Throw Back Thursday: Week 1

The Head Ball Coach stops for a picture with the Orange Bowl Trophy during his time with the Florida Gators.

Steve Spurrier joined former Florida coach Ray Graves as one of the few individuals in the history of the college football who played for and coached the same team in a major bowl game - while never losing an appearance. The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner, Spurrier led the Gators to triumph in the 1967 Orange Bowl with a 27-12 victory over Georgia Tech. Against the Yellow Jackets, Spurrier completed 14-of-30 passes for 160 yards and an interception as the Gators racked up 449 yards of total offense.


Thirty-two years later the Gators returned to the Orange Bowl, this time with Spurrier as the team’s head coach. The Gators cruised to a 31-10 victory over Syracuse in the 1999 Orange Bowl as Florida offense outgained the Orange 308 to 192.


The 2002 Orange Bowl was Spurrier’s last appearance in the Orange Bowl as he led the Gators to a record-setting performance. The Gators set Orange Bowl records for most passing yards (456), total offense (659), most first downs passing (23) and most points scored in the third quarter (21) en route to a 56-23 victory over Maryland.



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