Florida State Football - 1972 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1972 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Larry Jones, Head Coach
Bill Canty, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
Jon Conlin, Graduate Assistant
John Devlin, Defensive Ends, Defensive Tackles
Jim Donnan, Running Backs
Bob Harbison, Offensive Line
Gene Henderson, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Larry Holton, Defensive Backs, Scout Squad
Wayne McDuffie, Graduate Assistant
Bill Parcells, Linebackers
Jim (Red) Phillips, Receivers
Mike Pope, Director of HS Relations
Bob Sanders, Graduate Assistant
Bill Shaw, Graduate Assistant
Hank Small, Graduate Assistant

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1972 FSU Football Handbook

Gary Huff and James Thomas

On January 9, 1972, the NCAA decided freshmen could play varsity football and basketball starting August 1, 1972.

1972 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the 1972 FSU Football Handbook, page 28.

Mike Allen, 6-4, 180, WR, Willoughby, OH - Has all the physical tools to become an outstanding receiver. Needs experience. Had some exceptional moments during spring practice. Showed he could catch the long ball. His height will be a definite advantage. He'll be competing for the wide receiver spot opposite Barry Smith. If he matures early enough, he could help receiving corps greatly.

Bob Anderson, 6-2, 218, OT, Rockledge - Because of injuries and some players missing spring practice, was weak tackle starter all spring. Took advantage of this opportunity showing coaches he's not far away. Showed much improvement as practice progressed and impressed staff with willing attitude. Proved he likes game by hard work. Will give depth to a position where depth is needed.

Ahmet Askin, 6-0, 175, PK, Tallahassee - Graduated from Tallahassee's Godby HS in February and enrolled in Florida State in time for spring practice. Born in Cyprus but nicknamed "Turk." Family moved to United States in 1968. Had played soccer in Cyprus and thus kicks soccer-style. Is Florida State's second straight foreign-born kicker since Frank Fontes was born in North Africa. Has strong leg but was inconsistent in the spring. He'll battle for kicking job.

Paul Baker, 6-1, 215, C, Doraville, GA

Bruce Bell, 6-0, 195, LB, Pensacola

Ricky Blythe, 6-2, 210, TE, Winter Park

Brooks Burroughs, 6-0, 205, RB, Somerset, NJ

Phil Cahoon, 5-10, 175, WR, Mobile, AL - Moved from defensive back to wide receiver late in spring and showed definite possibilities. Caught the ball as well or better than any of the young receivers. Could add depth if he starts off well this fall.

Tom Chandler, 6-1, 210, LB, Pensacola

Jeff Chestnut, 6-0, 180, RB, Stone Mountain, GA - Was capable runner with the freshmen last season but was switched to wide receiver before spring drills in an effort to give depth to that position. Then moved back to running back for last two weeks of practice and was impressive. Could be a factor this fall if he shows as much day-by-day improvement as he did in spring. Good outside runner and better than average receiver.

Randy Coffield, 6-3, 215, DE, Hialeah

Tom Cooper, 6-2, 205, RB, Panama City

John Henry Davis, 6-1, 210, DE, Orlando

Mike Davison, 5-11, 200, RB, Bradenton - Outstanding spring practice after solid freshman performance. Showed improvement with every week of spring drills. Gained confidence as drills progressed and moved up the ladder. Ended up as the No. 1 fullback. Coaches consider him to be one of top four running backs. Runs to daylight well and his open field running improved. He was leading receiver among the running backs this spring. Needs to improve his blocking. A definite prospect.

Mike Dely, 6-4, 200, DE, Miami

Bobby Elam, 6-2, 230, DT, Centreville, AL

Jimmy Everett, 6-3, 190, TE, Tallahassee

Jeff Gardner, 5-11, 225, OL, Miami - Considered best offensive lineman on last season's freshman team. Was making outstanding progress during spring practice before knee injury sidelined him near end. Coaches think he can be good one. Has ability to be good drive blocker.

Ben Graham, 6-3, 175, DB, Punta Gorda

Chris Griffin, 5-11, 160, DB, Tampa

Jeff Gunby, 6-2, 204, DE, Thomson, GA

Mike Harder, 6-4, 190, TE, Bristol, PA

David Harper, 6-3, 234, OT, Farmville, VA

Donnie Holley, 5-11, 182, WR, Elba, AL

Earl Humes, 5-11, 174, DB, Miami

Bill Johnson, 6-0, 205, LB, Cocoa Beach - Ran second string weak side LB all spring behind veteran Clint Parker. Has good athletic ability. Will probably also be used on specialty teams. Coaches are looking for progress so that he can give mid-season help.

Greg Johnson, 6-4, 240, DT, Fruitland Park

Ken Johnson, 5-11, 175, WR, Lutz

Vic Johnson, 6-3, 225, OT, Lake City - Youngster who performed well in spring. Did a good job of getting his weight down which pleased coaches. Improved his pass protection. Should give added depth at strong tackle.

Bob Jones, 6-3, 225, C-OG, Lighthouse Point - Came on extremely strong during spring practice after being moved from defensive tackle. Has perfect build for center. Showed so much talent during spring that he may be moved to guard and get a chance to start. Even if he was moved, he would still be No. 2 center. Biggest asset is speed. Also has good quickness. Is an all around athlete. The class of the upcoming freshmen offensive linemen.

Randy Kaiser, 5-11, 174, DB, Oak Park, IL

John Kilmurray, 6-1, 190, WR, Lanoka Harbor, NJ

David McGinn, 6-2, 185, RB, Jacksonville

Mike McGowan, 5-8, 169, DB, Norfolk, VA

Bobby McKinnon, 6-1, 190, RB, Lake Worth

Scott Meseroll, 6-1, 220, FB, Piscataway, NJ

Fred Miller, 6-1, 210, RB, Jacksonville

Mike Norman, 5-8, 185, RB, Tallahassee - Hampered by injuries most of spring. However, had two excellent scrimmages. Despite size, has good upper body strength which makes him tough to pull down. An outstanding blocker. Has shown tremendous desire and is counted on for duty this fall. Was teammate of David Miles on state championship team at Leon High. Might be given shot at place kicking duties.

Paul Oglesby, 6-2, 229, OT-OG, Jacksonville - Played weak tackle in spring. Showed great promise but needs experience. Went through learning process and responded well. Vast improvement over the final two weeks of drill.

Mark Orlando, 6-1, 185, QB, Westfield, NY

John Palermo, 6-4, 220, TE, Newburgh, NY

Earl Passwaters, 6-3, 215, TE-DE, Bridgeville, DE

Lester Payton, 6-0, 190, RB, Orlando - This youngster was having an outstanding spring when he suffered a shoulder separation during the third week of practice. Was wide receiver on freshman team. Fastest offensive back who is definite breakaway threat. Needs to work on receiving and blocking technique. Figures in 1972 plans if he regains early spring form.

Ralph Petrillo, 6-1, 186, DB, Newburgh, NY

Greg Pounds, 6-3, 200, LB, Daytona Beach

Tom Prestwood, 6-4, 220, DE, Chattanooga, TN

Smokey Ragins, 6-1, 238, OT, Plant City

Mark Reeves, 5-10, 180, DB, Nashville, TN

Lewis Risk, 6-0, 190, DB, Miami

Rusty Russell, 5-11, 205, LB, Athens, GA

Rocky Saldana, 6-1, 223, C-OG, Dallas, TX

Melvin Scruggs, 5-11, 221, DT, Dixie, GA - Best of young defensive linemen. Came out of pack during spring practice and caught coach's eye. Had fine game in Orlando. Good quickness and outstanding effort. Should be good run defender when he gains maturity during season. Size and ability compare favorably to Bobby Anderson. Counted on for depth after he gains some experience.

Billy Sexton, 6-2, 187, QB, Tallahassee

Harry Slagle, 6-4, 205, OG, Phenix City, AL

Andy Stockton, 6-0, 175, WR, Saint Petersburg

Jerry Taylor, 6-0, 203, LB, Jacksonville

Steve Vickers, 6-0, 175, DB, Tampa

Jim Welch, 6-2, 214, C, Jacksonville


1972 Roster - By Name

From the 1972 FSU Football Handbook, page 42.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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     Tommy Abbott          TE      6-2   215  So-R      West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
* 82 Mike Allen            WR      6-4   180  So        Willoughby, OH (Union)
* 71 Bob Anderson          OT      6-2   218  So        Rockledge (Rockledge)
* 69 Bobby Anderson        DT      5-10  210  Jr-R *    Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 61 Phil Arnold           OG      6-0   220  Jr   *    Hollywood (South Broward)
*  1 Ahmet Askin           PK      6-0   175  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)
     Paul Baker            C       6-1   215  So        Doraville, GA (Sequoyah)
  53 Bruce Bell            LB      6-0   195  So        Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)
  47 Brian Bengtson        PK      6-3   205  Sr-R *    Green Bay, WI (Premontre)
  83 Ricky Blythe          TE      6-2   210  So        Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 57 Steve Bratton         DE      6-0   210  Jr-R *    Oviedo (Oviedo)
* 33 Mack Brown            RB      6-0   195  Jr-R      Cookeville, TN (Putnam County/Vanderbilt)
  35 Brooks Burroughs      RB      6-0   205  Jr        Somerset, NJ (Ferrum JC)
  12 Mike Cadwell          QB      6-1   190  Jr-R      Saint Louis Park, MN (Saint Louis Park/Minnesota)
  81 Phil Cahoon           WR      5-10  175  So        Mobile, AL (Davidson)
  89 Russ Castleberry      DE      6-0   205  So-R      Palatka (Palatka)
  66 Tom Chandler          LB      6-1   210  Fr        Pensacola (Washington)
  31 Jeff Chestnut         RB      6-0   180  So        Stone Mountain, GA (Tucker)
  84 Randy Coffield        DE      6-3   215  So        Hialeah (Hialeah)
* 83 Bert Cooper           DE      6-1   220  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Florida)
  50 Tom Cooper            RB      6-2   205  Fr        Panama City (Rutherford)
     Sam Cowart            DB      5-11  160  Jr        Lithia (Pinecrest)
  73 Dan Daniels           OG      6-3   230  Sr   *    Pensacola (Marion Institute)
* 32 Ed Davis              WR      6-1   190  Jr-R *    Lakeland (Lakeland)
  51 John Henry Davis      DE      6-1   210  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
* 28 Mike Davison          RB      5-11  200  So        Bradenton (Manatee)
* 55 Allen Dees            C       6-2   202  Sr-R **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
  88 Mike Dely             DE      6-4   200  Jr        Miami (Miami Springs)
     John DeMaria          DT      6-3   220  Sr        Newport News, VA (Ferguson)
  14 Frank Deming          QB      6-0   170  Jr-R      Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)
  31 Mark Dowey            RB      5-11  185  So-R      Mobile, AL (McGill Institute)
*  3 Joe Downey            P       5-11  204  So-R      Mobile, AL (Theodore)
     John Drews            OG      5-11  205  Jr        Hollywood (South Broward)
  54 Jim Dundala           C-OG    5-11  205  Sr        Morrisville, PA (Pennsbury)
  79 Bobby Elam            DT      6-2   230  Jr        Centreville, AL (Marion Institute)
  11 Jimmy Everett         TE      6-3   190  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)
  29 Dano Fiore            WR      6-0   175  Jr-R      Chattahoochee (Chattahoochee)
  64 Jeff Gardner          OL      5-11  225  Fr        Miami (Columbus)
  11 Fred Geisler          QB      6-1   188  So-R      Orlando (Edgewater)
* 72 Shane Gibbs           OG      6-3   216  Sr   **   Bay Minette, AL (Baldwin County)
* 75 Mike Glass            OT      6-3   214  Sr-R **   Tampa (Leto)
* 21 Joe Goldsmith         WR      6-0   175  So-R      Lakeland (Kathleen)
  39 George Gould          DB      6-1   177  Jr        Tallahassee (Florida)
  40 Ben Graham            DB      6-3   175  Fr        Punta Gorda (Charlotte)
  23 Chris Griffin         DB      5-11  160  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
     Jeff Gunby            DE      6-2   204  So        Thomson, GA (Thomson)
  26 Mike Harder           TE      6-4   190  Fr        Bristol, PA (Woodrow Wilson)
  77 David Harper          OT      6-3   234  So        Farmville, VA (Prince Edward Academy)
     Jimbo Hensley         OT      6-3   221  So-R      Orlando (Oak Ridge)
     Bill Hogue            OG      6-1   204  Jr        Smyrna, GA (Campbell)
     Donnie Holley         WR      5-11  182  So        Elba, AL (Elba)
  90 Dick Hopkins          TE      6-2   202  So-R      West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
* 77 Jim Howard            DT      6-5   230  So-R      Jacksonville (Paxon)
     Darrell Howton        DB      6-0   184  Jr        Tampa (Robinson)
* 19 Gary Huff             QB      6-1   190  Sr   **   Tampa (Leto)
  43 Earl Humes            DB      5-11  174  So        Miami (Miami Beach)
* 80 Charlie Hunt          DE      6-3   210  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Wolfson)
  48 Don Huzzie            LB      5-11  190  So        Miami (Edison)
* 79 Howard Jacobi         DT      6-3   240  Sr-R *    Vero Beach (Marion Institute)
  49 Bill Johnson          LB      6-0   205  So        Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach)
  78 Greg Johnson          DT      6-4   240  So        Fruitland Park (Leesburg)
  27 Ken Johnson           WR      5-11  175  Fr        Lutz (Chamberlain)
  66 Vic Johnson           OT      6-3   225  So        Lake City (Columbia)
* 62 Bob Jones             C-OG    6-3   225  So        Lighthouse Point (Pompano Beach)
     Ralph Jones           DB      6-0   183  Jr        Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  31 Randy Kaiser          DB      5-11  174  So        Oak Park, IL (Oak Park-River Forest)
  30 John Kilmurray        WR      6-1   190  Fr        Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Central Regional)
* 38 Buzzy Lewis           DB      6-1   185  Jr   *    Bristol (Liberty County)
     Walt Lindsey          TE      6-2   210  Jr        Bay Minette, AL (Baldwin County)
* 17 Gary Loucks           P       6-3   195  So-R      Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
* 70 Jim Malkiewicz        DT      6-3   225  Jr-R      Perth Amboy, NJ (Ferrum JC)
  47 David McGinn          RB      6-2   185  Fr        Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
* 27 Mike McGowan          DB      5-8   169  Jr        Norfolk, VA (Ferrum JC)
  22 Bobby McKinnon        RB      6-1   190  Fr        Lake Worth (Lake Worth)
* 40 Eddie McMillan        DB      6-2   180  Sr   **   Tampa (Blake)
  59 Scott Meseroll        FB      6-1   220  Jr        Piscataway, NJ (Piscataway/Wesley JC)
* 46 David Miles           LB      5-11  210  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
* 29 Fred Miller           RB      6-1   210  Fr        Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 44 Hodges Mitchell       RB      5-10  185  Jr-R      Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff/Texas Christian)
* 56 John Murphy           LB      5-9   211  So-R      Albany, GA (Albany)
     Charlie Musser        OG      6-2   220  Jr-R      Graceville (Graceville)
  48 Mike Norman           RB      5-8   185  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  30 Brent Norris          RB      6-0   190  Jr-R *    Thomaston, GA (Lee)
* 73 Paul Oglesby          OT-OG   6-2   229  So        Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 36 Rick Oreair           RB      6-1   200  Jr-R *    Jacksonville (Jackson)
  18 Mark Orlando          QB      6-1   185  So        Westfield, NY (Mindszenty)
* 87 John Palermo          TE      6-4   220  Jr        Newburgh, NY (Wesley JC)
  60 Clint Parker          LB      6-2   200  Sr   **   Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 84 Gary Parris           TE      6-2   210  Sr   **   Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
* 85 Earl Passwaters       TE-DE   6-3   215  Jr        Bridgeville, DE (Woodbridge/Wesley JC)
  23 Lester Payton         RB      6-0   190  So        Orlando (Oak Ridge)
  48 Ralph Petrillo        DB      6-1   186  So        Newburgh, NY (Free Academy)
* 58 Greg Pounds           LB      6-3   200  Fr        Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 65 Tom Prestwood         DE      6-4   220  So        Chattanooga, TN (Baylor School)
  72 Smokey Ragins         OT      6-1   238  So        Plant City (Plant City)
* 42 Ron Ratliff           DB      6-0   187  Sr-R **   West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
  41 Mark Reeves           DB      5-10  180  So        Nashville, TN (Castle Heights Military)
     Lewis Risk            DB      6-0   190  So        Miami (Norland)
* 37 Oscar Roberts         RB      5-11  180  Sr   *    Ocilla, GA (Irwin County)
     Scott Robinson        PK      5-7   155  So        Miami (Palmetto)
     Rusty Russell         LB      5-11  205  So        Athens, GA (Clarke Central)
  52 Rocky Saldana         C-OG    6-1   223  Jr        Dallas, TX (Cisco JC)
     Jerry Sanders         PK      5-11  190  So-R      Adel, GA (Cook County)
     Ricky Satterfield     TE      6-4   220  Jr        Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro)
     Andy Schmidt          LB      6-0   201  Jr        Brandon (Brandon)
  53 Melvin Scruggs        DT      5-11  221  So        Dixie, GA (Brooks County)
  16 Billy Sexton          QB      6-2   187  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon/Alabama)
* 35 Randy Shively         DB      6-0   173  Jr-R *    Saint Petersburg (Dixie Hollins)
  78 Harry Slagle          OG      6-4   205  Fr        Phenix City, AL (Phenix City)
* 22 Barry Smith           WR      6-1   185  Sr   **   Miami (Coral Park)
     Mark Smith            OG      5-8   200  Sr        Williston (Williston)
* 20 David Snell           DB      5-8   175  Sr   **   Slocomb, AL (Slocomb)
* 74 Don Sparkman          OT      6-4   233  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Englewood)
     Roy Stephens          C       6-3   185  Sr        Williston (Williston)
  24 Andy Stockton         WR      6-0   175  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Boca Ciega)
* 59 Larry Strickland      LB      6-1   220  Sr-R **   Tallahassee (Rickards)
     Jerry Taylor          LB      6-0   203  So        Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 26 J.T. Thomas           DB      6-1   190  Sr   **   Macon, GA (Lanier)
  86 Joe Thomas            WR      6-0   180  Jr        Tallahassee (Godby)
  39 Steve Vickers         DB      6-0   175  Fr        Tampa (King)
  53 Jim Welch             C       6-2   214  So        Jacksonville (Wolfson)
* 50 Dan Whitehurst        LB      6-3   225  Sr-R **   Adel, GA (Cook County)

1972 Roster - By Number

From the 1972 FSU Football Handbook, page 42.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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     Tommy Abbott          TE      6-2   215  So-R      West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
     Paul Baker            C       6-1   215  So        Doraville, GA (Sequoyah)
     Sam Cowart            DB      5-11  160  Jr        Lithia (Pinecrest)
     John DeMaria          DT      6-3   220  Sr        Newport News, VA (Ferguson)
     John Drews            OG      5-11  205  Jr        Hollywood (South Broward)
     Jeff Gunby            DE      6-2   204  So        Thomson, GA (Thomson)
     Jimbo Hensley         OT      6-3   221  So-R      Orlando (Oak Ridge)
     Bill Hogue            OG      6-1   204  Jr        Smyrna, GA (Campbell)
     Donnie Holley         WR      5-11  182  So        Elba, AL (Elba)
     Darrell Howton        DB      6-0   184  Jr        Tampa (Robinson)
     Ralph Jones           DB      6-0   183  Jr        Cairo, GA (Cairo)
     Walt Lindsey          TE      6-2   210  Jr        Bay Minette, AL (Baldwin County)
     Charlie Musser        OG      6-2   220  Jr-R      Graceville (Graceville)
     Lewis Risk            DB      6-0   190  So        Miami (Norland)
     Scott Robinson        PK      5-7   155  So        Miami (Palmetto)
     Rusty Russell         LB      5-11  205  So        Athens, GA (Clarke Central)
     Jerry Sanders         PK      5-11  190  So-R      Adel, GA (Cook County)
     Ricky Satterfield     TE      6-4   220  Jr        Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro)
     Andy Schmidt          LB      6-0   201  Jr        Brandon (Brandon)
     Mark Smith            OG      5-8   200  Sr        Williston (Williston)
     Roy Stephens          C       6-3   185  Sr        Williston (Williston)
     Jerry Taylor          LB      6-0   203  So        Jacksonville (Paxon)
*  1 Ahmet Askin           PK      6-0   175  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)
*  3 Joe Downey            P       5-11  204  So-R      Mobile, AL (Theodore)
  11 Jimmy Everett         TE      6-3   190  Fr        Tallahassee (Godby)
  11 Fred Geisler          QB      6-1   188  So-R      Orlando (Edgewater)
  12 Mike Cadwell          QB      6-1   190  Jr-R      Saint Louis Park, MN (Saint Louis Park/Minnesota)
  14 Frank Deming          QB      6-0   170  Jr-R      Valdosta, GA (Valdosta)
  16 Billy Sexton          QB      6-2   187  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon/Alabama)
* 17 Gary Loucks           P       6-3   195  So-R      Merritt Island (Merritt Island)
  18 Mark Orlando          QB      6-1   185  So        Westfield, NY (Mindszenty)
* 19 Gary Huff             QB      6-1   190  Sr   **   Tampa (Leto)
* 20 David Snell           DB      5-8   175  Sr   **   Slocomb, AL (Slocomb)
* 21 Joe Goldsmith         WR      6-0   175  So-R      Lakeland (Kathleen)
  22 Bobby McKinnon        RB      6-1   190  Fr        Lake Worth (Lake Worth)
* 22 Barry Smith           WR      6-1   185  Sr   **   Miami (Coral Park)
  23 Chris Griffin         DB      5-11  160  Fr        Tampa (Hillsborough)
  23 Lester Payton         RB      6-0   190  So        Orlando (Oak Ridge)
  24 Andy Stockton         WR      6-0   175  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Boca Ciega)
  26 Mike Harder           TE      6-4   190  Fr        Bristol, PA (Woodrow Wilson)
* 26 J.T. Thomas           DB      6-1   190  Sr   **   Macon, GA (Lanier)
  27 Ken Johnson           WR      5-11  175  Fr        Lutz (Chamberlain)
* 27 Mike McGowan          DB      5-8   169  Jr        Norfolk, VA (Ferrum JC)
* 28 Mike Davison          RB      5-11  200  So        Bradenton (Manatee)
  29 Dano Fiore            WR      6-0   175  Jr-R      Chattahoochee (Chattahoochee)
* 29 Fred Miller           RB      6-1   210  Fr        Jacksonville (Paxon)
  30 John Kilmurray        WR      6-1   190  Fr        Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Central Regional)
  30 Brent Norris          RB      6-0   190  Jr-R *    Thomaston, GA (Lee)
  31 Jeff Chestnut         RB      6-0   180  So        Stone Mountain, GA (Tucker)
  31 Mark Dowey            RB      5-11  185  So-R      Mobile, AL (McGill Institute)
  31 Randy Kaiser          DB      5-11  174  So        Oak Park, IL (Oak Park-River Forest)
* 32 Ed Davis              WR      6-1   190  Jr-R *    Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 33 Mack Brown            RB      6-0   195  Jr-R      Cookeville, TN (Putnam County/Vanderbilt)
  35 Brooks Burroughs      RB      6-0   205  Jr        Somerset, NJ (Ferrum JC)
* 35 Randy Shively         DB      6-0   173  Jr-R *    Saint Petersburg (Dixie Hollins)
* 36 Rick Oreair           RB      6-1   200  Jr-R *    Jacksonville (Jackson)
* 37 Oscar Roberts         RB      5-11  180  Sr   *    Ocilla, GA (Irwin County)
* 38 Buzzy Lewis           DB      6-1   185  Jr   *    Bristol (Liberty County)
  39 George Gould          DB      6-1   177  Jr        Tallahassee (Florida)
  39 Steve Vickers         DB      6-0   175  Fr        Tampa (King)
  40 Ben Graham            DB      6-3   175  Fr        Punta Gorda (Charlotte)
* 40 Eddie McMillan        DB      6-2   180  Sr   **   Tampa (Blake)
  41 Mark Reeves           DB      5-10  180  So        Nashville, TN (Castle Heights Military)
* 42 Ron Ratliff           DB      6-0   187  Sr-R **   West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
  43 Earl Humes            DB      5-11  174  So        Miami (Miami Beach)
* 44 Hodges Mitchell       RB      5-10  185  Jr-R      Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff/Texas Christian)
* 46 David Miles           LB      5-11  210  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
  47 Brian Bengtson        PK      6-3   205  Sr-R *    Green Bay, WI (Premontre)
  47 David McGinn          RB      6-2   185  Fr        Jacksonville (Terry Parker)
  48 Don Huzzie            LB      5-11  190  So        Miami (Edison)
  48 Mike Norman           RB      5-8   185  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  48 Ralph Petrillo        DB      6-1   186  So        Newburgh, NY (Free Academy)
  49 Bill Johnson          LB      6-0   205  So        Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach)
  50 Tom Cooper            RB      6-2   205  Fr        Panama City (Rutherford)
* 50 Dan Whitehurst        LB      6-3   225  Sr-R **   Adel, GA (Cook County)
  51 John Henry Davis      DE      6-1   210  So        Orlando (Edgewater)
  52 Rocky Saldana         C-OG    6-1   223  Jr        Dallas, TX (Cisco JC)
  53 Bruce Bell            LB      6-0   195  So        Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)
  53 Melvin Scruggs        DT      5-11  221  So        Dixie, GA (Brooks County)
  53 Jim Welch             C       6-2   214  So        Jacksonville (Wolfson)
  54 Jim Dundala           C-OG    5-11  205  Sr        Morrisville, PA (Pennsbury)
* 55 Allen Dees            C       6-2   202  Sr-R **   Lakeland (Lakeland)
* 56 John Murphy           LB      5-9   211  So-R      Albany, GA (Albany)
* 57 Steve Bratton         DE      6-0   210  Jr-R *    Oviedo (Oviedo)
* 58 Greg Pounds           LB      6-3   200  Fr        Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  59 Scott Meseroll        FB      6-1   220  Jr        Piscataway, NJ (Piscataway/Wesley JC)
* 59 Larry Strickland      LB      6-1   220  Sr-R **   Tallahassee (Rickards)
  60 Clint Parker          LB      6-2   200  Sr   **   Daytona Beach (Mainland)
* 61 Phil Arnold           OG      6-0   220  Jr   *    Hollywood (South Broward)
* 62 Bob Jones             C-OG    6-3   225  So        Lighthouse Point (Pompano Beach)
  64 Jeff Gardner          OL      5-11  225  Fr        Miami (Columbus)
* 65 Tom Prestwood         DE      6-4   220  So        Chattanooga, TN (Baylor School)
  66 Tom Chandler          LB      6-1   210  Fr        Pensacola (Washington)
  66 Vic Johnson           OT      6-3   225  So        Lake City (Columbia)
* 69 Bobby Anderson        DT      5-10  210  Jr-R *    Tifton, GA (Tift County)
* 70 Jim Malkiewicz        DT      6-3   225  Jr-R      Perth Amboy, NJ (Ferrum JC)
* 71 Bob Anderson          OT      6-2   218  So        Rockledge (Rockledge)
* 72 Shane Gibbs           OG      6-3   216  Sr   **   Bay Minette, AL (Baldwin County)
  72 Smokey Ragins         OT      6-1   238  So        Plant City (Plant City)
  73 Dan Daniels           OG      6-3   230  Sr   *    Pensacola (Marion Institute)
* 73 Paul Oglesby          OT-OG   6-2   229  So        Jacksonville (Paxon)
* 74 Don Sparkman          OT      6-4   233  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Englewood)
* 75 Mike Glass            OT      6-3   214  Sr-R **   Tampa (Leto)
  77 David Harper          OT      6-3   234  So        Farmville, VA (Prince Edward Academy)
* 77 Jim Howard            DT      6-5   230  So-R      Jacksonville (Paxon)
  78 Greg Johnson          DT      6-4   240  So        Fruitland Park (Leesburg)
  78 Harry Slagle          OG      6-4   205  Fr        Phenix City, AL (Phenix City)
  79 Bobby Elam            DT      6-2   230  Jr        Centreville, AL (Marion Institute)
* 79 Howard Jacobi         DT      6-3   240  Sr-R *    Vero Beach (Marion Institute)
* 80 Charlie Hunt          DE      6-3   210  Sr   **   Jacksonville (Wolfson)
  81 Phil Cahoon           WR      5-10  175  So        Mobile, AL (Davidson)
* 82 Mike Allen            WR      6-4   180  So        Willoughby, OH (Union)
  83 Ricky Blythe          TE      6-2   210  So        Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 83 Bert Cooper           DE      6-1   220  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Florida)
  84 Randy Coffield        DE      6-3   215  So        Hialeah (Hialeah)
* 84 Gary Parris           TE      6-2   210  Sr   **   Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
* 85 Earl Passwaters       TE-DE   6-3   215  Jr        Bridgeville, DE (Woodbridge/Wesley JC)
  86 Joe Thomas            WR      6-0   180  Jr        Tallahassee (Godby)
* 87 John Palermo          TE      6-4   220  Jr        Newburgh, NY (Wesley JC)
  88 Mike Dely             DE      6-4   200  Jr        Miami (Miami Springs)
  89 Russ Castleberry      DE      6-0   205  So-R      Palatka (Palatka)
  90 Dick Hopkins          TE      6-2   202  So-R      West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)
Lettermen from the 1973 FSU Football Handbook, page 41.
On August 30, 1972, Clint Parker was lost for the season because of a knee injury.
From the Florida Times Union

November 21, 1972, page E-3, Barry Smith named to the Kodak All-American college team.
December 7, 1972, page E-2, Gary Huff and Barry Smith named 2nd Team United Press International All-Americans.
December 8, 1972, page D-7, Barry Smith named 2nd Team Associated Press All-American. Gary Huff and Larry Strickland named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-Americans.


1972 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gary Huff                Churchman's - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Gridiron - 1st Team All-American
                         College & Pro Football Weekly - 1st Team All-American
                         Time Magazine - 1st Team All-American
                         Football News - 2nd Team All-American
                         United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
                         Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

Barry Smith              All-American Competitor - 1st Team All-American
                         American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Churchman's - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 2nd Team All-American
                         United Press International - 2nd Team All-American
                         Universal Sports - 2nd Team All-American
                         Football News - 3rd Team All-American
                         Gridiron - 3rd Team All-American

Larry Strickland         Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

J.T. Thomas              College & Pro Football Weekly - 1st Team All-American
                         Time Magazine - 1st Team All-American
                         Universal Sports - 1st Team All-American

All-Americans -  4

1972 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Richard Amman            73      DE-DT              Baltimore Colts
Tom Bailey               31      RB                 Philadelphia Eagles
Fred Biletnikoff         25      WR                 Oakland  Raiders
Jeff Curchin             73      OT                 Buffalo Bills
Rhett Dawson             20      WR                 Houston Oilers
Chip Glass               83      TE                 Cleveland  Browns
Ron Sellers              88      WR                 Dallas Cowboys
Walt Sumner              29      DB                 Cleveland  Browns
Del Williams             61      OG                 New Orleans Saints

Noles in the Pros -  9

1972 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/09
Ref
A
PITTSBURGH
W 19- 7
19
 
 
 
 
 
1-10
09/16
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 37-14
20
16
 
 
 
 
5-6
09/23
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 27-15
17
16
 
 
 
 
6-4-1
09/30
Ref
A
KANSAS
W 44-22
16
13
 
 
 
 
5-6
10/07
Ref
H
FLORIDA
L 13-42
13
11
 
 
 
 
5-5-1
10/14
Ref
N
MISSISSIPPI STATE
Jackson, Ms
W 25-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-7
10/21
Ref
H
COLORADO STATE
W 37- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
1-10
10/28
Ref
A
AUBURN
L 14-27
17
18
12
12
5
7
10-1
11/04
Ref
H
HOUSTON
L 27-31
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-4-1
11/11
Ref
H
TULSA
W 23-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-7
11/18
Ref
A
SOUTH CAROLINA
L 21-24
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-7
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    7- 4     3-2     3-2     1-0
AGAINST TOP 25   0- 1     0-0     0-1     0-0


1972 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mike Davison 11/11/1972 TULSA 23 155 6.74 0 Hodges Mitchell 09/23/1972 VIRGINIA TECH 27 138 5.11 1 Hodges Mitchell 10/14/1972 MISSISSIPPI STATE 29 131 4.52 0 Hodges Mitchell 09/30/1972 KANSAS 23 130 5.65 1 Hodges Mitchell 11/18/1972 SOUTH CAROLINA 18 117 6.50 0 Hodges Mitchell 10/21/1972 COLORADO STATE 16 102 6.38 1 Mike Davison 10/14/1972 MISSISSIPPI STATE 13 100 7.69 1

1972 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Barry Smith 10/14/1972 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 165 23.57 2 Barry Smith 10/07/1972 FLORIDA 10 158 15.80 1 Barry Smith 09/30/1972 KANSAS 11 153 13.91 2 Barry Smith 09/23/1972 VIRGINIA TECH 10 146 14.60 0 Gary Parris 11/04/1972 HOUSTON 5 129 25.80 1 Barry Smith 11/04/1972 HOUSTON 7 127 18.14 0 Barry Smith 09/16/1972 MIAMI 5 108 21.60 2 Barry Smith 09/09/1972 PITTSBURGH 3 108 36.00 1 Barry Smith 11/18/1972 SOUTH CAROLINA 5 104 20.80 3

1972 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gary Huff 11/04/1972 HOUSTON 51 27 409 2 8.02 2 Gary Huff 09/16/1972 MIAMI 34 22 329 2 9.68 4 Gary Huff 10/07/1972 FLORIDA 58 27 325 4 5.60 1

1972 EOY Stats

From the 1973 FSU Football Handbook, page 60.
Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 287 224 Points Per Game............. 26.1 20.4 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 39 31 TDs Rushing................. 28 14 TDs Passing................. 11 16 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 0 TDs Interception............ 0 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 31-39 27-31 Kick........................ 30-34 25-26 Pass........................ 1- 2 0- 2 Run......................... 0- 3 2- 3 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 7-18 3-16 SAFETY........................ 0 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 211 177 Rushing..................... 71 95 Passing..................... 129 71 Penalty..................... 11 11 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1500 1919 Yards gained rushing........ 1795 2346 Yards lost rushing.......... 295 427 Rushing Attempts............ 421 533 Average Per Rush............ 3.6 3.6 Average Per Game............ 136.4 174.5 PASSING YARDAGE............... 2974 1709 Att-Comp-Int................ 389-209-23 268-125-22 Efficiency.................. 115.45 103.49 Average Per Pass............ 7.6 6.4 Average Per Catch........... 14.2 13.7 Average Per Game............ 270.4 155.4 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 4474 3628 Total Plays................. 810 801 Average Per Play............ 5.5 4.5 Average Per Game............ 406.7 329.8 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 31- 604 47- 964 Average Per Return.......... 19.5 20.5 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 33-236 12- 69 Average Per Return.......... 7.2 5.8 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 22-280 23-347 Average Per Return.......... 12.7 15.1 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 28-16 30-14 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 74- 794 51- 587 Average Per Game............ 72.2 53.4 PUNTS-YARDS................... 53-1892 69-2476 Average Per Punt............ 35.7 35.9 Net punt average............ 34.4 32.5 ATTENDANCE.................... 164,983 188,289 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 5-32,997 5-37,658 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 30,000 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1-30,000
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
59
88
43
97
287
Opponents
17
86
55
66
224
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Hodges Mitchell         192  979   35   944   4.9   3  37 
Mike Davison             80  404   32   372   4.7   5  49t
Mack Brown               31  106    8    98   3.2   0   9 
Fred Miller              28   93   18    75   2.7   1  15 
Oscar Roberts            19   65    4    61   3.2   0  12 
Brent Norris             17   65    7    58   3.4   0  11 
Rick Oreair               4   15    3    12   3.0   0  11 
Barry Smith               3   11    0    11   3.7   1   7 
Mike Cadwell              1    2    0     2   2.0   0   2 
Joe Goldsmith             1    0    0     0   0.0   0   0 
Gary Loucks               1    0   10   -10 -10.0   0 -10 
Gary Huff                44   55  178  -123  -2.8   1  14 

Total.........      11  421 1795  295  1500   3.6  28  49t  136.4
Opponents.....      11  533 2346  427  1919   3.6  14       174.5


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Gary Huff               126.11 385-206-23   .535 2893  25  71t
Mike Cadwell            703.00   2-  2- 0  1.000   65   2  40t
Barry Smith             564.40   1-  1- 0  1.000   16   1  16t
Joe Goldsmith             0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0   0 

Total.........      11  115.45 389-209-23   .537 2974  11  71t  270.4
Opponents.....      11  103.49 268-125-22   .466 1709  16       155.4


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Barry Smith             69  1243  18.0  13  71t
Gary Parris             49   629  12.8   4  42 
Joe Goldsmith           12   302  25.2   3  54t
Mike Allen              12   217  18.1   4  37t
Mike Davison            24   198   8.3   1  23 
Mack Brown              10    76   7.6   0  25 
Fred Miller              9    70   7.8   1  14 
Hodges Mitchell          9    68   7.6   0  13 
Ed Davis                 5    62  12.4   1  16 
Joe Thomas               2    37  18.5   1  25t
Oscar Roberts            2    30  15.0   0  23 
Brent Norris             5    27   5.4   0   9 
John Palermo             1    15  15.0   0  15 

Total.........      11 209  2974  14.2  11  71t  270.4
Opponents.....      11 125  1709  13.7  16       155.4


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
David Snell          31  230   7.4  0  32 
Mike McGowan          1    6   6.0  0   6 
J.T. Thomas           1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       33  236   7.2  0  32 
Opponent......       12   69   5.8  0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
David Snell           5   59  11.8  0  38 
Larry Strickland      4   37   9.3  0  14 
Buzzy Lewis           3   89  29.7  0  54 
J.T. Thomas           2    8   4.0  0   8 
Chris Griffin         2    3   1.5  0   3 
John Murphy           1   43  43.0  0  43 
Eddie McMillan        1   33  33.0  0  33 
Greg Pounds           1    8   8.0  0   8 
Randy Kaiser          1    0   0.0  0   0 
Mike McGowan          1    0   0.0  0   0 
Ron Ratliff           1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       22  280  12.7  0  54 
Opponent......       23  347  15.1  1     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Eddie McMillan       10   255 25.5  0  47 
David Snell           4   104 26.0  0  38 
Randy Kaiser          3    74 24.7  0  33 
Earl Humes            7    65  9.3  0  17 
Chris Griffin         2    33 16.5  0  19 
Buzzy Lewis           1    27 27.0  0  27 
Hodges Mitchell       1    20 20.0  0  20 
Ron Ratliff           1    15 15.0  0  15 
Barry Smith           1     8  8.0  0   8 
Charlie Hunt          1     3  3.0  0   3 

Total.........       31   604 19.5  0  47 
Opponent......       47   964 20.5  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
David Miles           2    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Murphy           2    0   0.0  0   .    0
David Snell           2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bob Anderson          2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Steve Bratton         1    0   0.0  0   .    1
Earl Humes            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Howard Jacobi         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Tom Prestwood         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ron Ratliff           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Jim Howard            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Earl Passwaters       0    0    .   0   .    1
Jim Dundala           0    0    .   0   .    1
Don Huzzie            0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       14        0.0  0        4
Opponent......       16        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Barry Smith          14   0-0     0-0    0-0   1   0-0   0   0    86
Ahmet Askin           0   7-17   30-33   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    51
Mike Davison          6   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    36
Mike Allen            4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Gary Parris           4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Joe Goldsmith         3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Hodges Mitchell       3   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   0-0   0   0    18
Fred Miller           2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Gary Huff             1   0-0     0-0    0-1   0   1-3   0   0     6
Joe Thomas            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Ed Davis              1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Joe Downey            0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-1   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                  39   7-17   30-33   0-2   1   1-4   0   0   287
Opponent             31   3-16   25-26   2-3   0   0-2   0   0   224
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Barry Smith
1
13
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Mike Davison
5
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Mike Allen
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Gary Parris
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Joe Goldsmith
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Hodges Mitchell
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Fred Miller
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Gary Huff
1
.
25
.
.
.
.
.
.
Joe Thomas
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ed Davis
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Mike Cadwell
.
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
11
28
28
.
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
15
15
15
1
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Gary Huff               429  -123 2893  2770
Hodges Mitchell         192   944    0   944
Mike Davison             80   372    0   372
Mack Brown               31    98    0    98
Fred Miller              28    75    0    75
Mike Cadwell              3     2   65    67
Oscar Roberts            19    61    0    61
Brent Norris             17    58    0    58
Barry Smith               4    11   16    27
Rick Oreair               4    12    0    12
Gary Loucks               1   -10    0   -10

Total.........      11  810  1500 2974  4474 406.7
Opponent......      11  801  1919 1709  3628 329.8


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Ahmet Askin           7-17  .412  0- 0  2- 4  3- 7  2- 5  0- 1 46
FG SEQUENCE Ahmet Askin
PITTSBURGH
(44), (23)
MIAMI
(32)
VIRGINIA TECH
56, 20, 39
KANSAS
(32)
FLORIDA
None
MISSISSIPPI STATE
28, (46), 44
COLORADO STATE
47, 37, (26)
AUBURN
33
HOUSTON
35
TULSA
42, (31)
SOUTH CAROLINA
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Gary Loucks         46 1610  35.0  56                 
Joe Downey           7  281  40.1  55                 

Total.........      53 1892  35.7  56                 
Opponent......      69 2476  35.9                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Barry Smith              11  1243    0    8    0    0 1262
Hodges Mitchell         944    68    0   20    0    0 1032
Gary Parris               0   629    0    0    0    0  629
Mike Davison            372   198    0    0    0    0  570
David Snell               0     0  230  104   59    0  393
Joe Goldsmith             0   302    0    0    0    0  302
Eddie McMillan            0     0    0  255   33    0  288
Mike Allen                0   217    0    0    0    0  217
Mack Brown               98    76    0    0    0    0  174
Fred Miller              75    70    0    0    0    0  145
Buzzy Lewis               0     0    0   27   89    0  116
Oscar Roberts            61    30    0    0    0    0   91
Brent Norris             58    27    0    0    0    0   85
Randy Kaiser              0     0    0   74    0    0   74
Earl Humes                0     0    0   65    0    0   65
Ed Davis                  0    62    0    0    0    0   62
John Murphy               0     0    0    0   43    0   43
Joe Thomas                0    37    0    0    0    0   37
Larry Strickland          0     0    0    0   37    0   37
Chris Griffin             0     0    0   33    3    0   36
Ron Ratliff               0     0    0   15    0    0   15
John Palermo              0    15    0    0    0    0   15
Rick Oreair              12     0    0    0    0    0   12
Greg Pounds               0     0    0    0    8    0    8
J.T. Thomas               0     0    0    0    8    0    8
Mike McGowan              0     0    6    0    0    0    6
Charlie Hunt              0     0    0    3    0    0    3
Mike Cadwell              2     0    0    0    0    0    2
Gary Loucks             -10     0    0    0    0    0  -10
Gary Huff              -123     0    0    0    0    0 -123

Total.........      11 1500  2974  236  604  280    0 5594 508.5
Opponent......      11 1919  1709   69  964  347    0 5008 455.3


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
David Snell               .    .     .      .            .          5- 59   .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Larry Strickland          .    .     .      .            .          4- 37   .    .    .      .   1   .
Buzzy Lewis               .    .     .      .            .          3- 89   .    .    .      .   .   .
J.T. Thomas               .    .     .      .            .          2-  8   .    .    .      .   2   .
Chris Griffin             .    .     .      .            .          2-  3   .    .    .      .   .   .
John Murphy               .    .     .      .            .          1- 43   .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Eddie McMillan            .    .     .      .            .          1- 33   .    .    .      .   .   .
Greg Pounds               .    .     .      .            .          1-  8   .    .    .      .   .   .
Mike McGowan              .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Ron Ratliff               .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Randy Kaiser              .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Bob Anderson              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Steve Bratton             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   1   .   .
Jim Dundala               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Don Huzzie                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Howard Jacobi             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jim Howard                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Earl Humes                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
David Miles               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Earl Passwaters           .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .
Tom Prestwood             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  UP      UM      VT      KU      UF      MsSt    CSU     AU      UH      UT      SC      
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Tommy Abbott                  0- 0                                                                                   
82  Mike Allen                    6- 1          xx                              xx      xx      xx      xx      O-SE     
71  Bob Anderson                  7- 4  xx      xx                                      O-LT    xx      O-LT    O-LT    O-LT  
69  Bobby Anderson                7- 5  xx      D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-LT    D-LT            xx                       
61  Phil Arnold                  11-11  O-WG    O-WG    O-LG    O-WG    O-QG    O-WG    O-LG    O-WG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG  
 1  Ahmet Askin                  11- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
    Paul Baker                    0- 0                                                                                   
53  Bruce Bell                    0- 0                                                                                   
47  Brian Bengtson                0- 0                                                                                   
83  Ricky Blythe                  0- 0                                                                                   
57  Steve Bratton                10- 9  xx      D-RE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-WSE   D-LE            D-LE    D-LE  
33  Mack Brown                    6- 2  O-FB                    xx      xx              xx      xx      O-TB             
35  Brooks Burroughs              0- 0                                                                                   
12  Mike Cadwell                  5- 0          xx      xx                              xx      xx                      xx
81  Phil Cahoon                   0- 0                                                                                   
89  Russ Castleberry              0- 0                                                                                   
66  Tom Chandler                  0- 0                                                                                   
31  Jeff Chestnut                 0- 0                                                                                   
84  Randy Coffield                0- 0                                                                                   
83  Bert Cooper                  10- 9  D-RE    D-LE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-RE    D-SSE   D-RE    D-LE            xx
50  Tom Cooper                    0- 0                                                                                   
    Sam Cowart                    0- 0                                                                                   
73  Dan Daniels                   0- 0                                                                                   
32  Ed Davis                      4- 0  xx                      xx      xx                      xx                       
51  John Henry Davis              0- 0                                                                                   
28  Mike Davison                 11- 7  xx      xx      xx      xx      O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-TB    O-FB  
55  Allen Dees                   11-11  O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C     O-C   
88  Mike Dely                     0- 0                                                                                   
    John DeMaria                  0- 0                                                                                   
14  Frank Deming                  0- 0                                                                                   
31  Mark Dowey                    0- 0                                                                                   
 3  Joe Downey                    4- 0  xx                      xx                                              xx      xx
    John Drews                    0- 0                                                                                   
54  Jim Dundala                   2- 0          xx              xx                                                       
79  Bobby Elam                    0- 0                                                                                   
11  Jimmy Everett                 0- 0                                                                                   
29  Dano Fiore                    0- 0                                                                                   
64  Jeff Gardner                  0- 0                                                                                   
11  Fred Geisler                  0- 0                                                                                   
72  Shane Gibbs                   3- 0  xx                                                      xx                      xx
75  Mike Glass                    8- 7  O-WT    O-WT    O-LT    O-WT    O-QT    O-WT            O-WT                    xx
21  Joe Goldsmith                11-11  O-FL    O-WR    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL    O-WR    O-RHB   O-WR    O-FL    O-FL    O-FL  
39  George Gould                  0- 0                                                                                   
40  Ben Graham                    0- 0                                                                                   
23  Chris Griffin                 3- 0                                                  xx              xx              xx
    Jeff Gunby                    0- 0                                                                                   
26  Mike Harder                   0- 0                                                                                   
77  David Harper                  0- 0                                                                                   
    Jimbo Hensley                 0- 0                                                                                   
    Bill Hogue                    0- 0                                                                                   
    Donnie Holley                 0- 0                                                                                   
90  Dick Hopkins                  0- 0                                                                                   
77  Jim Howard                    4- 1  xx              xx                                      xx                      D-LT  
    Darrell Howton                0- 0                                                                                   
19  Gary Huff                    11-11  O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB    O-QB  
43  Earl Humes                    9- 1  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx              xx              D-RC    xx
80  Charlie Hunt                  5- 4  D-LE                                            xx              D-RE    D-RE    D-RE  
48  Don Huzzie                    1- 0          xx                                                                       
79  Howard Jacobi                 8- 7  D-LT    xx      D-LT    D-LT                    D-LT    D-LT    D-RT            D-RT  
49  Bill Johnson                  3- 0  xx                      xx                                                      xx
78  Greg Johnson                  2- 0                                                          xx                      xx
27  Ken Johnson                   1- 0                                                          xx                       
66  Vic Johnson                   3- 1  xx                      xx                              O-ST                     
62  Bob Jones                    11-11  O-ST    O-SG    O-RG    O-SG    O-SG    O-SG    O-RG    O-SG    O-RG    O-RG    O-RG  
    Ralph Jones                   0- 0                                                                                   
31  Randy Kaiser                  3- 0                                                                  xx      xx      xx
30  John Kilmurray                0- 0                                                                                   
38  Buzzy Lewis                  10- 8  xx              D-RC    xx      D-RC    D-RC    D-ROV   D-ROV   D-LS    D-SS    D-ROV 
    Walt Lindsey                  0- 0                                                                                   
17  Gary Loucks                   9- 0  xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx               
70  Jim Malkiewicz                9- 8  D-RT    D-LT            xx      D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-RT    D-LT    D-RT     
47  David McGinn                  0- 0                                                                                   
27  Mike McGowan                  4- 0  xx      xx              xx                                              xx       
22  Bobby McKinnon                0- 0                                                                                   
40  Eddie McMillan               10- 7  D-RCB   D-RC            D-RC    xx      xx      D-WC    D-RC    D-RC    xx      D-RC  
59  Scott Meseroll                0- 0                                                                                   
46  David Miles                  11-11  D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-SLB   D-LLB   D-LB    D-SLB 
29  Fred Miller                   5- 1          xx                                      xx              xx      O-FB    xx
44  Hodges Mitchell               9- 9  O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-TB    O-LHB   O-TB                    O-TB  
56  John Murphy                   5- 2  xx      D-WLB   xx      D-WLB                                                   xx
    Charlie Musser                0- 0                                                                                   
48  Mike Norman                   0- 0                                                                                   
30  Brent Norris                  3- 3          O-FB    O-FB    O-FB                                                     
73  Paul Oglesby                  3- 0  xx                                                      xx                      xx
36  Rick Oreair                   4- 0  xx                                              xx              xx      xx       
18  Mark Orlando                  0- 0                                                                                   
87  John Palermo                  4- 2  O-TE    O-TE                                            xx                      xx
60  Clint Parker                  0- 0                                                                                   
84  Gary Parris                  10- 9          xx      O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE    O-TE  
85  Earl Passwaters               6- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx                      xx                      xx
23  Lester Payton                 0- 0                                                                                   
48  Ralph Petrillo                1- 0                          xx                                                       
58  Greg Pounds                   6- 0  xx      xx              xx                      xx      xx                      xx
65  Tom Prestwood                 5- 1          xx              xx                              xx              D-LT    xx
72  Smokey Ragins                 0- 0                                                                                   
42  Ron Ratliff                  11-11  D-LCB   D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LC    D-SC    D-LC    D-LC    D-LE    D-LC  
41  Mark Reeves                   0- 0                                                                                   
    Lewis Risk                    0- 0                                                                                   
37  Oscar Roberts                 8- 0  xx      xx              xx              xx      xx      xx              xx      xx
    Scott Robinson                0- 0                                                                                   
    Rusty Russell                 0- 0                                                                                   
52  Rocky Saldana                 2- 0  xx                                                                              xx
    Jerry Sanders                 0- 0                                                                                   
    Ricky Satterfield             0- 0                                                                                   
    Andy Schmidt                  0- 0                                                                                   
53  Melvin Scruggs                0- 0                                                                                   
16  Billy Sexton                  0- 0                                                                                   
35  Randy Shively                 6- 3  xx      xx              xx      D-SAF   D-SAF           D-SAF                    
78  Harry Slagle                  0- 0                                                                                   
22  Barry Smith                  10-10  O-SE    O-WR    O-SE    O-SE    O-SE    O-WR    O-SE    O-WR    O-SE            O-SE  
    Mark Smith                    0- 0                                                                                   
20  David Snell                  11- 8  D-SAF   D-WS    D-SAF   D-SAF   xx      xx      D-SAF   xx      D-RS    D-FS    D-SAF 
74  Don Sparkman                 11-10  O-SG    O-ST    O-RT    O-ST    O-ST    O-ST    O-RT    xx      O-RT    O-RT    O-RT  
    Roy Stephens                  0- 0                                                                                   
24  Andy Stockton                 0- 0                                                                                   
59  Larry Strickland             11-11  D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MLB   D-MG    D-MLB 
    Jerry Taylor                  0- 0                                                                                   
26  J.T. Thomas                   7- 6  D-ROV   D-ROV   D-MON   D-ROV   D-MON   D-ROV                                   xx
86  Joe Thomas                    2- 0                                  xx              xx                               
39  Steve Vickers                 0- 0                                                                                   
53  Jim Welch                     0- 0                                                                                   
50  Dan Whitehurst               10- 9  D-WLB           D-MLB   xx      D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-WLB   D-RLB   D-LB    D-WLB 

FLORIDA STATE 19, PITTSBURGH 7

09/09/1972, PITTSBURGH, PA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 10, 1972, page 27, by Bill McGrotha.

Seminoles 'Bomb' Pitt 19-7.

Huff, Defense the Keys.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Coming off a fearful start in the first quarter, Florida State got its hopeful football show successfully on the road here Saturday with a 19-7 triumph over a frustrated Pittsburgh team.

Rugged, skilled defense and a couple of Gary Huff bombs brought it about.

And a freshman played no small role.

Ahmet Askin, the kid out of Tallahassee Godby High, shrugged off his freshman status, boomed an opening kickoff into the end zone, and connected on the only field goals and extra point he attempted.

His first three-pointer was a 44-yard whopper, his second from 23 out.

It was Barry Smith, the swift senior, and Joe Goldsmith, the supposedly not-so-swift sophomore, on the receiving end of those bombs.

Smith's touchdown covered 71 yards, Goldsmith's 54.

And there were several superb defenders, rover James Thomas was the most obvious one to the smallish crowd of 17,661 that turned out on the pleasant, sunny afternoon.

Thomas blocked the Pittsburgh field goal try when the score was 0-0, stopped a Pittsburgh threat at Florida State's 13 with an end zone interception when the score was 0-0 and nailed a Pittsburgh runner for a seven-yard loss on a pitchout to blunt the Panthers last real threat when the score was 19-7.

Huff, acclaimed the game's most valuable player by press box vote, completed 11 of 24 passes for 242 yards and the two touchdowns.

But Florida State's satisfaction from this one came not much from statistics, but rather in the total manner of accomplishment.

In that first quarter the Panthers had three successive offensive starts inside Florida State territory - at the 48, 23 and 47. When coaches review films today they'll see more big plays on defense than elsewhere - including the ones not only by Thomas, but some also by Larry Strickland, Charlie Hunt, Buzzie Lewis, Steve Bratton, Bobby Anderson, Eddie McMillan and undoubtedly a few others.

Florida State threatened briefly on its first turn with the ball, after being provided with a crack from its own 40, but an interception - the only one of the day by Huff - blunted that chance, and circumstances brought poor field position for the remainder of that first half.

The Seminoles drove from their own 20 to that 44-yard field goal by Askin on their first series of the second quarter for a 3-0 lead.

That held up until the final minute of the half when John Hogan climaxed a 67-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rod Huth. On that payoff play, cornerback Ron Ratliff lined up wrong; he had been somewhat shaken up on a previous play and coaches hadn't been aware. Later Ratliff turned out all right.

That put Pitt ahead 7-3, but only for a few minutes.

On the Seminoles' first play from scrimmage after that, Smith pulled in a Huff pass ay about the Pitt 45, shook loose from a defender, got a big block from Goldsmith that cut down another defender, and went all the way. Askin made it 10-7 with 37 seconds left in that half.

From the third-quarter kickoff the Seminoles drove to a 13-7 lead on Askin's second 3-pointer. It was an 80-yard movement, highlighted by Huff's passes to running back Mack Brown - three to him during this series for 48 yards.

On Florida State's first offensive foray in the last quarter Huff found a single defender on Goldsmith and went his way with a pass. Goldsmith whipped the defender, gathered in the toss and scored on a 54-yard play.

McMillan came up with the Seminoles' second interception soon after, but a fumble and a Pitt punt backed the Seminoles to their seven with 6:33 to play. That was when the offense showed something special. Sticking to the ground, Hodges Mitchell and Brown running, the Seminoles chopped away for short yardage that ate up the clock. When Pitt got the ball back, only a minute and a half remained.

The Seminoles netted 311 yards of offense, with 242 passing, and Pitt 258 yards, with 187 running. The game was remarkably short on penalties for an opener, with Florida State assessed 25 yards, Pitt 23.

Brown finished with five catches for 62 yards, Smith pulled in three for 108, and Goldsmith two for 73. Mitchell netted 75 yards on 21 runs in a promising beginning. And Gary Loucks finished with a 37.6 average on his seven punts.

The artificial turf of Pitt Stadium, and the Panthers, were some rough on the Seminoles physically. Several injuries: Ed Davis, Davis Snell, Bert Cooper, and Strickland emerged with knee and-or ankle injuries - how serious presently uncertain.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
10
3
6
19
PITTSBURGH
0
7
0
0
7

2nd   0- 0  Opp, 29, field goal blocked by J.T. Thomas
      3- 0  Ahmet Askin, 44, field goal, 7:36 
      3- 7  Opp, 18, pass (kick), 0:55 
     10- 7  Barry Smith, 71, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 0:32 
3rd  13- 7  Ahmet Askin, 23, field goal, 10:25
     13- 7  Opp, 53, field goal failed
4th  19- 7  Joe Goldsmith, 54, pass from Gary Huff (Gary Huff, pass failed), 13:22


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 17 Rushes-yards 35- 69 55-187 Passing 242 71 Att-Comp-Int 24-11-1 21-7-2 Total Yards 59-311 76-258 Punt Returns 3-15 1-6 Kickoff Returns 2-35 4-75 Interception Ret. 2-41 1-6 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 7-37.6 8-39.4 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 3-1 Penalties-Yds 3-23 3-25 Attendance 17,661 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 21- 75 Mack Brown 8- 16 Oscar Roberts 1- 3 Gary Huff 5- -25 Receiving Barry Smith 3- 108 Joe Goldsmith 2- 73 Mack Brown 5- 62 Hodges Mitchell 1- -1 Passing Gary Huff 24-11-1-242 Punt Return David Snell 2- 15 J.T. Thomas 1- 0 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 1- 35 Earl Humes 1- 0 Punting Gary Loucks 7- 263 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Larry Strickland 5 10 15 . . . . . . . . . J.T. Thomas 6 2 8 . . 1- 8 . . . . 1 . Charlie Hunt 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Anderson 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . Bert Cooper 4 4 8 . . . . . . . . . David Miles 1 6 7 . . . . . . . . . Jim Malkiewicz 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Dan Whitehurst 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Howard Jacobi 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Steve Bratton 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Earl Passwaters 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . David Snell . 3 3 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jim Howard . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . John Murphy 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Ron Ratliff 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Randy Shively 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Eddie McMillan 1 . 1 . . 1- 33 3 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   33  Mack Brown
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
WG   61  Phil Arnold
ST   62  Bob Jones
SG   74  Don Sparkman
WT   75  Mike Glass
TE   87  John Palermo
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SAF  20  David Snell
ROV  26  J.T. Thomas
RCB  40  Eddie McMillan
LCB  42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   79  Howard Jacobi
LE   80  Charlie Hunt
RE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
17  Gary Loucks
27  Mike McGowan
28  Mike Davison
32  Ed Davis
35  Randy Shively
36  Rick Oreair
37  Oscar Roberts
38  Buzzy Lewis
43  Earl Humes
49  Bill Johnson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
52  Rocky Saldana
56  John Murphy
57  Steve Bratton
58  Greg Pounds
66  Vic Johnson
69  Bobby Anderson
71  Bob Anderson
72  Shane Gibbs
73  Paul Oglesby
77  Jim Howard
85  Earl Passwaters

FLORIDA STATE 37, MIAMI 14

09/16/1972, CORAL GABLES, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 17, 1972, page 41, by Bill McGrotha.

Wild-Eyed Wonders Strike Miami.

Seminoles Roll By 37-14 Count.

MIAMI, FL - Apparently fired by adversity that sidelined three starting players during the week, Florida State's football team was a wild-eyed wonder here Saturday night as it chopped up a Miami unit that thought it was ready, 37-14.

Larry Strickland, the middle linebacker, and John Murphy, a sophomore linebacker, were among the leaders of a determined defense that checked the Hurricanes in clutch circumstances time and time in the early going.

But by half-time Gary Huff and his cohorts had constructed a 17-7 lead that they padded to 23-7 the first time they got the ball after intermission, allowing the defense some merciful leeway.

Huff, rarely, if ever better, threw four touchdown passes as a Sports Illustrated writer-and-photographer team zeroed in on his superb action.

Barry Smith, really living it up in his hometown, scored three touchdowns - on passes of 5 and 43 yards from Huff plus a one-yard run with a pitchout.

Huff's other TD pitches were seven yards to Gary Parris and 35 to Mike Allen - a sophomore making his first varsity catch.

As they won their seventh straight in the Orange Bowl over the Hurricanes and evened the all-time series with UM at eight games apiece, the Seminoles rounded out their scoring on a 32-yard first-quarter field goal by Ahmet Askin.

The Seminoles played without the services of defensive end Charlie Hunt (dislocated elbow), linebacker Dan Whitehurst (arm infection and high fever), plus running back Mack Brown (badly bruised).

Murphy replaced Whitehurst, Steve Bratton moved in for Hunt and Brent Norris started in Brown's spot.

As a crowd of 35,421 turned out on a warm, fair evening, Florida State got into early trouble when Gary Streicher intercepted a Huff pass and presented Miami with opportunity at the Seminoles' 35. Six playes later Chuck Foreman scored from the three.

Askin's field goal cut it to 7-3, but not until the middle of the second quarter did Florida State go in front, on that long one to Smith. A Miami fumble provided Florida State with a lovely chance 20 seconds before halftime, and Huff hit Parris with the pass that made it 17-7 as two seconds showed on the clock.

Huff retired after throwing his fourth TD strike early in the fourth quarter and Mike Cadwell finished at quarterback. Miami got a late touchdown on a 14-yard run by Ed Carney, the third of three UM quarterbacks.

The Hurricanes lost starting quarterback Kary Baker, maybe for the season, in the third quarter, after the score became 23-7. He was nailed by Murphy after a 23-yard run. Baker left the game with a broken and dislocated ankle.

Florida State pounced on five Miami fumbles and intercepted two passes. Huff had two swiped, but the Seminoles lost no fumbles. The Seminoles limited UM to 281 yards of offense, including 187 running, while running up a 407 total themselves, with 329 passing.

Huff completed 22 of 34 passes for all of that aerial yardage. Parris caught seven of his tosses, all in the first half, and Smith snared five.

Though the Seminoles' running net was a mere 78 yards, they really ran better than that. Huff lost 30 yards on pass attempts. Hodges Mitchell bagged 79 yards on 18 runs. Norris got 32 yards on eight runs.

Miami's herald Foreman managed just 61 yards on 15 runs. Baker got 53 on eight, and Tom Smith 49 on eight.

Seventy-eight yards walked off in penalties against the Seminoles reflected their belligerent mood. Miami was taxed just 30.

The Seminoles expect to have Whitehurst and Brown back in action for Saturday afternoon's home-opener against Virginia Tech, but Hunt will likely be out for six weeks.

Florida State's victory was a crushing one for Fran Curci, the young Miami coach who felt he had put together a team that could surprise many people. But if those Miami "super people" were not necessarily erratic, the total effort was.

The Hurricanes gambled, trying to blitz Huff, and frequently got stung. They also gambled on interception endeavors, and got stung.

And all night long Miami runners were stung by a defense that performed better than anyone thought it could with two of its key starters sidelined.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
3
14
13
7
37
MIAMI
7
0
0
7
14

1st   0- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 10:40
      3- 7  Ahmet Askin, 32, field goal, 3:58 
2nd  10- 7  Barry Smith, 43, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 7:15 
     17- 7  Gary Parris, 7, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 0:02 
3rd  23- 7  Barry Smith, 1, run (Ahmet Askin, kick blocked), 7:28 
     30- 7  Mike Allen, 37, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:03 
4th  37- 7  Barry Smith, 5, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 11:53
     37-14  Opp, 14, run (kick), 3:26 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 20 14 Rushes-yards 44- 78 44-187 Passing 329 94 Att-Comp-Int 34-22-2 19-10-2 Total Yards 78-407 63-281 Punt Returns 2--1 1-0 Kickoff Returns 2-54 6-128 Interception Ret. 2-12 2-25 Fumble Returns 5-0 0-0 Punts 5-33.0 4-41.8 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 8-5 Penalties-Yds 8-78 4-30 3rd Down Conversions 10-19 6-12 Attendance 35,421 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 18- 79 Brent Norris 8- 32 Oscar Roberts 6- 7 Mike Cadwell 1- 2 Barry Smith 1- 1 Joe Goldsmith 1- 0 Fred Miller 2- 0 Mike Davison 4- -3 Gary Loucks 1- -10 Gary Huff 4- -30 Receiving Barry Smith 5- 108 Gary Parris 7- 85 Mike Allen 1- 37 Oscar Roberts 2- 30 Mike Davison 2- 23 Hodges Mitchell 2- 20 John Palermo 1- 15 Brent Norris 2- 11 Passing Gary Huff 34-22-2-329 Punt Return David Snell 2- -1 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 2- 54 Punting Gary Loucks 5- 165 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Larry Strickland 7 1 8 . . . . . . . . . Eddie McMillan 7 1 8 . . . . . . . . . John Murphy 6 2 8 . . . . . 2- 0 . . . Jim Malkiewicz 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . David Miles 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Anderson 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Howard Jacobi 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Steve Bratton 2 1 3 . . . . . . 1 . . David Snell 2 . 2 . . 1- 12 . . . . . . Jim Dundala 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Earl Passwaters 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Randy Shively 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Mike McGowan 1 . 1 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . J.T. Thomas 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ron Ratliff 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Hodges Mitchell 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Pounds 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tom Prestwood 1 . 1 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bob Anderson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Don Huzzie . . . . . . . . . 1 . . Earl Humes . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
WR   22  Barry Smith
FB   30  Brent Norris
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
WG   61  Phil Arnold
SG   62  Bob Jones
ST   74  Don Sparkman
WT   75  Mike Glass
TE   87  John Palermo
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
WS   20  David Snell
ROV  26  J.T. Thomas
RC   40  Eddie McMillan
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  56  John Murphy
RE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
RT   69  Bobby Anderson
LT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
12  Mike Cadwell
17  Gary Loucks
27  Mike McGowan
28  Mike Davison
29  Fred Miller
35  Randy Shively
37  Oscar Roberts
43  Earl Humes
##  NAME
-----------------------------
48  Don Huzzie
54  Jim Dundala
58  Greg Pounds
65  Tom Prestwood
71  Bob Anderson
79  Howard Jacobi
82  Mike Allen
84  Gary Parris
85  Earl Passwaters

FLORIDA STATE 27, VIRGINIA TECH 15

09/23/1972, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 24, 1972, page 27, by Bill McGrotha.

Seminoles Go Early - Win 27-15.
Mitchell Scoots For 138 Yards.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Third down and six. Florida State's 11th offensive play from scrimmage in the first quarter. Back to pass. Gary Huff decides to run. Gaines nine yards.

But he also gets his "bell rung," as they say, and leaves the game for one play. On that play Mike Cadwell, the No. 2 quarterback, throws his first Florida State pass ever.

It is a freakish pass that bounces off the hands of a defender, bounces several times off the grasping fingers of sophomore Joe Goldsmith, who finally gets a hold on the ball - and scores on a 40-yard play.

And on a sunny Saturday afternoon before a home crowd, Florida State's football team beat old-rival Virginia Tech 27-15.

It was a game altogether in the tradition of the rivalry between these two, with much of the story centered around those two first-quarter plays.

The gifted Huff, who missed only that one play, did not know quite where he was much of the remainder of the time. Nevertheless, after missing on all four of the passes he had thrown before getting hit on that run, he completed 19 of his next 33 for 253 yards and one touchdown. He also scored on a down-close sneak.

Had not Cadwell connected on that one toss of his, providing the Seminoles with a 14-0 cushion, this one might have ended differently.

Virginia Tech cut that lead to 14-9 with 5:22 left in the half. But Huff directed a 47-yard push, capped by his scoring sneak, that made it 20-9 at intermission.

Each team scored the first time it got the ball in the third quarter, but no more.

As the Seminoles lifted their record to 3-0 and left Tech 0-2, a crowd of 36,400 sat in tension until the final two minutes, when an interception by John Murphy at last insured victory from their favorites.

Don Strock, the tall and tough Tech quarterback, kept the pressure on until that point, against a defense that was hurt physically. Cornerback Eddie McMillan didn't play because of a concussion, and quick tackle Bobby Anderson went out on a shoulder injury in the first quarter.

Florida State started as though it were going to run the Gobbler out of the stadium, just as many had expected, marching 48 yards to a touchdown the first time it got its hands on the football. It was altogether a running production, and primarily that of Hodges Mitchell, who got all save six of those 48 yards on just four runs, and scored from the four.

The shifty Mitchell had the best day of any Seminole runner in a long while, gaining 138 yards in 27 efforts.

Soon Cadwell and Goldsmith, the talented juggler, made it 14-0.

Tech drove from its 20 to a field goal, a 48-yard whopper by Dave Strock, brother of Don.

An interception by Donnie Sprouse, coupled with a foul penalty on the tackle, gave Tech another quick chance at Florida State's 41. The Seminoles held for downs at their two, but Tech regained the ball on a fumble the next play, then J. B. Barber scored on fourth down from the three.

Soon a Florida State recovery of a Tech fumble provided opportunity at the Gobblers' 47, and four plays brought Huff's touchdown, with Barry Smith's 38-yard catch at the one setting it up.

Smith hauled in 10 passes Huff threw, accounting for 146 yards. Goldsmith grabbed four others for 92.

But one of the biggest was the 6-yarder that Mike Davison snared, his only one of the game, that brought the TD at the start of the third quarter. It came on a fourth-down play.

Tech scored both its TDs on fourth down, the last one on tight end Mike Burnop's 2-yard catch of a Strock pass. That one was paved by Barber's 55-yard kickoff return to the Seminoles' 37.

Barber was a key one for the Gobblers, gaining 53 yards on 17 runs, tucking in seven passes for 63 more. Donnie Reel got 101 yards out of six catches, while Paul Adams ran 11 times for 51 yards.

Strock threw 48 times, hit on 22 for 276 yards, had two intercepted. The Seminoles also covered three Tech fumbles while losing two themselves. Maybe remarkably, Tech swiped only one of Huff's 37 passes.

Overall the Seminoles, with 168 yards on the ground, out-gained Tech 461 to 398. If many fans were under the impression Tech had the football most of the time, they were right. The Gobblers managed 90 plays to Florida State's 76.

The Seminoles operated without running back Mack Brown for the second straight week. He's still nursing bruises, including one on his knee. Linebacker Dan Whitehurst was back in action, as a starter, and played quite a bit.

It was the first time the Seminoles had beaten Virginia Tech three straight times in the 17-game series they now lead 9-7-1.

And it wasn't easy, but then it never is with the fighters from Blacksburg.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
0
9
6
0
15
FLORIDA STATE
14
6
7
0
27

1st   7- 0  Hodges Mitchell, 3, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 11:26
      7- 0  Ahmet Askin, 56, field goal failed, 7:38 
     14- 0  Joe Goldsmith, 40, pass from Mike Cadwell (Ahmet Askin, kick), 5:30 
     14- 0  Ahmet Askin, 20, field goal failed, 0:29 
2nd  14- 3  Opp, 48, field goal, 12:12
     14- 9  Opp, 3, run (kick blocked by J.T. Thomas), 5:22 
     20- 9  Gary Huff, 1, run (Hodges Mitchell, run failed), 1:52 
3rd  27- 9  Mike Davison, 6, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 10:32
     27-15  Opp, 2, run (pass failed), 6:57 
4th  27-15  Ahmet Askin, 39, field goal failed, 12:09


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 17 Rushes-yards 38-168 42-122 Passing 293 276 Att-Comp-Int 38-20-1 48-22-2 Total Yards 76-461 90-398 Punt Returns 2-24 0-0 Kickoff Returns 3-77 4-112 Interception Ret. 2-43 1-27 Fumble Returns 3-0 2-0 Punts 5-37.2 5-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-3 Penalties-Yds 4-50 2-20 Attendance 36,400 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 27- 138 Brent Norris 4- 13 Gary Huff 4- 12 Mike Davison 3- 5 Receiving Barry Smith 10- 146 Joe Goldsmith 4- 92 Gary Parris 3- 28 Hodges Mitchell 2- 21 Mike Davison 1- 6 Passing Gary Huff 37-19-1-253 Mike Cadwell 1- 1-0- 40 Punt Return David Snell 2- 24 Kickoff Return David Snell 1- 38 Buzzy Lewis 1- 27 Earl Humes 1- 12 Punting Gary Loucks 5- 186 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Murphy . . . . . 1- 43 . . . . . . Buzzy Lewis . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Howard Jacobi . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . J.T. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . 1 . Jim Howard . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Steve Bratton . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   30  Brent Norris
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
LG   61  Phil Arnold
RG   62  Bob Jones
RT   74  Don Sparkman
LT   75  Mike Glass
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SAF  20  David Snell
MON  26  J.T. Thomas
RC   38  Buzzy Lewis
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
MLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
RT   69  Bobby Anderson
LT   79  Howard Jacobi
RE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
12  Mike Cadwell
17  Gary Loucks
28  Mike Davison
##  NAME
-----------------------------
43  Earl Humes
56  John Murphy
77  Jim Howard

FLORIDA STATE 44, KANSAS 22

09/30/1972, LAWRENCE, KS

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 1, 1972, page 45, by Bill McGrotha.

Huff & Co. Stock Jumps by 44-22.

LAWRENCE, KS - Operating on decisive third-down plays as though the operation consisted of wooden soldiers, Gary Huff passed for three second-quarter touchdowns here Saturday afternoon and unbeaten Florida State crushed the Kansas football team 44-22.

But it was not all that easy, really.

All told, Huff threw four touchdown passes, all in the first half, as for the afternoon he connected on 26 of 42 throws for 295 yards.

And on 14 of 23 occasions Huff and his offensive crew made big third-or-fourth-down plays go.

More than a little stung by a score that read 28-7 at halftime, the Jayhawks fought back, nipped two down-deep scoring threats with interceptions of Huff tosses, then struck for two touchdowns that cut the score to 31-22.

The Seminoles had sandwiched a 32-yard field goal by Ahmet Askin in between those two Kansas touchdowns, and after the Jayhawks' last one they retaliated with an 80-yard drive that was capped by Hodges Mitchell's scoring run from the one with a little over six minutes left.

Mike Davison's touchdown run of 17 yards with 30 seconds to go stretched the score.

A crowd of 41,500, sitting in cool and sunny weather, couldn't believe either Huff or his pass receivers. Only twice in history had any individual thrown four TD passes against the Jayhawks, and no one ever has thrown more than that.

"Huff has got to be the best quarterback in the country," said Don Fambrough, the Kansas coach. "He moves quickly and he knows what to do when he reacts."

The Seminoles marched 90 yards the first time they got the football and scored on a 14-yard pass to Gary Parris. Kansas tied it on the second play of the second quarter as Delvin Williams went in from two yards.

Word was the Kansas secondary was vulnerable, and it was. Huff came back with a 27-yard payoff pass to Barry Smith, a 9-yarder to Smith, a 3-yarder to Eddie Davis.

Word was the Kansas offense was keenly dangerous, and it was. But middle linebacker Larry Strickland led a gritty defensive effort of the Seminoles that repeatedly stymied the Jayhawks in clutch circumstances.

"You talk about their great passing game," commented Fambrough, "but you forget about their great athletes. They have a bunch."

Strickland pulled off two of Florida State's five interceptions, and in addition blocked a Kansas field-goal try in the early going.

Bert Cooper, the end, was also a notable one on defense, leading a fierce pass rush.

Smith hauled in 11 passes for 153 yards, Parris five for 48 and Davis four for 47.

Mitchell had his second straight 100-yards-plus game, tearing off 130 yards in 23 effects.

Though Jerome Nelloms got 74 yards in 23 carries, the vaunted Kansas running game did little damage. Quarterback David Jaynes did hit on 18 of 33 passes for 239 yards, but the Seminoles snared those five interceptions.

With 205 yards on the ground, Florida State's attack netted exactly 500 for the afternoon. Kansas was held to a mere 93 yards running.

Apparently considering Kansas a heavy threat to its bright beginning, Florida State reacted aggressively, and 125 penalty yards were walked off on the Seminoles.

For the most part Florida State's defense kept Kansas backed up. To get its last touchdown Kansas was obliged to drive 99 yards. The Jayhawks' second had come easy, following an interception that set the stage at Florida State's 19. A 3-yard run by Robert Miller and a 33-yard Jaynes pass to hot-receiver Bruce Adams - who caught six for 118 - accounted for the scoring.

Huff got superb protection from the offensive line, which also opened some room for the runners. "Kansas was using a tremendous amount of stunts and blitzes," said Huff. "Our line was able to pick this up and give me all the protection I needed."

For the second successive season the Seminoles pulled off the considerable trick of winning their first four games, despite three of those being on the road. Next action is Saturday afternoon at 2 against Florida in friendly Campbell Stadium.

Again the Seminoles had some effective punting by Gary Loucks, who boomed one 56 yards and averaged 40.8 on five boots. Only one of his efforts was returned, that for a mere five yards.

Kansas was a dangerous one on kickoff runbacks, however. Vince O'Neill alone got 105 yards out of four runbacks.

For once the Seminoles controlled the football, getting off 86 plays to Kansas' 75.

"They are a tremendous football team," concluded Fambrough. "I don't feel nearly as bad as I did when we lost to Washington State (18-17 in an opener). Today we played one of the best teams in the nation.

"They were able to make the big play. We didn't. They have a lot of confidence in themselves. And when you have a defense like they have, you can afford to play the way they do on offense.

"Our boys did as good a job as they could do."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
21
3
13
44
KANSAS
0
7
7
8
22

1st   0- 0  Opp, 22, field goal blocked by Larry Strickland, 11:35
      7- 0  Gary Parris, 14, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 7:08 
2nd   7- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 14:25
     14- 7  Barry Smith, 27, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 10:17
     21- 7  Barry Smith, 9, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 8:39 
     28- 7  Ed Davis, 3, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:12 
3rd  28-14  Opp, 3, run (kick), 7:14 
     31-14  Ahmet Askin, 32, field goal, 0:55 
4th  31-22  Opp, 33, pass (run), 9:57 
     38-22  Hodges Mitchell, 1, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 6:09 
     44-22  Mike Davison, 17, run (Joe Downey, pass failed), 0:30 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 24 18 Rushes-yards 44-205 42- 93 Passing 295 239 Att-Comp-Int 42-26-3 33-18-5 Total Yards 86-500 75-332 Punt Returns 3-16 1-5 Kickoff Returns 0-0 7-150 Interception Ret. 5-58 3-110 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 5-40.8 5-39.4 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 11-125 3-34 Attendance 41,500 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 23- 130 Mike Davison 6- 30 Oscar Roberts 4- 23 Brent Norris 5- 13 Mack Brown 4- 9 Gary Huff 2- 0 Receiving Barry Smith 11- 153 Gary Parris 5- 48 Ed Davis 4- 47 Mike Davison 2- 31 Brent Norris 3- 16 Hodges Mitchell 1- 0 Passing Gary Huff 42-26-3-295 Punt Return David Snell 3- 16 Punting Gary Loucks 5- 204 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Larry Strickland 3 6 9 2.0- 9.0 . 2- 14 1 . . . 1 . Bert Cooper 3 4 7 4.0- 32.0 . . . . . . . . David Miles 4 2 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . J.T. Thomas 1 5 6 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Howard Jacobi 3 2 5 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Dan Whitehurst 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . David Snell 2 1 3 . . 1- 9 . . . . . . Ron Ratliff 3 . 3 . . 1- 0 . . 1- 0 . . . Buzzy Lewis 3 . 3 . . 1- 35 . . . . . . Randy Shively 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Eddie McMillan 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Ralph Petrillo 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Jim Dundala 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Anderson . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Jim Malkiewicz 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . John Murphy . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Allen Dees 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Tom Prestwood 1 . 1 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Earl Passwaters 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Vic Johnson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Parris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bill Johnson 1 . 1 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . . Greg Pounds 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mike McGowan 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gary Huff 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Earl Humes 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   30  Brent Norris
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
WG   61  Phil Arnold
SG   62  Bob Jones
ST   74  Don Sparkman
WT   75  Mike Glass
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SAF  20  David Snell
ROV  26  J.T. Thomas
RC   40  Eddie McMillan
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  56  John Murphy
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
RT   69  Bobby Anderson
LT   79  Howard Jacobi
RE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
17  Gary Loucks
27  Mike McGowan
28  Mike Davison
32  Ed Davis
33  Mack Brown
35  Randy Shively
37  Oscar Roberts
38  Buzzy Lewis
##  NAME
-----------------------------
43  Earl Humes
48  Ralph Petrillo
49  Bill Johnson
50  Dan Whitehurst
54  Jim Dundala
58  Greg Pounds
65  Tom Prestwood
66  Vic Johnson
70  Jim Malkiewicz
85  Earl Passwaters

FLORIDA 42, FLORIDA STATE 13

10/07/1972, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 8, 1972, page 21, by Bill McGrotha.

Fumble, Fumble, Fumble, Fumble.
Nine Turnovers In 1st 11 Series.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State won the coin toss and chose not to receive. Which may have been its wisest move of a long afternoon.

That way Seminoles did not get their hands on the football as much as they might have.

When they had the football it was just plain disaster. The Seminoles turned it over nine of the first 11 times they had it.

Playing once more against Florida State as though there were no tomorrow, Florida's tough Gators crushed the Seminoles 42-13 before 43,758 startled fans in packed Campbell Stadium on this warm Saturday.

Florida may have played as good a football game as it ever has. The Seminoles were close to their all-time worst.

Six times the Seminoles fumbled, and six times Florida recovered. The Gators had 10 such recoveries for the day, also claiming all of their own four bobbles.

Four times Gary Huff was intercepted, and that never happened to him before. He was no "magic dragon" on this day.

For the Seminoles it seemed like the work of black magic. Somewhere somebody must have been sticking needles in a Seminole doll, bringing this about.

It was a nightmare like none other in Florida State's quarter of a century at this game.

Florida State was left 4-1, its secret dream of an undefeated season shattered. As Florida lifted itself to 2-1, it made plain the fact that it was a far better team than anyone believed.

The Seminoles had seven turnovers in the first half alone, yet trailed at intermission by just 14-7. But at that point Florida State defenders had been too long in the hot sunshine, and became simply overburdened - vulnerable to an assortment of Florida plays.

Florida struck for 21 points in a totally decisive third quarter, then finished up with a lot of substitutes who, too, gave the Seminoles more than they could handle.

It was a game Florida State figured to win big. The Seminoles were a 2-touchdown favorite. It was Florida's fifth straight victory over FSU, it's 12th triumph in the 15-year history of this series.

Florida's first 35 points all came as a direct result of fumbles or interceptions. The Gators drove 52 yards for their last touchdown, following a short punt.

David Bowden was a remarkably cool and efficient sophomore quarterback who passed for UF's first two touchdowns from close range. Nat Moore was an awesomely elusive sophomore running back who scampered through tacklers for Florida's next two.

Here's the way it went: (1) Bowden threw 10 yards to Willie Jackson for a touchdown following a fumble recovery at Florida State's 22. These were the game's first points, with 8:02 left in the second quarter.

(2) Bowden threw four yards to Hollis Boardman with 5:37 to go in the quarter after a fumble recovery at FSU's 30.

(3) Huff passed 16 yards to Barry Smith with 17 seconds remaining in the half, capping an impressive 86-yards movement in six plays - a battle against the clock.

(4) On third down Moore slashed 46 yards to a touchdown following an interception at Florida's 47. That was on UF's first series of the third quarter.

(5) Moore slipped wide from the seven for a touchdown when UF got the ball soon after on a fumble recovery at FSU's 45. Vince Kendrick's fourth-and-one run for six yards to the 29 was one of the big plays of the day; he broke loose after he seemed to have been stopped short of the first down, and kept the drive alive.

(6) On fourth down, early in the last quarter, Chan Gailey passed four yards to Scott Nugent for a TD.

(7) Florida State scored with 7:45 left in the game on Smith's trick pass to Joe Goldsmith for 16 yards.

The records that Huff broke had a taste of gold. He threw 58 times, and that was a single-game record, completing 27 for 325 yards. He also broke career records with 649 passes thrown, 360 completed for a total of 5,276 yards. He became the school's all-time champion in total net yardage with 5,016.

But Huff was much off target on many throws, though his protection was generally good.

Florida threw 21 times. Bowden hitting on 10 of 16 and Gailey four of five. Jackson caught five.

Moore ran just nine times for 66 yards. Gailey 12 for 69, Lenny Lucas 18 for 51.

Overall UF netted 307 yards, with 193 of it running, and the Seminoles 423, with 341 passing. Florida State actually managed more plays on offense, 82 to 76. Penalties were abundant as Florida got taxed for 148 yards, Florida State 75.

UF had just one turnover - a late interception of a Gailey pass by James Thomas deep in Seminole territory.

Smith ran his legs off going after Huff passes and pulled in 10 for 158 yards. Gary Parris caught eight for 90.

By pressbox vote Moore was UF's outstanding player on offense, and Ortega on defense. Smith was acclaimed the Seminoles' best on offense, linebacker Larry Strickland on defense.

UF excelled in the kicking game. Two of the Seminoles' lost fumbles came on UF punts.

In the early going the Seminoles yielded the ball on turnovers at Florida State's 42, 43 and 30 - and came out of those unscratched as the defense checked each threat.

The Seminoles punted on their first offensive series of the day. Then there were turnovers on the NEXT SEVEN offensive forays. There were also turnovers on the Seminoles' first two possessions of the last half.

With that touchdown drive just before halftime sandwiched in, it added up to nine turnovers on the Seminoles' first 11 possessions.

It was altogether incredible.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA
0
14
21
7
42
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
0
6
13

2nd   0- 7  Opp, 10, pass (kick), 8:10 
      0-14  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 5:37 
      7-14  Barry Smith, 16, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 0:17 
3rd   7-21  Opp, 46, run (kick), 12:14
      7-28  Opp, 7, run (kick), 7:18 
      7-35  Opp, 29, interception return (kick), 4:26 
4th   7-42  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 11:40
     13-42  Joe Goldsmith, 16, pass from Barry Smith (Gary Huff, pass failed), 7:45 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 23 13 Rushes-yards 23- 82 55-193 Passing 341 114 Att-Comp-Int 59-28-4 21-14-1 Total Yards 82-423 76-307 Punt Returns 4-20 1-0 Kickoff Returns 3-66 2-34 Interception Ret. 1-0 4-33 Fumble Returns 0-0 6-0 Punts 4-31.3 10-35.0 Fumbles-Lost 6-6 4-0 Penalties-Yds 7-75 10-148 Attendance 43,758 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 19- 81 Mike Davison 2- 7 Barry Smith 1- 3 Gary Huff 1- -9 Receiving Barry Smith 10- 158 Gary Parris 8- 90 Joe Goldsmith 3- 38 Hodges Mitchell 3- 28 Ed Davis 1- 15 Joe Thomas 1- 12 Mack Brown 2- 0 Passing Gary Huff 58-27-4-325 Barry Smith 1- 1-0- 16 Punt Return David Snell 4- 20 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 1- 47 Earl Humes 2- 19 Punting Gary Loucks 4- 125 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- J.T. Thomas . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Earl Passwaters . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
QG   61  Phil Arnold
SG   62  Bob Jones
ST   74  Don Sparkman
QT   75  Mike Glass
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
MON  26  J.T. Thomas
SAF  35  Randy Shively
RC   38  Buzzy Lewis
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
LT   69  Bobby Anderson
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
17  Gary Loucks
20  David Snell
32  Ed Davis
33  Mack Brown
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Eddie McMillan
43  Earl Humes
85  Earl Passwaters
86  Joe Thomas

FLORIDA STATE 25, MISSISSIPPI STATE 21

10/14/1972, Jackson, Ms

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 15, 1972, page 45, by Bill McGrotha.

Florida State Beats M-State 25-21.
Huff Throws 2 TDs.

JACKSON, MS - As Florida State determinedly sought to rev-up a running attack, it came perilously close to getting beat at its own passing game here Saturday night.

The Seminoles survived a blistering aerial barrage from Rockey Felker that put two touchdowns on the board in the final 66 seconds and won 25-21.

Sandwiched between Felker's touchdown strikes of 21 and 13 yards to Bill Buckley and Tommy Strahan was a 49-yards scoring scamper by Seminole sophomore Mike Davison.

Davison's run that proved decisive followed on the first play after a futile onside-kick attempt. A trap play right up the middle caught the Bulldog defenders stacked up close, and once Davison got through it was easy sailing.

In the first quarter, Gary Huff's 14-yard pass to Barry Smith provided a 7-0 lead. The Mississippians tied it 7-7 on Melvin Barkum's 7-yard scamper.

Then Huff went to Smith again on a 53-yard scoring strike. Soon after Ahmet Askin boomed a 46-yard field goal and that 17-7 lead stood up until 1:06 was left on the clock.

Huff, however, threw just eight times in the first half, 10 in the second. For those 18 tries he had 10 completions for 212 yards.

The two TD passes for Huff lifted him past Bill Cappleman's record of 42 in a career by one. Meanwhile, Florida State seemed determined to prove a point, with its running game - and did.

For the first time in their recent history the Seminoles amassed more yards on the ground than through the air, 263 to 212, as Hodges Mitchell wheeled for 131 of the total in 29 efforts and Davison got an even 100 in 13 carries. The defense, already battered entering the game, suffered a big loss in the first quarter when rover James Thomas injured an ankle and his backup man, Randy Shively, hurt his knee. Both should be back for next week's game after missing a couple days practice.

It was the Seminoles' fifth victory in six games, the Bulldogs' fourth loss in six. Also Florida State preserved a record of never losing to Mississippi State, in six games over the years.

While the Seminoles had only two turnovers in this one - one interception, one fumble lost - they had a run of offensive errors reflected in penalty assessments that totaled 80 yards.

One touchdown that would have iced the last half - a 2-yard plunge by Mitchell - was nullified by a holding penalty, with one official's flag falling after another had signaled a touchdown.

With Melvin Barkum at quarterback most of the way, the Bulldogs showed a keenly dangerous but erratic running game. Barkum, a black sophomore, got loose himself for 102 yards in a dozen runs but was socked for losses that cut his net to 67. He completed just two of nine passes for 33 yards. Felker came on late and connected on nine of 20 for 147.

When Huff did throw he was off target more often than usual - and at least throws bounced out of defenders' hands.

A crowd of 31,000 turned out for the second game of the day to be played at Jackson's Memorial Stadium. Georgia surprised Mississippi 14-13 in an afternoon contest.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MISSISSIPPI STATE
0
7
0
14
21
FLORIDA STATE
7
10
0
8
25

1st   7- 0  Barry Smith, 14, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 10:02
      7- 0  Ahmet Askin, 28, field goal failed
2nd   7- 7  Opp, 7, run (kick), 12:26
     14- 7  Barry Smith, 53, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 11:09
     17- 7  Ahmet Askin, 46, field goal
4th  17- 7  Ahmet Askin, 44, field goal failed, 7:13 
     17-15  Opp, 20, pass (run), 1:06 
     25-15  Mike Davison, 49, run (Barry Smith, pass from Gary Huff), 0:58 
     25-21  Opp, 13, pass (run failed), 0:17 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 17 Rushes-yards 61-263 30-173 Passing 212 180 Att-Comp-Int 18-10-1 29-11-1 Total Yards 79-475 59-353 Punt Returns 4-11 1-3 Kickoff Returns 2-37 5-134 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 4-30.8 8-27.3 Fumbles-Lost 5-0 4-1 Penalties-Yds 9-80 2-15 Attendance 30,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 29- 131 Mike Davison 13- 100 Oscar Roberts 3- 10 Barry Smith 2- -4 Gary Huff 5- -8 Receiving Barry Smith 7- 165 Gary Parris 2- 28 Mike Allen 1- 19 Passing Gary Huff 18-10-1-212 Punt Return David Snell 4- 11 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 1- 20 Earl Humes 1- 17 Punting Gary Loucks 4- 123 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- David Snell . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Don Sparkman . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
WR   22  Barry Smith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
WG   61  Phil Arnold
SG   62  Bob Jones
ST   74  Don Sparkman
WT   75  Mike Glass
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
ROV  26  J.T. Thomas
SAF  35  Randy Shively
RC   38  Buzzy Lewis
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
LT   69  Bobby Anderson
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
17  Gary Loucks
20  David Snell
37  Oscar Roberts
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Eddie McMillan
43  Earl Humes
82  Mike Allen

FLORIDA STATE 37, COLORADO STATE 0

10/21/1972, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 22, 1972, page 29, by Bill McGrotha.

Seminoles Butt Past the Rams 37-0.
First Shutout In 39 Games.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Shutouts for Florida State's football team come pretty hard.

The Seminoles, as they cut out a 37-0 victory over Colorado State here Saturday with less than surgical precision, blanked an opponent for the first time in 39 games.

Last time a foe put nothing on the board was in an opening game in 1969, Wichita State falling 24-0 in a miserable fumble-ridden game played in a driving rain.

A homecoming crowd of 31,329, on a clear and pleasant afternoon, saw Colorado State do everything except score as it repeatedly backed the Seminoles' hurting, sorely-pressed defense to the wall.

Incredibly, the Rams, now 0-7, nearly out-gained the Seminoles, now 6-1. Florida State stacked up 389 yards of offense, Colorado State 353.

And that should tell you something about the Seminoles'' injury-precipitated defensive difficulties.

AS the Seminoles moved on the attack in uncertain fashion much of the way, Colorado State forced the Florida State defense to play almost exactly 35 of the 60 minutes, with the Seminoles holding the ball on offense only about 25.

The Rams got off 86 plays, the Seminoles just 60.

With a date coming up at Auburn next week, Florida State had hoped to give its defense some rest in this one. It didn't work out that way.

And maybe Colorado State will have something going one day with that unusual, scrambling "shadow defense" that appeared to contribute considerably to the Seminoles' offensive uncertainty.

Perry Smith, the swift and highly capable Rams defensive back, gave Barry Smith, the Seminoles' swift and highly capable receiver, one of his hardest days. FSU's Smith managed four catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns - but it wasn't easy.

Gary Huff passed for his 44th and 45th touchdowns of his FSU time, but only on his final offensive foray of the game did he seem to be operating in his normal superbly efficient fashion.

The Rams' Smith made the mistake of trying to hold FSU's Smith as he streaked downfield early in the first quarter, and got burned badly as Huff hit Barry on a 60-yard scoring bomb.

Jerry Wampfler, the Rams coach, said his Smith thought he heard some kind of whistle on the play and stopped.

"It was kind of a cheapie play," Wampfler insisted. "Someone was blowing a whistle. I heard a whistle several times when the officials said they didn't blow it. As a matter of fact, Perry grabbed ahold of Smith and then let him go when he heard the whistle."

Smith's other touchdown catch from Huff covered 11 yards.

Colorado State, going in, had been inside opponents' 15-yard line on 16 occasions this season and failed to score. Now it has been down there 20 times without getting a point.

Shortly before a halftime that found the Rams trailing 21-0 they got stopped at the FSU eight. After intermission they got checked at the Seminoles' 4, 12 and 14.

Highly noticeable ones on FSU defense were defensive backs Buzzy Lewis and Chris Griffin, the latter a freshman. Lewis got the Seminoles out of trouble once with a 54-yard runback of an interception. Griffin came up with two last-quarter interceptions, including one in the end zone that halted Colorado State's final threat.

Huff, after hitting only six of his first 19 passes, connected on his final six to lift his figures to 12 of 25 for 218 yards.

"He didn't have an exceptional day," said FSU Coach Larry Jones, "but he did all right. Some of his receivers busted routes. Their Smith did a good job on our Smith."

Huff said he missed Smith on a couple of plays when he was open. "I just threw a couple bad passes," he said. "You just have to shake off things like that I thought I had pulled a muscle in my shoulder in the third quarter but thank goodness I didn't."

The Seminoles scored, in succession, on:

(1) The 60-yard bomb.

(2) Hodges Mitchell's 2-yard run, set up by his own running and a 30-yard pass to Joe Goldsmith. (Mitchell, on 16 carries, netted 102 yards - the fourth time in the last five games he's topped 100.)

(3) Mike Davison's 3-yard run following a 36-yard penalty on Smith for interfering with Smith.

(4) Ahmet Askin's 26-yard field goal, paved by the Lewis interception.

(5) Huff's 11-yarder to Smith after Greg Pounds' interception at the FSU 43. That was the drive on which Huff completed the six passes - including three to Gary Parris.

(6) Mike Cadwell's 25-yard pass to Joe Thomas, precipitated by Griffin's first interception. No. 2 quarterback Cadwell now has thrown exactly two passes this season - for exactly two touchdowns.

Penalties were abundant - seven against each side. Ninety yards were stepped off on the Rams, 75 on the Seminoles. Each team lost one fumble. FSU swiped four of Pat Juliana's passes. No Huff passes were intercepted.

Juliana threw 31 times, completed 10 for 158 yards. Mark Driscoll played only briefly, hitting his only passes for 16 yards. Willie Miller got 118 yards out of six catches for the visitors.

With Tom Wallace running 20 times for 113 yards - often right up the middle - the Rams got 179 on the ground, contrasted with 174 via air.

"They had some strong interior linemen," said FSU Coach Larry Jones, "and did a good job blocking."

Florida State played without whiz defensive back James Thomas, who rested his sprained ankle. Randy Shively, another starting defensive back, was also out of the lineup on a knee injury.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
COLORADO STATE
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
7
14
0
16
37

1st   0- 0  Ahmet Askin, 47, field goal failed, 11:42
      7- 0  Barry Smith, 60, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 8:55 
      7- 0  Ahmet Askin, 37, field goal failed, 5:29 
      7- 0  Opp, 42, field goal failed, 1:54 
2nd  14- 0  Hodges Mitchell, 2, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 11:50
     21- 0  Mike Davison, 3, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 8:28 
4th  24- 0  Ahmet Askin, 26, field goal, 14:02
     30- 0  Barry Smith, 11, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick failed), 6:41 
     37- 0  Joe Thomas, 25, pass from Mike Cadwell (Ahmet Askin, kick), 2:53 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 20 Rushes-yards 34-146 54-179 Passing 243 174 Att-Comp-Int 26-13-0 32-11-4 Total Yards 60-389 86-353 Punt Returns 3-44 1-0 Kickoff Returns 1-19 4-52 Interception Ret. 4-65 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 3-43.3 6-38.8 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1 Penalties-Yds 7-75 7-90 Attendance 31,327 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 16- 102 Mack Brown 6- 19 Rick Oreair 2- 13 Fred Miller 4- 7 Mike Davison 5- 3 Oscar Roberts 1- 2 Receiving Barry Smith 4- 99 Gary Parris 3- 31 Joe Goldsmith 1- 30 Mike Allen 2- 30 Mike Davison 2- 28 Joe Thomas 1- 25 Passing Gary Huff 25-12-0-218 Mike Cadwell 1- 1-0- 25 Punt Return David Snell 3- 44 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 1- 19 Punting Gary Loucks 3- 130 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Lewis . . . . . 1- 54 . . . . . . Greg Pounds . . . . . 1- 8 . . . . . . Chris Griffin . . . . . 2- 3 . . . . . . David Miles . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
RHB  21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   28  Mike Davison
LHB  44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
LG   61  Phil Arnold
RG   62  Bob Jones
LT   71  Bob Anderson
RT   74  Don Sparkman
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SAF  20  David Snell
ROV  38  Buzzy Lewis
WC   40  Eddie McMillan
SC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
WSE  57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   79  Howard Jacobi
SSE  83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
12  Mike Cadwell
17  Gary Loucks
23  Chris Griffin
29  Fred Miller
33  Mack Brown
##  NAME
-----------------------------
36  Rick Oreair
37  Oscar Roberts
58  Greg Pounds
80  Charlie Hunt
82  Mike Allen
86  Joe Thomas

AUBURN 27, FLORIDA STATE 14

10/28/1972, AUBURN, AL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 29, 1972, page 45, by Bill McGrotha.

Too Little, Too Late for Seminoles.
Auburn Takes 27-14 Win.

AUBURN, AL - Down 21-0 before it got to within real sniffing distance of the Auburn goal line, Florida State's football team staged a game but futile battle in the last half as it fell 27-14 on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.

Only after intermission was Gary Huff the quarterback of familiar form.

But, then, the Seminoles stayed so backed-up in the early going there was little room for offensive accomplishment.

Huff hit on three of his first four passes for short yardage, but Auburn defensive back David Beck intercepted his fifth toss at the Tigers' seven - and from that moment on the Seminoles were in trouble.

Contrary to widespread rumor the quarterback did not go into the game with a sore arm or shoulder. He did have a pulled groin that may or may not have affected his throwing.

In any event, a homecoming crowd of 58,122 - that was the paid figure, the actual turnout was somewhat greater - saw Auburn pull off four interceptions, including three in the first quarter.

Terry Henley, Auburn's strong-running tailback, scored the first three touchdowns from short yardage - one, four, two yards. He picked up 105 yards in 27 carries.

That was a bit more than Hodges Mitchell, who limped off the field late after gaining 91 in 21 runs. On his first carry of the day, a draw play for 16 yards, the junior became Florida State's top single-season runner of all times, surpassing the record set by Tallahassee's Buddy Strauss in 1949. In eight games now, Mitchell shows 827 yards for 174 runs.

In the last half, Huff completed 19 of 29 tosses for 213 yards, raising his figures for the regionally-televised game to 25 of 41 for 241.

Barry Smith pulled in seven for 75 yards, sending him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Thus far he has grabbed 57 for 1,012 yards.

Mitchell turned up with a dislocated shoulder, will likely be out for two weeks. Defensive back Ron Ratliff pulled a hamstring muscle. Smith played almost all the game with a shoulder separation, suffered on his first reception of the day.

Auburn drove 59 yards, following a Florida State punt, for its first touchdown the second time the Tigers got the football. A 58-yard pass play, Randy Walls to James Owens, paved Henley's payoff plunge.

A third interception off Huff at FSU's 33, precipitated the second Auburn TD in the early moments of the second quarter.

The Tigers made it 21-0 the next time they got the ball, driving 58 yards, with a 30-yard Walls to Tom Gossom the big key.

After its first two offensive series in that half, Florida State never had better starting field position than its own 25. In succession the Seminoles had beginnings at their 25, 20, 8, 9, 7 and 20.

Florida State turned up some hard-nosed defense itself after halftime, checked Auburn's early threats. Meanwhile, the Seminoles drove from their 10 to Auburn's six, but got nothing out of it as Ahmet Askin missed a 33-yard try for a field goal. Then Florida State pounded to the Tigers' 8, only to have that drive stopped by a fourth interception.

A short punt gave Auburn a chance early in the last quarter from FSU's 35. Walls passed 29 yards to Gossom for the Tigers' last touchdown.

Then the Seminoles got cranked up, marching 80 yards on Huff's passes. Mike Davison scored from nine yards out.

Florida State scored again with 3:20 left on Huff's 17-yard toss to Mike Allen.

Auburn, with more than 200 yards of offense in the first half, was restricted to less than 100 after intermission, finished with a net of 296, including 151 passing as Walls hit on six of 11 for all that yardage.

The Seminoles, with fewer than 100 yards on the attack in the first two quarters, ended with 349, with just 108 of that on the ground.

Oddly Auburn did not control the football - except then it counted most (first half). Florida State got off 83 plays, the Tigers 78. The Tigers played relatively errorless ball, with just one turnover (fumbled punt). Florida State lost no fumbles.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
14
14
AUBURN
7
14
0
6
27

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 6:22 
      0- 7  Opp, 47, field goal failed, 3:10 
2nd   0-14  Opp, 4, run (kick), 14:32
      0-21  Opp, 2, run (kick), 9:42 
      0-21  Opp, 22, field goal failed, 0:55 
3rd   0-21  Ahmet Askin, 33, field goal failed, 8:04 
4th   0-27  Opp, 29, pass (pass failed), 14:39
      7-27  Mike Davison, 9, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 11:33
     14-27  Mike Allen, 17, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:20 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 14 Rushes-yards 34-108 56-145 Passing 241 151 Att-Comp-Int 42-25-4 13-6-0 Total Yards 76-349 69-296 Punt Returns 2-10 2-17 Kickoff Returns 4-58 3-59 Interception Ret. 0-0 4-67 Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 7-30.9 7-34.3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yds 5-59 3-44 Attendance 58,122 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 21- 91 Mike Davison 4- 17 Mack Brown 3- 11 Gary Huff 6- -11 Receiving Barry Smith 7- 75 Gary Parris 5- 57 Joe Goldsmith 1- 51 Mike Davison 8- 27 Mike Allen 1- 17 Mack Brown 3- 14 Passing Gary Huff 41-25-4-241 Joe Goldsmith 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return David Snell 2- 10 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 2- 41 Earl Humes 2- 17 Punting Gary Loucks 7- 216 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Anderson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
WR   21  Joe Goldsmith
WR   22  Barry Smith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
WG   61  Phil Arnold
SG   62  Bob Jones
ST   66  Vic Johnson
WT   75  Mike Glass
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SAF  35  Randy Shively
ROV  38  Buzzy Lewis
RC   40  Eddie McMillan
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
LT   79  Howard Jacobi
RE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
12  Mike Cadwell
17  Gary Loucks
20  David Snell
27  Ken Johnson
32  Ed Davis
33  Mack Brown
37  Oscar Roberts
43  Earl Humes
58  Greg Pounds
65  Tom Prestwood
##  NAME
-----------------------------
69  Bobby Anderson
71  Bob Anderson
72  Shane Gibbs
73  Paul Oglesby
74  Don Sparkman
77  Jim Howard
78  Greg Johnson
82  Mike Allen
85  Earl Passwaters
87  John Palermo

HOUSTON 31, FLORIDA STATE 27

11/04/1972, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 5, 1972, page 49, by Bill McGrotha.

Tribe Stopped Short 31-27.
Early Errors Dig a Hole.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State lost a football game here Saturday afternoon, but maybe regained some confidence in its ability to get things done on offense as Houston's football team prevailed 31-27.

The Seminoles found out they could do things minus two considerable offensive soldiers, runner Hodges Mitchell and receiver Barry Smith.

But it all came too late. Down 10-0 at halftime, and repeatedly in the hole because of their early mistakes plus Houston's kicking game, the Seminoles were never ahead, were never closer after intermission than in the last half-minute when they got their final touchdown.

An 80-yard scoring run by Marshall Johnson, just after the Seminoles got their first TD and cut the score to 17-7, was highly significant.

So was the relatively puny 25-yard field goal by Ricky Terrell that started the scoring. It was Houston's first 3-pointer of the season.

Gary Huff was rarely, if ever, better throwing the football for Florida State. In the first half alone his receivers dropped six.

Smith, who went into the game with a bruised shoulder that kept him out of practice, was kayoed on a hard, clean tackle by Roger Mayes, who had just entered the game at cornerback, on the first play of the last quarter after snaring seven passes for 127 yards. He did not return. Out cold for 10 minutes, he'll be all right.

The Seminoles unveiled a highly interesting freshman, 210-pound running back Fred Miller of Jacksonville. He had seen only a smattering of action in earlier games. In this one he pulled in eight passes for 67 yards, scored once on a 3-yard run, again on a 4-yard throw.

"Miller had a fine day," said FSU coach Larry Jones. "Exceptional for a freshman. We played a lot of young people today. We were forced to because of the injury situation.

"All season long," added Jones of Houston, they've been moving the ball well but making mistakes. Today they made only one mistake."

That was a pass that Larry Strickland intercepted in the third quarter - a play that almost turned the game around.

In the first quarter Houston had starts with the football at FSU's 36 (fumble recovery), 22 (following 24-yard punt return by Robert Ford after an interception and kick to FSU's two got the Seminoles in trouble), and the 10 (fumble recovery).

Out of all that the FSU defense granted just the field goal by Terrell.

In the second quarter, after punts backed the Seminoles to the 16 and then the 10, Florida State kicked out to its 38. D.C. Nobles, the quarterback, got loose on a 35-yard scrimmage run to the one, then Puddin' Jones scored from there to make it 10-0.

Only time the Seminoles came close to scoring in that first half was after David Snell returned a punt 32 yards to FSU's 45 - a bid that played out when Ahmet Askin missed on a 35-yard try for a field goal.

Some in the crowd of 29,482 on this warm afternoon booed Huff - either him or the whole offense - in that first half. But, actually, Snell's punt return provided the only decent start. FSU's other possessions were at its 19, 20, 2, 12, 20, 16, 10, 29 and 20.

Houston moved from the second-half kickoff, after Ford ran it back 49 yards to the 50, to a 17-0 lead with Nobles passing eight yards to Del Stanley for the payoff. It was just one of three completions by Nobles in 11 throws that netted a mere 24 yards.

The Seminoles bogged down on fourth-and-inches at the Houston 22. The Strickland's interception provided a lift, and a crack from the Cougar's 31. On fourth down Gary Parris, a rugged receiver all day, pulled in a Huff pass and scored on a 27-yard play. Parris had five receptions in the game, totaling 129 yards.

With the FSU defense in tight, Johnson tore loose on Houston's first play from scrimmage after that, and the score was 27-7 following the 80-yard play.

Immediately the Seminoles narrowed the gap again, driving 67 yards to a touchdown, with Smith making big catches from 19 and 35 yards, and Miller scoring from the three.

But, folloing a poor punt that gave it the ball at FSU's 34, Houston made it 31-14 on Jones' fourth-down run from the two.

After which the Seminoles scored on their final two possessions of the game, with Smith out of action, driving 75 and 72 yards. Catches by Parris for 36 and 42 yards were keys in each production. Miller scored on the 4-yard pass, then Mike Davison on a 1-yard plunge with 24 seconds left.

Huff threw 51 times, completed 27 for 409 yards.

With Mitchell sidelined, Davison ran hard and well, 16 times for 62 yards, though FSU's running net, with Huff sacked for a total of 26, was only 51.

As Johnson gat 120 yards in seven runs, Jones 106 in 21, and Reggie Cherry 62 in 20, the Cougars piled up 345 rushing, reverted to a grind-it-out game. Oddly, the Seminoles had the ball for 15 more plays, 84 to 69, they also led in first downs, 22 to 12.

On this day there was no comparison of the all-round kicking games of the two opponents. Houston's was sound, FSU's was not. That figured significantly, too.

Houston lifted its record to 3-4-1 as it beat the Seminoles for the ninth time in 12 tries. Florida State, following a 4-0 start, was left 6-3 for a final home game against Tulsa here Saturday.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
HOUSTON
3
7
14
7
31
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
13
14
27

1st   0- 0  Opp, 52, field goal failed, 12:11
      0- 3  Opp, 25, field goal, 3:49 
      0- 3  Opp, 29, field goal failed, 2:16 
2nd   0- 3  Ahmet Askin, 35, field goal failed, 10:59
      0-10  Opp, 1, run (kick), 3:08 
      0-10  Opp, 40, field goal failed, 1:14 
3rd   0-17  Opp, 8, pass (kick), 10:58
      7-17  Gary Parris, 27, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 5:19 
      7-24  Opp, 80, run (kick), 5:05 
     14-24  Fred Miller, 3, run (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:35 
4th  14-31  Opp, 2, run (kick), 7:29 
     21-31  Fred Miller, 4, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 4:19 
     27-31  Mike Davison, 1, run (Gary Huff, run failed), 0:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 22 12 Rushes-yards 33- 51 58-345 Passing 409 24 Att-Comp-Int 51-27-2 11-3-1 Total Yards 84-460 69-369 Punt Returns 4-36 2-29 Kickoff Returns 6-96 4-83 Interception Ret. 1-12 2-35 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 6-33.0 7-40.1 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 0-0 Penalties-Yds 1-15 5-60 Time of Posession 29:40 30:20 Attendance 29,482 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Davison 16- 62 Mack Brown 1- 9 Fred Miller 5- 4 Rick Oreair 1- 2 Gary Huff 10- -26 Receiving Gary Parris 5- 129 Barry Smith 7- 127 Fred Miller 8- 67 Mike Davison 5- 49 Mike Allen 2- 37 Passing Gary Huff 51-27-2-409 Punt Return David Snell 4- 36 Kickoff Return Eddie McMillan 2- 39 Randy Kaiser 1- 21 David Snell 1- 19 Chris Griffin 1- 14 Charlie Hunt 1- 3 Punting Gary Loucks 6- 198 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Larry Strickland . . . . . 1- 12 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   33  Mack Brown
C    55  Allen Dees
LG   61  Phil Arnold
RG   62  Bob Jones
LT   71  Bob Anderson
RT   74  Don Sparkman
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
RS   20  David Snell
LS   38  Buzzy Lewis
RC   40  Eddie McMillan
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
LLB  46  David Miles
RLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
LT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RT   79  Howard Jacobi
RE   80  Charlie Hunt
LE   83  Bert Cooper
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
17  Gary Loucks
23  Chris Griffin
29  Fred Miller
##  NAME
-----------------------------
31  Randy Kaiser
36  Rick Oreair
82  Mike Allen

FLORIDA STATE 23, TULSA 21

11/11/1972, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 12, 1972, page 45, by Bill McGrotha.

Tribe Effort Holds Off Tulsa 23-21.
Shining Day for Seminoles.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - And the old, familiar shout of "FSU one time" was again heard in the land.

As Tulsa fell 23-21 on a tense Saturday afternoon in Campbell Stadium a slim crowd of 24,016 saw what may have been one of the top all-time efforts by a Florida State football team.

Few might believe that so. They might not also believe the terribly crippled circumstances under which Florida State went into the game - circumstances that worsened alarmingly one long minute after another.

It was a day that saw a magnificent Gary Huff throw for all three Florida State touchdowns - and almost had that big clutch performance overshadowed by some battling underclassmen.

Sophomore Mike Davison ran for 155 yards in 23 carries, and only Buddy Strauss with 161 against Mississippi College away back in 1949 ever topped that at Florida State.

Sophomore Randy Kaiser, playing much at cornerback for the first time this season, dogged running backs and pass-catchers with notable vigor and efficiency, pulled off one key interception. Previously he had been in for only one play as a defensive back.

Sophomore Joe Downey, restricted previously to holding the football for place kicks, punted 55 yards on his first varsity effort ever, averaged 41.6 yards on five boots, angled the ball out of bounds at Tulsa's 7, 14 and 17.

Sophomore Mike Allen gathered in five passes for 77 yards and the Seminoles' first two touchdowns.

Senior Gary Parris also pulled in five, for 72 yards and a final touchdown.

And David Snell, the senior, provided scoring opportunities deep in Tulsa territory with runbacks of 34 and 38 yards on a punt and interception.

Snell got hurt (ankle) in the third quarter. Two who had started the games at defensive-backfield spots went out in the second quarter and did not return - Buzzy Lewis (ankle) and Earl Humes (bruised chest). Moreover, cornerback Eddie McMillan (knee injury in Houston game) was not suited up at kickoff, but things got so binding he did dress out and played some after intermission.

At one point the Seminoles call Sam Cowart, a reserve defensive back, out of the stands and put a uniform on him but he didn't play.

Hodges Mitchell, the top runner, did not dress for the game.

Barry Smith, top receiver, dressed, but did not play. Defensive tackle James Malkiewicz (knee injury against Houston) played little, and the Seminoles were hurting mightily at this position. Bert Cooper, the end, was at tackle some of the time.

Linebacker Larry Strickland suffered a slight concussion and did not play in the last quarter.

Against a Tulsa defense some vulnerable to the run but not nearly as against the pass, Florida State considered it imperative that it run much and try to control the football.

That the Seminoles did, and when it counted most. They had the ball for 33:37 of the 60 minutes, including 9:11 and 11:17 in the final two quarters. Florida State got off 72 plays, Tulsa only 60. Florida State's last two drives of the day were classics. On the former the Seminoles came up with four "must" plays on third down in a movement to a touchdown that proved decisive. And on the latter they kept the football for the final six minutes and 51 seconds, with Davison, on the last play of the game, ruled down at the 1-foot line when it seemed that he had scored.

Huff's touchdown passes were 30 and 11 yards to Allen, 14 to Parris. The Seminoles never trailed, though Tulsa tied it at 7-7 in the second quarter on Todd Starks' 2-yard scoring toss to Leonard Isabell.

A 31-yard field goal by Ahmet Askin in the third quarter figured big, padding FSU's halftime lead of 13-7 to 16-7.

But Tulsa cut it to 16-14 in the early moments of the last quarter on Steve Bowling'a 40-yard halfback pass to Isabell. And, with 6:51 to go, Tulsa narrowed it to the final 23-21 on Starks' 52-yard bomb to speedster Raymond Rhodes.

Huff hit on 14 of 27 passes for 183 yards, Starks on 10 of 24 for 173.

While FSU stacked up 213 yards on the ground, with freshman Fred Miller getting 62 in 15 carries, Tulsa netted just 111, with Ed White leading with 66 yards in 15 trips.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TULSA
0
7
0
14
21
FLORIDA STATE
7
6
3
7
23

1st   7- 0  Mike Allen, 30, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 3:07 
2nd   7- 0  Opp, 52, field goal failed, 14:49
      7- 7  Opp, 2, pass (kick), 8:57 
     13- 7  Mike Allen, 11, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick failed), 2:43 
     13- 7  Opp, 55, field goal failed, 0:12 
3rd  13- 7  Ahmet Askin, 42, field goal failed, 10:00
     16- 7  Ahmet Askin, 31, field goal, 7:22 
4th  16-14  Opp, 40, pass (kick), 13:52
     23-14  Gary Parris, 15, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 9:20 
     23-21  Opp, 52, pass (kick), 6:51 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 16 Rushes-yards 45-213 35-111 Passing 183 213 Att-Comp-Int 27-14-1 25-11-2 Total Yards 72-396 60-324 Punt Returns 6-61 2-8 Kickoff Returns 3-67 4-72 Interception Ret. 2-38 1-11 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 5-41.6 6-35.8 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0 Penalties-Yds 11-94 3-26 Time of Posession 33:37 26:23 Attendance 24,016 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Mike Davison 23- 155 Fred Miller 15- 62 Oscar Roberts 4- 16 Rick Oreair 1- -3 Gary Huff 2- -17 Receiving Mike Allen 5- 77 Gary Parris 5- 72 Mike Davison 3- 31 Fred Miller 1- 3 Passing Gary Huff 27-14-1-183 Punt Return David Snell 5- 55 Mike McGowan 1- 6 Kickoff Return David Snell 2- 47 Randy Kaiser 1- 20 Punting Joe Downey 5- 208 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- David Snell . . . . . 1- 38 . . . . . . Randy Kaiser . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
TB   28  Mike Davison
FB   29  Fred Miller
C    55  Allen Dees
LG   61  Phil Arnold
RG   62  Bob Jones
LT   71  Bob Anderson
RT   74  Don Sparkman
SE   82  Mike Allen
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
FS   20  David Snell
SS   38  Buzzy Lewis
LE   42  Ron Ratliff
RC   43  Earl Humes
LB   46  David Miles
LB   50  Dan Whitehurst
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MG   59  Larry Strickland
LT   65  Tom Prestwood
RT   70  Jim Malkiewicz
RE   80  Charlie Hunt
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
27  Mike McGowan
31  Randy Kaiser
##  NAME
-----------------------------
36  Rick Oreair
37  Oscar Roberts
40  Eddie McMillan

SOUTH CAROLINA 24, FLORIDA STATE 21

11/18/1972, COLUMBIA, SC

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 19, 1972, page 49, by Bill McGrotha.

FSU Upset by S.C. 24-21.
Gamecocks Rally.

COLUMBIA, SC - Florida State's long football season came to a startling and harsh halt here Saturday night as Bobby Marino, a freshman in his first varsity game, kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:28 left to lift South Carolina to a 24-21 victory.

Apparently the loss cost the Seminoles a bid to the Peach Bowl, though its representatives here were in a confused state minutes after the end, and trying to reach committee members by phone back home to see what they thought about the situation.

Marion was big in this surprising turnabout - Florida State's first loss to the Gamecocks in a 7-year series - but Neville Files, a senior defensive back, was bigger.

Files recovered one fumble and intercepted three Gary Huff passes - including one that set the stage for Marino's winning 3-pointer.

Once again Florida State was an error-prone outfit. Seven turnovers in this one - four interceptions, three fumbles lost.

The Seminoles also were suddenly a highly vulnerable bunch at defensive tackle with James Malkiewicz out on an injury and Howard Jacobi injured early. Effort to adjust their liability at tackle left the Seminoles wide-open for Dobby Grossman's passes.

Huff, hitting on 13 of 28 passes for 186 yards, threw three touchdown passes - all to Barry Smith, who snared five all told for 104 yards.

In raising his TD pass total for the season to 25, Huff tied Bill Cappleman's school-record number for a single season. And Smith became the Seminoles' all-time top scorer for a single season with 86 points. He also surpasses Ron Sellers' school-record sum of 12 touchdown catches in a season with his 123th payoff reception.

Florida State jumped to a 14-0 lead in this one. Huff passed three yards to Smith for a quick 7-0 lead after David Snell intercepted a game-opening throw by Bill Troup. Soon after Huff and Smith collaborated on a 35-yard scoring play.

Three straight times in the second quarter the Seminoles over turned the ball to South Carolina, at the Florida State 30, 37 and 35. Out of this Carolina tied it 14-14 on touchdown passes of 31 and 10 yards from Grossman to fullback Tom Amrein. Just before halftime Tommy Bell missed on a field-goal try of 33 yards for the Gamecocks.

Late in the third quarter Carolina, now 4-6, took a 21-14 lead on Grossman's 56-yard bomb to Eddie Muldrow. The Seminoles tied it on the next series, moving 70 yards with the help of two penalties, with Huff capping it with a 5-yard toss to Smith.

The Seminoles had their backs to the wall the rest of the way, fighting off repeated Carolina threats. In the final 40 seconds they got to Carolina's 41, but that was it.

A crowd of 35,585 on a cold clear night went wild at the end. It may have been as important a game as Coach Paul Dietzel ever won. Under heavy pressure to resign, despite some votes of confidence, Dietzel may have had his job saved with this upset.

The Seminoles, now 7-4, got out-gained, 375 yards to 303. Each team was hard-hit by penalties. Florida State had 95 yards walked off on it, the home team 120.

Hodges Mitchell returned to action after missing two games with a shoulder dislocation, and rolled up 117 yards in 18 carries. Mike Davison, the sophomore who got 156 last week, ran just three times after being hobbled most of the week by a bad ankle, netted just seven yards.

Florida State had appeared to be more physically ready for action than in recent games but, considering the adverse developments at defensive tackle, it was hardly enough to overcome its own errors and South Carolina's perhaps inspired endeavor.

"We ran out of people," said FSU Coach Larry Jones. "Jacobi apparently broke his leg and we just didn't have any tackles left. We ran into a hot ball club."

Said Dietzel: "We did what I said we could do all year long. I said we had a good football team, and very few people believed that."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
14
0
7
0
21
SOUTH CAROLINA
0
14
7
3
24

1st   7- 0  Barry Smith, 3, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 12:30
     14- 0  Barry Smith, 35, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 2:38 
2nd  14- 7  Opp, 31, pass (kick), 11:05
     14-14  Opp, 10, pass (kick), 2:26 
     14-14  Opp, 33, field goal failed, 0:14 
3rd  14-21  Opp, 56, pass (kick), 3:45 
     21-21  Barry Smith, 5, pass from Gary Huff (Ahmet Askin, kick), 0:28 
4th  21-21  Opp, 31, field goal failed, 3:04 
     21-24  Opp, 38, field goal, 1:28 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 19 Rushes-yards 28-117 62-184 Passing 186 173 Att-Comp-Int 28-13-4 16-12-2 Total Yards 56-303 78-357 Punt Returns 1-0 1-1 Kickoff Returns 5-95 4-65 Interception Ret. 2-11 4-33 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 2-37.0 3-26.7 Fumbles-Lost 5-3 1-1 Penalties-Yds 8-120 9-95 Attendance 35,585 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Hodges Mitchell 18- 117 Mike Davison 3- 7 Gary Huff 5- -9 Receiving Barry Smith 5- 104 Gary Parris 6- 61 Joe Goldsmith 1- 18 Mike Davison 1- 3 Passing Gary Huff 28-13-4-186 Punt Return David Snell 1- 0 Kickoff Return Randy Kaiser 1- 33 Hodges Mitchell 1- 20 Chris Griffin 1- 19 Ron Ratliff 1- 15 Barry Smith 1- 8 Punting Joe Downey 2- 74 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- David Snell . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Larry Strickland . . . . . 1- 11 . . . . . . David Miles . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   19  Gary Huff
FL   21  Joe Goldsmith
SE   22  Barry Smith
FB   28  Mike Davison
TB   44  Hodges Mitchell
C    55  Allen Dees
LG   61  Phil Arnold
RG   62  Bob Jones
LT   71  Bob Anderson
RT   74  Don Sparkman
TE   84  Gary Parris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SAF  20  David Snell
ROV  38  Buzzy Lewis
RC   40  Eddie McMillan
LC   42  Ron Ratliff
SLB  46  David Miles
WLB  50  Dan Whitehurst
LE   57  Steve Bratton
MLB  59  Larry Strickland
LT   77  Jim Howard
RT   79  Howard Jacobi
RE   80  Charlie Hunt
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Ahmet Askin
 3  Joe Downey
12  Mike Cadwell
23  Chris Griffin
26  J.T. Thomas
29  Fred Miller
31  Randy Kaiser
37  Oscar Roberts
43  Earl Humes
49  Bill Johnson
52  Rocky Saldana
##  NAME
-----------------------------
56  John Murphy
58  Greg Pounds
65  Tom Prestwood
72  Shane Gibbs
73  Paul Oglesby
75  Mike Glass
78  Greg Johnson
83  Bert Cooper
85  Earl Passwaters
87  John Palermo