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Thursday September 13, 2012 On this date in Gators history: Sept. 13, 1980

Updated: 6:23pm, September 13

Rich Campbell Coming off an 0-10-1 first season that marked the losingest record in Florida history, Coach Charley Pell delivered 41-13 rout of California at Tampa Stadium to start his second season on the UF sidelines.

Bob Hewko passed for 146 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns, while the UF defense forced five turnovers in erasing a 13-13 tie at intermission on the way to snapping a 10-game losing streak that dated to a 7-7 tie with Georgia Tech in Week 2 of that miserable ’79 season.

In jump-starting Year 2 under Pell, the Gators withstood a blistering performance from Cal quarterback Rich Campbell, who completed 43 of 53 passes for 421 yards -- the most ever against a UF defense at the time and still the highest total of completions to date -- to go with a touchdown and interception.

Seven months later, Campbell was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the sixth overall choice in the NFL draft.

The game was played before a sparse crowd of 41,388 in Tampa, a community in the midst of its love affair with the "Worst to First" Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who reached the NFC Championship Game the year before. The '80 Bucs opened the season 2-0, including a Thursday night home upset two nights earlier of the Los Angeles Rams, the team that beat them in the conference title game.

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