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2. Late Hits, 1996 (FSU 24, Florida 21)

Posted Nov 21, 2005 by Carl Lisciandrello

Updated Nov 21, 2005 at 01:01 PM

After top-ranked Florida went down at FSU, 24-21, Gators coach Steve Spurrier accused Seminole defenders of late hits on quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who was sacked six times. FSU coach Bobby Bowden retorted, ‘‘We might hit to the echo instead of just the whistle.’’ The subject was inflamed when the Gators and Seminoles were matched up for the Sugar Bowl. Spurrier officially ‘‘declared war’’ on FSU and said ‘‘we’re not going to take the crap we took in Tallahassee.’’ More Spurrier: ‘‘I don’t know what the ACC rule is on hitting the quarterback. They seem to say if you’re within a step or two [after release], it’s OK to clobber them.’’ Spurrier got his revenge, defeating FSU 52-20 for the national championship. The following season in Gainesville, UF quarterbacks Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson were not sacked against FSU. ‘‘Steve didn’t even have to worry about early hits today,’’ Bowden said.

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