Tempe, Ariz. (Dec. 27, 1971) — In one of the most dazzling offensive shows in bowl history,
Arizona State scored with 34 seconds left in the game to capture the first ever Fiesta Bowl,
45-38, before over 51,000 partisan fans in Sun Devil Stadium.
Florida State’s initial drive stalled, and Arizona State wasted no time in grabbing a 7-0 lead.
FSU’s Barry Smith brought the kickoff back 49 yards, and like lightning, Gary Huff and his mates
tied the score. Huff’s passes put the Tribe at the one, and Paul Magalski got the touchdown.
Thirty-two points went on the board in the second quarter. The locals drew first blood, but
a field goal by Frank Fontes moved the Seminoles within one at 14-13 as the momentum seemed to
swing to Florida State. The Seminoles raced 63 yards on their next drive and added a two-point
conversion to lead 21-14. With just over two minutes left in the half, ASU’s Danny White hit
Steve Holden on a 55-yard scoring pass to tie the game at 21.
At that point, the Seminoles proved they had come to play. Huff put on a brilliant passing
display, hitting Kent Gaydos for 46 yards to the Sun Devil 10. With time running out in the
half, Rhett Dawson snared his second touchdown pass of the day to give the Tribe a 28-21 halftime
The third quarter was all Arizona State. Holding the ball almost the entire quarter, the Sun
Devils put 10 points on the board and led 31-28 heading into the final stanza.
Early in that last quarter, Florida State culminated a 75-yard drive with a field goal to tie
the game at 31. On an exchange of punts, Holden hurt the Seminoles again. This time, he returned
a Duane Carrell punt 63 yards for a touchdown. Florida State came back to tie the game again
when Dawson made a sensational touchdown grab between two defenders with 4:44 left in the contest.
ASU’s final drive resulted in a Woody Green touchdown with 34 seconds left to break the tie and
provide the final margin.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 10 18 0 10 38 ASU 7 14 10 14 45 Scoring Summary ASU - Demery 21 yd. pass from White (Ekstrand kick), 9:47 FSU - Magalski one yd. run (Fontes kick), 8:13 FSU - Fontes 30 yd. field goal, 3:23 ASU - Green one yd. run (Elstrand kick), 13:34 FSU - Fontes 25 yd. field goal, 7:35 FSU - Dawson 14 yd. pass from Gaydos through Huff (Dawson pass from Huff), 5:07 ASU - Holden 54 yd. pass from White (Ekstrand kick), :49 FSU - Dawson 10 yd. pass from Huff (Fontes kick), :11 ASU - Ekstrand 34 yd. field goal, 8:25 ASU - Green two yd. run (Ekstrand kick), 1:32 FSU - Fontes 42 yd. field goal, 13:16 ASU - Holden returns Carrell's kick (Ekstrand kick), 6:07 FSU - Dawson 25 yd. pass from Huff (Fontes kick), 4:44 ASU - Green two yd. run (Ekstrand kick), :34 Team Statistics FSU ASU First Downs 20 22 Rushes - Yards 34-72 56-200 Passing Yards 361 250 Comp.-Att.-Int. 26-47-2 15-30-0 Plays-Total Offense 81-433 86-450 Punt Return Yards 16 107 Punts - Average 7-42 6-37 Fumbles - Lost 2-0 5-2 Interceptions - Yards 0-0 2-0 Penalties - Yards 8-91 4-37 Time of Possession 27:38 32:22 Third Down Cov. 6-17 11-19 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Jarrett 8-48, Magalski 17-42, Munroe 5-8, Smith 1-13, Huff 3-39; ASU - Green 24-101, White 11-18, Malone 17-60, Holden 3-21. Passing: FSU - Huff 25-46-2, Gaydos 1-1-0; ASU - White 15-30-0. Receiving: FSU - Jarrett 2-6, Dawson 8-108, Smith 8-143, Gaydos 5-101, Munroe 1-13, Magalski 1-9, Parris 1-7; ASU - Demery 4-55, Holden 2-66, Beverly 3-33, Petty 4-50, Green 2-46.