1967 Orange Bowl
33rd Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 6006 12
Florida 07713 27
DateJanuary 2, 1967
Season1966
StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPLarry Smith (Florida TB)
FavoriteGeorgia Tech (slight)[1]
Attendance72,426
United States TV coverage
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy, Paul Christman
Orange Bowl
 < 1966  1968

The 1967 Orange Bowl was the 33rd edition of college football bowl game, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on Monday, January 2. The final game of the 1966–67 bowl season, it matched the eighth-ranked independent Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). A slight underdog,[1] Florida won 27–12.[2][3]

New Year's Day was on Sunday in 1967, so the game was played the following day.

Teams

Main article: 1966 NCAA University Division football season

Georgia Tech

Main article: 1966 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

The #8 Yellow Jackets opened with nine wins,[4][5][6] then lost at rival Georgia.[7][8] They were making their first Orange Bowl appearance in fifteen years and were led by Bobby Dodd, completing his 22nd season as head coach.

Florida

Main article: 1966 Florida Gators football team

The Gators were led on offense by quarterback Steve Spurrier, winner of the Heisman Trophy. They finished second to Georgia and Alabama, who went to the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl, respectively. This was Florida's first Orange Bowl and their fourth bowl appearance in six years under head coach Ray Graves, a former assistant to Dodd at Georgia Tech.

Game summary

Florida head coach Ray Graves being carried off the field
Florida head coach Ray Graves being carried off the field

This was the third year the game was played at night, following the Rose Bowl.

Kim King threw a ten-yard touchdown pass to Craig Baynham to give Georgia Tech a 6–0 lead. In the second quarter, Graham McKeel scored on a touchdown plunge to put Florida up 7–6, which was the score at halftime.

Georgia Tech was deep in Florida territory in the third quarter when Bobby Downs intercepted a pass from King to give Florida the ball on their own six. On the next play, sophomore tailback Larry Smith broke free and ran 94 yards for a touchdown to give Florida a 14–6 lead.

In the fourth quarter, McKeel ran for another touchdown to make it 21–6; Larry Good scored from 25 yards out for the Yellow Jackets to close the gap to 21–12. Florida's Jack Coons caught a five-yard pass from Harmon Wages to end the scoring at 27–12, but that was the end of the scoring.[2][3] Smith ran for 187 yards and was named the game's outstanding player.[9]

Scoring

First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Source:[10]

Statistics

Statistics Ga. Tech   Florida  
First Downs 17 22
Rushes–yards 46–197 48–284
Passing yards 122 165
Passes (C–A–I) 8–22–4 15–32–1
Total Offense 68–319 80–449
Punts–average 6–42.3 7–36.1
Fumbles–lost 2–1 1–1
Turnovers 5 2
Penalties–yards 5–41 4–32
Source[2][3][10]

Aftermath

Dodd retired after the game, though he stayed as athletic director at Georgia Tech until 1976. The Yellow Jackets returned to the Orange Bowl in 2010, and the Gators in 1999. Florida's next major bowl game was eight years later in the Sugar Bowl against Nebraska, while Georgia Tech did not play in another major bowl until the Orange in 2010.

In the previous thirteen Orange Bowls, a Big Eight Conference team was a participant twelve times. This was the last edition without the Big Eight for seven years, when Penn State defeated LSU in January 1974.

Both final polls were released prior to the bowl games.

References

  1. ^ a b "Tech remains Orange Bowl favorite". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1967. p. 2C.
  2. ^ a b c "Soph steals Orange Bowl show, as Florida gets 'sweetest' win". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 3, 1967. p. 39.
  3. ^ a b c "Florida Gators prove they belong in 'Big Time'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 3, 1967. p. 3B.
  4. ^ Biederman, Lester J. (November 13, 1966). "Penn State outclassed, 21-0". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, section 4.
  5. ^ "Penn State bows to Ga. Tech". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. November 13, 1966. p. 65.
  6. ^ "Jackets sting Lions". Rome News-Tribune. (Georgia). UPI. November 13, 1966. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Lawrence's 71-yard scoring dash spurs Bulldogs". Rome News-Tribune. (Georgia). Associated Press. November 27, 1966. p. 12.
  8. ^ "'Dogs slip Tech first defeat, 23-14". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 27, 1966. p. 4B.
  9. ^ "The 1960s | Orange Bowl".
  10. ^ a b "Game-by-game recaps: 1967" (PDF). 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl media guide. January 2019. p. 33.