1967 Gator Bowl

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1967 Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Penn State 31400 17
Florida State 00143 17
Date December 31, 1967
Season 1967
Stadium Gator Bowl Stadium
Location Jacksonville, Florida
MVP QB Kim Hammond (Florida State)
QB/PK Tom Sherman (American football)
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Gator Bowl
 < 1966  1968

The 1967 Gator Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Florida State Seminoles and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Background[edit]

Florida State was making their third bowl game appearance in four years, with two Gator Bowls in a two-year span. Penn State was making their fifth bowl game in eight years, with three Gator Bowls in a seven-year span.

Game summary[edit]

  • Penn State - Tom Sherman, 27 yard field goal
  • Penn State - Jack Curry, 9 yard touchdown pass from Sherman (Sherman kick)
  • Penn State - Ted Kwalick, 12 yard touchdown pass from Sherman (Sherman kick)
  • Florida State - Ron Sellers, 20 yard touchdown pass from Kim Hammond (Grant Gunthrie kick)
  • Florida State - Hammond, 1 yard touchdown run (Guthrie kick)
  • Florida State - Guthrie, 26 yard field goal

Kim Hammond threw 37-of-53 for 362 yards, four interceptions and one touchdown, while rushing for 28 yards on 9 carries. Tom Sherman threw 9-of-17 for 69 yards, with two interceptions and touchdowns, while rushing for 27 yards on 6 carries, contributing a field goal and two extra points. Florida State scored 17 straight points in the second half, with Grant Gunthrie's field goal from 26 yard out contributing to the first tie in a Gator Bowl since 1948. It remains the last tie game in the Gator Bowl. Florida State had 23 first downs; Penn State had 12. Florida State rushed for only 55 yards while Penn State rushed for 175. Florida State threw for 363 yards; Penn State threw for 69 yards. Both teams turned it over four times.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

The Seminoles reached one more bowl game in the decade, while not returning to the Gator Bowl until 1982. Penn State also reached one more bowl game in the decade. They did not lost for the next 23 games, completing two undefeated seasons. The Nittany Lions returned to the Gator Bowl in 1976.

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