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Sunday September 30, 2012 On this date in Gators history: Sept. 30, 1961

Program In the fourth meeting of the blossoming Florida-Florida State rivalry (game progame cover to the left), the Seminoles clawed their way to a 3-3 tie that for all intents and purposes served as a win for FSU.

Certainly a moral one.

An early blocked punt by the Seminoles set up their lone score, a 19-yard field goal from John Harllee. The Gators tied the game when Billy Cash kicked an 18-yarder late in the second quarter.

That was it for the scoring, as FSU held on despite just 108 yards of total offense. UF had 291 yards, but self-destructed with three fumbles.

The Seminoles celebrated on Florida Field like it was a victory. The Gators mourned it like a defeat. Or worse.

Gators Coach Ray Graves on the outcome? 

“Feels like a death in the family,” he said.

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