelines to FSU's 45.

FSU defenders granted little. Christian got three, Rentz nothing, and a pass fell harmlessly. Wages punted - and again it was a beaut, out of bounds on Florida State's three.

The Seminoles couldn't wiggle out of that hole. Cheshire punted, and Trapp ran it back smartly, from the Florida 45 all the way to FSU's 13 just after the last quarter opened.

Mike Bugar sliced through to hit Rentz for a 5-yard loss. Rentz threw to Trapp, but he fumbled when hit at the seven and Bugar was there to claim the ball for Florida State.

Green got just a yard...and then back came Hammond, for the first time since his injury, as the crowd - including some UF fans - cheered.

Immediately, Hammond went back, fired deep to Sellers, who latched on for a 51-yard gain to Florida's 41.

Green got three the hard way. Then Hammond again dropped back, throwing long - and Sellers was there for an end-zone catch that, after Guthrie's point kick, gave FSU a 21-9 lead with 11:57 to play.

That lead wasn't a comfortable one for very long. Florida came back promptly, negotiating 80 yards for a touchdown.

Actually, it was more, for Rentz was tossed for a loss back to the 13. But he passed to Trapp just short of the 30, and Christian, on fourth down, got the needed yardage, up to the 34.

Then Rentz threw to Jack Coons at FSU's 47, to Trapp at the 27, to Trapp again at the 17.

After an offside moved UF back to the 22, Rentz ran to the 13. It came to fourth down, and when Rentz threw to Smith interference was ruled at the five.

On his second crack from there, Smith took the ball over from the four. Wayne Barfield kicked his 52nd consecutive extra point and things stood 21-16 with 6:29 remaining.

Florida State couldn't navigate from its 28. Cheshire punted to Trapp, who returned 10 to the Florida 34.

Rentz threw to Mike McCann at the 41, then at the 46. On a smart call, Christian got loose on a draw to FSU's 41, and a personal foul helped Florida on, to the 26.

But Smith got nothing, and Rentz misfired on three straight passes. The ball went over to FSU with 3:21 left.

Florida called two timeouts as the FSU offense probed cautiously, and got the ball back with 2:05 remaining when Cheshire punted 48 yards to the 19.

Rentz lost a yard, then threw three more incompletions, with T.K. Wetherell batting the last one down just in front of McCann as the clock showed 1:26.

Gunter, in two runs, gained the 11. Florida used another timeout with 27 seconds left, and Gunter went one way, cut back the other and gained a first down at the three. The Seminoles then called time out with two seconds to go.

Donovan Jones tried a shot straight up the middle, came up a yard short...and another frantic FSU-Florida football game was history.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
0
7
21
FLORIDA
3
0
6
7
16

1st   0- 3  Opp, 29, field goal, 11:24
      7- 3  Bill Moremen, 9, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 4:06 
2nd  14- 3  Kim Hammond, 1, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 14:07
3rd  14- 9  Opp, 1, run (pass failed), 4:40 
4th  21- 9  Ron Sellers, 38, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 11:57
     21-16  Opp, 4, run (kick), 6:29 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 22 Rushes-yards 40-115 52-157 Passing 230 146 Att-Comp-Int 24-13-1 30-11-0 Total Yards 64-345 82-303 Punt Returns 2-12 6-70 Kickoff Returns 3-23 4-105 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-47 Fumble Returns 4-0 0-0 Punts 9-37.8 4-44.8 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 6-4 Penalties-Yds 6-70 8-56 Attendance 62,944 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Green 20- 71 Bill Gunter 8- 22 Bill Moremen 4- 14 Gary Pajcic 4- 6 Kim Hammond 2- 2 Phil Abraira 1- 0 Donovan Jones 1- 0 Receiving Ron Sellers 7- 153 Lane Fenner 2- 43 Bill Moremen 2- 13 Billy Cox 1- 11 Larry Green 1- 10 Passing Kim Hammond 12- 7-0-157 Gary Pajcic 11- 6-1- 73 Bill Moremen 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Walt Sumner 2- 12 Kickoff Return Larry Green 1- 12 Bill Moremen 1- 11 Chip Glass 1- 0 Punting Bill Cheshire 9- 340 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Menendez . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Dale McCullers . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . John Crowe . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Mike Bugar . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
TB   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
SE   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
SE   82  Lane Fenner
TE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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RS   22  Chuck Eason
LC   24  Walt Sumner
RC   28  T.K. Wetherell
MG   40  Mike Blatt
LC   41  John Crowe
LB   50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
LB   61  Chuck Elliott
LT   79  Frank Vohun
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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15  Tommy Warren
16  Gary Pajcic
19  Phil Abraira
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
##  NAME
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33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
67  Mike Bugar
71  Harvey Zion
84  Chip Glass

FLORIDA STATE 17, PENN STATE 17

12/30/1967, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fl

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, 12/31/1967, page 1C

JACKSONVILLE, FL - As though they were marionettes who were having the strings pulled by some devilish master, football players of Florida State and Penn State performed in a crazy dance here Saturday afternoon and the outcome of the 23rd annual Gator Bowl was a 17-17 tie that seemed, more than a little, that it was meant to be.

Down 17 points at halftime, the Seminoles scored 14 in a bit over one minute of third quarter playing time. Then knotted it in the last 20 seconds.

Nobody in the record Gator Bowl crowd of 68,019 on this pleasant, fair to coolish afternoon was about to leave this one early.

The heroes for Florida State wore familiar jersies, with quarterback Kim Hammond and flanker Ron Sellers busting records - actually topping the fantastic pass-catch totals run up by two Seminoles, Steve Tensi and Fred Biletnikoff, in the memorable Gator Bowl game that followed the '64 season.

In completing 37 of 53 throws for 362 yards, Hammond broke Gator Bowl records in each of these three categories, and Sellers' 14 receptions were another high. Tensi had completed 23 of 36 for 303 yards and Biletnikoff had caught 13 in this bowl.

As strange as it sounds, in light of the figures, Penn State was enormously well prepared for Florida State's passing - essentially, giving FSU the short pass while guarding against the long ones and putting extreme pressure on Hammond in key situations. He was decked for 37 yards in losses, and had four throws intercepted.

The Seminoles netted a whopping 418 yards out of their attack to Penn State's 244.

Penn State scored late in the first quarter, marching 54 yards to a 27-yard field goal by Tom Sherman after putting the Tribe in a hole with the first interception.

Two second-quarter touchdowns were on touchdown passes by Sherman of nine yards to Jack Curry and 12 yards to Ted Kwalick.

That first TD came on a 53-yard movement following an interception. It also came just after FSU had been penalized five yards, giving Penn State new life following a futile fourth down try for a field goal. The second TD capped an 82-yard march led by tough runner Charlie Pittman, with a fourth-and-two run by Sherman from the 27 keeping it going after two tacklers appeared to have the quarterback dead-to-rights for a loss.

The fates that smiled so brightly on Penn State on these earlier fourth-down plays were challenged once too often.

Joe Paterno, the Penn State coach, had confounded FSU's defense to a degree by utilizing All-American Kwalick at wingback instead of tight end. FSU adjusted at halftime.

First time FSU got the ball in the last quarter it marched right down to the Nittany Lions' 1-yard line, had three downs to get the ball across from there. But Penn State held, with the help of a busted play on the last down, throwing Hammond back to the five.

That was when Penn State tempted fate once too often. On fourth-and-inches from the 15, Penn State gambled and got caught.

FSU took over and scored in two plays, not counting one nullified by a penalty, with Hammond connecting with Sellers for a 20-yard payoff.

Penn State's Pittman fumbled the kickoff return, when plastered by Mike Blatt, and Joe Benson claimed the ball for FSU at the Lions' 22. In three plays, Hammond scored from the one.

With almost 18 minutes remaining, the fates started toying with the Seminoles again.

On Penn State's first offensive play following those two lightning TDs, the Seminoles got a shot from the 50 when Tommy Warren intercepted a Sherman toss. That was quickly balanced by Tim Montgomery - a brilliant defensive back - stealing a Hammond pass at the one. Actually, Montgomery had fallen into the end zone as he was tackled, but officials ruled his momentum had carried him in there - so it was no 2-points safety for the Seminoles.

Moments later a key penalty knocked the Tribe back to the Penn State 43 after it had appeared to be in business, following a punt, at the Penn State 28. On that play linebacker Blatt was thumbed out of the game following a personal-foul call.

Soon Grant Guthrie missed a 40-yard try for a field goal, and Bob Campbell set the Seminoles back on their nine with an incredible 68-yard punt.

The Seminoles, with the clock indicating just 1:30 to go, paraded 69 yards to their tying 3-pointer, with Hammond's 21-yard run on a quarterback sneak a notable key. Guthrie kicked his field goal from 25-yards range after it came to fourth-and-four at the eight with 20 seconds left.

In this one FSU was penalized 40 yards to Penn State's five.

Pittman led Penn State's sturdy running game, netting, in 19 carries, 124 of the team's 175 rushing total. Sherman, on this day, wasn't the passer he had been billed, clicking on just seven of 19 for 69 yards. Kwalick caught just two, for 25 yards.

The Seminoles were checked with 81 running yards. Sellers got 145 yards out of his 14 catches, with Lane Fenner pulling in eight for 87. A major surprise in FSU's passing game was Bill Mormen, who gathered in 12 for 106, also added 22 yards on three runs.

FSU defenders never permitted Penn State across midfield in the last half - allowed the Lions only one first down and no pass completions after intermission.

Both teams had gone into this one with 7-game winning streaks, the Lions with an 8-2 record, the Seminoles with a 7-2-1 chart. Oddsmakers had called this an even game at the start but FSU had been made a late 3-point favorite following an injury to fullback Don Abbey, who didn't play.


Ill turns of luck came early for Florida State here Saturday, and it seemed much as though fate called a majority of the shots the remainder of the way as the Seminoles scrambled from behind to a 17-17 tie with Penn State in the Gator Bowl.

A fumble helped stymie the Seminoles on their first turn with the football, after they won the pre-game toss and chose to receive.

Larry Green with a 19-yard kickoff runback provided a start at the 29. On a screen pass, Hammond hit Bill Moremen, who got loose for 18 to the 47.

Green danced for eight to the Penn State 45. Two plays later a short pass to Moremen got a first down at the Penn State 45. Two plays later a short pass to Moremen got a first down at the 39, and soon a 7-yarder to Sellers got another at the 29. Green squirmed to the 24, but FSU was taxed 15 yards for a foul. Fenner caught a Hammond shot at the 25. It came to fourth down and FSU lined up for a field goal. It was a fake all the way. Hammond, down to hold, reared up with the ball and threw to Moremen at about the 10. Tim Montgomery broke it up.

The Lions took over at the 25. Tom Sherman, apparently trapped, got out of the hole and maneuvered to the 33, but fumbled. Joe Kinnan was there to recover for FSU.

Green lost six as Penn State blitzed. Then on third down, Montgomery picked off a Hammond throw and raced 42 yards down the sidelines to FSU's 42.

A run and two incomplete passes netted Penn State just one yard, however, and Tom Cherry's punt trickled into the end zone. Whereupon a run and two incomplete passes got just two for FSU, and Bill Cheshire's punt was a 32-yarder that gave Penn State the ball at its 46.

The Lions moved to a field goal on the next series, an 11-yard toss to Kwalick at the 33 was the key.

A screen toss to Dan Lucyk got 13 more. Pittman then sailed up the middle for 14, and a first down at the six. Lucyk got a yard on a plunge. Bob Menendez blitzed and struck down Pittman for a loss of four on the nine. Then Chuck Eason broke up Sherman's touchdown-marked pass to Kwalick in the end zone. Fourth down, and Sherman booted a field goal from 27-yards range for 3-0.

The Seminoles got going from their 31 after the kickoff.

Bob Capretto, on a bright defensive play, broke up a "bomb" to Sellers that the flanker had his hands on. But Hammond pegged one to Chip Glass for 11, and one to Thurston Taylor for 11 more to place the Tribe at Penn State's 44. Frank Spaziani racked Hammond back on the FSU 48, however. A pass to Sellers left FSU a bit over a yard short of a first down at the 35.

On a fake punt, Cheshire passed to Green near the sideline but the play left FSU about a foot short of a first down. Penn State took over at its 34. Three plays brought a Lions punt to FSU's 18. Bill Gunter spun for 12 yards, then Hammond threw to Sellers at the 49. The Seminoles bogged there, however, and Cheshire's punt died at the 23.

Three more plays brought another Penn State punt, presenting FSU with the ball at its 44.

On second down, Gunter bobbled a pass over the middle and Neal Smith managed to hang onto it for a falling interception.

Sherman threw to Curry at FSU's 40. Pittman, in two runs, slammed to the 17, then got four more to the 13, but it was rubbed out by a backfield-in-motion penalty. It came to fourth down at the 14, and Sherman tried a field goal. No good - but FSU was offsides. Lining up again, this time at the nine, about 2 1/2-yards short of a first down. Sherman put the ball on his hip, floated back and threw to Curry, who made a bright scoring catch in a corner of the end zone behind Mike Page.

Sherman's point kick made it 10-0 with 4:42 left in the half.

Again FSU moved, with Sellers catching a 17-yarder to place the Tribe at its 47. But, on a safety blitz by Smith, Hammond was struck down for a 19-yard loss. Chesire punted to the 18.

Pittman, on a trap play, found a gaping hole, turned on the speed and raced to FSU's 46. Sherman threw to Lucyk at the 36. Pittman led on the the 27. On fourth down, Sherman seemed to be trapped as he went back to pass. Two tacklers missed him, and the quarterback scampered to a first down at the 12 with 55 seconds left.

Promptly, Sherman threw over the middle to Kwalick in the end zone for six points. Sherman added another point for 17-0.

Still time for FSU to drive to Penn State's 49, time for Pete Johnson to intercept a Hammond throw, then time for Eason to pick off a long Sherman throw and wheel up to FSU's 30 on the last play of the second quarter.

FSU gave Penn State good position on the first play of the last half. Trying to protect Grant Guthrie's tender knee, result of a late-season injury, the Seminoles went with Randy Logan as kickoff man. The kick was short, and Penn State had a shot from its 38.

Nothing came of it. Indeed, FSU got good position itself when Bob Campbell punted a mere 18-yarder to FSU's 35.

After a bomb bid to Sellers just missed, Hammond went again to Sellers, found him for 10 yards at the 45. Moremen ran for five, then on the next play broke away for 18 to the 32. Sellers caught one at the 24. Runs by Green and Hammond brought a first down at the 20.

Fenner caught one at the 12. Then Moremen latched onto one for a first down at the three. Green dug to the one, but was ruled a foot short on his next plunge.

Hammond fumbled on a sneak, recovered for no gain.

Fourth down - and it was a busted play, with Hammond knocked down back at the five.

Pittman, in two cracks gained to the 13, but was inches short of a first down on his third run, to the 15.

Penn State made its big gamble - and lost, as it went for the inches on fourth down. Sherman's sneak got nothing.

The Seminoles took over. After Sellers jumped too soon, bringing a 5-yard penalty, Hammond missed on a pass. Then he found Sellers free at the five - hit him, and the lanky junior skipped on into the end zone, a 20-yard payoff. Guthrie kicked a point for 17-7 with 3:58 left in the third quarter.

On the kickoff return, Pittman fumbled when Mike Blatt hit him - and Joe Benson recovered for FSU at the Penn State 22. Hammond threw to Sellers for three. On third down, Hammond tossed to Moremen, who tore away to the 1-foot line. Hammond dived for the TD from there. Guthrie added a point, making it 17-14 with 2:49 remaining in the quarter. In business at its 31 following the kickoff, Penn State got into more trouble when Tommy Warren intercepted a Sherman throw at the 50.

Hammond connected with Moremen at the 41. But, on first down at the 39, Hammond's long toss to Sellers was intercepted by Montgomery at the one. On third down at the three, first play of the last quarter, Campbell punted and John Crowe returned it eight yards to the 28. But a personal foul put the Tribe back to the 43.

What happened was Mike Blatt had been slammed by Rich Buzin a bit tardily. Blatt retailiated, and was tossed out of the game.

It was then Hammond-to-Sellers, to the 35, to the 24. On fourth-and-five at the 23, Guthrie entered for a field goal try. He missed the 40-yard effort.

The Seminoles checked the Lions with three yards on as many Pittman runs.

Then Pittman stuck his toe into a punt that zoomed a whopping 68 yards and slapped the Seminoles back to their nine. Short Hammond-to-Sellers passes led to the 48. But Hammond, with receivers covered, had to eat the ball back at the 37. Passes regained the 48, but that was all.

FSU punted to the Lions 21 with 4:17 to go in the game. Penn State, with Lucyk leading, cranked out a first down. But three plays later Pittman was stopped inches short at the 41.

Not gambling this time, Penn State punted on fourth down. And FSU had the ball at its 31 with 1:48 remaining. It was Hammond-to-Fenner for 10, then Hammond off and running for 21 yards to the Penn State 38 on a sneak. At that point the Seminoles utilized their last time out with the clock showing 1:05. Racing that clock, Hammond hit Fenner at the 25. Then Moremen at the 14. Fenner grabbed another and got out of bounds at the eight, stopping the clock with 29 seconds showing. Hammond tossed towards Sellers in a corner of the end zone, but Spaziana averted a touchdown by batting down the throw. So it was fourth down and four with 20 seconds left. The Seminoles went for a field goal, with Guthrie putting through a 25-yarder.

Time remained for a kickoff and an interception.

From the 20, after the kick, Sherman threw long - and Page stole it for the Seminoles at their 37. And that was, finally it.


By Ray Crawford

Was it like Alabama? Going for the tie instead of gambling on victory at the end?

"Not at all," Florida State Coach Bill Peterson said after Saturday's 17-17 tie with Penn State in the Gator Bowl.

"We talked about going for the touchdown instead of the tie. We had plenty of time to think about this one. Against Alabama, everything was happening so fast it was almost automatic to go for the tie.

"Today we had plenty of time to think about what we would do. We tried three passes and didn't complete one down there, so I didn't want to lose. When your team has been outfought, outplayed and outhit in one half, then comes back, they don't deserve to lose. You'd better go for the tie."

Earlier in the game after the Seminoles' second touchdown, one of the assistants suggested to Peterson that they go for two on the conversion.

"I said no, because if we had not made it, we would still be four points behind, then you couldn't even get a tie," Peterson explained. "That's one of the nice things about being a football coach. You get to make those big decisions," he added jokingly.

The brilliant turnabout of the Seminoles was a result of some hasty defensive revisions during half time. The defensive coaches huddled and came up with a way to counter Penn State's new offensive formations.

"Our coaches did a great job of making adjutments at halftime," Peterson said. Penn State made only one first down in the second half.

Still in a kidding mood, Peterson said with a big grin, "I don't think it was fair of Penn State to hold secret practices. They used stuff we hadn't dreamed they had."

The Seminole coach was furious about the first half. "We beat ourselves. We couldn't do anything right. On that fake field goal Bill Moreman was wide open, but missed the ball. Sellers was missing them."

The trouble at first, explained All-American flanker Ron Sellers, "my hands were cold. I should have been warming them with a towel on the sideline. Actually I didn't have any feeling in my hands. I'm unhappy about this game. I don't want to take anything away from Penn State but I thought we should have won. We have a great offense but today we didn't do our job."

Quarterback Kim Hammond called Penn State "the biggest, strongest, most abusing team we met. They weren't like Alabama which was fast and hardly hit you. These guys kept coming at you and they could hurt when they tackled you.

"I know if we'd had another minute we could have beaten them."

Someone asked Peterson if he would have gone for it on fourth-and-one on his 15 like Penn State did, a move that probably cost the Lions victory.

"I don't want to say something to make Joe (Coach Joe Paterno) look bad. I'm certain he felt his team could make it."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
PENN STATE
3
14
0
0
17
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
14
3
17

1st   0- 3  Opp, 27, field goal, 2:32 
2nd   0-10  Opp, 9, pass (kick), 4:42 
      0-17  Opp, 12, pass (kick), 0:50 
3rd   7-17  Ron Sellers, 20, pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Guthrie, kick), 3:58 
     14-17  Kim Hammond, 1, run (Grant Guthrie, kick), 2:49 
4th  14-17  Grant Guthrie, 40, field goal failed
     17-17  Grant Guthrie, 26, field goal, 0:20 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 12 Rushes-yards 26- 55 36-172 Passing 363 69 Att-Comp-Int 55-38-4 19-7-2 Total Yards 81-418 55-241 Punt Returns 5-35 1-4 Kickoff Returns 4-61 4-48 Interception Ret. 3-23 4-55 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 4-30.0 7-39.9 Fumbles-Lost 0 2 Penalties-Yds 40 20 Attendance 68,019 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Larry Green 12- 27 Bill Moremen 3- 22 Bill Gunter 2- 15 Kim Hammond 9- -9 Receiving Ron Sellers 14- 145 Bill Moremen 12- 106 Lane Fenner 8- 87 Thurston Taylor 1- 11 Chip Glass 1- 11 Larry Green 2- 3 Passing Kim Hammond 53-37-4-362 Bill Cheshire 1- 1-0- 1 Bill Moremen 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Tommy Warren 2- 16 Walt Sumner 2- 10 John Crowe 1- 9 Kickoff Return Bill Moremen 3- 44 Larry Green 1- 17 Punting Bill Cheshire 4- 120 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chuck Eason . . . . . 1- 23 . . . . . . Tommy Warren . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Mike Page . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Joe Kinnan . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Joe Benson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Mike Blatt . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   11  Kim Hammond
LH   20  Larry Green
FB   30  Bill Moremen
FL   34  Ron Sellers
LG   52  Wayne McDuffie
C    55  Ted Mosley
RG   68  Larry Pendleton
RT   75  Bill Rhodes
LT   76  Jack Fenwick
SE   82  Lane Fenner
TE   83  Thurston Taylor
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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RCB  17  Mike Page
RS   22  Chuck Eason
LCB  24  Walt Sumner
RLB  40  Mike Blatt
LS   41  John Crowe
MLB  50  Dale McCullers
RT   57  Joe Kinnan
LLB  61  Chuck Elliott
LT   79  Frank Vohun
LE   85  Floyd Ratliff
RE   89  Bob Menendez
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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15  Tommy Warren
18  Clint Burton
19  Phil Abraira
21  Donovan Jones
27  Billy Cox
31  Bill Gunter
33  Grant Guthrie
42  Bill Cheshire
43  Hal Montgomery
47  Joe Benson
51  Bill Hughes
##  NAME
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64  Stan Walker
66  Ken Hart
67  Mike Bugar
71  Harvey Zion
72  Randy Logan
73  Duke Johnston
78  Wayne Johnson
80  Doug Gurr
84  Chip Glass
88  Jerry Jones