Sugar Bowl

January 02, 1995

No. 5 FLORIDA (10-1-1)

vs. No. 7 FLORIDA STATE (9-1-1)

Site: New Orleans

Time: 8:30 p.m. tonight

TV: Chs. 2, 7

Outlook: Like a professional wrestling match that ends in a controversial draw, Florida and Florida State collide again. Florida State, on the verge of its worst home loss in 12 years, erased a 31-3 deficit in the final period to tie Florida, 31-31, on Nov. 26. The Seminoles scored on four consecutive possessions, capped by Rock Preston's 4-yard touchdown run with 1:45 to play. Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden elected to kick the extra point instead of going for the two-point conversion, giving Florida State the tie. Had Bowden gone for two points, the Sugar Bowl would not have granted a rematch between the schools. Kez McCorvey of Florida State averages 87 receiving yards per game. QB Danny Kanell threw for 421 yards in the first meeting with Florida. The Gators used a number of trick plays to edge Alabama, 24-23, in the Southeastern Conference title game. Chris Doering threw a 19-yard pass on a flanker option and then caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Danny Wuerffel with 5:29 left for the game-winning score. Wuerffel ranks fourth in the country in passing efficiency. Florida is counting on the return of star WR Jack Jackson, who had a separated shoulder in the SEC title game. Jackson caught five passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting with the Seminoles. Florida will play in the Sugar Bowl for the third time in four years, including a 41-7 rout of West Virginia last season. Under Bowden, Florida State has won nine straight bowl games and is unbeaten in its past 12.

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