El Paso, Texas (Jan. 1, 1955) — Florida State turnovers and defensive collapses in the second
quarter allowed Texas Western to move well ahead and capture a 47-20 Sun Bowl victory.
With the score tied at seven at the end of the first period, the underdog Miners put together
a magnificent 28-point quarter that buried the Seminoles on the steamy January afternoon.
Texas Western quarterback John Griner ran the option to perfection, and the Seminoles, fighting
a blinding sun and high altitude, couldn’t keep pace.
After taking a 7-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, the Seminoles allowed the Miners
to tie the score late in the period. On the first play of the second quarter, Florida State
fumbled on its own 24, and Texas Western needed only two plays to grab its first lead of the
day. That touchdown came on a nifty run by Miner ace Jesse Whittenton.
Then, the flood gates opened. Tom Nugent’s Seminoles made three more mistakes that led directly
to Texas Western touchdowns, and the home-standing Miners eased into the locker room with a 34-7
In the final half, the Miners ran the count to 41-7 before the Tribe scored again. Quarterback
Len Swantic led a third quarter drive sparked by a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tom Feamster. But
Western wasted no time in countering that Seminole score. On the next kickoff, Bob Forrest
raced 95 yards for the final Miner touchdown of the day.
The Seminoles were able to tack on a final tally in the fourth period. Harry Massey hit Bill
Odom on a 16-yard pass play for the score.