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Florida-Miami: A rivalry revisited

By JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 1, 2001


Florida and Miami play for the first time in 13 seasons Tuesday in New Orleans. To refresh everyone's memories of this bitter rivalry, the Times will review one classic game in the series each day leading up to the Sugar Bowl.

Florida 28, Miami 3

Sept. 3, 1983, Florida Field, Gainesville

There wasn't much drama in this season opener, but the game assumed a significant place in the rivalry when the Hurricanes rebounded with quarterback Bernie Kosar to win the rest of their games and the school's first national championship.

Florida quarterback Wayne Peace threw two short touchdown passes to Joe Henderson for an early lead, and Kosar was intercepted three times. UF led 28-0 before Miami kicked a 41-yard field goal. The Gators' leading receiver, with six catches for 54 yards, was Dwayne Dixon, now UF's receivers coach.

Four months later, the Gators celebrated their biggest win of the season with bumper stickers that read: "Florida 28, National Champions 3."

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