1967 Orange Bowl

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1967 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 6006 12
Florida 07713 27
DateJanuary 2, 1967
Season1966
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPTB Larry Smith
Attendance72,426
United States TV coverage
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy
Paul Christman
Orange Bowl
 < 1966  1968

The 1967 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Background[edit]

The Gators were led by quarterback Steve Spurrier, who had won the Heisman Trophy earlier in the season. They finished 2nd to Georgia and Alabama, who went to the Cotton Bowl Classic and Sugar Bowl, respectively. This was Florida's first ever Orange Bowl appearance, and fourth bowl appearance in six years under Ray Graves, who used to be an assistant to Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were making their first Orange Bowl appearance since 1952.

Game summary[edit]

Kim King threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Craig Baynham to give Tech a 6-0 lead. Graham McKeel gave Florida 7-6 halftime lead on his touchdown plunge. Georgia Tech was on the Florida 6 when Bobby Downs intercepted a pass from King to give Florida the ball. On the next play, Smith ran 94 yards for a touchdown to give Florida a 14-6 lead. McKeel ran for another touchdown to make it 21-6 in the fourth quarter. Florida added another touchdown run to make it 27-6. Jack Coons caught a 5-yard pass from Harmon Wages to make it 27-12, but that proved to be the final score of the game as Florida won their first ever Orange Bowl. Larry Smith ran for 187 yards.[1]

Graves carried off the field after the win.

Aftermath[edit]

Dodd retired after the game, though he stayed as athletic director until 1976. The Yellow Jackets did not return to an Orange Bowl until 2010. The Gators did not return to an Orange Bowl until 1999.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Florida Georgia Tech
First Downs 22 17
Rushing Yards 284 197
Passing Yards 165 122
Total Yards 449 319
Interceptions 1 4
Punts-Average 7/36.1 6/42.3
Fumbles-Lost 1/1 2/1
Penalties-Yards 4/32 5/41

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