Despite the campuses being less than three hours apart, Florida State and Florida didn’t meet on the gridiron until 1958.
Florida hosted the first six games before FSU got its first win in the series in the first contest in Tallahassee in 1964. Its first win in Gainesville came on this day 55 years ago as the Seminoles topped the Gators, 21-16.
FSU was 6-2-1 as it arrived at Florida Field on Nov. 25, 1967. Florida had won the previous season by a 22-19 score in Tallahassee and in controversial fashion as Lane Fenner’s apparent game-winning touchdown catch was ruled incomplete. The Gators were 6-2 and seemed to be gaining momentum in the second half.
FSU led 14-3 at halftime, thanks to a touchdown pass and touchdown run from Kim Hammond. After a touchdown run by Florida’s Tom Christian cut the lead to 14-9 in the third quarter, a big punt return set the Gators up in the red zone early in the fourth.
A completion from Larry Rentz to Richard Trapp looked as though it would set Florida up with 1st-and-goal, but a fumble recovered by FSU’s Mike Bugar swung momentum. Hammond and Ron Sellers proceeded to march the Seminoles 93 yards. After a 51-yard hookup earlier on the drive, Hammond found Sellers for a 38-yard score to extend the lead to 21-9.
The Gators would answer with a touchdown later in the quarter, but their final two drives ended on downs. Sellers finished with seven catches for 153 yards and the score. Bill Moremen also caught a touchdown in the win. FSU forced four turnovers in the victory.
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Garnet and Great
Over the years, the Seminoles have had numerous memorable moments in Gainesville. Their first victory there in the rivalry came on this day 55 years ago.