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1982 Gator Bowl
Florida State 31 West Virginia 12


Jacksonville, Fla. (Dec. 30, 1982) -- Greg Allen rambled for 138 yards and two scores, while surprise starter Blair Williams threw for 202 yards and another touchdown as Florida State upset West Virginia 31-12 in the 38th Annual Gator Bowl.

Allen, who was named MVP, scored twice in the third quarter to break open a tight game and give the Seminoles a 31-6 lead entering the final period.

The victory lifted the Seminoles' record to 9-3 on the year, and gave FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden a win in his first encounter against the Mountaineers -- the team he coached from 1970-75.

Florida State drew first blood in the game -- taking a 3-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal by Philip Hall with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter. Frustrated by a blocked field goal attempt on the first drive of the game, the Mountaineers came back to tie the game early in the second stanza when All-American Paul Woodside hit a 48-yard field goal.

The Seminoles took the lead for good on the next play. Picking up Woodside's kickoff on the five, Billy Allen started up the middle and then broke to his left -- eventually going 95 yards for a touchdown, a Gator Bowl record, and a 10-3 FSU lead.

West Virginia added a field goal to cut the lead to 10-6, but Williams led FSU on a 63-yard touchdown drive with under one minute to play in the half.

With just 15 seconds remaining and the ball on the 27, Williams lofted a pass into the right corner of the end zone, where Dennis McKinnon went high over two WVU defenders to make a spectacular catch and give the Seminoles a 17-6 intermission lead.

The third quarter belonged to Greg Allen. Carrying the ball just five times, the sophomore tailback logged 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Florida State's defense, which was in the face of WVU quarterback Jeff Hostetler all night, controlled the final period.

FSU held Hostetler to 10 completions in 28 attempts for 118 yards and two interceptions, while the Seminole offense was busy piling up 451 yards of total offense against a WVU defense ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Score By Quarters
     1   2   3   4    F
FSU  3  14  14   0   31
WVU  0   6   0   6   12
Scoring Summary
FSU - Hall 20 yd. field goal, 3:30
WVU - Woodside 48 yd. field goal, 14:14
FSU - B. Allen 95 yd. kick off return, :20
WVU - Woodside 34 yd. field goal, 1:13
FSU - McKinnon 27 yd. pass from Williams (Hall kick), :15
FSU - G. Allen 29 yd. run (Hall kick), :15
FSU - G. Allen 1 yd. run (Hall kick), 3:36
WVU - Miller 26 yd. pass from White (White pass failed), :51
Team Statistics
                         FSU      WVU
First Downs               23       22
Rushes - Yards        34-259   41-155
Passing Yards            202      208 
Comp.-Att.-Int.      16-32-1  14-34-2
Plays-Total Offense   68-461   75-363
Punt Return Yards          9       82
Punts - Average       4-36.8   4-30.5
Fumbles - Lost           1-0      2-0
Interceptions - Yards   2-23      1-0
Penalties - Yards     11-100     5-57
Time of Possession     27:10    32:50   
Third Down Cov.         3-12     7-17
Individual Statistics
Rushing:    FSU - Lowery 1-(-9), B. Williams 2-7, G. Allen 15-138, R. Williams 10-35, 
                  C. Jones 1-1, Burnett 1-1, McKinnon 1-65, B. Allen 3-21; 
            WVU - Hostetler 9-24, 2-(17), Gray 10-27, Wolfley 7-32, Walczak 7-30, Beck 4-7, 
                  Mullen 2-42.
Passing:    FSU - Lowerey 0-1-0, B. Williams 16-30-1, H. Jones 0-1-0; 
            WVU - Hostetler 10-28-2, White 4-6-0.
Receiving:  FSU - G. Allen 1-15, Burnett 1-13, Bowden 1-8, McKinnon 2-36, Mobley 4-34, 
                  H. Jones 3-29, R. Williams 2-26, Thompson 2-41; 
            WVU - Gray 2-12, Miller 5-100, Mullen 1-5, Raugh 4-60, Brown 1-18, Hollins 1-13.

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