1969 Gator Bowl

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1969 Gator Bowl
25th Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Florida 7070 14
Tennessee 01003 13
DateDecember 27, 1969
Season1969
StadiumGator Bowl
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPMike Kelley (LB, Florida) & Curt Watson (FB, Tennessee)[1]
Attendance72,248
Gator Bowl
 < 1968 1971 (Jan)

The 1969 Gator Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Gators of the University of Florida, both representing the SEC. Florida defeated Tennessee 14–13.[2] This is Tampa native's Steve Kiner's only game against the Gators.

Game summary[edit]

The expected high-scoring battle featuring UF's "Super Sophs" passing attack against UT's powerful ground game led by quarterback Bobby Scott never materialized,[3] as both defenses were superb in the Gators' 14-13 win. Quarterback John Reaves connected with wide receiver Carlos Alvarez for the Gators' only offensive touchdown, and the Gator defense stopped the Vols at Florida's one-yard line late in the game to preserve the victory. The game's MVPs were Florida linebacker Mike Kelley, who had an interception, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt recovered for a TD, a sack, and 17 tackles,[4] and fullback Curt Watson of Tennessee.

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP FLA TEN
1 FLA Fumble recovery returned 8 yards for touchdown by Mike Kelley, Dick Franco kick good 7 0
2 TEN Lester McClain 63-yard touchdown reception from Bobby Scott, George Hunt kick good 7 7
2 TEN 2-yard field goal by George Hunt 7 10
3 FLA Carlos Alvarez 9-yard touchdown reception from John Reaves, Dick Franco kick good 14 10
4 TEN 9-yard field goal by George Hunt 14 13
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 14 13

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