Jacksonville, Fla. (Dec. 30, 1982) — Greg Allen rambled for 138 yards and two scores, while
surprise starter Blair Williams threw for 202 yards and another touchdown as Florida State upset
West Virginia 31-12 in the 38th Annual Gator Bowl.
Allen, who was named MVP, scored twice in the third quarter to break open a tight game and give
the Seminoles a 31-6 lead entering the final period.
The victory lifted the Seminoles’ record to 9-3 on the year, and gave FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden
a win in his first encounter against the Mountaineers — the team he coached from 1970-75.
Florida State drew first blood in the game — taking a 3-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal by Philip
Hall with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter. Frustrated by a blocked field goal attempt on the
first drive of the game, the Mountaineers came back to tie the game early in the second stanza
when All-American Paul Woodside hit a 48-yard field goal.
The Seminoles took the lead for good on the next play. Picking up Woodside’s kickoff on the five,
Billy Allen started up the middle and then broke to his left — eventually going 95 yards for a
touchdown, a Gator Bowl record, and a 10-3 FSU lead.
West Virginia added a field goal to cut the lead to 10-6, but Williams led FSU on a 63-yard
touchdown drive with under one minute to play in the half.
With just 15 seconds remaining and the ball on the 27, Williams lofted a pass into the right corner
of the end zone, where Dennis McKinnon went high over two WVU defenders to make a spectacular
catch and give the Seminoles a 17-6 intermission lead.
The third quarter belonged to Greg Allen. Carrying the ball just five times, the sophomore
tailback logged 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Florida State’s defense, which was in the face of WVU quarterback Jeff Hostetler all night,
controlled the final period.
FSU held Hostetler to 10 completions in 28 attempts for 118 yards and two interceptions, while
the Seminole offense was busy piling up 451 yards of total offense against a WVU defense ranked
in the top 10 nationally.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 3 14 14 0 31 WVU 0 6 0 6 12 Scoring Summary FSU - Hall 20 yd. field goal, 3:30 WVU - Woodside 48 yd. field goal, 14:14 FSU - B. Allen 95 yd. kick off return, :20 WVU - Woodside 34 yd. field goal, 1:13 FSU - McKinnon 27 yd. pass from Williams (Hall kick), :15 FSU - G. Allen 29 yd. run (Hall kick), :15 FSU - G. Allen 1 yd. run (Hall kick), 3:36 WVU - Miller 26 yd. pass from White (White pass failed), :51 Team Statistics FSU WVU First Downs 23 22 Rushes - Yards 34-259 41-155 Passing Yards 202 208 Comp.-Att.-Int. 16-32-1 14-34-2 Plays-Total Offense 68-461 75-363 Punt Return Yards 9 82 Punts - Average 4-36.8 4-30.5 Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-0 Interceptions - Yards 2-23 1-0 Penalties - Yards 11-100 5-57 Time of Possession 27:10 32:50 Third Down Cov. 3-12 7-17 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Lowery 1-(-9), B. Williams 2-7, G. Allen 15-138, R. Williams 10-35, C. Jones 1-1, Burnett 1-1, McKinnon 1-65, B. Allen 3-21; WVU - Hostetler 9-24, 2-(17), Gray 10-27, Wolfley 7-32, Walczak 7-30, Beck 4-7, Mullen 2-42. Passing: FSU - Lowerey 0-1-0, B. Williams 16-30-1, H. Jones 0-1-0; WVU - Hostetler 10-28-2, White 4-6-0. Receiving: FSU - G. Allen 1-15, Burnett 1-13, Bowden 1-8, McKinnon 2-36, Mobley 4-34, H. Jones 3-29, R. Williams 2-26, Thompson 2-41; WVU - Gray 2-12, Miller 5-100, Mullen 1-5, Raugh 4-60, Brown 1-18, Hollins 1-13.