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1983 Gator Bowl


1983 Gator Bowl

1983 Gator Bowl
39th Gator Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 3 3 0 6
Florida 7 7 0 0 14
Date December 30, 1983
Season 1983
Stadium Gator Bowl Stadium
Location Jacksonville, FL
MVP Owen Gill (Iowa RB)[1]
Tony Lilly (Florida S)[1]
Attendance 81,293
United States TV coverage
Network ABC Sports
Announcers Al Michaels and Frank Broyles

The 1983 Gator Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 30, 1983 at Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. The matchup featured the #10 Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference and the #11 Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference. The Gators won 14–6 to secure their first top 10 ranking in the final polls.


  • Teams 1
    • Iowa 1.1
    • Florida 1.2
  • Game summary 2
    • Team statistics 2.1
    • Individual leaders 2.2
  • References 3




Game summary


Team statistics

Iowa Florida
First Downs 16 14
Rushing Yards 40-114 44-168
Passing 13-30-4 9-23-2
Passing Yards 167 92
Total Offense 281 250
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Punts-Average 2-40.0 7-38.0
Penalties 7-44 12-105

Individual leaders

Iowa: Long – 13-28, 167 yds, 4 INT
Florida: Peace – 9-22, 92 yds, 2 INT

Iowa: Gill – 10 carries, 83 yds; Granger – 9 carries, 37 yds
Florida: Anderson – 17 carries, 84 yds, 1 TD; Williams – 10 carries, 68 yds

Iowa: Harmon – 6 catches, 90 yds
Florida: Dixon – 5 catches, 55 yds



  1. ^ a b National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records: Most Valuable Players in Former Major Bowls" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 90. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gator Bowl to Florida, 14-6".  
  3. ^ Box score
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