Florida State


1968  Seminoles "Peach Bowl"
(Authentic Reproduction)

 

 

 

 

 

The surprisingly good 8-2 season of 1968 finished on a down note against LSU in a rainy, sloppy inaugural Peach Bowl game that was played in a downpour and forty degree temperature in Atlanta. Seminole fans received another surprise as FSU entered the field with a dark garnet helmet, with white one-inch flanking stripes and a prominent white "FS" on each side of the helmet. This was a striking look and a departure from the gold shells so long favored by all of the Florida State coaches. HB Tom Bailey began the scoring on FSU's first play from scrimmage, darting thirty-six yards to paydirt. Cappleman finished a fine year and set a number of Peach Bowl marks that stood for many years, including the twenty-one for forty-one passing stats that went for 229 yards and three TDs. His main receiver was of course, Ron Sellers who caught eight balls for seventy-six yards and two touchdowns. His 3598 career receiving yards at Florida State was a record that stood for nineteen seasons and he finished his college career with 212 receptions. A two-time All American Sellers became the Patriots first-round draft choice and played in Boston for three seasons before moving on to the Cowboys and Vikings. He was later named to the College Football Hall Of Fame and served on the Florida State University Board Of Trustees. Unfortunately, LSU's 31-27 victory dropped the overall record to 8-3 but Peterson had coached the Seminoles into four bowl games in five years which left the faithful quite pleased.

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