Citrus Bowl

January 01, 1998

No. 11 Penn State (9-2) vs. No. 6 Florida (9-2)

Site: Orlando, Fla.

Time: 1 p.m. today


Line: Florida by 13 1/2

Coaches: Joe Paterno (298-76-3); Steve Spurrier (82-16-1)

Outlook: Spurrier's "Fun 'N Gun" offense of seasons past wasn't as explosive as usual, but the Gators still threw for 32 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards. WR Jacquez Green was named a first team All-American with 1,024 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. TB Fred Taylor is the Gators' workhorse on the ground. Florida's defense is one of the best units in the country, particularly against the run. DT Ed Chester leads a group that ranks second nationally by allowing just 71 rushing yards per game. The Nittany Lions have lost TB Curtis Enis (suspended) and WR Joe Jurevicius (academic ineligibility). Enis is a first team All-American who ran for 19 touchdowns, 1,363 yards and an impressive 6.0 yard-per-carry average. Jurevicius was a deep threat who averaged 21 yards per catch. Most of the responsibility for replacing them will fall on TB Cordell Mitchell and WR Titcus Pettigrew.

Pub Date: 1/01/98

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