1983 Gator Bowl

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1983 Gator Bowl
39th Gator Bowl Game
1234 Total
Iowa 0330 6
Florida 7700 14
DateDecember 30, 1983
Season1983
StadiumGator Bowl Stadium
LocationJacksonville, FL
MVPOwen Gill (Iowa RB)[1]
Tony Lilly (Florida S)[1]
Attendance81,293
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC Sports
AnnouncersAl Michaels and Frank Broyles
Gator Bowl
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The 1983 Gator Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 30, 1983, at Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. The matchup featured the #10 Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference and the #11 Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference. The Gators won 14–6 to secure their first top 10 ranking in the final polls.

Teams[edit]

The 1983 Gator Bowl was the first meeting between the two programs.

Iowa[edit]

Florida[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP IOWA FLA
1 0:40 12 87 5:53 FLA Neal Anderson 1-yard touchdown run, Bobby Raymond kick good 0 7
2 5:45 12 88 6:14 IOWA 32-yard field goal by Tom Nichol 3 7
2 1:08 FLA Fumble recovery returned 0 yards for touchdown by Doug Drew, Bobby Raymond kick good 3 14
3 11:00 6 15 3:04 IOWA 31-yard field goal by Tom Nichol 6 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 6 14

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Team statistics[edit]

Iowa Florida
First Downs 16 14
Rushing Yards 40-114 44-168
Passing 13-30-4 9-23-2
Passing Yards 167 92
Total Offense 281 250
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Punts-Average 2-40.0 7-38.0
Penalties 7-44 12-105

Individual leaders[edit]

Passing
Iowa: Long – 13-28, 167 yds, 4 INT
Florida: Peace – 9-22, 92 yds, 2 INT

Rushing
Iowa: Gill – 10 carries, 83 yds; Granger – 9 carries, 37 yds
Florida: Anderson – 17 carries, 84 yds, 1 TD; Williams – 10 carries, 68 yds

Receiving
Iowa: Harmon – 6 catches, 90 yds
Florida: Dixon – 5 catches, 55 yds

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records: Most Valuable Players in Former Major Bowls" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 90. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Gator Bowl to Florida, 14-6". New York Times. December 31, 1983. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Box score