Led by Danny Kanell's record breaking performance, seventh ranked Florida State scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to stun fourth ranked Florida 31-31 in front of a Doak Campbell Stadium record crowd of 80,210 and an ABC national television audience.
Florida State tied the NCAA 1A record for a fourth quarter comeback by pulling even with Florida after trailing 31-3 in the final quarter. Kanell completed a school record 40 of his 53 passes for 421 yards and one touchdown while rushing for another.
Florida's Danny Wuerffel and the Gator receivers spent most of the first half pecking away at chances for a big play. After throwing three straight incompletions on the first series, Wuerffel shifted to a no back offense and hit a wide open Aubrey Hill for a 58 yard touchdown giving the Gators a 7-3 first quarter lead.
Wuerffel hooked up with Jack Jackson midway through the second quarter for a 3 yard touchdown pass to give Florida a 14-3 lead, and Judd Davis' 35 yard field goal with 3:16 left increased the Gator lead to 17-3.
UF continued its first half domination after intercepting Kanell and setting up on the 50 with just 15 seconds left in the half. Three plays later, Wuerffel threaded a beautiful pass to Jackson in the corner for a 28 yard touchdown giving Florida a comfortable 24-3 halftime lead.
Florida State took the second half kickoff and put together its best drive up to that point, but came away with no points after the drive stalled inside the 20 and Mowrey missed a 30 yard field goal wide left.
Florida took over on the 20 and appeared to put the game away with an 80 yard drive that Wuerffel finished off with a quarterback sneak from the one to give the Gators a commanding 31-3 lead. Weurffel used another big play on the drive hitting Reidel Anthony on a 5l yard bomb.
Florida appeared on its way to one of the most lopsided wins in the history of the series before Florida State began "The Comeback."
Over the final 13:00 minutes, Florida State would score 28 points. Big plays seemed to happen right away as on the Tribe's first scoring drive, Kanell hit McCorvey on 4th and l0 to keep the drive alive. Zack Crockett rumbled in from 5 yards out to cut the lead to 31-10 with 12:59 remaining, igniting the partisan FSU crowd for the first time all day. The 15 play drive covered 84 yards in 4:07.
After forcing Florida to punt after three plays, including a key 3rd and 1 stop by Henri Crockett, Kanell took over on the FSU 40. Thirty three seconds later, Florida State had trimmed the score to 31-17. On the first play of the drive, Kanell hit a streaking McCorvey for a 35 yard gain. A swing pass to Dunn gained 19 setting up a 6 yard touchdown pass to Andre Cooper in the front corner of the endzone with 10:04 remaining in the game.
The Seminole defense forced the Gators to punt again and Kanell took over at FSU's 27. He completed 6 of 7 passes on a scoring drive that brought FSU within a touchdown when he scrambled in for his first ever rushing touchdown from the two with 5:25 remaining.
With Florida driving from their own 45, James Colzie made a diving interception of a Wuerffel pass at the FSU 40 to set up the final score.
Two plays later, Dunn gained 37 yards on a swing pass after miraculously eluding two defenders down the sideline. Florida State pulled within one on a 4 yard run by Rock Preston with 1:45 remaining. Mowrey's extra point tied the game 31-31 completing one of the greatest comebacks in college football history.
FSU had one more chance to score when Florida elected to punt on 4th and 5 with :22 left. Starting at their own 29, FSU pushed to the 48 on a nine yard Kanell scramble but he came inches short of the first down that would have stopped the clock which expired as the Seminoles tried to line up to ground the ball.
In the remarkable fourth quarter, Danny Kanell was 18 of 22 for 232 yards and one touchdown, while FSU's defense held Florida to 133 yards in the second half.