New Orleans, La. (Jan. 2, 1995) — For the second consecutive game, Florida’s secondary was
dissected by FSU quarterback Danny Kanell while the Seminole defense sacked Danny Wuerffel
five times as Florida State settled a regular season tie, winning “The Fifth Quarter in the
French Quarter” 23-17 over the Florida Gators.
FSU tailback Warrick Dunn, playing in his home state, continued to riddle the Gator defense in
earning Sugar Bowl MVP honors. The sophomore rushed 14 times for 58 yards, caught nine passes
for 51 yards and threw a 73 yard touchdown pass.
On the game’s second possession, Florida State began deep in their own territory at the 7-yard
line. The Seminoles started this rematch where they left off the last game against the Gators,
driving almost at will down the field. The Seminoles used a pair of Warrick Dunn 16-yard runs
and a 41-yard pass from Danny Kanell to E.G. Green to the Gator 10-yard line to set up the
game’s first score. Unable to get the ball in the endzone, FSU settled for a Dan Mowery 21-yard
field goal giving the Seminoles a 3-0 lead with 7:20 remaining in the first quarter.
UF drove to the Florida State 4-yard line on their next possession before Derrick Brooks collared
Wuerffel on a third down naked bootleg forcing Judd Davis to kick a 22-yard field goal tying the
score 3-3 with 3:57 remaining in the opening quarter.
After Todd Rebol stripped the ball from UF’s Fred Taylor and Sean Hamlet recovered at Florida
State’s 27-yard line, the Seminoles used a bit of trickery resulting in a touchdown which gave
them the lead for good. Dunn, a high school quarterback, completed his first collegiate pass
to ‘OMar Ellison for a 73-yard touchdown strike in which Ellison outraced the UF secondary giving
Florida State a 10-3 advantage with 14:25 remaining in the second quarter. Dunn’s pass also set
a short-lived record for the longest pass in Sugar Bowl history.
Florida State’s defense then made another big play, this time stopping a Wuerffel 4th and 1
quarterback sneak giving the Seminoles possession on their own 28-yard line.
One play after Kanell completed a key 13-yard completion to Ellison on 3rd and 12, he hit an open
Kez McCorvey for a 16-yard touchdown strike giving FSU a 17-3 lead with 7:47 left in the first
UF responded with an 82-yard touchdown strike from Wuerffel to Ike Hilliard on 3rd and 12 putting
the Gators within seven with 6:07 left in the first half. Wuerffel’s strike marked the third time
in the game that the record for longest pass in Sugar Bowl history had been broken.
After another fumble recovery by Sean Hamlet at midfield, Kanell drove the Seminole offense to
the 7-yard line resulting in a Mowrey 24-yard field goal giving FSU a 20-10 halftime lead.
Rock Preston continued Florida State’s momentum by returning the second half kickoff 62 yards
to the UF 30-yard line. Mowrey then kicked a career high 45-yard field goal giving Florida State
a 23-10 lead one minute into the second half. Mowrey’s third field goal of the night, also a
career high, was the most by an FSU kicker since Scott Bentley kicked four field goals in last
year’s Orange Bowl.
Florida got back in the game in the fourth quarter after Wuerffel directed a 17-play, 80-yard
drive culminating in a one yard quarterback sneak from Wuerffel bringing UF within six with 3:47
UF’s attempt of an onside kick rolled out of bounds, but the Gator defense held giving them one
more chance from their own 19 with 2:27 remaining.
Derrick Brooks sealed the victory over the Gators by intercepting a Wuerffel pass and returning
it to the UF 19 in the game’s final minute.
Florida State’s victory over Florida marked an NCAA record tenth straight bowl victory and
thirteenth without a loss. Florida State also finished in the Top Five nationally an unprecedented
eighth consecutive year.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 3 17 3 0 23 Florida 3 7 0 7 17 Scoring Summary FSU - Mowrey 21 yd. field goal, 7:20 UF - Davis 22 yd. field goal, 3:57 FSU - Ellison 73 yd. pass from Dunn (Mowrey kick), 14:25 FSU - McCorvey 16 yd. pass from Kanell (Mowrey kick), 7:47 UF - Hilliard 82 yd. pass from Wuerffel (Davis kick), 6:07 FSU - Mowrey 24 yd. field goal, :36 FSU - Mowrey 45 yd. field goal, 13:57 UF - Wuerffel 1 yd. run (Davis kick), 3:47 Team Statistics FSU UF First Downs 21 23 Rushes - Yards 30-76 29-5 Passing Yards 325 449 Comp.-Att.-Int. 24-41-0 30-43-1 Plays-Total Offense 71-401 72-454 Punt Return Yards 10 9 Punts - Average 4-39 3-45.7 Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2 Interceptions - Yards 1-5 0-0 Penalties - Yards 7-62 8-57 Time of Possession 27:56 32:04 Third Down Cov. 4-16 11-17 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Dunn 14-58, Crockett 5-19, Preston 4-4, McMillon 1-1, Kanell 6-(-6); UF- Williams 10-27, Taylor 8-18, Kresser 1-(-7), Anthony 1-(-10), Wuerffel 9-(-23). Passing: FSU - Kanell 23-40-0, Dunn 1-1-0; UF - Wuerffel 28-39-1, Kresser 1-2-0, Williams 0-1-0, Anthony 1-1-0. Receiving: FSU - Dunn 9-51, McCorvey 4-84, Ellison 4-102, E. Green 4-74, Crockett 1-(-2), Messam 1-12, Preston 1-4; UF - Anthony 8-57, J. Jackson 6-128, Taylor 3-33, Williams 3-14, Doering 3-47, Hill 3-34, Hilliard 3-119, Bilkie 1-17.