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Saturday September 15, 2012 On this date in Gators history: Sept. 15, 1951

Haywood Sullivan The Gators opened the season with a 13-0 win over Wyoming in the rain at Jacksonville.

The hero that day was UF quarterback Haywood Sullivan (left).

If that name rings a bell, yes, it's the same Haywood Sullivan who owned the Boston Red Sox from 1978-93. Sullivan was a quarterback for Coach Bob Woodruff, passing for 2,016 yards in an era when few teams bothered throwing the ball.

Sullivan was better known as a baseball player, an All-Southeastern Conference catcher who signed with the Red Sox out of college.

But that day in '51, Sullivan completed 11 of 16 passes, including a touchdown to Jim French, in a win that marked UF's first shutout victory since 1949.

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