| October 16, 1971 • Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida • •
October 16, 1971
Florida (0-5), #19 Florida State (5-0)
Fans were expecting a shootout because of the quarterbacks, Florida's John Reaves and Florida State's Gary Huff, but Doug Dickey opted for a ball-control game plan as Florida ran 54 times to just 11 pass plays.
The Gators built a 17-7 lead as Mike Rich opened the scoring with a touchdown run and on the ensuing kickoff, Jimmy Barr nabbed a mid-air fumble and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.
Gary Huff led a late Florida State rally with a six-yard touchdown pass to Rhett Dawson but the following drive stalled short of field goal range.
Final Score: Florida 17, Florida State 14
FLA: Mike Rich 1 yard run (kick failed), 14:58
FLA: Jimmy Barr 26 yard fumble return (Reaves to Durrance pass), 14:40
FSU: Paul Magalski 3 yard run (Frank Fontes kick), 13:57
FLA: Richard Franco 42 yard field goal, 9:19
FSU: Rhett Dawson 6 yard pass from Gary Huff (Huff to Dawson pass), 3:02
FLA: John Reaves 4/11, 44 yds FSU: Gary Huff 22/40, 184 yards, INT
FLA: Tommy Durrance 15/60
FSU: Munroe 14/74, Magalski 10/58, Jarrett 5/25, Smith 1/7, Huff 4/-6)
FSU: Dawson 7/90, Smith 3/38, Parris 4/24, Munroe 3/20, Jarrett 4/17, Gaydos 1/9
- 50 Years of College Football (Broyles, Guido)
- Eugene Register-Guard. 17 Oct 1971.