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1965 Flashback: Alabama 21, Florida State 0



October 23, 1965 - Denny Stadium ?? Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama’s offense scored three rushing touchdowns and stingy defense held Florida State to 201 total yards in a 21-0 win in front of 43,936 fans at Denny Stadium.

Alabama held FSU to 125 rushing yards and 76 passing yards in pitching the shutout.

Seminoles quarterback Ed Pritchett completed just eight of 25 passes in the loss. He threw incomplete on his first nine pass attempts and finished the game with six straight incomplete passes.

The Alabama defense also forced four turnovers in the win, including three interceptions. All-SEC defensive back Bobby Johns had two interceptions for 19 yards and Frank Whaley added one interception for five yards.


Steve Bowman led the Tide
with 16 carries for 88 yards
in the win over Florida State
in 1965.

The Crimson Tide ran 59 times for 222 yards, led by Steve Bowman’s 16 carries for 88 yards. Quarterback Steve Sloan ran seven times for 25 yards and one touchdown. Les Kelley added eight carries for 15 yards and two touchdowns.

Sloan also completed five of eight passes for 87 yards in the win. Wayne Tolleson had two catches for 58 yards, while Wayne Cook (15), Ray Perkins (13) and Dickie Thompson (1) had one catch each.

Les Kelley put the Crimson Tide on the board with 3:40 left in the first quarter when he capped a five-play, 50-yard drive with a 1-yard run. David Ray’s extra point made it 7-0.

The Crimson Tide extended its lead to 13-0 on its first possession of the second quarter. Quarterback Steve Sloan capped a 10-play, 81-yard drive with a 3-yard run with eight minutes left in the second quarter. Ray missed the extra point.

After a scoreless third quarter, Alabama scored its third touchdown of the game on its opening drive of the fourth quarter. Kelley’s 1-yard run capped an 11-play, 65 yard drive with 8:03 left in the game. Sophomore quarterback Ken Stabler ran in the two-point conversion to make the final 21-0.




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Florida State 


 0   0   0     0 
Alabama   7   6   0   8    21 

First Quarter:
Les Kelley 1-yard run (David Ray PAT) ALA 7, FSU 0
(5 plays, 50 yards, 2:03 TOP)

Second Quarter:
Steve Sloan 3-yard run (PAT Failed) ALA 13, FSU 0
(10 plays, 81 yards, 5:12 TOP)

Third Quarter:
No Scoring

Fourth Quarter:
Kelley 1-yard run (Ken Stabler run) ALA 21, FSU 0
(11 (11 plays, 65 yards, 6:59 TOP)