Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 21, 1984) — Florida State’s ninth blocked punt of the season led to a late
score and enabled FSU to escape with a 17-17 tie with Georgia in front of 51,821 fans in the
Florida Citrus Bowl.
Leading 17-9 with 3:58 left, Georgia punter Chip Andrews dropped back to receive the snap when
FSU’s Lenny Chavers burst through the middle of the Bulldog line to block the punt. Special
teams phenom Joe Wessel scooped up the loose ball and returned it 14 yards for his fourth touchdown
of the season off a blocked kick.
Florida State fell behind 14-0 at the half, and needed the blocked punt to earn the tie. The
Bulldogs had taken control in the second quarter, scoring on runs of two and four yards by running
back Lars Tate, who gained 75 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Game.
Tate’s second touchdown was set up by cornerback Kevin Harris, who picked off an Eric Thomas pass
and returned it 18 yards to the FSU 13 with 1:22 remaining in the first half.
Florida State got on track early in the third quarter, marching 67 yards with the second half
kickoff to set up a 32-yard field goal by Derek Schmidt.
The Seminoles’ next score came with 14:12 left in the game when Tony Smith, who finished the day
with 68 yards on 10 carries, scored from the one.
Held to 134 yards of total offense, Georgia scored its only points of the second half on a 36-yard
field goal by Kevin Butler in the fourth quarter. The FSU defense was led by linebacker Henry
Taylor and safety Billy Allen, both of whom registered 11 tackles.
While the defense had success stopping the Georgia offensive attack, Florida State’s offense
sputtered throughout the game.
Georgia did mount a late scoring threat when it took possession of the ball on the Florida State
46-yard line with 21 seconds left. After two incomplete passes, the Bulldogs lined up to attempt
a 70-yard field goal by All-American Butler, whose attempt fell just short as time expired.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 0 0 3 14 17 Georgia 0 14 0 3 17 Scoring Summary UGA - Tate 4 yd. run (Butler kick), 5:26 UGA - Tate 2 yd. run (Butler kick), 1:08 FSU - Schmidt 32 yd. field goal, 10:26 FSU - Smith 1 yd. run (Thomas run failed), 14:21 UGA - Butler 36 yd. field goal, 12:10 FSU - Wessel 14 yd. punt return (Holloman run), 3:58 Team Statistics FSU UGA First Downs 18 15 Rushes - Yards 42-161 49-189 Passing Yards 85 178 Comp.-Att.-Int. 10-27-2 9-18-1 Plays-Total Offense 69-246 67-367 Punt Return Yards 62 4 Punts - Average 8-38.6 8-37.1 Fumbles - Lost 3-1 5-1 Interceptions - Yards 1-0 2-18 Penalties - Yards 8-65 6-42 Time of Possession 30:51 29:09 Third Down Cov. 2-12 2-14 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Thomas 11-(-21), Snipes 8-60, Cl. Jones 10-40, Smith 10-65, Ce. Jones 1-5, Hester 2-12; UGA - T. Williams 3-(-14), J. Jackson 7-36, Gary 6-19, Tate 11-75, Smith 8-22, T. Jackson 12-46, S. Williams 2-5. Passing: FSU - Thomas 10-26-2, H. Jones 1-0-0; UGA - T. Williams 2-2-0, J. Jackson 7-16-1. Receiving: FSU - Hester 3-26, Carter 2-15, Smith 1-10, Ce. Jones 1-10, H. Jones 2-11, Panton 1-13; UGA - Archie 2-41, Hockaday 1-8, Lane 2-64, S. Williams 2-45, Clincy 1-19, T. Jackson 1-1.