Florida State polished off its second undefeated regular season since 1950 by dumping arch-rival Florida, 27-16.
The Seminole win was viewed by 58,263 in Florida Field and a national TV audience. ABC-TV sent the game across the country as the first portion of a national doubleheader.
FSU went ahead 10-0 in the first half on a first quarter field goal by Davey Cappelen and a 21-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jimmy Jordan to freshman wide receiver Hardis Johnson. Cappelen booted the PAT with just 11 seconds left in the half.
Florida, however, battled back with its own 10 point explosion. After three quarters the count was deadlocked.
The Seminole lead went back to 10, 20-10, with just 4:14 gone in the fourth quarter. First fullback Mark Lyles capped an 80-yard march with a 20 yard scoring burst through the middle of the Florida defense. Bill Capece, who added the PAT, kicked an 18-yard field goal two minutes later to make it 20-10.
The Capece field goal came following an interception by tackle Walter Carter. Each team traded touchdowns in the closing minutes with Lyles picking up the final Seminole touchdown on a three yard run with 1:10 remaining.
With 43 points being scored, the teams gave quite an offensive show. FSU netted 394 yards total offense with 241 along the ground and another 153 in the air. Florida meanwhile was unable to mount any sort of a ground game and had just 39 yards in 23 attempts. But the Gators did throw the ball 54 times for 22 completions and 270 yards.
Florida State's two quarterbacks were tested throughout. Wally Woodham was the starter and Jimmy Jordan came on in relief in the second quarter. When Jordan got in trouble in the third quarter Woodham returned for the fourth to direct the 80-yard scoring drive.
The two-headed quarterback combined to complete 14 of 27 passes. The Woodham stats showed seven completions in 10 attempts while Jordan completed seven of 17.
One of the offensive highlights was the performance of fullback Mark Lyles. Playing in his final regular season game the Buffalo, NY, native ran for a career high 151 yards in 27 carries. Two of those rushes finished with touchdowns.
Tailback Mike Whiting also contributed to the ground game. His final stats showed 123 net yards in 19 carries. It was the first time during the season the Tribe had two backs gain more than 100 yards in the same game.