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1958 Gator Bowl

1958 Gator Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 7 0 0 0 7
Florida 3 0 0 0 3
Date December 27, 1958
Season 1958
Stadium Gator Bowl Stadium
Location Jacksonville, Florida
MVP QB Bobby Franklin, Ole Miss
End Dave Hudson, Florida
Attendance 41,312
United States TV coverage
Network CBS

The 1958 Gator Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Florida Gators and the Ole Miss Rebels.


  • Background 1
  • Game summary 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • Statistics 4
  • References 5


The Rebels finished third in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), earning an invitation to their second straight bowl game and first Gator Bowl. The Gators finished eighth in the SEC, with four teams above them having fewer overall wins. This was their first Gator Bowl since the 1953 game.

Game summary

The first two drives turned out to be the only scores in the game. On the opening kickoff, the Rebels returned the ball 80 yards, which set up Jim Anderson's 1-yard touchdown run to give Ole Miss a 7–0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the Gators drived to the Rebels' territory, scoring on a 27-yard field goal by Billy Booker. There was 7:44 remaining in the first quarter, but for the rest of the game, there were no more points, with Florida and Ole Miss combining for six turnovers. The Gators had two chances late in the game, both in the fourth quarter. The Gators recovered a fumble after a quick kick at the Ole Miss 10. On 4th-and-2, the Rebels stuffed Florida to get the ball back. After a punt, the Gators had the ball at the Rebels 26. They managed to drive the ball to the 15, but Bill Churchwell caused a fumble, recovering the ball for Ole Miss. Later in the contest, Jimmy Dunn fumbled a punt return at the 48 of the Gators, with the Rebels recovering with 3:10 remaining. The Rebels held onto the ball for the rest of the game, winning their second straight bowl game. [1]


The Gators reached the Gator Bowl two years later. The Rebels went to the Sugar Bowl the next two years, winning both times to claim a share of the national championship.


Statistics Ole Miss Florida
First Downs 9 12
Rushing Yards 155 157
Passing Yards 27 58
Total Offense 182 215
Passing (C-A-I) 2-7-0 5-11-1
Punts-Average 10-34.4 7-44.1
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 5-3
Penalties-Yards 2-10 3-25


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