1971 Fiesta Bowl

Arizona State 45, Florida State 38

1971 fiesta bowl
December 27, 1971

Attendance: 51,098

Offensive Player of the Game: Gary Huff, Florida State

Defensive Player of the Game: Junior Ah You, Arizona State

Head Coaches: Frank Kush, Arizona State - Larry Jones, Florida State

Weather: Sunny, light clouds

Television: Mizlou

Payout Per Team: $168,237

The 1971 Fiesta Bowl was the first contest held, and some call it the most exciting bowl game of the ‘70s. To think it was just the beginning. The combined 83 points was the highest ever for a major bowl game, and 51,098 fans jammed Sun Devil Stadium, marking the largest crowd to watch a bowl game’s initial effort. In what was a classic offensive battle, the game wasn’t decided until the final minute when ASU’s Woody Green scored on a two-yard burst with just 34 ticks on the clock.

The game had it all and then some. Steve Holden of Arizona State caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Danny White in the second quarter, and then rumbled 68 yards on a punt return to give ASU a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Green rushed for 101 yards and three scores, including the game-winner. Florida State quarterback Gary Huff, who was named the offensive player of the game, completed 25 of 46 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns.

The dramatic fourth quarter began with a 42-yard field goal by FSU’s Frank Fontes that knotted the score at 31-31. After successive defensive stops, Holden gathered in a punt from Duane Carrell and raced 68 yards to give the Sun Devils a 38-31 lead. But less than two minutes later, Huff took his club 64 yards in four plays, culminating the drive on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dawson to once again even the score. Arizona State, with 4:44 remaining on the clock, used one of its patented time-consuming drives. Following two important third-down conversions, Green dove straight ahead from two yards out to give ASU the first Fiesta Bowl win.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Arizona State
7
14
10
14
45
Florida State
10
18
0
10
38

Yardstick

FSU
ASU
20
First Downs
26
34-72
Rushes-Yards
56-200
361
Passing Yards
250
26-47-2
Passes
15-30-0
16
Return Yards
107
7-42.0
Punts
6-37.0
2-0
Fumbles-Lost
5-2
8-91
Penalties-Yards
4-37

How They Scored

FSU
ASU
0
7
Calvin Demery 21 yard pass from Danny White (Don Eckstrand kick)
7
7
Paul Magalski 1 yard run (Frank Fontes kick)
10
7
Fontes 30 yard field goal
10
14
Woody Green 1 yard run (Eckstrand kick)
13
14
Fontes 25 yard field goal
21
14
Rhett Dawson 14 yard pass from Kent Gaydos (Dawson pass from Gary Huff)
21
21
Steve Holden 55 yard pass from White (Eckstrand kick)
28
21
Dawson 10 yard pass from Huff (Fontes kick)
28
24
Eckstrand 34 yard field goal
28
31
Green 2 yard run (Eckstrand kick)
31
31
Fontes 42 yard field goal
31
38
Holden 58 yard punt return (Eckstrand kick)
38
38
Dawson 25 yard pass from Huff (Fontes kick)
38
45
Green 2 yard run (Eckstrand kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
FSU
James Jarrett 8-48, Paul Magalski 17-42, Art Munroe 5-8, Barry Smith 1-13, Gary Huff 3-(-39).
ASU
Woody Green 24-101, Ben Malone 17-60, Steve Holden 3-21, Danny White 11-18.
Passing
FSU
Gary Huff 25-46-2-347, Kent Gaydos 1-1-0-14.
ASU
Danny White 15-30-0-250.
Receiving
FSU
Smith 8-143, Rhett Dawson 8-108, Gaydos 5-101, James Jarrett 2-6, Paul Magalski 1-9, Gary Paris 1-7, Munroe 1-(-13).
ASU
Calvin Demery 4-55, Joe Petty 4-50, Ed Beverly 3-33, Steve Holden 2-66, Woody Green 2-46.