Jacksonville, Fla. (Dec. 30, 1967) — Penn State jumped out to a commanding 17-point halftime
lead before Florida State battled back in the second half to gain an exciting 17-17 tie.
The Seminoles received the opening kickoff, but their opening drive stalled at the Penn
State 25. The Lions fumbled after one play, but an interception gave them the ball back, and
they scored first on a 27-yard field goal by Tom Sherman in the closing minutes of the first
Late in the second period, Sherman passed 10 yards to Jack Curry for a touchdown. He came back
to hit All-America tight end Ted Kwalick with seconds remaining in the half. The Seminoles
were completely stopped before intermission as Penn State’s defense kept Kim Hammond and his
mates at bay.
The momentum changed in the second half, however. Penn State received the kick but was forced
to punt. The Tribe drove quickly to the Lion one, but couldn’t score. On the next series, the
Lions gambled on fourth down at their own 15, and the Seminole defense held. Three plays later,
Hammond passed to Ron Sellers for Florida State’s first score.
When Lion halfback Charlie Pittman fumbled the ball on the kickoff, the Seminoles were back in
business at the Penn State 22. Passes to Sellers and Bill Moremen moved the ball to the one.
From there, Hammond took it on himself to cut the lead to 17-14.
With just over a minute to play in the game, Hammond directed a picture-perfect drive from the
FSU 31 to the Penn State 15. There, Florida State was faced with a fourth-and-five situation
with 17 seconds remaining. Coach Bill Peterson decided to go for the sure three points and a
tie rather than risk a 17-14 loss. Grant Guthrie booted the field goal and the 1967 Gator Bowl
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 0 0 14 3 17 PSU 3 14 0 0 17 Scoring Summary PSU - Sherman 27 yd. field goal, 2:32 PSU - Curry 9 yd. pass from Sherman (Sherman kick), 4:42 PSU - Kwalick 12 yd. pass from Sherman (Sherman kick), :50 FSU - Sellers 20 yd. pass from Hammond (Guthrie kick), 3:50 FSU - Hammond one yd. run (Guthrie kick), 2:49 FSU - Guthrie 26 yd. field goal, :15 Team Statistics FSU PSU First Downs 12 23 Rushes - Yards 26-55 36-175 Passing Yards 363 69 Comp.-Att.-Int. 38-55-4 6-19-3 Plays-Total Offense 81-418 55-244 Punt Return Yards 35 4 Punts - Average 4-30 7-40 Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-2 Interceptions - Yards 3-23 4-55 Penalties - Yards 4-40 1-5 Third Down Cov. 8-18 3-14 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Hammond 9-(-9), Green 12-27, Gunter 2-15, Moreman 3-22; PSU - Sherman 6-24, Pittman 19-124, Lucyk 7-12, Kwalick 1-7, Grimes 3-8. Passing: FSU - Hammond 37-53-4, Cheshire 1-1-0, Moreman 0-1-0; PSU - Sherman 6-19-3. Receiving: FSU - Sellers 14-145, Fenner 8-87, Moreman 12-106, Taylor 1-11, Glass 1-11, Green 2-3; PSU - Kwalick 2-25, Curry 2-22, Lucyk 2-22.