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Florida-Miami: a rivalry revisited

By JOANNE KORTH

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 30, 2000


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.

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No. 16 Florida 17, No. 15 Miami 14

Sept. 4, 1982, Florida Field, Gainesville

Florida trailed 14-10 with less than two minutes left when fullback James Jones made what is known among Gators fans as "The Catch." Quarterback Wayne Peace rolled out and lofted a high pass to the front corner of the end zone that appeared to be beyond Jones' reach. Backing into the end zone, Jones reached up with his right hand and nabbed the ball while falling backward into the end zone. "It was a Willie Mays deluxe," UF coach Charley Pell said.

Sports Illustrated documented the game, putting Peace on its cover with the title "Peace Corps." Jones' catch remains one of the most memorable at Florida Field.

Florida trailed 14-10 with less than two minutes left when fullback James Jones made what is known among Gators fans as "The Catch." Quarterback Wayne Peace rolled out and lofted a high pass to the back of the end zone that appeared to be beyond Jones' reach. With his back to the field, Jones reached up with his right hand and nabbed the ball while falling backward into the end zone. "It was a Willie Mays deluxe," UF coach Charley Pell said.

Sports Illustrated documented the game, putting Peace on its cover with the title "Peace Corps." Jones' catch remains one of the most memorable at Florida Field.

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