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1985 Gator Bowl

Florida State 34 Oklahoma State 23




Jacksonville, Fla. (Dec. 30, 1985) — Freshman quarterback Chip Ferguson threw for 338 yards
and a pair of touchdowns, and Tony Smith added 201 yards rushing as Florida State rolled over
Oklahoma State, 34-23, in the 41st Annual Gator Bowl.



FSU, which entered the game minus its top three receivers, fooled Oklahoma State by throwing on
15 of its first 20 plays. Derek Schmidt field goals of 23 and 39 yards, and a 39-yard touchdown
catch by Herb Gainer sandwiched in between, gave FSU a 13-0 halftime lead.



Oklahoma State got on the scoreboard immediately following the intermission when a 63-yard drive
ended in a 33-yard field goal by Brad Dennis.



Ferguson, who was named the game’s MVP, went back to the air, taking the Seminoles 73 yards on
the next series before handing off to senior fullback Cletis Jones for a three-yard touchdown run.
An interception by Deion Sanders gave the ball back to FSU, and Ferguson used just five plays
before hitting Gainer with a 19-yard touchdown pass. That made the score 27-3, Florida State.



Oklahoma State didn’t give up with Cowboy quarterback Ronnie Williams passing 29 yards to
All-America tailback Thurman Thomas for an OSU TD. Following a Ferguson fumble, Williams handed
off to Thomas, who threw back to the quarterback for a 12-yard touchdown that closed the score to
27-17.



Early in the fourth quarter, Fer-guson scored from one yard out to give the Seminoles a 17-point
cushion. The Cowboys added a late touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Williams to Hart Lee Dykes.



Sophomore wide receiver Randy White, who had never caught a pass at FSU, grabbed four first half
passes for 87 yards while Gainer, who had caught just five during the regular season, hauled in
seven for 148 yards and two TDs. Smith’s 201 rushing yards came on 24 carries.



The Seminole defense held the heralded Thomas in check the entire game, limiting him to 97 yards
on 26 attempts.



Florida State finished the season with a 9-3 record.


Score By Quarters
     1    2    3   4    F
FSU  3   10   14   7   34
OSU  0    0   17   6   23
Scoring Summary
FSU - Schmidt 23 yd. field goal, 2:28 
FSU - Gainer 39 yd. pass from Ferguson (Schmidt kick), 2:31
FSU - Schmidt 39 yd. field goal, :02
OSU - Dennis 33 field goal, 9:46
FSU - C. Jones 3 yd. run (Schmidt kick), 6:02
FSU - Gainer 19 yd. pass from Ferguson (Schmidt kick), 4:57
OSU - Thomas 29 yd. pass from Williams (Dennis kick), 2:52
OSU - Williams 12 yd. pass from Thomas (Dennis kick), 1:19
FSU - Ferguson 1 yd. run (Schmidt kick), 10:43
OSU - Dykes 31 yd. pass from Williams (Williams pass failed), :10
Team Statistics
                         FSU      OSU
First Downs               31       23
Rushes - Yards        41-231   35-106
Passing Yards            338      263
Comp.-Att.-Int.      20-43-2  22-44-2
Plays-Total Offense   84-569   79-369
Punt Return Yards         25       20
Punts - Average       4-47.5   7-35.9
Fumbles - Lost           3-2      1-0
Interceptions - Yards   2-45      1-0
Penalties - Yards      9-110     3-27
Time of Possession     28:11    31:49
Third Down Cov.         6-16     6-18
Individual Statistics
Rushing:    FSU - Ferguson 6-(-4), T. Smith 24-201, Floyd 2-8, Ross 2-7, C. Jones 6-18, 
                  R. White 1-1; 
            OSU - Williams 6-(-3), Thomas 26-97, Timmons 2-11, Dykes 1-1.
Passing:    FSU - Ferguson 20-43-1; 
            OSU - Williams 21-43-2, Thomas 1-1-0.
Receiving:  FSU - R. White 4-87, Gainer 7-148, T. Smith 2-8, P. Carter 5-81, Panton 1-10, 
                  Brown 1-4; 
            OSU - Riley 3-49, Wemer 4-30, Dillard 2-13, Luper 1-11, Thomas 3-44, Williams 1-12, 
                  Dykes 8-104.


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